• EMS Administrator Sr

    Location US-TX-Austin
    # Positions
  • General Overview

    At a 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 utilizes in-depth knowledge of best practices and experience in own discipline to provide and improve services.  Takes a new perspective to solve complex problems.  Works independently and receives minimal guidance.  Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience.  May direct the work of other staff members.


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


     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.


    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

    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.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Knowledge of EMS/Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) applications or prior work experience in a mission critical or controls environment.

    • 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


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