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Southern Company Protection & Control Applications Engineer/Analyst (Birmingham, AL) in Birmingham, Alabama

Protection & Control Applications Engineer/Analyst (Birmingham, AL)


Protection & Control Applications Engineer/Analyst – Birmingham

Southern Company Services, T&PS Engineering – P&C Applications


  • This position will be based out of Birmingham, AL, however candidates living outside of the area may be considered with the expectation that they could successfully telework and would be willing to travel to work and/or field location on a routine (to be determined) and as-needed basis.

  • This position will require a mix of both field and office work.

  • Some office work can be performed remotely (telework/work from home).


This position will perform protective relay calculations and coordination studies for Southern Company's transmission and distribution systems. This engineer will also perform engineering design and technical services for the specification, application and analysis of protective relaying, control and automation systems. The incumbent will provide technical expertise and support for design, construction, planning, marketing and customers regarding protection and control of Southern Company's transmission and distribution facilities.


  • Design protective relay & control schemes and develop protective relay settings to protect and monitor the performance of electric power system facilities (transmission lines, distribution lines, and substation equipment).

  • Provide power system and protection engineering consulting services and technical assistance to other functional areas.

  • Investigate root cause of abnormal power system operations.

  • Review transmission system operations with emphasis on microprocessor relay event analysis.

  • Some travel for site visits, meetings, conferences, and training may be required.

Opportunities provided by this position:

  • Learning how a power system/utility operates and how substations are designed and built.

  • Attending a variety of classes to aid in professional development. Many of these classes are designed for new engineers to help them improve their skills and knowledge to be successful.

  • Working for a large electric utility that offers many opportunities for advancement.

Selected candidate will have the chance to:

  • Work with technologies that range from the older electromechanical relays to modern microprocessor relays.

  • Support operations and design functions to maintain a reliable, safe, and secure power system.

  • Develop protection schemes and providing relay settings for protecting the power system from short circuits and other abnormal conditions that might cause damage or interfere with the effective operation of the system.

  • Handle multiple projects simultaneously, requiring the ability to set priorities and use effective time management and organizational skills.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology is preferred

  • Electrical emphasis/discipline is highly preferred

  • Professional Engineer (P.E.) License or Engineer-in-Training Certificate or ability to obtain in 12 months is highly desirable


  • Experience performing protective relay calculations and coordination studies is a plus

  • Experience working with CAPE (Computer Aided Protection Engineering), ASPEN, EDSA, ETAP or other related power system simulation software programs is a plus

  • Substation protective relay testing experience along with control scheme testing and commissioning experience is a plus

  • Experience in transmission and/or distribution substation operations, power delivery, field services engineering, and/or substation control design engineering is a plus

  • For less experienced engineers, electrical engineering courses that will be helpful in this position will include Power System Analysis, Protective Relaying, Control Systems, Electric Machine Theory, and Symmetrical Components

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of electrical and power system theory

  • Understanding of substation protection & operation control schemes

  • Strong computer, data analysis, time management & excellent communication skills (oral, presentation & written)

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Exemplifies “Our Values” behaviors of Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment

  • Takes personal responsibility for the quality of technical work

  • Works independently and conscientiously with minimal supervision

  • Shows teamwork, communicates effectively, and helps foster a team environment

  • Demonstrates assertiveness and ability to influence others tactfully

Other Requirements:

  • Some travel within Alabama may be required (1-2 days per month)

  • Flexibility available for work schedule and remote teleworking


  • Some relocation assistance is available if the selected candidate currently resides outside the area.


  • Competitive Pay

  • Excellent benefits packages which includes:

  • Medical and dental coverage

  • Defined Pension/Cash Balance Benefit Plan

  • Performance-sharing plan

  • 401(k) plan with a generous company match

  • Bonus opportunities

  • Tuition Reimbursement

*Please submit an updated resume with your application*

Southern Company (NYSE: SO ) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally 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 America's 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 energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at .

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 Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Other Locations: United States

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Work Location(s):

APC Corporate Headquarters - 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2010813