Communications Engineer/Associate (Microwave/Fiber)
CPS Energy - San Antonio, TX

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CPS Energy is the Largest Municipally Owned Energy Company in the Nation Providing Both Gas and Electricity to San Antonio and surrounding communities. For over 80 years CPS Energy employees have provided for the energy needs of over 600,000 industrial, commercial and residential customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area. We have a strong history of industry leading, financial performance, customer satisfaction, and participation in economic development, and community involvement.

Thanks to our status as a community-owned, not-for-profit energy utility and our diversified mix of fuels, we are able to provide our customers with reliable and more affordable energy services than many other companies.

We also offer a competitive compensation and benefits package with excellent career opportunities for both professional and personal growth.

Presently, CPS Energy is hiring for a Communications Engineer/Associate. See how CPS Energy can ~ work for you! “

Position Summary

Identifies and fulfills Communications Systems & Infrastructure Engineering needs while providing the following functions: project schedule management; budget management; analysis of communications infrastructure needs; design of communications infrastructure; management of contract labor forces; provide subject matter expertise in radio systems, fiber optics, towers, telephony, construction, protective relaying, ancillary communications system components and general utility engineering practices.

Working Environment
Indoor work, operating computer, manual dexterity, talking, hearing, repetitive motion. There are occasions to work around high voltage equipment due to communications facilities existing in electric substations and power plants. Use of personal computing equipment, telephone, multi-functioning printer and calculator. Ability to travel to and from meetings, training sessions or other business related events. After hours work may be required. Overnight travel may be required.

Physical Demands
Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg control requires exertion of forces greater than that of sedentary work and if the worker sits most of the time, the job is considered light work.

Job Function
• Develops and maintains project schedules and timelines, including allocation of resources, calculation of percent completion, etc.
• Develops and maintains project budgets, including analysis of total costs, current expenditures and estimates of costs to complete project work.
• Develops projections of future budget needs in both Operation and Maintenance expenditures and Capital investments.
• Designs optical networks used to control gas & electrical control systems and supports the communications necessary for power plant, corporate and energy delivery systems.
• Analyzes fiber optic network infrastructure for percent utilization, future growth needs and maintenance requirements.
• Designs new fiber optic infrastructure including route studies, analysis of projected loading on support structures, sag and tension of aerial cables, support hardware requirements, cable vibration and galloping and general constructability.
• Designs tower and supports structures including development of wind and ice loading cases, foundation design, existing and planned antennas and hardware.
• Designs communication shelters and communications rooms including equipment layouts, rack elevations, cable entrances, heat loads and cooling requirements, power and lighting, surge protection, grounding and structured cabling requirements.
• Designs analog and digital radios to include Microwave, Multiple Address, Two-Way Voice, Mobile Data and Paging. Operates and obtains licenses through the FCC.
• Develops purchase orders for materials, equipment and construction services. Works closely with purchasing throughout the bidding, analysis, and award phases of the purchasing process. Evaluates bids for technical completeness, cost, and other factors as required.
• Manages the use of contract services, prepares construction job packages, evaluates work for completeness and technical accuracy, evaluates billing and provides technical advice as required.
• Provides subject matter expertise and training to junior engineers in diverse subject areas related to communications and general utility engineering practices including but not limited to microwave radio systems, opto-electronics, fiber optic and metallic outside plant cabling, inside plant structured cabling, structural engineering requirements, protective relaying, construction practices and utility business practices.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

The “Engineering Associate / Engineer Program”

This program is designed to stay in line with the Texas Engineering Practice Act (TEPA), also to ensure that CPS Energy continues to attract, retain, and motivate our Engineering staff as well as continue to provide career and salary growth opportunities.

•The program details define the level of experience and required certifications/licenses to proceed to next level. Candidates will be brought in based on their years of experience, and in line with Engineering Associate/Engineer program including meeting any and all required licenses.

•All candidates will be designated as “Engineer in Training or (EIT)” Engineering Associate 1, 2. A Texas P.E. license will be required for progression to the Engineer level and Senior Engineer. At the Engineer level, as designated for Engineers and Senior Engineers, all employees will be required to sign and seal engineering work, as each job requires.

•All candidates will be reviewed and considered for all levels when applying for any Engineer positions. Candidates must meet the minimum requirements in order to be considered qualified per the requirements of each level as defined below.

Position Requirements

For this position, reviewing candidates at these defined levels:

Engineer Associate 1
•Bachelors degree in Engineering in an Engineering field from an ABET accredited four year college or university.
•Minimum 1 year engineering experience

Engineer Associate 2
•Level I Requirements above
•Engineer in Training (EIT) designation from Texas Board of Professional Engineers

•Level I & Level II requirements above
•Minimum 4 years engineering experience.
•A Texas Professional Engineer (P.E.)

Sr Engineer
•Level I, II, III requirements above
•Minimum 7+ years engineering experience.
•As required, deemed fully effective in ability to sign and seal his/her own engineering work by staff oversight

• Dependent on level above

• Dependent on level above.

License & Certification
• Professional Engineer
• Valid Class C Texas Driver’s License

• Drug Test (Pass)

• Familiarity with electric generation, SCADA, Advanced metering, and power quality monitoring is preferred.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Package, including word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation software, electronic mail and scheduling.
• Must have favorable driving record

1. Very important to this position are: accuracy, critical thinking, reading comprehension, active listening, speaking, judgment and decision making, monitoring.
2. Important to this position are: presentations, detail.

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