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Southern Company Engineer - Transmission Planning (Birmingham, AL) in Birmingham, Alabama

Engineer - Transmission Planning (Birmingham, AL)


Engineer – Transmission Planning

Birmingham, AL

Work Location(s): Alabama Power Corporate Headquarters in Birmingham, AL. Hybrid telework schedule may be available.


Several engineer positions are available in Transmission Planning. These positions will be responsible for coordinating and performing transmission planning studies on the Southern Company Bulk Power System either in support of Alabama Power and Mississippi Power local area planning OR under the provisions of the Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT). Performing these transmission studies involves developing power-flow models of the transmission system, evaluating constraints using a variety of software tools, and developing proposed solutions with a study team. The engineers will work directly with operating company transmission, project management, and operations organizations to develop and gain consensus for cost-effective transmission solutions that meet NERC/SERC reliability requirements, state and federal regulations, operational flexibility needs, and Southern Company transmission planning criteria. These positions are part of a high performing team involved in addressing key issues affecting Southern Company’s future and that of the electric utility industry.

Job Responsibilities

  • Perform computer-modeled, power-flow studies for the bulk transmission system.

  • Develop, coordinate, and outline innovative and cost-effective solutions to transmission system problems identified in analysis.

  • Coordinate with multiple groups within SCS and the Operating Companies.

  • Understand problems, solutions (including alternatives), and provide informative reports and presentations for various levels of corporate management related to any required system improvements

  • Present study results to internal study teams and external customers.

  • Some overnight travel may be required (< 20%).

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from ABET-accredited institution in an engineering discipline is required (Electrical Engineering preferred).

  • General Transmission Planning or Operations knowledge and related experience is a plus.

  • Experience with substation design, transmission line design, protection and control applications, and transmission operations is a plus.

  • Experience with transmission project estimating and scheduling is a plus.

  • Prior exposure to PSS/E, MUST or TARA software and/or computer modeling of electrical power systems is desirable, but not required.

  • Ability to identify process improvements strongly preferred.

  • Working knowledge of programming languages (such as Python, C#, and Visual and/or visualization tools (e.g. PowerBI) is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Must demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills.

  • Must be able to effectively present complex issues to a non-technical audience.

  • Must have good time management and organizational skills to balance multiple projects simultaneously and achieve deadlines.

  • Must be a self-starter and work well in a team environment.

  • Must be able to deal well with changing assumptions.

  • Must be proactive in training and onboarding in a virtual environment.

  • Candidates will be evaluated on Southern Company’s “Our Values” (Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment).

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally 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 energy companies 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 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: SCS2009822

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