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Southern Company Transmission Line Designer/Engineer in Birmingham, Alabama

Transmission Line Designer/Engineer


Transmission Line Designer/Engineer

Southern Company Services Technical & Projects Solutions – Transmission Line Design Engineering

Multiple Openings located in Birmingham, AL

This posting is to fill multiple Engineer/Designer positions within the T&PS Transmission Line Design Organization.

Available Positions: Location

Line Design Engineer/Designer (Production) Birmingham, AL


This job posting is for a Transmission Line Designer/Engineer position in the Southern Company Transmission Engineering organization, at the Birmingham, AL office location. The successful candidates will be responsible for applying Southern Company’s engineering processes, design criteria, and software applications in the design and construction support of high-voltage transmission lines (HVTL). The successful candidates, under direct supervision, will follow prescribed procedures to support estimate preparation, develop design options, and prepare construction specifications. These positions may be filled at a grade level commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience.


  • Create a safe work environment through total personal commitment to putting Safety First

  • Become knowledgeable of the process used at Southern Company in the planning, design, operation, construction, and maintenance of high voltage transmission lines (HVTL)

  • Become knowledgeable of the functions and activities of the various internal departments that are involved in the design, construction, and maintenance of HVTL

  • Become knowledgeable of the transmission line design practices and work processes

  • Become proficient in the use of all software applications used in the design of HVTL

  • Be knowledgeable of the rules governing FERC property accounting

  • Support the development of design standards and criteria for use on the Southern Company transmission system

  • Support construction and maintenance teams during day-to-day operations as well as in emergency restoration of failed equipment

  • Serve as a damage assessment team member after major storms after receiving the company-provided training. This will require overnight travel within the Southern Company system.

  • Design high voltage transmission lines using PLS-CADD

  • Estimate and support material ordering for transmission projects

  • Transmit construction packages and supporting specifications



  • The following education levels are preferred, but not required, for this position:

  • Engineer Position - BS degree or higher in Engineering (Civil, Electrical or Mechanical preferred)

  • Designer Position - A two-year degree, or higher, from a technical school or university with 2 years of experience with engineering design or 5 years of experience as a designer with no degree

  • A Professional Engineer (PE) license is a plus


  • Previous Transmission Line Design experience is preferred

  • Maintenance, construction, survey, projection, or project management experience in the utility industry is a plus

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of overall transmission line design, construction, and maintenance practices, with specific expertise in line design and construction materials preferred

  • Technical aptitude to solve civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering problems related to HVTL design and construction

  • Technical ability to read, interpret, and apply design criteria and government regulations to HVTL design and construction. Knowledge of the National Electric Safety Code preferred.

  • Computer skills to be proficient with standard office software applications and to adapt quickly to HVTL application software. Previous experience with PLS-CADD and PLS-POLE is a plus

  • Interpersonal skills sufficient to build working relationships with peers, internal customers, and the general public

  • Time management skills sufficient to manage multiple projects with various priorities and competing deadlines

  • Written and verbal communication skills sufficient to satisfactorily complete project documentation and to function effectively in a team environment


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

  • Exhibit a positive, "can do" spirit, and champion Southern Company’s work and safety procedures and guidelines

  • Work well with diverse groups, tailoring communication methods appropriately for the target audience

  • Incorporate customer perspective into solving business issues and treat customer satisfaction as top priority

  • Demonstrate teamwork and encourage collaboration

  • Take ownership of assigned projects and responsibility for related work items

  • Follow through on all aspects of assignments to ensure a high-quality product and timely completion

  • Communicate through clear and concise reports, well-organized formal presentations, and open and effective one-on-one and group discussions

  • Be a student of the business

  • Promote a helpful and inclusive culture


  • Some relocation assistance may be available if you do not already reside within a reasonable commute distance of Birmingham Alabama


  • 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 (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

Other Locations: Alabama, United States

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: SCS2010081