Protection & Controls Engineer

  • Permanent
  • United States
  • $130,000 - $160,000 GBP / Year

Job Description


This position requires a broad knowledge of electrical utility and substation engineering principles and practices acquired through progressive experience and education. This position requires a strong technical background in protection and controls to develop and implement designs for existing and new transmission and distribution projects.  This position requires at least eight (8) years of electrical controls design experience working for an electrical utility or similar industry.


·   Provide designs of the protection and controls for electrical utility projects.

·   Proficiency working on protection and control drawings including one-line diagrams, relay protection, control schematics, instrumentation and alarm schematics, SCADA controls, racks and panels views, wiring diagrams, cable schedules and bill of materials.

·   Work collaboratively with electrical layout designers, civil designers, electrical project engineers, system protection engineers, construction supervisors, and construction field personnel.

·   Provide guidance and reviews of protection and controls designs completed by others.

·   Conduct site walkdowns as required to assess field conditions, evaluate scope of work, compare or verify drawing content, and meet with field personnel and other stakeholders to collaborate project requirements.

·   Provide technical expertise to the engineering and construction personnel.

·   Coordinate with vendors and manufacturers and review technical documentation including vendor drawings.

·   Lead and mentor junior designers and actively participate in technical discussions as needed by the project team(s).

·   Be an active participant and contributor to improvements in standards and design processes.

What we’re looking for:

·    B.S  degree in Electrical Engineering

·    Eight (8) years or more of electrical utility experience and knowledge of electrical substations and switching stations equipment, e.g., transformers, circuit breakers, medium voltage switchgear, gas insulated substations (GIS), regulators, capacitor banks, disconnect switches, oil pumping plants, and associated electrical system for switching and substations and or outside plant electric distribution and/or transmission systems.

·    Candidate must possess a proficient knowledge of protective relay schemes and applications, SCADA, metering, A.C & D.C power and controls, alarms, fiber optic communication and equipment monitoring systems.

·    Proficient in working on one-line controls, schematics for protective relays including microprocessor relays, control schematics, alarms, auxiliary power, SCADA and metering circuits, etc. and understanding of electrical layout drawings in order to effectively support projects.

·    Clear and concise writing and verbal communication skills.

·    Experience leading a large, complicated design project including GIS projects, as well as adhering to project schedules and preparing man-hour estimates.

·    Experience in reviewing design work from others to comply with utility standards.

·    Shall work with a minimum of supervision and be a good team player.

·    Computer skills: MS Office (Word, Excel), Microstation, AutoCAD, Acrobat, etc.

·    Because the job requires driving to company locations and off-site assignments and events, must possess a valid driver’s license with a safe and satisfactory driver history.

Preferred Qualifications:

·    Advanced degree or technical training, P.E license.

·    Familiarity with utility best practices, IEEE, ASME, NESC and NEMA Standards.

·    Experience with PLCs, substation data concentrators, digital fault recorders and similar equipment.

·    Familiarity with PSEG standards and procedures.

Due to the nature of work that United performs, candidates must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States

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