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Southern Company Electrical Design Engineer - Birmingham, AL in Birmingham, Alabama

Electrical Design Engineer - Birmingham, AL


Electrical Design Engineer

Southern Company Generation Electrical Design

This position will be based from The Energy Center (3535 Colonnade Parkway) in Birmingham, AL


The successful candidate for this position will be responsible for the overall Electrical Engineering design efforts for retrofit projects at generating plants. Responsibilities, ensuring the adherence to design codes and standards which includes the development and control of Electrical Design schedules, budgets, and procurement activities as well as the technical oversight and direction of engineering and design personnel in the production and interpretation of Electrical Design documents.



  • Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited College or University required

  • Advanced degree in related field is a plus

  • Professional Engineer (PE) registration a plus

  • Leadership experience, strong management and organizational skills

  • Experience with budget, schedule and change management

  • Heavy Industrial field experience

  • Knowledge of electrical design codes and standards


  • Electrical engineering design experience (10 years preferred) in power generation or other heavy industry

  • Responsible for Electrical scope definition, budget, schedule, change management / mitigation and forecasting personnel work load demand

  • Responsible for providing technical leadership for design team in development of total Electrical design package including specifications, single lines, elementary diagrams, wiring diagrams, physical layout both above and below ground, cable list, bill of material details , lighting and grounding drawings, block diagram drawings, etc.

  • Responsible for close interaction with Electrical and Project Management, plant and other discipline personnel, construction and start-up personnel to ensure smooth bi-directional transfer of design information

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

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Operational knowledge of power plant systems, protection and control strategies

  • Design oversight to ensure compliance with all applicable codes and standards, QA requirements, federal, state, and local regulatory requirements

  • Oversight and technical direction of other engineers, designers, and drafters

  • Must be able to effectively communicate with other groups and disciplines to ensure maximum effectiveness

  • Proficiency in problem solving, analytical, and interpersonal/communications skills

  • Makes sound independent decisions with minimal information and consultation with management

  • Must be able to lead multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Proven ability to assemble and lead a team toward a common goal

  • Proven ability to define, manage and forecast workload

  • Experience with AutoCAD 2016 or higher, AVEVA experience is a plus

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products, WORD, EXCEL and POWERPOINT

  • Moderate travel

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Model “Our Values” – Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment.

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

  • 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.

  • 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

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

The Energy Center - 3535 Colonnade Parkway (3535Birmingham)

3535 Colonnade Parkway

Birmingham, 35243

Req ID: SCS2008391

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