Principal Staff Engineer -Technical

Industry: Energy / Utilities


8 - 10 years

Posted 345 days ago

Requisition ID:  39464

This is a senior position within the Electrical Controls Design group within the DP&C organization, utilizing a broad knowledge of electrical utility experience, engineering principles and practices acquired through progressive experience and education. Requires a strong technical background in controls and protection to develop and implement designs for existing and new transmission and distribution projects. At least 8 years of electrical controls design experience working for an electrical utility or similar industry. Extensive experience in leading teams of designers and engineers on large complicated P&C design projects.


Responsibilities include the following:

· Able to provide designs of the controls/protection for electrical utility projects for high and middle voltages of PSE&G Switching stations and Substations up to and including 500kV.

· Proficient in working on the following Control drawings: one line diagrams, relay protection and control schematics, instrumentation and alarm schematics, SCADA controls, racks and panels views, wiring diagrams, equipment layouts, cable schedules and bill of materials.

· Working together with electrical, civil designers and engineers, system protection, construction supervisors and field personnel.

· Provide guidance and reviews of control and protection designs done by other A&E's or other junior designers or contractors.

· Provide technical expertise to the Divisions and construction personnel.

· Coordinate with vendors and manufacturers and review technical documentation as required.

· Lead and mentor junior designers and actively participate in technical discussions as needed by the projects.

· Able to organize design assignments and be the leader overseeing the work of junior level designers and contractors.

· Supervise group of junior designers, approve their time in SAP and be able to promote and guide their professional growth.

· Be an active participant and contributor to improvements in standards and design processes.


Additional duties include:

· Must be able to provide support during system emergencies or equipment failures.

· Ability to work extra hours on weekdays and weekends as might be needed to meet project schedules.

· Interface with other technical and project disciplines to support project schedules and milestones.

· Coordinate as required with system planners, designers, asset experts, project managers, vendors, and construction and operation personnel.

· Provide technical support during commissioning phases of projects.



· B.S in Engineering

· At least six years of electrical utility experience and knowledge of electrical substations and switching stations equipment, e.g., transformers, circuit breakers, medium voltage switchgear, gas insulated stations (GIS), regulators, capacitor banks, disconnect switches, oil pumping plants, and associated electrical system for switching and substations and or outside plant electric distribution and/or transmission systems.

· Candidate must possess a proficient knowledge of protective relay schemes and applications, SCADA, metering, A.C & D.C power and controls, alarms, fiber optic communication and equipment monitoring systems.

· Proficient in working on one line controls, schematics for protective relays including microprocessor relays, control schematics, alarms, auxiliary power, SCADA and metering circuits, etc. and understanding of electrical layout drawings in order to effectively support projects.

· Clear and concise writing and verbal communications skills

· Extensive experience in leading design teams in large complicated design projects including GIS projects.

· Experience in reviewing design work from other A&E's to comply with PSE&G standards.

· Shall work with minimum of supervision and be a good team player.

· Computer skills: MS Office (Word, Excel), Microstation, AutoCAD, Acrobat, etc.

· Because the job requires driving to company locations and off-site assignments and events, must possess a valid driver’s license with a safe and satisfactory driver history.



• Advanced degree or technical training, P.E license.

• Familiarity with utility best practices, IEEE, ASME, NESC and NEMA Standards.

• Experience with PLCs, substation data concentrators, digital fault recorders and similar equipment.