Outage Coordination Advisor

San Diego Gas & Electric
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SDG&E is an innovative San Diego-based energy company that provides clean, safe and reliable energy to better the lives of the people it serves in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The company is committed to creating a sustainable future by providing its electricity from renewable sources; modernizing natural gas pipelines; accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; supporting numerous non-profit partners; and, investing in innovative technologies to ensure the reliable operation of the region’s infrastructure for generations to come. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).


Our highly trained and responsive employees with their diverse skills, talents and ideas are the reason we can deliver on our commitment and are building America’s best energy company. They are also the reason why we have been recognized with the industry’s most coveted awards. Our employees undertake challenging work and receive highly competitive compensation and benefits. As one of the region’s largest employers, we’re always searching for talented and bright people to join our team. After all, it takes the best to build the best. Learn more about benefits HERE.


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Primary Purpose:

Provides essential support in managing the Bulk Power Electric Grid in a safe, reliable and economic manner.  Evaluates and processes outage requests, tracks capital project movement, identifies power system changes and performs a daily contingency analysis study used to identify operating concerns.  Develops a final daily schedule of construction and maintenance activities supported by real-time operating solutions to maintain the electric Transmission System in a normal state within the criteria set forth in the Grid Control Standard Practices.  Ensures all CAISO Outage Coordination submittal requirements are met.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Evaluates, screens and ensures implementation of daily maintenance and construction outage requests.  Develops the daily Transmission Outage Request program adhering to Grid Control scheduling criteria and optimizing system reliability.  Develops and recommends solutions to resolve conflicting scheduling requests to increase productivity.  Coordinates with construction and maintenance personnel to identify unscheduled or real time opportunities to perform work on already outaged facilities.  Develops plans to outage and restore facilities that require special testing or switching coordination.  Identifies and notes power system changes.  Verifies that all related documentation is complete, accurate and clear.  Makes notification to all necessary parties of final outage approvals, denials and constraints.  Arranges all necessary manpower requirements to implement the daily Transmission Outage Request.  Represents Grid Control Transmission Scheduling at meetings involving the coordination of maintenance and construction outages.  Maintains short, medium and long-term outage plans and historical databases. Submits outage request plans to the California Independent System Operator within required time frames.   – Conducts daily Transmission System power flow studies to identify thermal and reactive security limit violations that do not meet Grid Control criteria.  Develops remedial action solutions to eliminate or reduce operating security violations to meet Standard Practice guidelines.  Enhances Transmission System reliability to the extent possible without adversely impacting productivity and economics.  Recommends changes to the daily Transmission Outage Request if it is determined that an unnecessary security risk exists that could cause the loss of firm load.  Calculates and imposes operating limits on internal transmission lines, inter company paths, generation resources and voltage levels to eliminate or reduce operating security limits.  Determines the amount of daily San Diego area generation required to maintain Transmission System reliability.  Coordinates the most appropriate must-run generation dispatch using SDG&E and California’s Independent System Operator guidelines. Determines and utilizes the most cost effective solutions available when committing system resources to maintain Transmission System security. Provides an accurate forecast of the system area load profile that will be used in the security analysis process.  Understands and complies with the California Independent System Operator and SDG&E operating procedures.  Utilizes Energy Management System related software application programs (power network applications, transmission security management, dispatch training simulator, network status processor, equipment outage scheduling) as related to Grid Control real-time operations.  Develops analytical spreadsheets to produce reports using power system data stored in the Plant Information data collection node. Provides technical advice to real-time operations personnel related to unscheduled outages, forecasts and power flow program usage.
  • Takes the lead in developing and coordinating special capital construction projects related to Grid Control.  Establishes and maintains communications during special project development with outside entities providing a continuous proactive feedback to all persons interacting with Grid Control.  Coordinates and implements modifications required to the Energy Management System as a result of power system changes caused by the addition of capital projects.  Assures end users needs are met in a timely manner.  Coordinates required construction and maintenance outages with Transmission Scheduling.  Represents Grid Control at meetings involving the development and coordination of capital construction projects.  Creates and edits substation displays for the Energy Management System.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



Required Qualifications:

  • Must have experience typically gained through a minimum of 3 years of detailed power systems operations.
  • Successful candidate must hold NERC Reliability Coordinator Certification or obtain certification within 9 months.
  • Must have expertise in power system operations, principles and procedures.  A thorough understanding of electric system dynamics, transmission apparatus, protective relaying schemes, transmission switching procedures and control schemes specifically relating to transmission reliability is required.
  • Strong analytical/logical reasoning ability is required to be successful in the position.
  • Must have experience in power system control area concepts, interconnected operations, power grid circuit analysis, principles and procedures.
  • Must possess the ability to work alone as well as work efficiently within a team environment.
  • Must be able to multi-task and work under time-sensitive / high-pressure situations requiring the ability to make critical decisions in a fast-paced organization.
  • Must understand the dynamics of the SDG&E Transmission System and the surrounding service areas.
  • Must have an understanding of electric utility installations and components to support efficient coordination of electric transmission maintenance and construction activities.
  • Must have a working knowledge of California Independent System Operator operations as they apply to SDG&E.
  • Must be knowledgeable of Grid Control Standard Practices, Control Procedures and related documentation.
  • Must be able to read and interpret electric diagrams, maps and schematics.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.


Desired Qualifications:


  • A degree in electrical engineering is desirable.
  • Previous outage coordinator and/or supervisory/leadership experience in a related operating or engineering field is highly desirable.
  • In-depth knowledge of SDG&E’s electric grid system and operations is a plus.  Experience with Power Network Applications, Dispatch Training Simulators and Network Status Processor development, training experience and group presentations is desirable but not required.
  • The ability to quickly acquire and utilize new business knowledge and technical skills is desirable.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.