Sr Operations Engineer - Planning (North Region)

  • 250 Outcropping Way, Folsom, CA 95630, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) manages the flow of electricity across the high-voltage, long-distance power lines that make up 80 percent of California's power grid. We safeguard the economy and well-being of 30 million Californians by operating the grid reliably 24/7.

As the impartial grid operator, the California ISO opens access to the wholesale power market that is designed to diversify resources and lower prices. It also grants equal access to 25,865 circuit-miles of power lines and reduces barriers to diverse resources competing to bring power to customers.

The California ISO's function is often compared to that of air traffic controllers. It would be grossly unfair for air traffic controllers to represent one airline and profit from allowing that company's planes to go through before others. In the same way, the California ISO operates independently—managing the electron traffic on a power grid we do not own—making sure electricity is safely delivered to utilities and consumers on time and reliably.

Job Description

Under the general direction of the Manager, works on highly complex engineering projects and provides engineering support to real-time grid operations for the California ISO.  Primarily responsible for analyzing, coordinating and approving outages for the CAISO grid, establishing and updating daily limits, and documenting the associated operating procedures to support the safe and reliable operation of the system.  Participates in the development of ISO policies and methodologies associated with the reliable operation of the transmission grid.

What You Will Be Doing:

  • Prepares and conducts operating and clearance studies including power flow and contingency analyses, to maintain reliable operation; provides requirements for clearance conditions, and supports and assists in the development and documentation of operating requirements and instructions in the outage plans and operating procedures.
  • Acts as a point of contact for operations, providing direct feedback on daily operational matters.  Attends operations planning meetings to communicate current and next day plans as required.
  • Provides basic training and guidance to Associate Engineers.
  • Analyzes operational issues in collaboration with operators and recommends modifications to existing operating procedures. Assesses the impacts of transmission and generation additions/deletions to operations, recommends revisions to operating plans, communicates revised plan to operations, and updates operating procedures.
  • Analyzes monthly resource adequacy supply plans for adequate local and system capacity coverage for planned clearances.
  • Adheres to the NERC Reliability Standards, other requirements in accordance with pre-established guidelines and system's physical limitations, as well as pre-existing policies, practices and procedures.  Ensures compliance with internal procedures, NERC/WECC standards, and government regulations.
  • Provides engineering support and technical expertise for real-time systems concerns and operations requests.



Education and Experience:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering plus five (5) or more years related experience or a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering plus three (3) or more years related experience is required.
  • Curriculum in Electrical Power Engineering strongly preferred.


  • Must have or be able to obtain NERC Certification within six months of employment. 
  • Professional Engineer License desired.

Type of Experience:

  • Experience conducting simulation and analytical studies of electric power systems including power flow and contingency analysis using programs such as PSS/E, GE PSLF, PSAT, or EMS required.
  • Electric utility industry experience with a power engineering emphasis in any of the following required:
    • Operations
    • Planning
    • Electricity Market
    • Renewable Integration
    • Design
    • Maintenance
    • Construction
    • Protection,
    • Energy Management Systems 

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.