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At WECC, we affect the lives of 80 million people by mitigating risks to a reliable power system in the West. The grid is changing quickly as environmental regulations, economics, technology, and customer demands continue to push the power industry to new limits. As a Risk Assessment and Registration Engineer, you will identify, and assist entities with, future risks that might impact Western Interconnection and help take proactive actions to influence mitigation of this risk through Registration and risk assessment processes.
In your role as the Senior Registration Engineer, you will analyze the facts and circumstances associated with potential noncompliance to determine the risk to the reliability and security of the bulk power system (BPS). You will also work with registered entities (electric utilities) to implement mitigation plans. You will review BPS events, such as energy management system (EMS) failures, loss of generation or load, and non-convergence of State Estimator (SE) and Real-Time Contingency Analysis (RTCA) models.
- Serve as a subject matter expert to other WECC departments and registered entities and deliver presentations at workshops, webinars, and conferences about the application of Operations and Planning (O&P) standards to transmission facilities, generation facilities, and control center operations.
- Lead and coordinate different registration projects and monitor day-to-day WECC registration activities, including analyzing and maintaining documentation, processing requests, and responding to inquiries related to registration and reliability assessments.
- Provide technical guidance and perform bulk electric system (BES) assessments while evaluating and responding to registration requests.
- Manage the BES Exception Process and participate on ERO Technical Review Panels as requested.
- Participate in activities related to certification as needed.
- Work with cross-functional teams to ensure that activities related to registration, certification, and compliance oversight coordinate with WECC’s “Invented Future.”
- Assist entities with Inherent Risk Assessments (IRA) and Compliance Oversight Plans (COP) used to develop risk-based compliance monitoring plans, particularly transmission and generation operations and maintenance.
- Help develop outreach materials to teach registered entities about improvements to Registration and Risk Assessment processes.
- Help develop Regional Risk Assessments as necessary.
- Support intra-departmental initiatives with the Enforcement and O&P audit teams.
- Perform other duties related to the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP) as assigned or required, and coordinate with standards drafting teams on improvements to standards.
You will enjoy this role if you have—
- A bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and related industry experience resulting in a demonstrated ability to perform major duties.
- At least five years of relevant industry experience in at least two of the following areas:
- EMS engineering;
- Transmission planning;
- Transmission line design and maintenance; and
- Protection system maintenance and design.
- An understanding of CMEP processes, including risk assessments, monitoring, and enforcement.
- An understanding of Registration and Certification processes.
- Knowledge of the following areas:
- NERC compliance standards and monitoring or implementation of these standards;
- The electric industry, electric power generation, transmission, and power system reliability;
- Business and operational functions of an electric utility and familiarity with the risks and controls of these functions; and
- Operational risk management and operational process mapping.
- Industry certifications such as PMP, PE, or NERC System Operator Certification.
- Experience in a wide range of complex analyses, reports, and investigations concerning operations and maintenance of the BPS.
- The ability to give clear, comprehensive reports and to present research, findings, and recommendations, both spoken and in writing, to a diverse audience of technical and non-technical professionals.
- A willingness to adapt to the changes in processes and continuously improve.
At WECC we—
- Seek information and ask for help,
- Are accountable,
- Embrace the challenges and rewards of change,
- Treat everyone as a colleague,
- Pursue continuous learning,
- Focus on results over completing activities.
WECC offers an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, a 401(k) plan, and paid personal time.
Be a part of something that matters!