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Duke Energy 2022 Spring Co-Op - Grid Management - Raleigh, NC in Raleigh, North Carolina

More than a career - a chance to make a difference in people's lives.

Build an exciting, rewarding career with us – help us make a difference for millions of people every day. Consider joining the Duke Energy team, where you'll find a friendly work environment, opportunities for growth and development, recognition for your work, and competitive pay and benefits.

Please attach your current unofficial transcript in order to be considered for this position.

This student co-op will be located within the Distribution Control Center’s (DCC) Grid Management group in Raleigh, NC. The position is for alternating semesters, where the student attends school a semester then works a semester. The student may work for Duke for three semesters. The DCC is responsible for safely operating and maintaining the stability of the Distribution Grid, and this includes but is not limited to:

  • Load flow analysis for maintaining equipment amperage and voltage limitations

  • Managing customer outages and restorations

  • Ensuring the Distribution system model integrity for our field personnel

  • Implement optimized voltage reduction “virtual generator” during peak system conditions

  • Maintain smart grid Self-Healing Networks

  • Evaluate effects of Distributed Energy Resources (such as solar) on system equipment

  • Writing and performing switching to support equipment construction and/or maintenance, etc.

The student will fulfill engineering and technical responsibilities associated with the above working alongside Grid and Optimization Engineers.

The student will receive a mentor during their rotation. Furthermore, Grid Management is built upon a teamwork environment and supports a collaborative, continuous improvement atmosphere. Along with the Microsoft Suite of software, the student will use advanced software, applications, and systems specific to the electric utility industry. In addition to working within the student’s primary discipline, the student may be asked to work across a multi-engineering discipline platform in order to deliver on assigned projects and initiatives.

Basic Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled and pursuing a four-year degree in Electrical Engineering at an accredited college or university

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.75

  • Valid driver’s license

Desired Qualifications

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Python programming language experience

  • Demonstrated technical proficiency

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities

  • Demonstrated effective problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Demonstrated use of computers, software, and engineering applications

  • Works effectively with others from diverse backgrounds to achieve a common goal

  • Ability to deliver superior results within allocated time through effective prioritization, scheduling, planning and execution of assigned work

  • Desire to pursue a career in the energy industry

  • Previous engineering work experience

Specific Requirements

  • Required to wear personal protective equipment (hardhat, safety glasses, appropriate clothing, ear plugs, fall protection, etc.) as needed

  • Provide own safety footcare, per corporate guidelines, if required to work in field environment.

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs

Working Conditions

  • Hybrid – Work will be performed from both remote and onsite locations after the onboarding period. However, hybrid employees should live within a reasonable commute to a Duke Energy facility.

Travel Requirements


Relocation Assistance Provided (as applicable) No

Represented/Union Position No

Visa Sponsored Position No

Posting Expiration Date

Thursday, October 14, 2021

All job postings expire at 12:01 AM on the posting expiration date.

Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you must possess all of the basic/required qualifications.

We are one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, supplying and delivering electricity to approximately 7.4 million U.S. customers. We have approximately 52,700 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida – and natural gas distribution services serving more than 1.5 million customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Our commercial and international businesses own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a portfolio of renewable energy assets.

Regardless of your skill set or specific interest, we're looking for the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our people make us great - and we're always looking for more. Find your career path today at Duke Energy, where it's more than a career - it's a chance to make a difference in people's lives.

Brighter opportunities. Brighter futures. Duke Energy values ideas that come from a diverse and inclusive workforce, and we’re dedicated to providing a work environment where all people are valued, respected and able to reach their full potential. Duke Energy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, including but not limited to lactation, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, medical condition, military status, or protected veteran status. Duke Energy complies with all applicable state, federal and local laws, regulations and ordinances prohibiting discrimination.