Austin, Texas

We are looking for a senior network engineer to join our dynamic team here in Austin TX. We need your valued experience and extensive knowledge to help us to designing, managing and operating our critical energy management system, the heart of LCRA to enhance the security and reliability of the grid network. This will be the work-life balance position which will allow you to have more time for your family and your loved ones.

You will be trusted to:

At a senior level, plans, designs and configures networks for LCRA TSC's real-time controls environments including the Energy Management Systems (EMS), Substation Wide Area Network (SUBWAN), associated ancillary systems and servers. Designs network architecture, network infrastructure and network solutions. Maintains knowledge of and ensures compliance of NERC, FERC and ERCOT reliability standards, including NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection Cybersecurity Standards. Maintains knowledge of and supports compliance with local, state, and federal reliability and cyber security standards. This position utilizes in-depth knowledge of best practices and experience in their own discipline to provide and improve
services. Takes a new perspective to solve complex problems. Works independently and receives minimal guidance. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience. May direct the work of other staff members.
• Responsible for design, implementation, Cybersecurity, and maintenance associated with the EMS and
SUBWAN.
• Maintains and configures firewalls, routers, and switches using standard protocols.
• Proactively monitors, analyzes and reviews multi-platform EMS computing environment and executes
problem avoidance practices in order to maintain a high level of reliability, availability and Cybersecurity.
• Identifies best and least cost network solutions that meet stringent security and availability requirements.
• Troubleshoots network systems including local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), and
networks supporting substation operations. Solves problems causing network outages including
identifying issues with hardware, operating system, application and capacity.
• Maintains network management software.
• Researches, analyzes and implements software patches or hardware changes to fix any network
deficiencies.
• Drafts, updates and follows detailed work instructions relating to EMS network maintenance.
• Acts as subject matter expert while working with vendors, documenting best practices and configuring
network tools.
• Documents changes made to systems or equipment through appropriate communications and record
keeping practices. Documents work into logs, files, system prints and other records and through
communications, both verbal and written, with other team members and supervisors.
• May provide on-the-job training and guidance for colleagues with less experience.
• Knowledge of computers, network components, operating systems and software applications
• Skills in implementation of security measures for Cybersecurity
• Skill in analyzing and solving technical problems
• Skill in verbal and written communication
• Skill in communicating effectively with team members, supervision/management and external
organizations under normal and emergency conditions
• Skill in articulating complex, technical information to both technical and non-technical audiences
• Skill in implementation of malware, spyware and security measures for Cyber security
• Skill in reading and interpreting diagrams and prints
• Skill in interpreting vendor manuals
• Skill in transfering knowledge to other staff
• Skill in office productivity applications (such as email, word processing, spreadsheets, etc.)
• Ability to work in a team environment
• Ability to balance competing and high priority work demands

You qualify with:

Nine or more years of experience in a technical field, computer science, engineering or network systems. A degree(s) in computer science, information technology, telecommunications, engineering, or relevant field may be substituted per LCRA guidelines for certain years of experience.

You are a great fit with:

- Knowledge of EMS/Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) applications or prior work experience in a mission critical or controls environment.
- Experience designing and/or operating networks.
- Knowledge of network related platforms, technologies, and protocols inclusive of Cisco IOS, Cisco NXOS, Juniper JunOS,, OSPF, BGP, Firewall, IDS/IPS and IPsec VPN.
- Proven experience in the following high availability technologies such as Juniper SRX Cluster, Virtual Chassis as well as Cisco Stackwise and VPC.
- Highly preferred certificates: JNCIP security/enterprise, CCNP security/enterprise
- Good experience with networking automation such as python and Ansible...

You gain:

- Competitive salary & medical, dental, vision and legal insurance

- Paid time off, including time for vacation, sick and family care leave

- 401(k) match up to 8% that includes a student loan 401(k) contribution program option

- Life and disability insurance

- Wellness program including wellness incentive

- Extensive learning & development programs

And more - all to create a compelling and rewarding work environment.

Equal Opportunity Employer

LCRA provides equal employment opportunities and a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at LCRA are based on business need, job requirement and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal and state legal requirements governing nondiscrimination in employment.

Advertised: 7/07/2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications close:

Austin, Texas

LCRA exists to serve the people of Texas. It’s been that way since the state Legislature created us in 1934. We continue that legacy today by providing a multitude of vital services to our customers and communities.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service.

What we do: We produce and deliver electric power, manage the lower Colorado River and provide a reliable water supply, manage a public parks system and support community development.

LCRA is funded by revenue we generate, the vast majority of which comes from generating and transmitting electricity. A very small portion of our revenue comes from selling water. We do not receive state appropriations or have the ability to levy taxes.

Our history

LCRA has deep roots in Texas, dating as far back as the Great Depression of the 1930s. We built the chain of dams that tamed the Colorado River and brought power to rural Central Texas for the first time.

Visit our website (www.lcra.org) to learn more about our organization!

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