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Southern Company Principal Engineer in Birmingham, Alabama

Principal Engineer


Transmission Planning Principal Engineer

This position will be located at the Alabama Power Company Corporate Headquarters in Birmingham, AL. Flexibility in work schedule is available, including remote work.


This position is best suited for an individual desiring a technical career path responsible for leading and performing power system technical studies in support of various groups within Southern Company. The successful candidate will be part of a team that performs dynamic simulations for transmission planning studies on the Southern Company Bulk Transmission System. These studies involve voltage stability, transient stability, underfrequency and undervoltage load shedding, FIDVR, and out-of-step protection. This position also performs stability studies in support of generation interconnections, transmission service requests, regional planning with neighboring transmission systems, generator retirements/additions, and post-event analysis of real-time system events in support of reliable BES operation and validation of dynamic models.

The successful candidate will work with multiple groups including other teams within Transmission Planning, Transmission Control Centers, Research and Development, Operating Company Transmission, Distribution and Generation departments, neighboring transmission systems, etc. The successful candidate will also be responsible for presenting study results to management, internal and external customers for information and support.

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering is required .

  • Advanced degree or post graduate classes in Electrical Engineering with electric power systems emphasis is a plus but not required.

  • Professional Engineering License is required .

Job Requirements

The job will entail exposure to a wide range of power system analysis opportunities including:

  • Short circuit analysis and power system modeling to support analytical studies.

  • Perform dynamic studies to determine protection system requirements for the stability of the power system.

  • Provide technical expertise and leadership in industry committees and initiatives, as necessary.

  • Transmission system studies using both phasor-domain and time-domain methods.

  • Research of special technical issues impacting the electric power system.

  • Coordination with others in Transmission Planning to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions, including coordinated studies with neighboring transmission systems.

  • Other technical studies, as requested, in support of Southern Company and the Operating Companies.

  • Coordination with multiple groups and internal customers within Southern Company and the Operating Companies.

  • Limited overnight travel may be required (less than 20%)

Experience Requirements

  • Demonstrated experience in performing transient stability studies is required .

  • Experience in electrical power system modeling and analysis is required .

  • Experience in protection and control design, applications, or field services is a plus.

  • Thorough understanding in generator control system modeling and analysis is required .

  • Experience in inverter-based resource control system modeling and analysis is highly desired.

  • Experience with computer programming (MATLAB, C, Visual Basic, VB.Net, or Python) related to study automation is a plus.

  • General knowledge of design, control and operation of a bulk electric system.

  • General industry knowledge of FERC, NERC, SERC, IEEE, CIGRE, and NATF is a plus.

  • Knowledge of NERC reliability standards, and the standards development process, is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

The successful candidate must:

  • Have the ability to independently analyze and resolve technical and complex issues.

  • Have the ability to anticipate potential for emerging system stability issues and develop analysis necessary to determine strategic solutions.

  • Be able to communicate effectively with diverse internal groups while tailoring communication for specific technical audiences and situations.

  • Excellent problem-solving skills.

  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Superior ability to understand technical issues.

  • Have good time management and organizational skills in order to balance multiple projects simultaneously and adhere to deadlines.

  • Ability to adapt to change and effectively respond to changing priorities.

  • Have knowledge of symmetrical components, power system modeling and fault analysis (knowledge of time-domain analysis is required).

  • Be proficient with power system modeling and analytical software which could include: CAPE, ASPEN, PSS/E, PowerWorld, MATLAB, Mathcad, SINCAL, ATP, PSCAD, EMTP-RV, VSAT, TSAT, SSAT.

  • Foster and inclusive and collaborative work environment.

  • Ability to effectively collaborate with stakeholders across an enterprise environment.

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Be self-motivated, results-oriented, innovative, and work well in a team environment.

  • Have strong analytical skills and a drive to solve complex engineering problems.

  • Candidates will be evaluated on Southern Company’s “Our Values” (Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment).

Safety First - We believe the safety of our employees and customers is paramount. We will perform and maintain every job, every day, safely.

Unquestionable Trust - Honesty, respect, fairness and integrity drive our behavior. We keep our promises, and ethical behavior is our standard.

Superior Performance - We are dedicated to superior performance throughout our business. We will continue our strong focus on innovative solutions, improving how we run our business and our commitment to environmental stewardship.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a national 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 Diversity Inc, 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 utilities 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: SCS2010555