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Sr. Systems/Business Analyst
Golden, Colorado  |  Hybrid
Contract Position
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Applied on December 9, 2021
Job Id #52038 Posted November 10, 2021

Position Description:
  • Transmission Security Modeling experience preferred. Project resource responsible for administration planning, problem-solving, and oversight of one or more advanced applications utilized to control and monitor the electrical grid. Responsible for ongoing development and implementation of SCADA applications.
  • Apply business knowledge and application expertise to support the implementation and maintenance of the Energy Management System (EMS) database and display work activity for the electrical system and available telemetry.
  • Assess the need for and monitor modifications to the database impacting the real-time SCADA System while supporting other applications including Automatic Generation Control (AGC), Energy Accounting, ICCP, ITS, and Network Analysis, which are all used for controlling and monitoring compony 's electrical grid.
  • This position provides support for the company's  EMS Network Applications and Model Management systems.
  • These systems are used to update the company's  Bulk Transmission Model for implementation in the Energy Management System (EMS) and other downstream applications and use that model to run critical real-time operational analysis including state estimation, contingency analysis. Engineer will participate in daily model update, support activities for Real Time and EMS upgrade projects.
Essential Responsibilities 
  • Evaluate and identify the impact of database changes for assigned areas and across impacted Regional Transmission Systems (RTS) and Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs).
  • Analyze and determine the correct system operating changes related to the transmission, distribution, and generation electrical system using data collected from engineering projects and available company diagrams.
  • Determine which advanced applications will be affected by changes.
  • Plan and conduct research in problem areas of varying scope and complexity. Resolve and/or make recommendations regarding unique issues and problems.
  • Coordinate ongoing work activities with Control System Operators, Energy Markets, field personnel, technicians, neighboring utilities, appropriate power pools, and other Database Specialists, as required. 
  • Ensure correct system configuration is available for field technicians.
  • Implement changes to the real-time SCADA database in a timely manner using Oracle and Spectrum DBA, as needed. Update displays to reflect changes on the system.
  • Monitor database changes to ensure accurate and complete. Complete testing before, during and after implementation, as required.
  • Resolve and/or make recommendations regarding problems encountered in testing or implementation phases. 
  • Provide expertise to management in one or more of the advanced applications, to recommend, and to incorporate these changes appropriately. Provide direction and support to less senior team members and users of the advanced applications. 
  • Responsible to develop plans for and to ensure enhancement of existing database and display maintenance methods.
  • Ensure the integrity of the database using special utilities, Linux, and SQL.
  • Support new and changing requirements by the end-users of the system.
  • Set up and maintain all data to be archived. 
  • Develop, recommend, and maintain standards, policies, and procedures for the EMS database and displays for standardization across all three regions of company.
  • Provide training and work direction to others working in the database and display maintenance group.
  • Provide technical expertise to less senior team members and functional and business areas including engineering, Energy Markets, and other utilities, and as required. 
  • 5 years SCADA heavily preferred


  • Business Analyst: Expert

 Required skillsets:

  • Transmission Security Modeling experience;
  • Electric Utility experience;
  • 5 year SCADA experience.

Essential Functions: 

  • Participate and provide subject matter expertise in the daily Transmission Model Update process by modeling the electric grid and ensuring successful data transfer of such to downstream systems including EMS SCADA, Transmission Security Management (TSM) suite of advanced applications which includes State Estimator ,Contingency Analysis and Power Flow 
  • Provide real-time support for the reliable and accurate real-time execution of all Network Applications.
  • This may include diagnosing and troubleshooting issues like non-convergence, bad data, application bugs, inaccurate modeling, for critical production systems 
  • Should be able to handle data exchange between neighboring utilities and ISO. 
  • Understanding of SCADA and ICCP to maintain real time data 
  • Participate in support for Operating Training Simulator 
  • Participate updating one-line diagram for Operator by maintaining company's  display standards. 
  • Understanding of Oracle database shell and Perl Scripting Qualification: 
  • Bachelor with Electrical Engineering preferred with Power system or relevant experience Preferred: 
  • Experience with EMS/SCADA GE XA21 or Power on Reliance will be considered.

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