Protection & Control- Engineer/Designer

Company Name:
Southern Company
Southern Company is seeking an entry-level to mid-career electrical engineer / designer for its Birmingham, AL Transmission operations. This position is focused on the design of protection and control systems for Southern Company''s transmission and distribution substations. The successful candidate will provide engineering drawings, specifications, and material requirements for capital improvement projects with emphasis on safety, quality, schedule and costs. This vacancy will be filled as an engineer or technical designer based upon the qualifications of the applicant.
Summary of Position Requirements and Duties:
Knowledge of basic electrical power system theory is required
Ability to efficiently design protective relay & control schemes utilizing microprocessor based relay systems in both green and brown field projects
Provide detail design packages & engineering field support for construction and commissioning personnel
Ability to efficiently utilize CAD systems to provide engineering documents
Ability to develop effective plans, establish goals, and monitor progress toward task completion
Knowledge and technical understanding of operational purpose and application of substation equipment
Majority of Protection & Control work is in an office environment with some travel for site visits, meetings, conferences and training required with a priority emphasis on safety
Position will support Southern Company storm restoration efforts
Education & Experience/Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Bachelor degree in engineering or engineering technology degree with electrical / electronics emphasis preferred.
Non-degreed candidates with extensive prior design or commissioning experience will be considered
Experience in transmission &/or distribution substation operations, power delivery, test engineering, and/or substation control design engineering a plus
Substation protective relay testing experience along with control scheme testing and commissioning experience a strong plus
For less experienced engineers /designers, electrical engineering courses that will be helpful in this position will include Power System Analysis, Protective Relaying, Control Systems and Electric Machine Theory.
Understanding of substation protection & control scheme operation is preferred
Experience working with document management &estimating; systems is desirable
CAD experience is preferred
Strong computer, time management & excellent communication skills (oral & written)
Professional Engineer (P.E.) License or Engineer-in-Training Certificate is desirable
Opportunities:
Learn how a power system/utility operates and how substations are designed and built
The ability to attend a variety of classes to aid in professional development. Many of these classes are designed for new engineers / designers to help them improve their skills and knowledge to be successful
Work for a large electric utility that offers many opportunities for advancement
Challenges:
Working with technologies that range from the older electromechanical relays to modern microprocessor relays
Support operations and construction functions to ensure a reliable, safe and secure power system
Learn protection schemes that support the operation of an efficient & dependable power system
Handle multiple projects simultaneously, setting priorities, and using effective time management and organizational skills to achieve project team goals
With 4.4 million customers and more than 42,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy company serving the Southeast. A leading U.S. producer of electricity, Southern Company owns Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power, Southern Nuclear, Southern Power, SouthernLINC Wireless and Southern Telecom. Southern Company also has a growing competitive generation company. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices below the national average. Southern Company is consistently listed among the top U.S. electric service providers in customer satisfaction by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).
We offer a competitive compensation package. Equal Opportunity Employer.
Operating Company: Southern Company Services
State-Region: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Job Field: Engineering
Work Locations: APC Corporate Headquarters - 600 North 18th Street 600 North 18th Street Birmingham 35203
Req ID: SCS2003955

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