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EMS Administrator I/II/Sr.

EMS Administrator I/II/Sr.

# Positions 
1
Location 
TX-Austin

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General Overview

At an entry to senior level, provides software and hardware support for LCRA TSC’s real-time controls environments including the Energy Management Systems (EMS) and Substation Wide Area Network (SUBWAN), associated ancillary systems and servers in areas such as design, development, user administration, configuration, deployment, installation, tuning, monitoring, maintenance and updating.  Participates in managing incidents, problems and anomalies including recognition, analysis and resolution. Maintains awareness of NERC, FERC and ERCOT Reliability standards including Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards. Ensures compliance with applicable NERC standards. Participates in maintaining Availability of the controls environments.  Documents changes made to systems or equipment through appropriate change management, communications and record keeping practices. 

 

This position develops competence by performing structured work assignments and receives instruction, guidance and direction from supervisor, manager and/or more experienced colleagues.

 

The Administrator may focus on one of the four areas outlined below:

 

Database Administration

 

  • Configures and sets up alarms, limits, ratings, and calculated points in EMS consistent with Transmission Engineering and Transmission Operations and EMS Technical Support's methodologies.
  • Provides data from EMS database by writing basic SQL queries.
  • Manages user's access to EMS databases and EMS User Interface.
  • Supports adding/modifying/removing remote terminal units (RTUs) in the Energy Management System (EMS) database in conjunction with work happening in the field using EMS specific processes.

 

 Application Administration

 

  • Provides technical expertise on EMS/SCADA application features and functionality.
  • Provides support to EMS/SCADA system software and applications by developing new applications as well as troubleshooting issues and working on fixes.
  • Works with EMS/SCADA and other application vendors for upgrades and routine maintenance.
  • Checks for security patches and follows change management procedures to install and test patches.

 

Network Administration

 

  • Maintains the Network Infrastructure associated with the EMS and SUBWAN.
  • Troubleshoots network systems including local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), and networks supporting substation operations.
  • Maintains and configures firewalls, routers, and switches using standard protocols.
  • Creates and maintains numerous VPN’s and new firewall additions.
  • Maintains network management software.
  • Researches, analyzes and implements software patches or hardware changes to fix any network deficiencies.
  • Drafts, updates and follows detailed work instructions relating to network maintenance using established processes and procedures.
  • Identifies best and cost effective network solutions that meet stringent security and availability requirements.
  • Support the asset identification/categorization process for devices/servers in the EMS and SUBWAN environments for regulatory purposes.

 

System Administration

 

  • Performs periodic patching of Linux based servers and ancillary systems. Tests the EMS applications functionality after patching.
  • Checks patch sources for applicable patches and prepares change documentation.
  • Develops custom scripts to help with administration and maintenance of EMS applications and servers.
  • Provides password management and user management.
  • Performs periodic backups and test restoration of backups.
  • Resolves operational issues with EMS software and applications.

 

 

This general overview only includes essential functions of the job and does not imply that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instruction and to perform any other job-related duties requested by supervisor or management.

Minimum Qualifications

EMS Administrator I

Four or more years of experience in the respective focus area.  A degree(s) in computer science, information technology, telecommunications, engineering, or relevant field may be substituted per LCRA guidelines for certain years of experience.

 

EMS Administrator II

Six or more years of experience in the respective focus area.  A degree(s) in computer science, information technology, telecommunications, engineering, or relevant field may be substituted per LCRA guidelines for certain years of experience.

 

EMS Administrator Sr.

Nine or more years of experience in the respective focus area.  A degree(s) in computer science, information technology, telecommunications, engineering, or relevant field may be substituted per LCRA guidelines for certain years of experience.

Specific Posting Information

Knowledge of EMS/Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) applications or prior work experience in a mission critical or controls environment. This position will focus on the following two areas.

 

 

Application Administration

  • Knowledge of standard software application development methods and relational databases
  • Knowledge of Web services and Service Oriented Architectures
  • Knowledge of UNIX, shell and/or Windows-based programming
  • Skill in debugging programs
  • Skill in interpreting users’ needs and developing solutions to solve users’ problems
  • Skill in programming usingJava, C,C++ , Python and PL/SQL programming

  

System Administration:

  • Knowledge of UNIX shell scripting