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Southern Company Protection & Control Field Services Engineer/Engineer Associate/Technician in Forest Park, Georgia

Protection & Control Field Services Engineer/Engineer Associate/Technician


Transmission Protection & Control Field Services Support Engineer/Engineer Associate/Technician - Substation Automation

Location: 160 Lake Mirror Rd., Forest Park, GA

Reports to: Chad Cassity and Jeffrey Boyles, P&C Field Services Team Leader


This job is in the Protection Communications Team (Relay Support, Pilot Systems and Disturbance Monitoring Equipment). This position will be filled as a Non-Exempt position in the Protection & Control Field Services Engineer/Technician family, with the pay and level commensurate with the qualifications, education, and experience of the successful candidate.

The successful candidate will be responsible for Protection & Control (P&C) field services (Test Engineering) support activities within the Georgia Power service territory. Safety and Quality are paramount in this position. The successful candidate will be expected to apply switching procedures and safety measures as appropriate. In addition, the successful candidate must plan and complete projects safely, efficiently, on schedule, and without service interruptions.

Interview Candidates will be chosen from the applicants based on fit with the job requirements listed below.

General Job Requirements

Education Requirements:

  • 4-year Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, or

  • 4-year BS Degree in Engineering Technology, or

  • Professional Engineer License, or

  • 2-year technical degree in electrical maintenance, or

  • 4 years of equivalent applicable experience in P&C Field Services

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of 3-phase power systems.

  • Knowledge of AC/DC protection and control schemes.

  • Good computer and communication skills.

  • Strong math skills.

  • Ability to solve problems and to make sound decisions.

Experience Desired

  • 4 years of P&C Field Services (Test Engineering) experience required.

  • Electric power utility transmission operations, maintenance, or construction experience.

  • Related substation experience (P&C Applications, Design, Construction, Major Equipment, Project Management, etc.)

  • Hands-on experience in testing, commissioning, and maintaining relaying and control equipment

  • Experience using test equipment such as voltmeters, ammeters, ohmmeters, communications instruments, and computerized relay test sets

  • Significant Electromechanical Protection Relay testing and calibration experience

  • Significant Transmission Protection Relaying background

  • Pilot relaying commissioning/trouble shooting skills

  • Understanding of Fault Data equipment

Job Responsibilities

  • Commissioning, testing, maintaining, and troubleshooting protective relaying, controls, and communication equipment associated with substation and transmission power lines Complete construction projects and substation routines as assigned, ensuring they are completed without service interruptions. This includes managing clearances effectively to meet quality, schedule, and budget targets.

  • Coordinating substation outages and commissioning activates with multiple internal and external stakeholders.

  • Majority of time will be spent on providing relay support to TMC’s and originating and executing projects to replace aging relays.

  • Secondary functions include supporting the protection communications and disturbance monitoring equipment teams.

  • Investigate and resolve Protective relaying miss-operations.

  • Develop procedures, modifications, and guidelines on protective relaying equipment.

  • Write test procedures and automated relay test plans for protective relays

  • Provide emergency support to P&C Field Services personnel for spare equipment and parts.

  • Effectively interface with other departments, Operating Companies, manufacturers & vendors.

  • Evaluate new test equipment.

  • Develop and present formal and informal (OJT - on-the-job) training to the P&C Field Services personnel on protective relaying equipment.

  • Serve on system committees.

  • Successful candidate shall be available to respond to outages or other abnormal power system conditions outside of their normal work schedule.

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Model the Southern Company set of "Our Values": Safety Excellence, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance and Total Commitment.

  • Must be highly ethical, self-motivated, and able to produce results without direct supervision.

  • Take personal responsibility for projects and problems. Follow through on all aspects of assignments to ensure quality completion.

  • Develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of Georgia Power and Southern Company maintenance practices, guidelines, and procedures for substation and line major equipment and relays. Develop and maintain a high level of technical expertise in substation relaying, fault data, and SCADA equipment and systems.

  • Pursue high standards for quality craftsmanship, proficiency, and job knowledge.

  • Communicate through clear, concise reports and guidelines, well-organized formal presentations, and open, effective one-on-one discussions.

  • Be receptive to informal training opportunities and feedback.

  • Exhibit a positive, "can do" spirit, and champion Southern Company procedures and guidelines.

  • Work well with diverse groups, tailoring communications methods appropriately for customers, covered employees, supervision, and management.

  • Complete required documentation and reports on time. Examples: Time data, Work orders, Work requests, Relay sheets, Field changes on prints, and Operating Instructions.

  • Use email, company provided mobile phone, etc. to maintain good communication with supervision. Ensure compliance with Southern Company Electronic Communication Policy.

  • Represent Southern Company well in customer interactions. Be friendly, professional, and courteous. Communicate with all parties to cover possible consequences and to coordinate activities.

Other Requirements:

  • Valid Driver's License.

  • Successful candidate shall be available to respond to outages or other abnormal conditions outside of their normal work schedule.

  • Overnight travel is sometimes required.

  • “Safety Sensitive” position and as such is subject to relevant pre-employment screening(s) to determine fitness for duty.

  • This is a field job in which the applicant must have the physical ability to operate manual switches and work in a substation environment.

  • Must live in/near or be willing to relocate within reasonable distance to the office location (see specific jobs for vacancy locations)

  • Candidate must live within the state of Georgia and be willing to travel to Forest Park/Atlanta and other areas within the Southern Company service territory as necessary to fulfill job responsibilities.

  • Must be able to pass the standard Southern Company background check and drug screen.

To Apply: All candidates must submit an updated resume (preferably as an attached Word document) and complete a series of questions in order to be considered for this position.

All candidates are subject to the Georgia Power Company Smoke Free Workplace Policy: You must be free from all tobacco products (including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew, snuff, patch and/or gum), at least six months prior to applying for this position .

Georgia Power Company has classified this position as “Safety Sensitive” and as such is subject to relevant pre-employment screening(s) to determine fitness for duty. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the applicant successfully completing all required fitness assessments.

As an employee of Southern Company, the value you bring is realized through the results you achieve and the demonstration of “Our Values”. In return, Southern Company provides a job and a company in which you can take pride; a supportive workplace in which you can be successful; and a competitive pay and benefits package .

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the Company's promise to 2.6 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the Company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit and connect with the Company on Facebook ( ), Twitter ( ) and Instagram ( ).

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries as of Jan. 1, 2019. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. 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 Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Forest Park

Operating Company: Georgia Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 50 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

160 Lake Mirror Road - 160 Lake Mirror Road (160FORESTPARK)

160 Lake Mirror Road

Forest Park, 30297

Req ID: GPC2008260