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Operations Systems Engineer (SCADA) - Rocklin

LocationVacaville, California;

Requisition ID # 116160 

Job Category : Information Technology; Engineering / Science; Maintenance / Construction / Operations 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Electric Operations

Department Overview

Operations Systems Engineer will perform all EMS SCADA modeling and testing needed to ensure the entire PG&E transmission system is controllable and visible (situational awareness) to Grid Operations, while providing an appropriate level of data and situational awareness for external systems that are impactful to the PG&E transmission area. In addition, the engineers provide operational and project related support of the Energy Management System (EMS) which is a critical system for the safe and reliable operation of the PG&E electric transmission system. The EMS team provides 24-hour rotational EMS support for the PG&E Grid Operations.

The Operations Systems Engineer will report to the Supervisor, Operations Systems and be a member of SCADA Modeling group. Operations Systems Engineers will be responsible for any of the following: troubleshooting, modeling transmission system equipment, testing new SCADA data points with field personnel, coordinating data needs with external teams, and supporting Grid Operations to ensure an overall high level of service to end users.

Operations Systems Engineers follow all PG&E processes and procedures and collaborate closely with key stakeholders to ensure systems, software, models, and data are meeting end users’ needs. EMS Engineers will participate in activities such as meetings, Grid Operations support, Training support, or systems support as needed and as directed by EMS management.

Position Summary

Career level engineer is responsible for leading the engineering and design of more complex SCADA models and projects.  Uses independent judgment in applying engineering principles and works with minimal supervision.  Resolves issues within the incumbent’s level of competency; consults more senior engineers on more difficult issues while ensuring critical needs are met quickly and efficiently. 



  • 3 years of experience in power system or control system engineering.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Control Systems Engineering, Computer Engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • 3 years of work experience supporting Energy Management System such as SCADA Modeling, Network Modeling and Display Work within the Bulk Electric System.


  • Knowledge of the GE Grid Solutions/Alstom EMS
  • Familiar with commercial/industrial electrical and/or mechanical prints.
  • Proficient at working with others to create system requirements documents, create functional specifications and architectural designs.
  • Good knowledge designing and writing software/scripting e.g.: VBA, Perl, C++, SQL, Oracle, Python, c# .NET, java, etc.
  • Exceptional written, documentation and verbal communication skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to work productively in fast-paced, real-time environment, and successfully navigate complex technical scenarios.
  • Knowledge of Power/Transmission Grid Control System and EMS
  • Knowledge of EMS/SCADA Modeling


  1. Work on testing, maintaining and troubleshooting EMS and address SCADA modeling deficiencies as needed.
  2. Provides real-time technical support to operations to analyze and resolve EMS SCADA issues. 
  3. Investigates, analyzes and resolves assigned technical issues.
  4. Interacts with internal clients regarding work projects/enhancements or issues.
  5. Provides real-time technical support to users, including EMS On-Call duties. Work with and support internal and external clients on work projects, enhancements, and issue resolution.
  6. Supports EMS team projects as directed.
  7. Provides post-event analysis of events such as modeling issues, data loss, communications failures, etc.
  8. Works with system vendors, contractors, internal and external stakeholders to resolve issues and implement solutions.
  9. Documents processes and technical specifications.
  10. Partners with EMS project teams to solve issues associated with modeling
  11. Acts as a first point of contact for multiple internal and external clients.
  12. Provides on-the-job training and guidance for colleagues with less experience.
  13. Maintains relationships and procedures with other PG&E teams that are responsible for providing the EMS SCADA engineers with modeling data.
  14. Supports the development and implementation of new system concepts based on end user needs and input from vendors.
  15. Takes full responsibility for assigned tasks and projects, including on-time completion.
  16. Performs work with a strong orientation to safety, teamwork, and overall customer satisfaction.
  17. Coordinates, implements, and maintains internal reporting systems.
  18. Follows, supports and maintains proper documentation and reports to ensure compliance with the NERC TOP and CIP standards.
  19. Updates and maintains accurate electric EMS SCADA model data on a timely basis to reflect changes in transmission grid.
  20. Operates, maintains, and troubleshoots EMS application models, configuration files, and databases.
  21. Assists in the development and operationalization of procedures and ensure compliance with applicable NERC Standards
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