Instrument and Controls Engineer

Wilsonville, AL

Job Summary:

We are currently looking for a skilled individual to take on the role of Instrumentation, Controls, and Design and Project Support at the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) in Wilsonville, Alabama. Key tasks for this position involve PLC configuration, crafting functional control logic, designing human/machine interfaces, and providing support during troubleshooting, checkout, and commissioning processes. Design duties include creating P&IDs, choosing appropriate instrumentation, sizing control valves, selecting materials, preparing detailed design drawings and field packages, drafting specifications, evaluating bids, participating in design and safety reviews, and maintaining Control Systems.

Project Engineering will include serving as the engineering lead for design aspects of various projects, including large capital and maintenance upgrades, across environmental initiatives, new power generation (gas and renewables), control systems, and gas and electric utility transmission systems. This role manages the engineering scope, budgets, and schedules, acting as the primary engineering contact for project managers.

Job Experience and Education:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Controls, Mechanical, or Chemical Engineering from an ABET-accredited university required

  • Must have a minimum of 3 years of experience in the engineering field

  • Possession of a Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) certificate or PE license is preferred.

  • Prior experience with DCS and PLC process control configuration/programming is advantageous.

  • Candidates with a background in instrumentation and controls design for chemical process facilities preferred.

  • Valid driver's license required

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of troubleshooting control issues, analyzing systems, and developing control strategies, with experience gained through education or relevant work.

  • An elevated level of motivation with the eagerness and capacity to learn new concepts is essential.

  • Candidates should have experience managing projects from concept to commissioning and startup and be capable of leading small teams and coordinating with other disciplines.

  • Project scheduling experience to meet milestones is desirable.

  • Familiarity with process instrumentation, including transmitters, switches, valves, and motors, is preferred.

  • Experience with the development of P&IDs, loop sheets, motor elementaries, interconnection/schematic diagrams, and ISA instrument data sheets is advantageous.

  • Proficiency with Rockwell software (FactoryTalk, Vantagepoint, Viewpoint, etc.) is beneficial.

  • Experience with Microsoft (SQL, Windows 10/11, Server 2019+) is preferred.

  • Candidates should have experience in one of the following areas:

  • Design or project management related to engineering, procurement, construction, and startup for industrial projects.

  • Leadership experience, whether formal or informal, directing the activities of team members.

  • Direct involvement in supporting operations in plant facilities (Pulp and Paper, Chemical, Oil, etc.), or electric utility generation and/or transmission systems.

  • Budget and schedule management skills are necessary.

  • A solid understanding of project change control and strong analytical skills to evaluate progress and develop solutions are required.

Other Attributes:

  • Candidates should exhibit behaviors reflecting Total Commitment, including Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment.

  • Knowledge of and experience with code application is preferred; the ability to read, interpret, and apply codes and standards is desired.

  • The ability to work well both in a team and independently with general direction is crucial.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written forms are essential.

  • Candidates must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and demonstrate good time management and organizational skills.

  • Comfort with working in Chemical plant environments is necessary.

  • Experience with MCC and Power Distribution systems is preferred

  • The incumbent must balance customer satisfaction with project constraints.

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: 5807

Job Category: Engineering

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Southern Company Services