Distribution Engineer Services - Project Engineer

Smyrna, GA

PD – Field Operations – Distribution Engineering Services

Project Engineers - (Multiple Locations – 3 positions)

Grade Level:  Exempt 07  

Relocation Internal:  If needed (Candidates are expected to live within 50 miles of any headquarters office within the region they will support)   

Hiring Manager: Brittani McClendon

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

Work Location(s): The project engineer’s office will be in any of the Distribution Op HQs within the Distribution Area they support.

Locations/Areas:

Smyrna Distribution Area

Athens Distribution Area

Valdosta Distribution Area

JOB SUMMARY

The new team of project engineers will support distribution workload and engineering development, partnering closely with the Distribution Area’s team. The project engineers will be located within the local regions they support but will also assist other areas across the state as needed. Some of the primary responsibilities of the project engineers include: 

Serve as a subject matter expert for their region and the main point of contact for other functions and departments

Provide technical stability and support for the Distribution Areas on large industrial and commercial projects, Customer Choice, and other complex and high-profile distribution design projects

Functionalize project management for large projects and critical customer projects 

Support distribution area engineering training and operations efforts 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

EducationRequirements:  (The following education, license, or experience is required)

Bachelor's Degree in Engineering OR 

Bachelor's Degree in Engineering Technology OR 

Bachelor's Degree in Math or Science OR 

Professional Engineer's License (PE) in lieu of the above bachelor's degree OR

15 plus years of demonstrated, strong technical experience in Distribution-Field Operations

Job Experience:

Minimum 2 years as Sr Engineer, Sr Engineering Associate, or minimum 5 years as Engineering Rep Sr in an operating headquarters (These years of experience need to be in Distribution-Field Operations)

For external candidates with no engineering experience in Distribution-Field Operations at any of our operating companies, a minimum of 10 years of experience in distribution field engineering is preferred.

At least one of the following work experiences is preferred:

At least two years of Metro and non-Metro experience

At least two years in another functional area (transmission, sales, distribution, generation, etc).

At least two years of experience with another OPCO company

At least two years of experience in a Corporate Distribution staff role

JOB RESPONSABILITIES

Distribution area project engineering and management of large capital and O&M projects

Primary distribution area contact for inquiries, engineering, coordination, and execution of Distribution Planning Group solution projects

Leverage relationships with multiple functions and teams (i.e., External Affairs, Network Underground, Transmission, Renewables, EV/ET etc.) and Utility Services to design engineering solutions to meet our customer’s needs

Distribution Area engineering contact for Transmission and Customer Choice Projects

Provide Technical support and training to region engineers as needed which includes assisting region engineers with projects that have a significant political / customer service importance, system impact, or requires a high level of technical expertise

Provide operational assistance and training to region engineers

Identify and develop engineered solutions for shelf ready capital and system improvement jobs for distribution area.

Provide technical support for region interconnections and large motor loads to ensure the integrity of the distribution system

Partner with customers and EPQ team to identify behind the meter solutions

Being the primary region contact for Asset Management activities

Provide oversight and support of managing region Capital and O&M budgets

Working closely with the Reliability Engineer to investigate and initiate corrective action for Reliability issues (10 hr. reports, CEMI reporting, Morning reports, etc.), PSC Requests, Politically Sensitive & Critical Customers across the region

Analyze outage management system data, SCADA data, and metering data to determine root causes impacting distribution reliability.

Develop presentations to present projects and status updates to management and other partners, as needed.

Support local Distribution Areas and the Storm Center during storm restoration efforts. The project engineers will be expected to have a role in local region SERP plans and also at the Storm Center

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Extensive knowledge of electrical system operations, distribution systems, underground and overhead construction practices.  

Extensive knowledge of Georgia Power’s distribution design philosophies, Distribution Bulletins, the Engineering Handbook, and other relevant Company guidelines

Prior experience in writing and executing switching orders required. 

Knowledge of MS office products and other related engineering Software systems required. 

Demonstrated skill with Distribution Management Systems (JETS, Designer/GIS, CSS, Socket, DistView, TCMS Web, Job Scheduling, and DisIntel/OUA).

Extensive Knowledge of the Franchise Manual, Distribution Bulletins, Distribution Operating Procedures, and the Consistency Manual. 

Prior experience traveling with and leading storm teams - including off-system 

Excellent project management skills that lead to desired results. 

Ability to manage multiple tasks and meet strict deadlines. 

Ability to work with customers and others as a team member.   

Must be able to effectively communicate and build positive relationships with region leadership, customers, engineers, customer service, sales, corporate partners and line crew personnel. 

Proven effective oral and written communication skills. 

Proven record of dealing effectively with internal and external stakeholders. 

Influencer and champion for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, through words and actions.

Demonstrated ability to recognize high profile opportunities and respond, as needed, without prompting.

Other Requirements: ** **

Must be available for emergency assistance after work hours, weekends and extended out-of-town Storm duty. 

Candidate must be available for "on-call" rotation.

Behavioral Attributes:

Strive for Safety Excellence

Must exhibit behavior consistent with Our Values – Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, Total Commitment.

Positive attitude and strong customer focus

Self-motivated and directed.

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 recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeogiaPower.com and connect with the Company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

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 www.southerncompany.com.

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: 4301

Job Category: Engineering

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Georgia Power

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