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

Transmission Planning Engineer - Birmingham, AL


Transmission Planning Engineer

Birmingham, Alabama

This position is best suited for an individual desiring a technical career progression responsible for leading and performing power system technical studies in support of various groups within Southern Company. The successful candidate will be part of a team that performs: switching transients studies (e.g., capacitor bank, transformer energization, etc.); insulation coordination studies; transmission power quality studies (e.g., harmonics, harmonic filter bank design, and flicker); unbalanced power flow studies; circuit breaker transient recovery voltage analysis; post event (root cause) analysis and other special technical studies as required to support Southern Company and the Operating Companies.

This position will also perform transmission planning studies on the Southern Company Bulk Transmission System. These studies involve: evaluating the effects of geomagnetic disturbance (GMD) events on the Southern Company Transmission System, assessing the impact of generation interconnections on transmission power quality, and performing harmonic planning studies.

The successful candidate will work with multiple groups including other teams within Transmission Planning, Transmission Control Centers, Research and Development, Operating Company Transmission, Distribution and Generation departments, neighboring transmission systems, etc. The successful candidate will also be responsible for presenting study results to management, internal and external customers for information and support.

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering required.

  • Advanced degree or post graduate classes in Electrical Engineering with electric power systems emphasis is a plus but not required.

Job Requirements

This job may be filled from the entry level engineer to an experienced engineer with the level being dependent on qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. The job will entail exposure to a wide range of power system analysis opportunities including:

  • Short circuit analysis and power system modeling to support analytical studies.

  • Transients and insulation coordination studies using EMTP-RV and industry standards and best practices.

  • Transmission system power quality studies using both phasor domain and time domain methods.

  • Research of special technical issues impacting the electric power system.

  • Coordination with others in Transmission Planning to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions.

  • Other technical studies, as requested, in support of Southern Company and the Operating Companies.

  • Coordination with multiple groups and internal customers within Southern Company and the Operating Companies.

  • Limited overnight travel will be required but is minimal.

Experience Requirements

  • Experience in electrical power system modeling and analysis is a plus.

  • Experience with computer programming (MATLAB, C, Visual Basic, VB.Net, or Python) related to study automation is preferred.

  • Experience in performing power system transients, insulation coordination and/or power quality studies is a plus but is not required.

  • General knowledge of design, control and operation of a bulk electric system a plus.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

The successful candidate must:

  • Have the ability to independently analyze and resolve technical and complex issues quickly.

  • Be able to communicate effectively with diverse internal groups while tailoring communication for specific technical audiences and situations.

  • Demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills

  • Have good time management and organizational skills in order to balance multiple projects simultaneously and adhere to deadlines.

  • Have knowledge of symmetrical components, power system modeling and fault analysis (knowledge of time-domain analysis is preferred).

  • Be proficient with power system modeling and analytical software which could include: CAPE, ASPEN, PSS/E, PowerWorld, MATLAB, Mathcad, SINCAL, ATP, PSCAD, and EMTP-RV.

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Be self-motivated, results-oriented, innovative, and work well in a team environment.

  • Have strong analytical skills and a drive to solve complex engineering problems.

Candidates will be evaluated on Southern Company Values:

Safety First - We believe the safety of our employees and customers is paramount. We will perform and maintain every job, every day, safely.

Unquestionable Trust - Honesty, respect, fairness and integrity drive our behavior. We keep our promises, and ethical behavior is our standard.

Superior Performance - We are dedicated to superior performance throughout our business. We will continue our strong focus on innovative solutions, improving how we run our business and our commitment to environmental stewardship.

Total Commitment - We are committed to the success of our employees, our customers, our shareholders and our communities. We fully embrace, respect, and value our differences and diversity.

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 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: SCS2008553

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