Protection & Control Test Engineer

Nicor Gas   •  

Gulfport, MS

Industry: Energy / Oil & Gas


Not Specified years

Posted 352 days ago


This position is responsible for providing for the protection and reliable operation of the transmission & distribution systems through a thorough knowledge of three-phase power system theory, protective relays, and protective relay systems to ensure that the System Protection team applies sound engineering principles in the design, installation, and maintenance of protection and control systems.


Educational/Certification Requirements

  • BS in ElectricalEngineeringdegree (power emphasis preferred) is required.

  • Upcoming or new graduates will also be considered.


  • previous experience in transmission or distribution power system protection is preferred

  • previous experience with electromechanical & microprocessor-based protective relays and/or control schemes preferred

  • previous field experience is desired

  • basic understanding of protective relay & utility control circuitry

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • thorough knowledge of the use of electrical test equipment

  • sufficient mathematical background to work with three-phase power, voltages, currents and phase angles

  • thorough understanding of AC and DC circuit theory

  • strong computer skills and ability to investigate & test electrical protection & control systems

  • effective troubleshooting skills

  • electrical blueprint/schematic reading

  • ability to provide on-site project direction and responsibility for workgroups reporting to others

  • thorough knowledge of three-phase power system theory, protective relays, and protective relay systems to ensure that the System Protection team applies sound engineering principles in the design, installation, and maintenance of protection and control systems

  • analytical skills necessary to solve complex technical problems of electrical power system operation

Behavioral Attributes

  • must work well in a team environment and exhibit good communication skills (both oral & written)

  • must be customer focused; self-directed and highly motivated; able to contribute in a team environment as well as work alone

  • must be able to manage multiple high-priority activities concurrently

  • must be able to manage multiple tasks in an ever changing environment

  • must be able to meet deadlines

  • must be able to communicate effectively with team members, crew members in the field, associates within Southern, contractors, vendors, and customers

Job Responsibilities

  • provide on-site project direction and responsibility of capital & maintenance projects in order to complete them in a timely manner

  • commission new protective relaying schemes and associated equipment

  • perform periodic maintenance testing of protective relaying schemes and associated equipment

  • perform troubleshooting of protective relaying schemes

  • assist other departments in troubleshooting & repairing breaker, transformer, recloser, etc. control schemes

  • analyze protective relay scheme operations for problems and promote/complete solutions to problems found.

Additional Information

  • The successful candidate :

  • M ust be available to spend a significant amount of time in the field with overnight travel required.

  • Must be available for call-out duties and ability to respond after-hours when needed

  • Project work may require extended time away from home office.

  • Please submit an updated resume with your application.

  • Limited relocation assistance may be considered for this position.

Mississippi Power a subsidiary of Southern Company, serves southeast Mississippi. We have a history of customer and community service, economic development leadership, environmental stewardship and employee involvement.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is Americas premier energy company, with 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a national 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 Americas 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 utilities in Fortunes annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings.

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.

Req ID: MPC2001591