The PUC is seeking an Engineering Specialist who has a desire to work in the utility regulatory industry, with a strong initiative, who would like to put their expertise and interest to work performing routine to advanced engineering analysis regarding a broad range of electric policy issues. Work involves analyzing technical issues related to energy markets, including participating in and leading projects, rulemakings, legislative analysis, and related policy-development activities. Work involves extensive contact with market economists, Commission attorneys, industry representatives, and other professional staff. Work under moderate to limited supervision with limited to considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
Provide technical support and conduct quantitative analysis of data relating to electric markets, regulated electric utilities, and infrastructure planning, preparing written briefing materials as needed. May also work on issues relating to the agency’s oversight of the telecommunications and water industries.
Monitor and provide technical expertise relating to activities conducted by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and ERCOT stakeholder committees, other state agencies, Midwest ISO (MISO), Southwest Power Pool (SPP), and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Participate in policy development, including rulemaking activities in coordination with other divisions.
Provide information and represent the agency when needed regarding Commission policies and procedures to industry stakeholders, customers, personnel of the legislature, other government agencies, and the public.
Participate in the investigation of issues relevant to the electric industry and the preparation of reports on topics including technical standards development, electric reliability and operations, market efficiency, service availability, and other relevant matters.
Prepare written or oral expert testimony for filing in contested proceedings and defend testimony under cross-examination. Work closely with attorneys and other professional staff in the pre-hearing through post-hearing stages of contested cases.
Work with the Legal Division and other Commission Staff to manage the oversight of rules and protocols relating to the electric market.
Stay up-to-date on technological advances and standards development in the electric industry.
May be required to travel out of state for trainings and meetings.
Demonstrate a spirit of teamwork, offering positive and constructive ideas, encouragement, and support to other members of the staff and team, while upholding the PUC’s mission and core values.
Adhere to all PUC personnel policies and division procedures and perform other work as assigned.
REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with a bachelor or post-graduate degree in engineering, business with coursework in engineering, or related field.
Engineering Specialist II: Minimum of two (2) years of full-time work experience in engineering related activities, field or system operations, or planning.
Engineering Specialist III: Minimum of three (3) years of full-time work experience in engineering related activities, field or system operations, or planning.
Engineering Specialist IV: Minimum of four (4) years of full-time work experience in engineering related activities, field or system operations, or planning.
Engineering Specialist V: Minimum of five (5) years of full-time work experience in engineering related activities, field or system operations, or planning.
he Public Utility Commission of Texas regulates the state's electric, telecommunication, and water and sewer utilities, implements respective legislation, and offers customer assistance in resolving consumer complaints.