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Southern Company Emergency Diesel Generator Engineer (Corporate) in Birmingham, Alabama

Emergency Diesel Generator Engineer (Corporate)


It's an exciting time to be part of our growing organization. If a new and significant challenge is what you have been longing for, and if you are energized, positive, committed, and desiring to make a difference, then we are looking for YOU to join our team!

Southern Nuclear Operating Company (SNC), headquartered in Birmingham, AL, operates Southern Company's six nuclear reactors at three locations in Georgia and Alabama: two reactors at Plant Vogtle, near Waynesboro, GA; two reactors at Plant Hatch, near Baxley, GA; and two reactors at Plant Farley, near Dothan, AL. In addition, construction activities are underway for two new reactors at our Plant Vogtle location.

We currently have an opportunity located at our Corporate HQ location in Birmingham, AL for an Emergency Diesel Generator Engineer.

Emergency Diesel Generator Engineer (Corporate)


Southern Nuclear Operating Company’s corporate Fleet Systems Engineering Department provides governance and oversight for the Southern Nuclear Fleet. We are seeking an experienced Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) engineer. This position is responsible for providing governance, technical leadership, and guidance in the area of diesel generators. The successful candidate should have experience with diesel generators and an understanding of diesel performance and regulations used in the nuclear plant environment is a plus. Activities involve providing governance in according to established regulatory requirements, identifying industry best practices, developing/maintaining fleet procedures, setting a strategic vision, participation in industry working groups, and troubleshooting problems associated with components impacting diesel performance.


Education Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree in an engineering discipline from an accredited college or university, or Professional Engineer license, is required. (Engineering Technology will not be accepted).

  • Mechanical or Electrical Engineering preferred. Nuclear, Chemical, and Civil Engineering degrees will be considered based upon the candidate’s experience.

Experience Preferences:

  • A strong technical background in engineering, and working knowledge of applicable codes, standards, and regulatory requirements related to nuclear power generating facilities.

  • The ability to solve problems and make sound engineering judgments, based on experience and proper application of industry practices, in order to provide timely and appropriate resolutions to component issues that might impact plant output, operation, or safety.

  • The expertise to address operational, maintenance, and reliability issues for diesel engines, control systems, and generators.

  • The ability to develop long range plans and strategies for maintaining or replacing equipment to ensure reliable and economical operation and maintenance of the EDGs in the fleet.

  • The ability to communicate technical issues and drive problem resolution through various levels of management at the plant sites and corporate office.

  • The ability to work effectively across diverse groups at the plant sites and corporate office to drive standard technical solutions to system/component issues.

  • The experience and knowledge to technically interface with vendors and service suppliers on procurement, repair plan development, troubleshooting, and resolving equipment performance problems.

  • The ability to ensure SNC stays abreast of emerging issues and technological developments within the assigned area of responsibility, to work closely with site engineering, maintenance, operations, and work control personnel by providing expertise for assigned components and systems.

  • The ability to assist in the development of specifications.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to initiate, coordinate and oversee multiple complex projects and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment.

  • Ability to adapt to changing demands and priorities.

  • Ability to use good judgment and make sound engineering and business decisions.

  • Ability to build and sustain relationships.

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.

  • Ability to be a team player with emphasis on team contribution.

  • Self-starter who performs tasks with little supervision or oversight.

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Demonstrate Southern Style - Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment

  • Honesty,respect, fairness and integrity drive behaviors

  • Keeps promises and has ethical behavior as a standard

  • Dedicated to superior performance and sets high expectations

  • Priorities are safety first, teamwork and diversity and continuous improvement through example

  • Committed to success of employees, customers and shareholders

  • Self-directed with strong initiative

  • Results oriented and customer focused


This position will be responsible for the SNC emergency diesel generator performance and associated processes/procedures are developed and standardized throughout the SNC fleet. The EDG Engineer is responsible for establishing the appropriate metrics to ascertain EDG performance, develop improvement plans, provide the technical basis for system improvements, provide oversight, assist in problem solving/troubleshooting initiatives, and provide specific technical expertise to the nuclear plant Engineering, Operations, and Maintenance groups as necessary.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing and maintaining EDG metrics, procedures, and general coordination with respective site organizations (e.g. engineering, maintenance, operations, outage management, etc.) in support of diesel performance and outage implementation.

  • Provide technical support to the SNC plant sites for diesel generators and associated support/control equipment.

  • Develop and maintain implementing procedures and developing engineering evaluations and recommendations for problems and issues.

  • Industry participation to ensure SNC stays abreast of emerging issues and technology developments relevant to diesel generators.

  • Support advancement of standardization and sharing of best practices across the Southern Nuclear Fleet.

  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with counterparts at each nuclear plant site.

  • Ensure implementation of corporate, plant and department policies and procedures.

  • Model safe work behaviors.

  • Ability to initiate and encourage others to follow safe work practices

  • Ability to hold self and others accountable for safe work practices.

  • Maintain unescorted access to all SNC facilities.

Please note: This position may require the successful completion of the SNC Initial Engineering Training as a condition of continued employment. The training is a rigorous period that may require studying after work hours.

Southern Nuclear's top priority is the safety and health of the public, our employees and the environment. We are committed to the safe operation of our nuclear generating facilities with equipment and systems that meet strict Nuclear Regulatory Commission safety and design regulations. Each Southern Nuclear employee is committed to instilling Institute for Nuclear Power Operations' "Principles for a Strong Nuclear Safety Culture" in every aspect of their responsibilities.

With 4.4 million customers and more than 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company is the premier energy company serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. A leading U.S. producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for energy innovation, excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average. Southern Company and its subsidiaries are leading the nation's nuclear renaissance through the construction of the first new nuclear units to be built in a generation of Americans and are demonstrating their commitment to energy innovation through the development of a state-of-the-art coal gasification plant. Southern Company has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer and listed by DiversityInc as a top company for Blacks. The company received the 2012 Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its leadership in new nuclear development, was named Electric Light & Power magazine's Utility of the Year for 2012 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 (EOE) of minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans and strongly supports diversity in the workplace.


Job Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Operating Company: Southern Nuclear Operating Co

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: SNC2005703

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