Southern California Edison Senior Protection Engineer in Pomona, California

Job Description


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About T&D:

Southern California Edison’s (SCE's) Transmission and Distribution Organizational Unit (T & D) is responsible for planning, engineering, constructing, operating, and maintaining transmission and distribution facilities throughout the 50,000-square-mile territory. T&D is the steward of roughly $19 billion in assets that safely and reliably deliver electricity to 14 million residents via SCE’s 5 million customer accounts.

Position overview:

The Senior Protection Engineer will be a key member of the Protection & Automation Standards & Innovation team providing technical expertise and support to Protection & Automation Engineering personnel and other internal and external stakeholders. This position provides technical leadership, consultation, and hands-on support to ensure that SCE’s protection & automation-related design standards, training and reference materials, work processes and procedures, and tools and databases are constantly evolving to meet the needs of the Protection & Automation team and key stakeholders. The Senior Protection Engineer will be expected to make significant contributions towards realizing Protection & Automation Engineering’s vision “to be an industry-recognized leader in shaping innovative protection and control solutions that facilitate the safe, reliable and affordable operation of SCE’s modernized, evolving grid.”

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Lead the identification, development, and documentation of new and/or modified protection & automation-related design standards and requirements to meet emerging technical challenges on the SCE grid

  • Provide ad hoc technical consultation and support to help resolve novel or complex protection-related issues on the SCE grid

  • Develop and deliver training presentations to Protection & Automation Engineering personnel and other key SCE stakeholders

  • Develop and maintain SCE protection-related technical documentation and reference materials (e.g., protection philosophy documents, relay setting guidelines, relay application notes, internal work control procedures, etc.)

  • Administer SCE’s use of Computer Aided Protection Engineering (CAPE) software and maintain SCE’s bulk power system CAPE dataset

  • Represent Protection & Automation Engineering on selected pilot/demonstration project teams to drive innovation

  • Represent Protection & Automation Engineering on selected internal technical committees (e.g., Line & Bus Committee, Substation Standards Review Team, etc.)

  • Represent Protection & Automation Engineering on selected industry technical committees and working groups (e.g., WECC Relay Work Group, IEEE Power System Relaying Committee, NATF System Protection Practices Group, etc.)

  • Act as the single point of contact for SCE’s Claims Department following protection-related incidents on the SCE grid and provide expert witness testimony as needed

  • Collaborate with Grid Operations, Substation Construction & Maintenance, Telecom Engineering, and other internal partners to identify and implement process improvements


Minimum qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Electrical Engineering or related scientific/technical field

  • 9 years of electrical engineering experience

  • 5 years of experience working in protection engineering

Desired qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or related scientific/technical field

  • Licensed Professional Engineer

  • Project Management certification

  • 10 years of experience working in protection engineering

  • Familiarity with SCE system protection practices, philosophies, and standards

  • Experience using ASPEN relay database, Computer Aided Protection Engineering (CAPE) software, and AutoCAD

  • Experience interpreting and/or designing electrical one-line, elementary, and protection logic diagrams

  • Familiarity with SCE substation design standards

  • Excellent communication, collaboration, and leadership skills


  • Candidates for this position must be legally authorized to work directly as employees for any employer in the United States without visa sponsorship.

  • This position has been identified as a NERC/CIP impacted position - Prior to being hired, the successful candidate must pass a Personnel Risk Assessment (PRA) or Background Investigation. Once hired, the candidate must complete specified training prior to gaining un-escorted access to assigned work location and performing necessary job duties.

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Southern California Edison, an Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, serves a population of nearly 14 million via 5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California. Join the utility leader that is safely delivering reliable, affordable electricity to our customers for over 125 years.

SCE is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected status.