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Southern Company Reliability Engineer/Engineering Associate in Marietta, Georgia

Reliability Engineer/Engineering Associate


Area Reliability Engineer - Smyrna/Marietta, GA

Reports to: Engineering Supervisor, Power Delivery Systems and Standards

Location: Successful candidate will report to the Sands Place Operating Headquarters in Smyrna/Marietta and must live within a reasonable commuting distance to the designated Operating Headquarters. Relocation assistance is available for qualified candidates if needed.

Job Level: Position will be filled as either an Engineer or Engineering Associate at an exempt level dependent upon the successful candidate's qualifications including education, experience and skillset.


The Area Reliability Engineer’s primary responsibilities are to support distribution reliability needs in his or her assigned area and to also support GPC distribution reliability initiatives by assisting with corporate reliability projects throughout the state. The successful candidate must be a champion of Safety Excellence. Safety and attention to detail are paramount in this position. Therefore, the successful candidate will be expected to incorporate appropriate safety measures into all aspects of their job. He or she will be expected to engineer and manage their projects efficiently, on schedule, and without service interruptions.

The Area Reliability Engineer will be required to perform field investigations, analyze outage management system data, SCADA data, and metering data to determine root causes impacting distribution reliability and then engineer solutions to optimize system performance. This position will perform circuit studies within their assigned area and in other areas around the state based on priority of corporate reliability objectives. All reliability projects must be thoroughly evaluated to ensure maximize effectiveness.

The responsibilities of this position also include working with the Distribution Automation team on commissioning, testing, and maintaining distribution automation equipment, protective relays, controls, and communication equipment. The Area Reliability Engineer will perform, in conjunction with the Distribution Automation group, all work needed to program and commission electronic devices installed on the distribution system. Duties include working with and around low voltage.

The successful candidate will be considered the subject matter expert on protection and coordination in their assigned area. He or she will work closely with area engineering, Distribution Planning, Area Planning, Renewables, Asset Management and the TMC organization, providing them with technical expertise, breaker relay settings and protective device relay settings as needed. This will require interaction with multiple work groups including P&C Applications, Operations Support and P&C Field Services &/or Distribution Automation. He or she will be responsible for proper implementation of Company reliability strategies and ensuring proper coordination of protective schemes. When system upgrades occur, the Area Reliability Engineer must also ensure that protective equipment is sized appropriately, both in terms of continuous load carrying capacity and fault interrupting capability.

The Area Reliability Engineer will be utilized as a technical resource and is required to demonstrate the skills obtained in GPC Level II Distribution Certification courses. He or she will provide guidance on customer related inquiries and distributed generation interconnection evaluations as needed. This position will review outage data regularly for quality assurance and monitor trends in performance. Periodically, he or she will be required to investigate device operations to ensure proper coordination and take corrective action(s) if necessary.

The Area Reliability Engineer must maintain visibility, communicate effectively, promptly respond to concerns, and provide SERP & Supervisor On Call support for their assigned area. The successful candidate must be capable of building rapport and establishing professional working relationships with all GPC stakeholders.


Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Engineering Technology or in a related field (i.e. Mathematics, Science); 4-year accredited degree is required

  • Engineer in Training (EIT) certification is a plus

  • Professional Engineer (PE) license is preferred

Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of 3 years operations experience required in one or more of the following areas: Electric Power Distribution Operations, Electric Power Transmission Operations, Protection & Control (P&C) Field Services, P&C Applications.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Candidate must have knowledge of Section 0 and demonstrate Safety Excellence at all times.

  • Candidate must model all aspects of Our Values - Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance and Total Commitment.

  • Candidate should possess knowledge of Southern Company engineering and construction best practices.

  • Candidate must possess knowledge of Southern Company distribution operating procedures.

  • Must be a self-starter, able to work independently, and capable of prioritizing multiple work assignments

  • Knowledge of electric utility distribution system operations, overhead and underground distribution design, distribution automation, and coordination of protective devices is preferred.

  • Must be capable of producing designs that will enhance system reliability performance.

  • Must be able to articulate and enforce applicable Company policies while providing excellent service for internal & external customers

  • Must have working knowledge of the NESC.

  • Must be capable of creating quality distribution work orders, estimates and construction prints

  • Knowledge of Microsoft office products and other related engineering software systems is preferred.

  • Working knowledge of CymTCC and CymDist is preferred.

  • Proven experience in writing and executing switching orders.

  • Must possess effective project management and organizational skills

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and meet strict deadlines.

  • Ability to work well with internal and external customers

  • Effective communication skills.

  • Capable of working in a team environment that supports multiple organizations such as Sales, Customer Service, Area & Distribution Planning and Renewables.

  • Knowledge of Georgia Power Company Distribution Bulletins, the Engineering Handbook & other relevant Company guidelines is preferred.

  • Must be capable of meeting the Official Transmission and Distribution Switching & Clearance List criteria.

Other Requirements:

  • Candidate must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

  • Position requires walking through rough and uneven terrain.

  • Candidate must be able to lift or move approximately 25 pounds of equipment and materials.

  • Familiarity with hand tools and test equipment to repair mechanical and/or electrical equipment is desired.

  • Must be willing to serve in the supervisor on-call rotation at the assigned work location.

  • Availability for local area emergency assistance after hours, nights, weekends and holidays is required.

  • Ability to support restoration efforts in state and out of state is required.

  • Must be available to travel overnight and provide statewide support while working alone and driving to remote locations.

  • Candidate must currently hold a valid Driver's License.

  • A thorough background check and drug test (including nicotine) will be conducted prior to employment (after a job offer is extended).

  • Strong technical aptitude and problem-solving skills

To Apply: All candidates must submit an updated resume (preferably as an attached Word document) and complete a series of questions in order to be considered for this position.

All candidates are subject to the Georgia Power Company Smoke Free Workplace Policy: You must be free from all tobacco products (including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew, snuff, patch and/or gum), at least six months prior to applying for this position .

Georgia Power Company has classified this position as “Safety Sensitive” and as such is subject to relevant pre-employment screening(s) to determine fitness for duty. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the applicant successfully completing all required fitness assessments.

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Job Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Marietta

Operating Company: Georgia Power Company

Job Type: Standard

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

Work Location(s):

Sands Place Opr Hdqs - 1769 Sands Place (1769MARIETTA)

1769 Sands Place

Marietta, 30067

Req ID: GPC2006803

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