EMS Program/ Analyst #20-54334

$60,000 - $90,000 yearly
  • SDG&E
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • Jul 31, 2020
Full time Engineering Information Technology Analyst

Job Description

Job Description

At SDG&E, we are committed to the community we call home, delivering clean, safe and reliable energy to better the lives of the people we serve in San Diego and southern Orange counties. Our commitment means we are creating a sustainable future by providing almost 45 percent of its electricity from renewable sources; modernizing natural gas pipelines; accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; supporting numerous non-profit partners; and, investing in innovative technologies to ensure safe and reliable operation of the region's infrastructure for generations to come.

Our highly trained and responsive employees with their diverse skills, talents and ideas are the reason we can deliver on our commitment and are building America's best energy company. They are also the reason why we have been recognized with the industry's most coveted awards. Our employees undertake challenging work, and receive highly competitive compensation and benefits. As one of the region's largest employers, we're always searching for talented and bright people to join our team. After all, it takes the best to build the best.

This position primarily is responsible for maintaining and developing SDG&E EMS computer software. The primary function of the EMS is to monitor and control the SDG&E's Bulk Power transmission system. Monitors all EMS workstations and servers and interpret the logs, on 5 different systems namely, primary EMS (MCC,) backup EMS (BCC,) Quality Assurance System (QAS,) Dispatcher Training Simulator (DTS) and PI reporting system, on a 24X7 basis, to ensure the system's compliance with NERC CIP requirements. Make continuous improvements to EMS systems to ensure the SDG&E grid control center has necessary tools to sufficiently operate the SDG&E transmission grid. Contribute in developing new, enhanced and improved applications and monitoring software to improve the reliability and availability of SDG&E transmission grid operations. Work on maintaining the SDG&E's real-time EMS (Energy Management System), including system upgrades, integration, databases, and software and applications support.

  • Perform all or part of software patching and software release upgrades to ensure the SDG&E transmission grid reliability as well as the NERC CIP-002 through CIP-009 compliance. Manage EMS access; conduct daily evaluations of EMS real-time control systems operations in order to reach the best system performance; communicate with the dispatchers, engineers and field crews; perform troubleshooting, problem analysis and resolution.
  • Enhance system EMS monitoring automation through the development of custom scripting and program development.
  • Manage and work on small EMS related projects from inception to completion, with minimum supervision. Troubleshoot and maintain the ICCP data transfer to various external entities, the SCADA real-time RTU telemetry, Power System Applications such as SE and CA, Dispatcher Training System (DTS), and PI interfaces, tags, and various PI ProcessBook and PI Vision displays to ensure that the SDG&E Transmission Control Center Operators are provided with the necessary tools to reliably operate the SDG&E transmission grid.
  • Work with the SDG&E Grid Control Team to incorporate the necessary EMS/SCADA database updates/changes for the SDG&E Grid Substations Remote Terminal Units (RTUs.) Work with the RTU Technicians to test the RTU telemetry of the Analog, Status and Accumulator points to ensure that the field RTUs correctly communicates with the EMS/SCADA.
  • Actively participate in cross-training for all integrated real-time control systems, maintain software documentation library and update the EMSO cookbook.
  • Work with other staff as a team when necessary; keep others informed of system changes, updates and programs that impact the real-time control systems.
  • Participate in Company-wide efforts to integrate data communication networks to provide power system data to company's internal staff, other utility companies and California ISO.
  • Keep up with the latest developments in the utility industry, to meet NERC, FERC or WECC standards and regulatory requirements, and California deregulation requirements.
  • Take part in the 24x7 support weekly rotation with other team members, acting as a central point of contact for all off-hours EMS software related issues reported by Grid Control Staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent, preferably in Computer Science/Engineering, Electrical Engineering with emphasis in power, Information System, or Mathematics. Requires a minimum of three years of experience related to the software development and operational support of real-time control systems. In addition, two years of experience on supporting distributed (client/server environment) computer system is highly desirable. Experience in Linux/Unix, scripting, programming languages, Oracle, sql, and databases is highly desirable. Must be able to lift 20 lbs.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Area of Interest
Program/Project Management
Jason Bailey


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