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Principal Engineer, Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) Systems

Engineering and Architecture

Systems Engineer


Greenwood, South Carolina, United States

Eaton’s ES AMER ARS PDCAD division is currently seeking a Principal Engineer, Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) Systems. This opportunity is ideally located at our site in Greenwood, SC. Relocation offered to those residing in the US outside 50 miles of the facility. Work sponsorship offered to those currently residing in the U.S.

The expected annual salary range for this role is $120075.03 - $176110.04 a year. This position is also eligible for a variable incentive program.

Please note the salary information shown above is a general guideline only. Salaries are based upon candidate skills, experience, and qualifications, as well as market and business considerations.

What you’ll do:

Our Principal Engineer will possess expertise and be a subject matter expert in his/her field owning the technology strategy and execution for broad applications within the MV Switchgear domain with a specific focus on the Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) Systems.

Developing talent, managing R&D spend and establishing key partnerships to drive technological advancement will be critical for success. Responsibilities include meeting development schedule(s), scope of work, cost, technical targets and report preparation for all research and innovation themes along with major product development initiatives under his/her control.

As an expert, this role will develop relationships with the technical community, academia, national labs, funding government agencies as well as be an active participant in industry or technical groups, international events, publishing papers, etc., The Principal Engineer will also mentor junior staff and act as consultant to internal resources & customers.

In this role you will:

  • Serve as the technical lead for complex technology and product realization programs/projects involving multiple components utilizing internal project execution processes and leading Design Reviews and Technical Reviews.
  • Lead the development of and owns strategies for technology roadmaps and product architectures for broad applications that are linked to and supportive of the overall business strategies. Leads or co-leads ideation events.
  • Serve as Principal Investigator in government proposal preparation and/or project execution of large projects and those considered white space.
  • Strategically identify external partnerships, outside technologies and best practices for multiple applications that has cross alignments to multiple technology platforms and business strategies
  • Set IP strategy with business unit stakeholders and actively contributes to IP generation.
  • Define requirements and assist in executing project aspects involving multiple stakeholders from technology investigation, system specification, test plan & execution, modeling & simulation, component selection, system packaging & thermal analysis, printed circuit board schematics & layout for programs, algorithm development using MBD involving multiple components and systems of high complexity.
  • Collaborate with lab support personnel in the execution of complex system tests at low and medium voltage.


Required (Basic) Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution.
  • 15+ years of experience within the HV or MV Switchgear domain with experience in development of system architecture, component specifications and design of Gas Insulated Switchgear systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in model-based design and simulation techniques for various aspects of system design including thermal management, dielectric, advanced mechanical systems and reliability.
  • Experience with the design and analysis of switchgear components such as vacuum interrupters, magnetics, insulation, circuit breaker design and bus bar systems
  • Extensive knowledge of materials relevant to GIS systems.


  • Collaborative orientation; the ability to succeed in a global team-oriented environment
  • Self-motivated and goal-oriented individual
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in dealing with management and employees
  • Understanding of various aspects of switchgear systems and impact to the overall performance, familiarity of and application of available technologies, ability to develop trade-off analyses to enable realization of designs that meet performance requirements and cost objective solutions.


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