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Transmission Planning – Regional Planning Engineer

Birmingham, AL

Department Overview

This a transformational time for Southern Company and the power industry as we plan for the future of energy for the benefit of our customers and communities. Transmission planning plays a critical role in Southern Company’s success by continuously developing a reliable, strategic, and resilient transmission grid that meets the needs of our future.

At Southern Company, our transmission planning organization encompasses all aspects of planning the transmission system for our subsidiary retail electric utilities in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. While each group within transmission planning has a targeted function, we foster an environment of cross-functional teamwork and collaboration and are committed to providing our employees opportunities for career growth and personal development. In Transmission Planning, we work closely with teams from across the company in all the major business sectors, as well as external utilities and industry committees.

Position Details

We currently have three engineer positions available in the TP-Regional Planning and Support team.

The Regional Planning team  is responsible for evaluating and improving the transmission interfaces with neighboring utilities (e.g., Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina) and as such, is highly engaged in providing leadership and influence through a variety of industry committees.  It is also responsible for performing OATT delivery service studies for third-party customer requests. In this role, you will gain a broad understanding of the power system including transmission system topology, generation dispatch, regional processes, transmission policy and will work with an energetic and high-performing team.

Job Responsibilities

  • Perform power system modeling and analysis using industry standard software (e.g. PSSE, TARA).

  • Develop and coordinate reliable, innovative, and cost-effective transmission solutions.

  • Lead and participate on solution teams and other initiatives to determine transmission project feasibility, scope, and timing.

  • Develop engineering reports, guidelines, or other technical documents.

  • Effectively present informative reports and presentations to internal and external customers at various management levels related to system constraints and required improvement projects.

  • Coordinate with multiple groups and internal customers within Southern Company and the Operating Companies.

  • Coordinate studies with neighboring transmission systems. 

  • Provide technical expertise and leadership in industry committees and initiatives.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering from an ABET accredited institution is required. Electrical is preferred.

  • Master’s degree in engineering or business is desirable.

Work Experience

  • Experience in electric utility transmission (e.g. Transmission Planning, Transmission Operations, Transmission Design) is preferred.

  • Experience in electrical power system modeling and analysis is a plus.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Prior exposure to PSS/E and computer modeling of electrical power systems is preferred, but not required

  • Strong time management and organizational skills required to balance multiple projects simultaneously and adhere to deadlines

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to effectively present complex topics

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications and databases

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit www.southerncompany.com.

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 Identification: 5337

Job Category: Engineering

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Southern Company Services

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