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Engineer III - Electric Distribution Automation Engineer at Dominion Energy

Engineer III - Electric Distribution Automation Engineer

Dominion Energy Richmond, VA Full-Time
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At Dominion Energy we love our jobs.  That’s right.  Love.  Every day we go to work filled with passion to be excellent, to creatively problem solve and to innovate.  These are exciting days for energy companies, and Dominion Energy aims to shape the future of energy in America. We are looking at all of our work with fresh eyes, retooling everything we do, in every part of the company, to operate more sustainably and to deliver energy more reliably than ever.  We are looking for interesting, independent thinkers and doers who can help shape the culture of a forward-looking company that’s proud of its rich legacy. Are you a change agent?  Do you think differently?  Do you want to fall in love with your job? If you answered “yes,” then read on!

At this time, Dominion Energy cannot transfer nor sponsor a work visa for this position.


Job Summary

In this role, the successful candidate is expected to be fully competent in most aspects of engineering disciplines and will primarily support the Material Standards group in the selection of protective and monitoring equipment for the electric distribution system.  In addition, this individual will play a critical role in using innovation and smart technology to effectively monitor, operate and protect the electric distribution system.  The Engineer III role is distinguished from the Engineer II role by the increased complexity of engineering skillsets required.

Specifically, this position will be responsible for managing various material specifications, equipment communications (i.e. cellular modems) and troubleshoot issues with reclosers, padmounted switchgear and line monitors/sensors.   Working closely with IT, Technology Applications and other engineering departments on automation concepts will be necessary to bring new ideas to life and troubleshoot existing issues.  Representing Dominion Energy - Distribution Reliability within the company and the industry will be required.  Effectively communicating material and technology changes throughout the organization will be needed.  The successful candidate will aid in keeping material updated and will serve as a subject matter expert in Electric Distribution by providing technical guidance on complex matters.  Perform other duties as needed.

Dominion Energy can provide relocation assistance to the successful candidate if needed.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate and select new equipment that supports the safe, reliable and cost effective operation of the electric distribution system.
  • Lead root cause analysis activities and provide technical expertise to vendors on material design, manufacturing and testing requirements.
  • Maintain effective relationships with vendors to ensure information on existing and new products/features are up-to-date and offer the best value. 
  • Manage software and programming requirements for a variety of protective equipment and automation systems.
  • Perform communication integration on distribution controls which includes setup and testing.
  • Periodic coordination and communication will be necessary with other groups in leading technical efforts.
  • Conduct presentations and provide supporting documents to trainers/field personnel on new products as needed. 
  • Respond to multiple emails and phone calls to help others resolve unique application issues.  
  • Ensure the Material Reporting System SharePoint site is updated to track, analyze and communicate failed equipment.
  • Represent Dominion Energy by attending plant visits, material/product meetings, field meetings and various industry conferences.
  • Support restoration activities as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Experience

  • Minimum 6+ years of electric utility, relevant manufacturing (i.e. protective equipment) and/or relevant communications experience.
  • Solid knowledge in the design and construction of electric distribution facilities.
  • Solid understanding or ability to learn various computer application skills including fault analysis software, relay test set software, communication protocol testing software, AutoCAD, and a variety of distribution control programming software packages.
  • Solid understanding of AC fundamentals and three-phase power systems. 
  • Ability to develop engineering specifications, processes and procedures.  This should be accomplished while using basic engineering judgment, evaluation, originality and/or ingenuity to achieve objectives.
  • Ability to think analytically and solve technical problems.
  • Ability to interpret technical literature such as national codes, industry guides/standards, regulations and policies.
  • Effective oral, interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Great team player and works well with others.
  • Self-motivator who has the ability to work cooperatively in a team environment, but is also comfortable with working independently to get things done. 
  • Strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to react promptly to urgent matters while ensuring planned work doesn’t fall behind.
  • Experience with interpreting technical drawings (i.e., wiring diagrams, logic diagrams, outline drawings, oneline diagrams) is a plus.
  • Basic knowledge of serial and Ethernet based applications as it pertains to device communications.
  • Military service members and veterans with ranks from E5-E9, W1-CW5, or O3-O6 plus appropriate equivalent combination of education and years of experience as outlined above.

Education Requirements

Education Level: Required: Bachelor's degree in Engineering

REQUIRED ENGINEERING CRITERIA: For placement of a candidate in the Engineer job series, the following criteria must be met

  • Possess a 4-year engineering degree from an ABET accredited engineering program based on the year that the engineering program was accredited by ABET, or
  • Possess a 4-year engineering degree from an institution outside of the U.S. which is accredited through the country's own engineering accrediting body under the Washington Accord as a full signatory, and is a degree that was recognized by the country's accrediting body on or after the date that full signatory status was achieved, or
  • Possess a 4-year engineering degree from a non-ABET accredited program and a post-graduate engineering degree from an institution where the undergraduate degree in the same engineering discipline is ABET accredited based on the year the engineering program was accredited by ABET, or
  • Possess a 4-year degree in Physics, Chemistry or Math and a post-graduate engineering degree from an institution where the undergraduate degree in the same engineering discipline is ABET accredited based on the year the engineering program was accredited by ABET, or
  • Holds or has previously held a valid U.S. Professional Engineer license.

Licenses, Certifications, or Quals Description

PE License Preferred

Working Conditions

Cold Up to 25%Energized Wires Up to 25%Heat Up to 25%Loud Noise Up to 25%Office Work Environment 76 -100%Operating Machinery Up to 25%Outdoors Up to 25%Radiation Up to 25%Travel Up to 25%

Other Working Conditions

Test Description

No Testing Required

Export Control

Certain positions at Dominion Energy may involve access to information and technology subject to export controls under U.S. law.  Compliance with these export controls may result in Dominion Energy limiting its consideration of certain applicants.

Other Information

We offer excellent plans and programs for employees. Employees are rewarded with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package which may include: health benefits with coverage for families and domestic partners, vacation, retirement plans, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, and much more.   To learn more about our benefits, click here [ Link removed ]

Dominion Energy is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disabled status.  

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