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Project Engineer at S&C Electric Company

Project Engineer

S&C Electric Company Chicago, IL Full-Time
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In Engineering & Design, we are responsible for creatively addressing customers' needs, pioneering industry changes, and understanding each step from R&D to production. We strive to not only solve the unique challenges our customers face today, but to create breakthrough technologies enabling them to effectively navigate the demands of the grid of tomorrow. As S&C innovates for reliability, progress, and longevity, our work must continue the legacy of creating game-changing technology to advance the energy industry.


S&C is a global company providing equipment and services for electric power systems. Founded in 1911, the Chicago-based company designs and manufactures switching and protection products for electric power transmission and distribution. S&C’s Engineering teams design solutions for a portfolio of products for a wide range of customers including electric utilities and industrial/commercial power users. S&C offers broad opportunities for advancement, excellent education and training programs, a challenging work environment, and a strong package of pay and benefits.

The Human Energy of S&C has been built on the principles of integrity, enthusiasm, and sustained energy. These are the traits that S&C has always looked for and found when seeking people to join our 100% employee-owned team. S&C would not be where it is today without the diversity of our team members and business partners. We consider our diversity to be a core strength of our company, and we aspire to align our team-member demographics with the populations in which we live and work. To realize this vision, we seek to facilitate the career development of minorities, women and all team members through events hosted by our Inclusion, Diversity, Engagement and Awareness (I.D.E.A.) Group, Women’s Empowerment Group and other S&C affinity groups.

S&C has a proud and longstanding tradition of providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Further, S&C is committed to taking affirmative action to ensure that qualified females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities can pursue equal employment opportunities. For information regarding equal employment opportunity, please see URL blocked - click to apply.


The Technology & Breakthrough Innovation (TBI) team drives the creation of new product solutions for S&C's customers by exploiting new technologies and enabling breakthrough product development for the fast-evolving intelligent grid ([ Link removed ] ). Technically sophisticated on the inside, S&C’s future systems must deliver unparalleled user experience, outstanding long term value, and profitable revenue streams. This role works with a new technology development team with specialized laboratory and testing facilities.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Creating innovative designs of robust electromagnetic and mechanical machines for power switchgear and ancillary equipment
  • Generating quality work products as part of small teams responsible for mechanical & system design, packaging, and testing
  • Creating conceptual and prototype mechanical systems using 3D CAD with the calculations and analysis to support the ideas
  • Presenting compelling ideas and findings to management and engineers throughout the company
  • Preparing necessary design models, drawings and prototype requests to create test vehicles
  • Supporting other engineers on the team in the candidate’s areas of expertise
  • Participation in and contribution to DFMEA, PFMEA, and DFMA practices and events
  • Writing functional specifications, hardware test plans, and design documentation
  • Traveling to outside labs, customer, and supplier facilities as needed
  • Identifying and solving complex problems with focus on both short- and long-term implications
  • Working across departments with experts throughout the company to complete the product lifecycle
  • Researching and defining customer problems leading to new and innovative solutions

To select this job as one of interest to you, at a minimum, you must have the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Master's Degree and/or PhD a plus
  • At least 6 years of engineering design experience
  • Experience in product design related to:
    • brand new concepts and/or products
    • across all stages of the development process, from concepts evaluation to production
    • 20+ year deployment in demanding environments
    • electromagnetic actuator and/or mechanism/machine design
  • Intermediate level experience in the following:
    • DFMEA, Design of Experiments, and DFMA
    • 2D and 3D CAD (SolidEdge preferred)
    • Selection of materials, finishes, and manufacturing processes (both traditional and developing)
    • Analysis with ANSYS Mechanical, MATLAB; ANSYS Maxwell preferred; other analysis capabilities a plus
    • Tolerance & sensitivity analyses, basic draft dimensioning, and GD&T
    • Industrial design (aesthetics, ergonomics, and product usability) preferred
  • Top notch computer skills, including the Microsoft Office suite
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and an ability to build and grow professional relationships whether in-person or remote
  • Eagerness to uncover unknown customer problems through analysis and observation that can be solved with new and innovative products and solutions


  • Standing: Occasionally, tasks are performed in a standing position. 
  • Lifting: Occasional lifting of items ranging in weight from 5 lbs. to 40 lbs. 
  • Walking: Frequent walking of moderate distances (<1/8 mile). 
  • Carrying: Occasional carrying of items weighing less than 40 lbs. 
  • Pushing: Occasional pushing in support of various production operations. 
  • Pulling: Occasional pulling in support of various production operations. 
  • Bending: Occasional bending to perform a variety of job tasks. 
  • Reaching: Occasional bending in support of various production and office operations. 
  • Handling: Occasional handling of parts (all sizes). 
  • Other: Daily keyboard operation associated with PC and terminal applications. 


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