Protection & Control Applications Principal Engineer – Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

Protection & Control Applications Principal Engineer – Birmingham

Southern Company Services, TSS Engineering – P&C Applications Team


This position will provide leadership, guidance and direction to Protection & Control Applications (PCA) and serve as a technical resource in the Protection System Applications area to Substation Engineering, System Operations, and Field Services personnel. A significant portion of this position will be devoted to providing quality assurance reviews for protective relaying applications, calculations, and settings as well as oversight of the organization’s NERC compliance program. The incumbent will structure and coordinate training for PCA personnel to develop employee technical expertise. Other responsibilities include performing special projects and working with vendors to identify and implement protective equipment products to serve Southern Company's needs.


  • Perform quality assurance reviews for protective relaying applications, calculations and settings

  • Provide guidance for major or complex projects

  • Provide guidance for NERC reliability standards and lead compliance program

  • Train personnel in Protection & Control Applications

  • Support and participate in the development of Southern Company Protection & Control standards and criteria

  • Serve as a technical resource to the Control Design and Field Services organizations for design consistency and problem resolution

  • Serve on Southern Company and Industry committees, providing leadership and guidance to ensure that the best designs are developed and applied for the Southern Company

  • Provide formal and informal training to develop PCA employee technical expertise

  • Serve as a System Protection resource for the Southern Company Technical Training program and as an instructor in Technical Training classes


Education & Experience Requirements:

  • B.S. or higher in Electrical Engineering is required

  • Degree with Power System emphasis is highly desirable

  • Professional Engineer License is required

  • Extensive experience in protection and control is required

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Proven ability in applying safe work practices

  • Proficient in electromechanical and microprocessor protection and control systems and their design and operation

  • Proficient in protection system applications and calculations

  • Proficient in NERC and SERC compliance standards

  • Knowledge of Protection & Control Applications processes and procedures

  • Knowledge of Transmission and Distribution System Operating Procedures

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills

  • Presentation skills to effectively communicate technical knowledge to others

  • Extensive problem solving skills

  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Exemplifies “Our Values” behaviors of Safety First, Intentional Inclusion, Act with Integrity, and Superior Performance

  • Takes personal responsibility, demonstrates initiative, and is self-motivated

  • Focuses on positive interactions and timely customer service

  • Willing to accept challenging assignments

  • Effective, team-oriented interpersonal and leadership skills

Other Requirements:

  • Some travel may be required (1-2 days per month)

  • Flexibility in work schedule available


  • Some relocation assistance is available if the selected candidate currently resides outside the area.

Please submit an updated resume with your application

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit

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 Identification: 6426

Job Category: Engineering

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Southern Company Services