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FirstEnergy Corporation

Major Equipment Engineer

Equipment/Technology Specialist

Equipment and Facilities Specialist


Greensburg, Pennsylvania, United States

FirstEnergy at a Glance

We are a forward-thinking electric utility powered by a diverse team of employees committed to making customers’ lives brighter, the environment better and our communities stronger.

FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a regulated generating fleet with a total capacity of more than 3,500 megawatts.

About the Opportunity

This is an open position with FirstEnergy Service Co., a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. [FEU]

The job of Equipment and Standards Engineer requires an individual to be self-directed with a strong ability to manage transmission and substation equipment procurement for multiple projects as well as manage equipment standards for the Transmission & Substation Engineering group within FirstEnergy. An understanding of Transmission and Substation Design and Equipment is required. The successful candidate will work within a multiple teams of internal and external engineers and specialists engaged in a variety of engineering design to develop equipment specifications, procurement documents, bid packages, and bid evaluations for transmission and substation equipment. The engineer will be responsible for equipment tracking and reporting through the procurement cycle to delivery. This person will identify and address issues that could impair the successful completion of projects. This position will be expected to develop as a subject matter expert (SME) and provide technical support to Substation and Transmission personnel, Project Management and Substation crews. Responsibilities also include supporting company safety standards, project budgets, record accuracy, and project in-service dates.

Responsibilities include:

  • Creating engineering standards for substation and / or transmission projects.
  • Preparing bills-of-material and specifications to procure needed equipment and materials for substation and transmissions projects.
  • Providing engineering support to employees to assist in their learning of substation standards, procedures, designs, and associated issues.
  • Analyzing standards and equipment issues and recommending appropriate solutions and alternate design options.
  • Reviewing manufacturer drawings for compliance with specifications.
  • Managing equipment orders for Substation and Transmission projects from the initial request for equipment through delivery (technical details, bid evaluation, schedule, drawing review, design review, action items, testing, and delivery).
  • Evaluating equipment ratings and requirements, and project schedules to facilitate the accurate ordering of equipment.
  • Working with outside consultants, vendors, and equipment manufacturers.
  • Researching and exploring new technologies that support reducing the environmental impact, equipment standards, automation of work processes that increase efficiency and improve accuracy.
  • Supporting and sustaining FirstEnergy as a high performing organization by contributing to excellent organizational performance and values of FirstEnergy through responsible effective work performance.
  • Convening internal project schedule compliance review meetings with the necessary parties to assure deliverables support project schedule and are within the project budget.
  • Participating in equipment design reviews and plant audits at manufacturer’s facilities or virtually as needed.
  • Conducting test witnessing at manufacturer’s facilities as needed.
  • Supporting updating equipment specifications, including reviewing against industry standards.
  • Supporting updating Substation and Transmission standards, including reviewing against industry standards and best practices.
  • Participating in industry meetings as a FirstEnergy representative (i.e. IEEE, EPRI, etc.).
  • Maintaining a safe workplace for coworkers and the community based upon knowledge of potential hazards and industry regulations / requirements.
  • Providing assistance during emergencies and storm related activities.

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering, Electrical preferred (BSEE) from an ABET accredited institution is required. Acceptable alternatives are: (1) a Professional Engineer’s (PE) License (2) a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Civil or Mechanical Engineering or technical field of study (non-ABET) plus an advanced degree in Electrical, Civil or Mechanical Engineering from a university with an ABET accredited Bachelor’s program.
  • A Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Certificate is preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 (three) years of Engineering experience is required.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills; capable of communicating, motivating, and driving positive change and improvement.
  • Experience with FirstEnergy design sufficient to assure compliance with FE engineering practices, engineering standards, budget practices, field practices, equipment specifications, and maintenance practices.
  • Knowledge of equipment manufacturing processes preferred.
  • Understanding of substations, substation equipment and devices preferred.
  • Experience with maintenance, testing and configuration of substation devices preferred.
  • Project Management experience preferred.
  • Ability to read and understand substation design prints and bills of material preferred.
  • Ability to manage a large number of projects simultaneously, work effectively to meet deadlines, project scope changes, budget constraints, and provide field support required.
  • Working knowledge of the following software programs preferred – MS Office, Cascade / AutoCAD / FileNet / QlikView / and SAP.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to develop effective working relationships with employees at all levels across the FE organization as well as with manufacturers.
  • Ability to effectively present complex subject matter to all levels of management.
  • Ability to support numerous locations, ability and willingness to travel throughout the service area and to manufacturer locations as needed. Travel will be expected to include work outside of a normal schedule.
  • To support travel must possess a personal vehicle and valid driving license.

Benefits, Compensation & Workforce Diversity

At FirstEnergy, employees are key to our success. We depend on their talents to meet the challenges of our changing business environment. We are committed to rewarding individual and team efforts through our total rewards philosophy which includes competitive pay plus incentive compensation, a company-sponsored pension plan, 401(k) savings plan with matching employer contribution, a choice of medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, as well as skills development training with tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website at to learn more about all of our employee rewards programs. FirstEnergy proudly supports workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. No recruiters or agencies without a previously signed contract. Unable to sponsor or transfer H-1B visas at this time.


Safety is a core value for FirstEnergy and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.