Southern Company Substation Maintenance Support Engineer in Birmingham, Alabama

Substation Maintenance Support Engineer


This position is responsible for substation major equipment used on the Southern Company system with primary focus on all of Alabama Power Company’s territory. This responsibility includes specifying major equipment that meets the Southern Company needs and applicable industry standards. Activities also include project assignments and technical consultation for new installations and replacements along with failure analysis. Spare equipment management for all major equipment on both the Transmission and Distribution systems is a function of this position as well.


  • Providing engineering expertise to specify and order substation major equipment for construction projects and spare equipment needs. Along with power transformers, circuit breakers, circuit switchers, and regulators; specifications for special equipment such as mobile substations, mobile switches and, gas-insulated switchgear, metal-clad switchgear are also created from this position.

  • Creating commodity numbers and requisitions for new equipment orders.

  • Receiving and issuing new equipment in Maximo.

  • Review and approve equipment manufacturer drawings and test reports to ensure that equipment complies with specifications and meets required delivery schedules.

  • Assigning equipment to be used for new projects and replacements due to failure or other reasons.

  • Managing the entire power circuit breaker fleet for APC including specifying, purchasing and scheduling the breaker deliveries to coordinate with construction schedules for all new installations and failure replacements. (circuit breakers ranging from 4kV through 550kV)

  • Managing the regulating transformer fleet for APC including specifying, purchasing and coordinating the breaker deliveries to coordinate with construction schedules for all new installations and failure replacements in Distribution Substations and 46kV regulating stations.

  • Managing the availability of spare parts for breakers and regulators currently in service at APC.

  • Supporting Transmission Maintenance Areas during equipment related outages. This support includes assignment of replacement equipment, creation of failure work orders, shipping and logistics, and technical support during the outage restoration.

  • Providing material support for upgrading APC breakers during infrastructure improvement projects. This involves material specification and procurement for CT’s to be added to the breakers, DC trip and close coil conversions, etc.

  • Performing substation loading studies for transmission and distribution stations and providing these results to the Planning departments.

  • Providing active representation on various Alabama Power, Southern Company and external committees related to substation major equipment.

  • Ensuring the quality and value of substation major equipment and equipment repairs by performing appropriate QA inspections, witnessing of final testing in manufacturer’s facilities and performing design reviews with manufacturers and consultants.

  • Coordinating with manufacturers on substation equipment problems and Warranty issues.

  • Providing hands on engineering support for the installation, operation, maintenance, diagnostic testing, troubleshooting, repair, re-design/re-manufacture of substation major equipment as needed.


Education and Experience:

  • Four year BS degree in Electrical Engineering required.

  • At least three years substations experience strongly desired.

  • Substation maintenance, major equipment, or planning experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong understanding of utility electric grid operations.

  • Strong understanding of major substation equipment including power transformers, breakers, regulators, circuit switchers, capacitor banks, and inductors.

  • Strong understanding of the National Electric Safety Code and OSHA safe operating practices.

  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.

  • Proven analytical, teamwork, negotiation and presentation skills.

  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office applications and AutoCAD.

  • Knowledge of budgets and the capital expenditure process.

  • Ability to work in high pressure situations and handle stress.

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Enthusiastically support our "Target Zero" safety culture.

  • Consistent demonstration of "Southern Style" behaviors - Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment.

  • Highly motivated, analytical, assumes personal responsibility for assignments, attention to detail, meets deadlines, customer service oriented, positive attitude, demonstrates initiative, dependable, cooperative, team player, professional image.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a national recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

APC Corporate Headquarters - 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2006961