Southern Company Engineer/Designer - Control Design (Substation) in Birmingham, Alabama

Engineer/Designer - Control Design (Substation)


Designer/Engineer – Control Design (Substation)

Birmingham, AL

The designer/engineer position is focused on the design of protection and control systems for Southern Company's transmission and distribution substations. The designer/engineer will provide engineering drawings, specifications, and material requirements for capital improvement projects with emphasis on safety, quality, schedule and costs. This position is located in Birmingham, AL.

Major Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Design protective relay & control schemes utilizing microprocessor based relay systems in both green and brown field projects

  • Provide quality detailed design packages & engineering field support for construction and commissioning personnel

  • Utilize CAD systems to provide engineering documents

  • Develop effective plans, establish goals, and monitor progress toward task completion

  • Majority of Protection & Control work is in an office environment with some day/overnight travel for site visits, meetings, conferences and training required with a priority emphasis on safety

  • Position will support Southern Company storm restoration efforts

Candidates with the following preferred qualifications are encouraged to apply!


  • Candidates interested in an engineering classification will need a four-year engineering degree (Electrical Engineering preferred).

  • Candidates interested in a designer classification will need either a two-year electronics degree OR Military Power Training School OR electronics Training School

  • Equivalent work experience will be considered for designer qualifications.


  • Substation protective relay testing experience along with control scheme testing and commissioning experience a strong plus

  • Experience in transmission &/or distribution substation operations, power delivery, test engineering, and/or substation control design engineering a plus

  • AutoCAD experience is a plus

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must demonstrate excellent communication skills (oral & written) and the ability to communicate technical issues simply.

  • Must be a self-starter and exhibit strong problem-solving skills.

  • Must work well in a team environment and have the ability to develop and build relationships at all levels.

  • Must possess effective time management and organizational skills sufficient to manage multiple projects with various priorities and competing deadlines.

  • Must demonstrate a customer focus with a willingness to meet the needs of our customers and solicit feedback.

  • Knowledge of substation protection & control scheme operation is a plus.

  • Knowledge of Southern Company design practices and procedures is a plus.

Behavioral Attributes

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

  • Conduct all activities with a focus on providing value to our customers

  • Take personal responsibility for the team, their projects, and customer issues

  • Follow through on all aspects of assignments to ensure a quality product and increased value is delivered to our customers

  • Exhibit a positive, "can do" attitude

  • Commitment to building and maintaining an Inclusive work environment

  • Must exhibit Safety First attitudes and behaviors

  • Must place strong emphasis on Operational Excellence (mistake free designs)

  • Must understand and practice Human Performance Concepts

Other Requirements

  • Must have a valid Driver's License

  • Must live in or be willing to relocate to the Birmingham Area

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: SCS2007507