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Power Engineers Substation Physical Designer (REMOTE) in Billings, Montana

Substation Physical Designer (REMOTE)

Location: Rocky Mountain


Department: Power Delivery Boise Substation Dept


Substation Physical Designer (REMOTE)

Job Summary of Roles and Responsibilities

POWER Engineers is currently seeking an experienced, energetic, self-starting team member with a strong physical design background to perform engineering design activities for electrical substations. This position is posted in multiple POWER office locations with the ability to work remotely from a mutually acceptable location (please note in the application questions where you prefer to be located).


The Physical Designer will share responsibility with the rest of the department to produce a product consistent with POWER’s mission statement and our culture. The Designer is expected to support the group in achieving the goals of the department, maintain POWER’s high-quality standards, promote internal teamwork and meet the needs of our clients. This position is also responsible for assisting with developing, maintaining, and strengthening client relationships within the region.

  • Perform and direct others in the detailed design of medium to extra high voltage substations including, but not limited to

  • Station physical layouts

  • Sections/Elevations

  • Cable and conduit plans and details

  • Ground grid design and details

  • Foundation plans and details

  • Structural plans and details

  • Control enclosure design and details

  • Lightning protection plans

  • Yard lighting plans

  • Bills of Materials

  • Inter-discipline coordination activities

  • Specify and select substation equipment

  • Contribute to substation equipment specifications

  • Construction support

  • Facility studies

  • Site visits

  • Perform QA/QC for deliverables to clients

  • Support proposal development

  • Support project budgeting, project scheduling and project reporting

  • Support the mentorship and training of other team members

  • Shall understand and adhere to client standards and processes while working individually or within a team to complete complex and technically challenging designs

  • Occasional travel will be required

Required Education/Experience

  • Associate degree or equivalent technical education

  • Three (3) or more years of experience in substation physical design

  • Experience in 15kV through 138kV substation design and IEEE/ANSI standards

  • Mechanical reasoning skills and attention to detail

  • Experience with AutoCAD (Version 2020 or newer)

  • Experience with MicroStation (V8 or newer)

  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, with an emphasis on Excel and Word

  • Experience filling the role of substation designer for several substation projects occurring concurrently

  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, tracking and organizing many tasks of varying importance and size

  • Proven ability and desire to mentor and help others

  • A strong command of the English language with good written and oral communication skills in order to work effectively with internal team members and external client personnel

  • Candidates must be legally authorized to work permanently in the U.S. without the need for work sponsorship

Desired Education/Experience

  • Five (5) to ten (10) or more years of experience in substation design

  • An understanding of substation equipment and its function

  • Familiarity with Raster Design and/or Bentley Descartes

  • Ability to produce applicable drawings from rough sketches, notes, vendor drawings, and such

  • Ability to select non-engineered materials (bus, high voltage switches, cable, insulators)

  • 3D CAD experience and/or Building Information Modeling (BIM) experience

  • Experience in electric utility substation design (15kV through 500kV) and IEEE/ANSI standards is a plus

  • Ability to successfully participate in multiple projects concurrently and manage budgets and schedules

At POWER Engineers, Inc. you can have a rewarding career on every level. In addition to challenging and meaningful work, you’ll have the chance to make a positive impact on the environment, participate in a range of diverse and unique initiatives, and find the support, coaching, and training it takes to advance your career. We encourage new ideas and fresh approaches and most importantly, we strive to be our clients’ first choice. These traits – and deep technical skill – account for our success.

Have fun, do good, build success. As an employee-owned company, we strive to make POWER Engineers an appealing place to work, where we perform projects that we find challenging and in which we excel. We provide competitive compensation, a full benefit package, professional development, and an appealing work environment. POWER Engineers is a unique and fun engineering firm, which may be contradictory to some, but it works well for us.

EOE, including disability/vets