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Southern Company P&C Field Services Test Engineer or Technician (Montgomery, AL) in Montgomery, Alabama

P&C Field Services Test Engineer or Technician (Montgomery, AL)




The APC Power Delivery Protection & Control (P&C) Field Services department is seeking a Test Engineer or Technician for the Southern Region. This position is located in Montgomery, Alabama at the Southern Division Complex. This position is responsible for the commissioning, maintenance, and troubleshooting of transmission and distribution substation protective relay and control systems. This position will be filled as a non-exempt level 6-10 based upon education, experience, and ability of the selected individual.

The major job responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Know and follow safe behaviors including all rules and procedures

  • Perform operational checks and tests on various substation equipment including but not limited to:

microprocessor and electromechanical relays and controls, current transformers, potential transformers, power circuit breakers, transformers, regulators, power line carrier radio, traps and tuners

  • Troubleshoot and perform preventive and emergent maintenance on previously listed substation equipment

  • Operate and interpret readings from test equipment such as digital multi-meters, digital oscilloscopes, insulation testers, relay test sets, and radio frequency measurement equipment

  • Verify that wiring construction work is performed in accordance to detailed design print documentation

  • Document all completed work in accordance with policies and procedures

  • Provide technical guidance and direction to other groups on protection and control issues

  • Respond to system problems during after hours on-call rotations

  • Provide top level customer service to internal and external customers



  • Engineers: 4-year BS Engineering Degree (Electrical Preferred)

  • Technicians: 2 or 4 year AS/BS/BET Degree in Electronics or Engineering Technology. Equivalent work experience may be considered as qualifications for technicians.


  • Electromechanical or microprocessor protection relay installation and testing is desired

  • Microprocessor IED and/or PLC technology installation and testing is desired

  • Field experience commissioning and/or maintaining electrical equipment is desired

  • Basic understanding of electrical protection and/or control circuitry is desired

  • Current work experience within APC Power Delivery is preferred


  • Excellent computer skills

  • Proven troubleshooting skills

  • Knowledge of safe work practices

  • Familiarity with substation equipment is preferred

  • Exercise clear judgment in critical situations

  • Make timely, rational decisions where errors can result in negative results

  • Able to manage multiple tasks and meet strict deadlines

  • Ability to read electrical blueprint/schematic drawings is desirable

  • Good writing and communication skills


  • Safety minded

  • Dependable, reliable, thorough

  • Self-starter, independent and team member

  • High attention to detail

  • Committed, timely

  • Innovative, student, always learning

  • Customer focused, spirit of excellence

Other Requirements

  • Must have a valid driver's license

  • Must pass background investigation and requirements for access at Southern Nuclear and Transmission facilities

  • Must become certified for the Official Clearance list within one year of hire date, required for employment

  • Must be available to work outside normal business hours and occasionally stay out of town for periods of time

  • Must work outdoors in inclement weather and frequently travel (75%) away from office within the coverage area

  • Must live in or be willing to relocate to commutable distance of the Montgomery, Alabama office location

  • Relocation package is not available.

Alabama Power provides the valuable combination of competitive prices, reliable electricity supply and unparalleled service to 1.4 million homes, businesses and industries in the southern two-thirds of Alabama.

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.

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.

Job Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-South Alabama-Montgomery

Operating Company: Alabama Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 75 % of the Time

Union Covered: No

Work Location(s):

Southern Division Complex - 1810 Congressman Dickinson Dr. (1810MONTGOMERY)

1810 Congressman Dickinson Dr.

Montgomery, 36109

Req ID: APC2007460