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Southern Company System Protection & Control Applications Engineer in Gulfport, Mississippi

System Protection & Control Applications Engineer


System Protection & Control Applications Engineer


This job exists at Mississippi Power Company to provide for the safe & reliable operation of the transmission & distribution systems through the application of protective relays and relaying systems. This position will be responsible for performing system studies for the purpose of calculating protective relay settings. In addition, this position provides technical support for the System Protection field personnel in troubleshooting protective relaying systems and in analyzing system events & disturbances.


  • Perform system studies for the purpose of calculating protective relay settings

  • Analyze system events to verify protective relay and substation equipment performance

  • Provide assistance to System Protection field personnel while performing protective relay commissioning

  • Provide assistance to division maintenance personnel while performing troubleshooting on substation equipment control schemes

  • Understand protective relaying & utility control circuitry and have the ability to troubleshoot

  • Investigate incorrect and questionable operations of substation protective relay & control schemes

  • Participate on system-wide committees responsible for the development and maintenance of control wiring standards.

  • Provide configuration information for substation remote terminal units (RTU's)


Education Requirements

  • A Bachelors degree in engineering is required. A specialty in Electrical Engineering and Power is desired

  • Previous experience in transmission or distribution power system protection is desired

Experience Requirements

  • Previous experience with electromechanical & microprocessor-based protective relays and/or control schemes is highly recommended

  • Previous field experience is desired

  • Basic understanding of protective relay & utility control circuitry is desired

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Understanding of three-phase, AC power

  • Strong electrical blueprint/schematic reading

  • Sufficient mathematical background to work with three-phase power, voltages, currents and phase angles

  • Strong computer skills and be able to investigate & test electrical protection & control systems

  • Must work well in a team environment and exhibit good communication skills (both oral & written)

  • Proven troubleshooting skills

Behavioral Attributes

  • Must be able to manage multiple tasks in an ever changing environment

  • Must be able to meet deadlines

  • Must be customer focused; self-directed and highly motivated; able to contribute in a team environment as well as work alone

Mississippi Power a subsidiary of Southern Company, serves southeast Mississippi. We have a history of customer and community service, economic development leadership, environmental stewardship and employee involvement.

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: Mississippi-Coastal Area-Gulfport

Operating Company: Mississippi Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

MPC Operations Center (16006gulfport)

16006 Vick Road

Gulfport, 39503

Req ID: MPC2001867

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