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Duquesne Light Company Electrical Engineer - Controls Engineering in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Duquesne Light Company, headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, is a leader in providing electric energy and has been in the forefront of the electric energy market, with a history rooted in technological innovation and superior customer service. Today, the company continues its role as a leader in the transmission and distribution of electric energy, providing a secure supply of reliable power to more than half a million customers in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Overall Purpose:

Provide timely review and delivery of substation design drawings for capital and maintenance projects, including single lines, control schematics, wiring diagrams,ac & dc schematics, front views, dc battery and associated equipment drawings that adhere to all applicable standards.

Job Responsibilities: For all projects assigned plan; engineer; design; create drawings, prepare and review estimates, prepare permits, update schedules, create construction orders, and procure material for engineering projects associated with substation control equipment. Ensure sound engineering principles are employed and in accordance with all applicable codes (NESC, NEC, ANSI, IEEE) and federal, state, local codes. Performs technical studies and calculations, assists with the preparation of reports with conclusions and recommendations, assists other engineers with studies of higher complexity to fulfill department goals & objectives. Ensure sound engineering principles are employed in accordance with all applicable Duquesne Light Company standards. Consults with and receives advice from superiors, peers and vendors to become thoroughly familiar with an assignment and to obtain necessary design and cost information. With assistance from more experienced engineers, act as project manager for assigned projects as required.

Education/Experience Required:

  • Roles at this level requires an ABET-Accredited BS Electrical Engineering degree.

  • Must be capable of walking and working within a substation environment.

  • Must Possess strong analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Experience with substation control engineering drawings i.e. dc schematics, electromechanical & microprocessor relay schemes, P&C wiring diagrams, and protection single lines.

  • Experience with SCADA communications protocols such as DNP 3.0

  • Experience working with electromechanical and microprocessor based protection and control devices.

Positon will be filled according to level of experience, up to an Engineer IV.

Decision Impact:

Problems and issues faced are vague. Draws on past experience on a regular basis. Accountable for direct level of reasoning and decision making.


Primary focus is on daily deliverables, outputs, and reporting. Typically accountable for managing ones own time and work flow. Responsibilities are generally tactical in nature and work is typically of moderate to complex in nature requiring the incumbent to draw on previous knowledge to perform the role. Continues to build knowledge base but has a solid foundation to act independently the majority of the time. Still draws on experts and managers when needed but less frequently.

Physical Requirements:

Work location is a combination of office environment and field work. Desk and computer work is required. Must possess valid driver’s license and be able to drive to various company locations.

Duquesne Light Company is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of the employment relationship, without discrimination because of race, age, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability or status as a Vietnam era or special disabled veteran or any other unlawful basis, as defined by applicable law, and fostering a workplace free of unlawful discrimination and retaliation. This policy affects decisions including, but not limited to, hiring, compensation, benefits, terms and conditions of employment, opportunities for promotion, transfer, layoffs, return from a layoff, training and development, and other privileges of employment. An integral part of Duquesne Light's commitment is to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws concerning equal employment and affirmative action.