Southern Company Protection and Control Project Support Engineer / Specialist in Birmingham, Alabama

Protection and Control Project Support Engineer / Specialist


P&C Project Support Engineer/Specialist

Birmingham, AL

This position is responsible for providing project scoping, estimating, and conceptual design services in support of the Operating Company’s Protection and Control projects. The ideal candidate will be responsible for supporting the Operating Company’s planning and budgeting processes by providing complete and accurate estimates of material, labor, and total costs associated with substation projects. The position will predominately be focused on Alabama Power Company projects however, on occasion will be required to assist with the other Southern Company Entities. The position will require field visits and may involve occasional overnight travel.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills )

Education Requirements:

  • BS Engineering, Engineering Technology or Two-year degree from a technical school/university with related work experience is required.

  • BS Engineering or Engineering Technology degree in Electrical is preferred.

  • Substantial work experience in lieu of a degree will be considered.

  • Professional Engineering (P.E.) license is a plus.

Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum three years of experience in transmission and distribution substation protection and control design or field testing and commissioning is required.

  • Considerable experience in protection and control design or field testing and commissioning is preferred.

  • Prior experience in developing protective relay settings is a plus.

  • Prior experience in substation physical design, construction, operations or maintenance is a plus.

  • Prior experience in transmission project development and cost estimating is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to interpret engineering design packages including but not limited to one-line, AC/DC schematics, panel layout & wiring, logic and communication diagrams.

  • Detailed knowledge of protective relaying, control schemes and concepts.

  • General knowledge of transmission planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance.

  • General knowledge of the activities associated with surveying, land acquisition, and obtaining easements.

  • Working knowledge of Operating Company processes, procedures and tools used in the development of substation projects.

  • Working knowledge of the SCST Transmission Engineering design standards, processes, procedures and tools used to scope, estimate, and design substation projects.

  • Detailed knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations governing the design and construction of substation projects.

  • Detailed knowledge of substation cost estimating.

  • Detailed knowledge of substation construction methods, equipment, techniques and associated costs.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office products and transmission software applications currently in use to estimate and design substation projects.

  • Time management and organizational skills sufficient to manage multiple projects with various priorities and competing deadlines.

  • Exhibits strong problem solving, oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to establish and maintain peer and customer relationships across organizational lines.

  • Proven ability to build consensus and achieve results through the effective use of persuasive communication and formal presentation skills.

  • Valid Driver’s License and acceptable driving record will be required.


This position is responsible for providing project scoping and estimating services in support of the Operating Company’s substation projects. Specific requirements are as follows:

  • Create a safe work environment through personal commitment to safety.

  • Apply substation engineering expertise to accurately "scope" projects and to provide quality cost and duration estimates in a timely fashion.

  • Develop detailed project scopes and conceptual design packages used to produce accurate cost estimates and project schedules and as the basis for detailed design activities.

  • Provide timely and accurate cost estimates to customers including Project Management, Transmission Planning, and Transmission Maintenance Support to facilitate budget development and management.

  • Serve as the substation engineering representative on solution team and site selection committees and prepare conceptual designs as required to support the process.

  • Identify variances between estimated and actual quantities to continuously improve the scoping and estimating process

  • Provide input on the development and refinement of substation engineering estimating units used in the estimating system (TEAMS) to ensure accurate estimates of equipment, material, labor durations, and total costs.

  • Provide work direction and oversight for supplemental staff as needed.

  • Participate in and support Southern Company Transmission activities and initiatives.

  • Serve as a damage assessment team member after major storms after receiving the company-provided training.

Behavioral Attributes:

Model “Our Values”: Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance and Total Commitment

  • Passionate, demonstrable commitment to personal safety and well-being as well as for others.

  • Unwavering adherence to the Southern Company Code of Ethics.

  • Delivers top performance and achieves business results.

  • Proactively identifies and shares best practices and pursues consistency and standardization amongst the Operating Companies where possible.

  • Demonstrate the ability to build relationships with peers and across organizational lines, to succeed in a team-oriented environment and upholds the decisions of the team.

  • Demonstrates a commitment to Human Performance principles – a questioning attitude and a pursuit of continuous improvement.

  • Demonstrates a commitment to Innovation – identifies new opportunities to improve products & services then works with leadership to develop and implement plans to achieve results.

  • Pursues ambitious standards for quality craftsmanship, proficiency, job knowledge, personal development and seeks continual improvement.

  • Actively engaged in personal career planning and in the Performance Management process

  • Maintains a customer-focused mindset, takes personal responsibility to complete all assignments and to resolve all issues and achieves excellence in customer satisfaction.

  • Participates, and encourages other to participate, in efforts designed to contribute to the success of our internal and external communities.

  • Values, and takes personal initiative to create and foster, a diverse and inclusive workplace.

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

Job Type: Standard

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

Work Location(s):

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

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2007703