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Substation Project Engineer


Applications Engineer


Houston, Texas, United States


Leidos is seeking Substation Project Engineers who who will work alongside engineers and management within Leidos' Power Delivery Services (PDS) division. This position will be part of an established Project Management Office (PMO) that provides consulting services to both public-owned and investor-owned electric utilities. These consulting services provide clients with overall project management tasks in the areas of comprehensive engineering design of electrical transmission and distribution, substation and transmission line projects nationwide.

As a Substation Project Engineer, you can expect to:

  • Lead and/or perform Substation Physical Electrical engineering design (including general arrangement, electrical plans and sections, grounding plan and details, raceway plan and details, shielding plan and details, lighting plan, and details, etc.) at HV and EHV voltage levels while adhering to prevailing standards, practices, procedures, and project/program requirements.
  • Lead and/or perform Protection and Control engineering design (including relaying one-lines, AC schematics, DC schematics, metering, SCADA systems, station communications, station automation, station security, etc.) at HV and EHV voltage levels while adhering to prevailing standards, practices, procedures, and project/program requirements.
  • Lead and/or conduct engineering studies and calculations (including bus spans, shielding, lighting, conduit fill, AC/DC loading and system design, etc.).
  • Understand and apply industry standards, applicable state and federal safety codes, regulatory compliance requirements, and construction codes to projects.
  • Create equipment, material, construction, and testing and commissioning specifications.
  • Perform quality control (QC) reviews and lead QC review meetings on applicable engineering deliverables produced by junior staff, peers, and remote offices on small, medium, and large projects while adhering to the PDS quality management standard.
  • Provide technical oversight, direction, and support for project teams.
  • Assure proper documentation of project technical data.
  • Ensure and facilitate project team collaboration and communication across all disciplines and resolve design conflicts as needed.
  • Coordinate with project managers to successfully deliver projects to our clients.
  • Function as client Point of Contact (P.O.C) and work directly with clients on project-related issues.
  • Direct and/or participate in client meetings and job-site visits to collect and deliver design and engineering information.
  • Identify and resolve project-related issues while proactively communicating and collaborating with the client.
  • Perform evaluations of existing facilities to propose upgrades and replacements and present findings and recommendations to our clients.
  • Complete conceptual design (one-line and general layout) to support project planning.
  • Prepare and review proposals, technical write-ups, and project approach documents for small, medium, and large projects. This includes preparing and reviewing comprehensive project scopes of work and accurate man-hour estimates.
  • Create project schedules using common software (MS Project, Primavera, etc.) to support proposal development.
  • Present and justify proposals, estimates, and technical write-ups to management for small, medium, and large projects.
  • Provide technical training to junior staff by preparing presentations and workshops and conducting one-on-one meetings to assist with their technical growth.
  • Provide professional mentorship while setting and maintaining a positive professional example for the team and junior staff.
  • Support Leidos’ company goals and represent the company positively and professionally.

What Sets You Apart (Background Qualifications):

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from an accredited university with four (4) + years of prior relevant experience in utility substation engineering.
  • Experience with serving as firm-client liaison in a support and lead engineering role.
  • Ability to Demonstrate advocacy of Quality Assurance and Control in the field of substation engineering.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the utility grid (power generation, transmission, and distribution) system and the theories and principles involved in substation engineering.
  • Comprehensive understanding of industry standards (including NEC, NESC, NEMA, IEEE/ANSI) and their application to projects.
  • Competence in researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting recommendations.
  • Ability to meet deadlines under high-pressure situations.
  • High level of computer competency/Proficiency with using MS Office applications.
  • Team player who can work effectively in a team environment with an ability to deal with and lead a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Prior experience as a substation lead engineer performing QC reviews and staff training/mentorship will be preferred
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Understand the "big picture" approach and the importance of "Attention To Detail."
  • Ability to travel up to 15% of the time.

You Might Also Have:

  • Experience with substation physical and protection and control design.
  • Experience with engineering programs and software (including SKM, ASPEN, ETAP, CDEGS, or vendor software).
  • Experience leading renewable generation projects or interconnections
  • Experience working on EPC projects or similar style of contracts
  • Active membership in national engineering societies and work groups (IEEE, PES, etc.)
  • Registered Professional Engineer (PE).
  • Construction support experience.

At Leidos, we pride ourselves on being a trusted and technology-focused solutions provider. Our Power Delivery Services Team is the go-to for utilities and mobile operators who need reliable power and telecommunication expertise. We've worked with over 50 investor-owned utilities, over 160 municipals/cooperatives, and we're continuing to expand our reach. Plus, we've got an amazing group of industry-leading construction partners who help us deliver meaningful Energy Delivery Solutions. Our recognition as an industry leader has been confirmed time and time again. Engineering News-Record (ENR) has ranked Leidos among the Top 10 T&D Firms and Top 10 Power Firms.

No two career paths will ever look the same. At Leidos, we know the most talented and diverse engineering professionals will always have a multitude of career choices; Your time at Leidos will be a wise investment in your career and in yourself. The opportunities at Leidos are boundless. We challenge our staff with interesting assignments that provide them with an opportunity to thrive, professionally and personally. Apply today!



Original Posting Date:


While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $81,250.00 - $146,875.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.