at El Paso Electric.
Location El Paso, TX
Date Posted March 20, 2020
Category Default
Job Type Full-time



For over 100 years, El Paso Electric Company has been serving West Texas and Southern New Mexico with safe and reliable electric energy. Today, we are a regional electric utility with over 1,000 employees providing generation, transmission and distribution service to approximately 400,000 retail and wholesale customers in a 10,000 square mile service area. Our common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EE and we invite you to visit our website to learn more about our rich history, our plans for the future, and great career opportunities with El Paso Electric Company.


Under close supervision of the Supervisor of EMS Infrastructure, the Engineer – EMS Infrastructure is responsible for the maintenance of the software, hardware and related equipment associated with the Energy Management System (EMS), including supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, the economic dispatch/automatic generation control (AGC) systems, the network applications/security assessment systems and the energy accounting systems.

DATE POSTED: 03/10/20 CLOSING DATE: 03/18/20
STARTING SALARY: $62,300 - $95,789 Salary is commensurate with experience.


Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate with or without a reasonable accommodation that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

Preferred Candidate:
Direct experience with administration of Cybersecurity solutions such as SIEM, configuration change monitoring, user access management, anti-virus, malware detection, firewall, ACLs, network security, IPS, IDS, vulnerability scanning, patch management, encryption solutions and/or penetration testing.
Previous direct involvement with Information Security regulatory or industry compliance requirements such as NERC, SOX, PCI DSS, HIPAA and/or FISMA. Familiarity with IT Governance Standards, guidelines and best practices such as CIP, NIST, CIS and/or SANS. Excellent documentation practices and the ability to pay great attention to detail.

Possible assignments include:
Implement and maintain Compliance and Cybersecurity controls to protect the software, hardware and related equipment associated with the Energy Management System (EMS) from cyber threats. Maintain, review and update NERC CIP standards procedures, IT change management strategy and documentation compatible with fiduciary oversight and auditability (e.g. NERC/CIP).

On a regular basis, conduct reviews of released software/firmware security updates, anti-virus signatures, security information event management (SIEM) logs, system configuration change reports, change management documentation, IDS/IPS reports and ensure proper action is taken upon any findings. Regularly review change management documentation and evidence for accuracy. Perform periodic vulnerability scans and develop remediation plans. Monitor cybersecurity tools such as SIEM, IPS and Patch management system, for abnormal activity, vulnerabilities and security alerts.
Plan, coordinate, analyze, design and modify existing security controls, safeguards, policies, and procedures. Lead and execute security posture assessment activities of EMS related systems. Perform software version upgrades and configuration enhancements on existing security application suites. Prepare for, and actively participate in, periodic NERC CIP Audits. Collaborate with team members, business units and consultants regularly.


• Engineering, Power Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, Mathematics or related technical/engineering/scientific field.


• 0 – 5 years’ or more experience required


1. Knowledge of Windows, UNIX, Cisco Operating Systems and relational databases.
2. Knowledge with one of the following programming languages to generate scripts and batch jobs: Visual Basic, Perl, or Python.
3. Ability to analyze and interpret data and prepare reports and presentations from data obtained.
4. Ability to effectively perceive, analyze and resolve complex computer system problems concurrently.
5. Must have knowledge of cyber security principles.
6. Knowledge of data center operations and related technologies such as servers, operating systems, networking, storage systems and virtualization.
7. Knowledge in the use of several software applications, including spreadsheets, databases, word-processing, scheduling and presentation packages, Microsoft applications, preferred.
8. Effective verbal and written communication skills.
9. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with officers, managers, fellow employees, and the public.
10. Ability to maintain a strong sense of propriety concerning confidential matters.


1. Participates in multiple projects related to EMS infrastructure, applications, and desktop computing. Track and report project task progress as directed.
2. Maintain and configure software associated with the power control system.
Provides accurate and complete documentation of configured software. Designs and develops systems for maximum uptime and efficiency.
3. Participates in the recommendation and coordination of hardware equipment selection, replacement installation and repair, in accordance with operational requirements and system configuration specifications. Identifies viable alternatives to resolve problems and plans activities to minimize equipment incompatibility.
4. Participates in EMS Support tasks and ensures that core systems are available, scalable, and secure per company requirements for all production systems.
5. Assures that new or modified systems and programs are consistent with operating requirements and compatible with other interfacing systems. Reviews proposed systems additions or modifications to ensure compatibility with and continued integrity of the system.
6. Ensures system integrity by monitoring the performance of all involved parties; proactively anticipates the need for system enhancements; shares technical information to meet internal customer needs.
7. Provides resolution to infrastructure technical problems and ensure communications to all stakeholders during production-affecting incidents.
8. Ensure all productions system uptime, performance, and availability service levels are maintained at target levels.
9. Train employees on the technical programs, procedures and practices of the EMS support department. Serves as technical resource, as appropriate, to acquaint new employees with the EMS.
10. Coordinates with external sources, the implementation and maintenance of new or existing systems and programs, as appropriate.
11. Maintain a long-term view and recognize obstacles and opportunities from a technology systems perspective.
12. Maintain a change management strategy compatible with fiduciary oversight and auditability (e.g., SOX, NERC/CIP, etc.).
13. Maintain high standards in legal compliance, security, and IT governance. Generate, and maintain systems documentation and reports as required per NERC CIP or other regulatory standards.
14. Maintain EMS infrastructure (Servers, Storage, Telecom, Network, Security Devices, and Data Centers) and ensure that core systems are available, scalable, and secure per company requirements for all production systems.
15. Maintain Cyber Security as it relates to EMS infrastructure and computer systems.
16. Perform Cyber Security and Compliance activities on a scheduled basis, such as tracking, evaluating, and installing Cyber Security updates and malware signatures, monitor for system baseline configuration changes, review security logs, perform audits on security controls, review system access lists and other activities as required.
17. Maintain contracts with vendors as it relates EMS infrastructure software, hardware and services.
18. Complies with all applicable Company policies, procedures and code of ethics as well as all applicable governmental laws and regulations to include employment, safety and environmental standards and regulations.
19. Perform other related tasks that are not included but are within the context of the duties defined.


The incumbents in this classification are not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions; primary work environment is typically of an office or administrative nature. Due to the nature of employment, employee may be exposed occasionally to outside environmental conditions.
1. Participates in 24x7 callout rotation with other team members to keep the EMS on-line and operating.
2. May work non-standard hours.
3. May require travel to Company work sites.
4. May require out of town travel.


1. Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of force.
2. Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.
3. Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces.
4. Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist.
5. Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
6. Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
7. Crawling: Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
8. Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
9. Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
10. Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks.
11. Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position.
12. Fingers: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling.
13. Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
14. Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape and temperatures or texture by touching with skin, i.e., fingertips.
15. Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; those activities in which detailed or important spoken instructions must be conveyed to other workers accurately, loudly or quickly.
16. Hearing: Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make fine discriminations in sound, such as when making fine adjustments on machined parts.
17. Visual acuity: Color, depth perception and field of vision to include measurement devices for close inspection and analysis.

If interested in applying for this position, you must apply on-line by March 18, 2020 5:00 PM, , 2020. (Please scroll back up to the “Apply Now” button)

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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