Southern Company Substation Physical Design Engineer (Birmingham, AL) in Birmingham, Alabama

Substation Physical Design Engineer (Birmingham, AL)


Substation Physical Design Engineer (Birmingham, AL)

Southern Company Services Transmission – Substation Engineering

This position will be located in Birmingham, AL


The engineer position is responsible for the physical design portion of Southern Company’s transmission and distribution substations. The engineer will provide engineering drawings, specifications, and material requirements for substation projects with emphasis on safety, quality, scheduling, and costs.


  • Prepare high quality physical design packages needed to construct new or modify existing substations using AutoCAD based on Southern Company design standards.

  • Design the physical aspects of substations including but not limited to Foundation Layouts, Grounding Layouts, Conduit Layouts, Switchgear Assembly Layouts, Switch House Layouts, electrical bus design, etc.

  • Specify and order material for physical substation design packages, including stock, shop fabricated, and non-stock material.

  • Transmit drawing packages and supporting specifications using the Transmission Engineering job transmittal program.

  • Coordinate and communicate with other departments associated with Substation Physical Design.

  • Interact with manufacturers, vendors, and Southern Company committee members to resolve equipment and material issues.

  • Provide support to Substation Construction and Substation Maintenance.

  • Perform site visits for projects, including pre-construction meetings, during construction meetings, and post-construction meetings. Some overnight travel will be required.

  • Participate in substation design review meetings.

  • Support Southern Company’s design criteria and standardization effort.

  • Provide assistance as part of a storm restoration team after major storm events in the Southern Company service territory.



  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering required (Electrical, Mechanical, or Civil Engineering degree is preferred)


  • Experience using AutoCAD 2016 or higher is preferred.

  • Experience using 3D modeling software is preferred.

  • Experience working with substations for an electric power utility company is preferred.

  • Experience in the field of Substation Engineering, Substation Maintenance, or Substation Construction is preferred.

  • Construction field experience preferred

  • Ability to create substation physical design drawings from a single line wiring diagram is preferred.

  • Experience working with TEAMS, STOMP, DID, and MAXIMO is preferred.

  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office products is required.

Knowledge, Skills & 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.

  • Ability to be an effective mentor to others and teach job-related skills.

  • Strong understanding of the National Electric Safety Code, National Electric Code, and OSHA safe operating practices is preferred.

  • Good understanding of utility electric grid operations is preferred.

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 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 and promote a positive, "can do" attitude.

  • Commitment as a team member to building and maintaining an Inclusive work environment.

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

  • Must understand and practice Human Performance Concepts.


  • This position can require some travel – approximately 25% per year.

  • This will include both day-trip and overnight travel, primarily within the Southern Company territory.


  • Some relocation assistance is available if the selected candidate currently resides outside the area.


  • Competitive Pay

  • Excellent benefits packages which includes:

  • Medical and dental coverage

  • Defined Pension/Cash Balance Benefit Plan

  • Performance-sharing plan

  • 401(k) plan with a generous company match

  • Bonus opportunities

  • Tuition Reimbursement

Please submit an updated resume with your application.

Southern Company at (NYSE: SO at ) 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 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

Other Locations: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Forest Park

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

Gen Svc Hqtr Forest Park - 62 Lake Mirror Road (62FORESTPARK)

62 Lake Mirror Road

Forest Park, 30297

Req ID: SCS2008012

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