Engineer II

in Pulaski - Little Rock County, AR

Job Description

The Engineer II is responsible to the assigned supervisor for primarily performing the modeling of the SPP electrical transmission system, engineering analyses supporting Integrated Transmission Planning process, Tariff Studies and coordination and competition of any special studies for Southwest Power Pool Inc.

Essential Functions

Engineering Concepts and Tools:

  • Have a advanced understanding and develop expertise with the SPP power system analysis tools and processes
    • PSSE (Power Flow)
  • Have a basic understanding and develop advanced knowledge of the following SPP power system analysis tools and processes
    • PSSE (Dynamic Simulations)
    • DSA Tools (PSAT, VSAT, TSAT, and SSAT)
    • PowerGEM (TARA )
    • GridView
  • Advanced knowledge of Windows Programs (WORD, EXCEL, Power Point, and Access)
  • Develop Python code to perform data extractions, comparisons, or calculations from PSSE power flow and dynamic cases to modify the data and create reports

Engineering Responsibilities:

  • As directed by the Manager, supervisor or lead engineer, enthusiastically complete the modeling assignments and specific assignments directed by ad hoc stakeholder/committees, Integrated Transmission Planning, Tariff Studies or any engineering data coordination efforts

Governing Processes:

  • Detailed understanding of specific governing documents and processes will be required depending on specific support needs

Stakeholder Relationships:

  • Develop positive stakeholder technical, supervisory, leadership and/or management level relationships as necessary to accomplish SPP objectives and assigned directives
  • Assist with specific assignments as directed by more experienced engineers or supervisor to develop necessary technical stakeholder relationships to collect data and share results. In these cases, facilitate stakeholder feedback discussions to reach a positive stakeholder consensus, to the fullest extent possible
  • Develop basic staff secretary skills (Meeting minutes, action items, Robert’s Rules of Order, etc.) for technical working groups by providing technical & logistical support to active staff secretaries
  • Be prepared to be a staff secretary for an SPP task force, if called to do so

Engineering Judgment:

  • Exercise intermediate decision making skills for technical studies and services to adapt between standard and non-standard techniques
  • Develop basic project management skills by taking responsibility for the completion of any assigned independent projects
  • Develop necessary skills by working with and observing more experienced engineers as they make technical and project management level decisions

Teamwork and Leadership Skills:

  • Provide key technical support in a teamwork environment
  • Independently handle several SPP technical processes, studies or tasks with limited scope and minimum supervision
  • Assist more experienced engineers with advanced studies and technical process with appropriate supervision
  • Maintain awareness of more experienced engineering decision-making behavior in anticipation of future development of fundamental leadership abilities

SPP Culture and Core Values:

  • Embrace and promote the SPP Culture, Mission and Core Values in attitude toward stakeholder relationships, current work assignments as well as long term goals and strategic initiative of the organization
  • Incorporate a fundamental working understanding of the SPP Culture Drivers, Mission and Core Values and apply this directly to all engineering assignments and any SPP related effort, not necessarily limited to engineering


Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited university. Degree should be in a calculus-based engineering field such as: Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Systems Engineering

Experience Requirements:

  • Two (2) years of relevant engineering experience

Other Requirements:

  • Advanced Knowledge of PSSE Power Flow Software
  • Competent with the administrative and communication tools for word processing, spread sheet development and time keeping, as a minimum
  • Intermediate proficiency with most SPP power systems analysis tools with a solid command of several SPP tools and/or processes
  • Practical understanding of the SPP Open Access Transmission Tariff, FERC & NERC governing documents, SPP By-Laws, SPP Criteria and the SPP Committee structure
  • Strong knowledge of several power systems analysis tools applicable to power system steady state, dynamic, or database management systems
  • Strong inter-personal and team work skills along with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Advanced working knowledge with communication and data handling software such as Microsoft Office© Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point
  • Understanding of and compliance with SPP Policies and Procedures


  • A Professional Engineer License
  • Graduate level degree in related field of study

Work Environment:

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of workweek are Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Working extended hours may be required.

Travel Requirement:

This position requires minimal (0—15%) travel

Should you elect to apply for this position SPP will review your qualifications. If after reviewing the qualifications and experience of all applicants, your skills and credentials meet our needs, someone from our organization may contact you. Please be advised that the time required to complete the applicant review process typically takes between 30 and 90 days, but could extend beyond that. Once the position has been filled, all applicants will be notified via email. 

 Southwest Power Pool is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age or any other protected category.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines “reasonable accommodation” as a change or adjustment to a job or work environment that allows a qualified individual with a disability to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of a particular job, and does not cause an undue hardship for the employer.  SPP adheres to the ADA and reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions.


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Job Posting: 3052571

Posted On: Sep 14, 2021

Updated On: Sep 14, 2021