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National Grid Senior Engineer, Electric Control Center Operations in Ayer, Massachusetts

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Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry.

To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

National Grid is seeking an HVDC Controls and Protection Engineer in our Sandy Pond Ayer, MA location. (Control Center)

Job Purpose

The HVDC Engineer you will be responsible to ensure the reliable operation of the 2000MW multi-terminal HVDC interconnection. Maintain and provide engineering support for the HVDC Network Controls and Protections equipment. Assist HVDC Operations and Maintenance with Control & Protection equipment related issues.

Key Accountabilities

  • Troubleshoot, analyze, and repair issues with HVDC control and protection equipment.

  • Oversee and document hardware / software updates and modifications utilizing specialized Engineering Change Order procedures.

  • Perform control and protection hardware and software modifications to ensure the safe and proper operation of the DC Network.

  • Work closely with our Hydro Quebec counterparts on studies and projects.

  • Create, update, and maintain control and protection drawings using CAD software.

  • Work closely with Operations, Maintenance personnel and vendors to solve problems

  • Share on-call responsibilities as required within the Controls & Protections group to effectively respond to system failures and emergencies.

  • Participate with / support other National Grid HVDC studies and commissioning projects

  • Able to read schematics, blueprints, one-lines. Recommend / oversee changes to documentation.

  • Understand networking infrastructure and protocols including Routers, Switches, and Hubs, TCP/IP, Firewalls and telecom equipment plus collaborate with cybersecurity group

  • Represent the company in meetings and conferences, present material as needed

  • Familiar with power system components, power system modeling and protection relays.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Supervisory/Interpersonal- Experience Required

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Good personal organization and attention to detail.


  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science, MSEE preferred, from an accredited Engineering Program

  • Experience in high voltage systems, HVDC experience a plus.

  • Knowledge and experience in control and protections systems, SCADA, Telecom, Cyber Security a plus.

  • Must be on or qualify within 6 months to be On National Grid Clearance on Control list

  • Experience in harmonic analysis and power system stability a major plus.

  • Relay protection and testing experience a plus

  • Knowledge or willing to learn various programming languages C++, C#, SQL, Python a plus.

  • Working knowledge of CAD or other engineering drawing softwares a plus.

  • Project management experience a plus along with other duties as assigned

  • Must be able to work outside and from heights as needed

More Information

National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.