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Distribution Control & Integration Engineer

Syracuse, New York

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Overview

At National Grid, we are committed to building a qualified and successful engineering workforce. We recruit, retain and develop our engineers to be leaders in the industry.

Our engineering and asset management expertise is vital to delivering safe and reliable energy to the customers and communities we serve. Our engineers work on projects to support the development and implementation of sustainable, innovative and affordable energy solutions into the future.

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Success Profile

What makes you a successful Engineer at Nationalgrid?
Check out the top traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.

  • Problem Solver 10
  • Analytical 10
  • Inventive 8
  • Collaborative 6
  • Communicator 6
Traits are on a scale of 0 to 10

Addtional Traits

  • Achiever
  • Creative
  • Industrious
  • Logical
  • Multi-tasker
  • Team Player
  • Technologically Savvy

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Benefits

  • Healthcare

  • 401(k)

  • Continuing
    Education

  • Paid Time Off

  • Employee
    Assistance (EAP)

  • Health & Wellness

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Quotes

Pauline Bassil

What do you find most rewarding about your role at National Grid?
My role includes designing transmission lines and providing construction support. We are usually involved with the project from the initiation phase to closeout. I like that I get to design the project, see it getting built and then energized to serve the customers.

How would you define National Grid's culture?
National Grid culture is centered about safety, customers and workers. National Grid goal is to ensure the public and its workers are safe and continuously emphasize the importance of coming home safe to our family every night. Here at National Grid we aim to exceed customers’ expectations and deliver energy in the most cost efficient and environmentally friendly ways.

What do you like about working at National Grid?
As a mother of two toddlers, working at National Grid helps me achieve a work/life balance. I believe National Grid understands the benefits and importance of the work/life balance and encourages its employees to take advantage of the benefits the company offers. In addition, National Grid is continuously looking to provide support to its employees to manage their work/life commitments for example the Caregiver Program that was recently rolled out.

Why did you choose National Grid?
I started my career in civil engineering working for a Structural Engineering firm. The projects I worked on were very similar which was tedious. Here at National Grid, projects are very diverse, every project (from a single structure replacement to a circuit rebuild) has it is own challenges and requirements which make every project unique and interesting.

Pauline Bassil Electric Transmission Engineering
Maxwell Smith

What do you find most rewarding about your role at National Grid?
In my role, the results of my work are quite tangible. After working on technical reports and construction drawings, it is extremely rewarding to see projects in construction and implemented throughout the state. This is very rare for electrical engineers, and in the power industry you get to witness your efforts become reality.

How would you define National Grid's culture?
National Grid supports diversity and an open culture. Engineers have a variety of resources and tools available to support their projects.

What do you like about working at National Grid?
The people and the culture at National Grid make it a great place to work. There is a lot of knowledge and experience here that needs to be imparted on younger engineers from those who have spent their careers in the power industry and are preparing to retire.

Why did you choose National Grid?
I chose to work at National Grid because of the varied opportunities offered. There is significant potential to learn a lot in a short period of time. National Grid also has numerous programs to support ongoing education, with certificate programs and engineering licenses.

Maxwell Smith Engineer, SubStation Engineering - NY
Caitlin Fowler

What do you find most rewarding about your role at National Grid?
As a Massachusetts planning engineer, I am responsible for developing projects that address electrical system issues such as capacity, reliability and asset condition issues. My role is extremely rewarding because these projects allow National Grid to provide safe and reliable electric service to our customers. My team also assists operations in restoration efforts during storm events, and I find it especially rewarding to know that I play a part in restoring power to our customers.

How would you define National Grid's culture?
National Grid’s culture makes it an amazing place to work. Our company is inclusive and collaborative with a strong safety and customer focus.

What do you like about working at National Grid?
One of the biggest reasons I love working at National Grid is that I am continuously learning, sometimes about responsibilities of other departments in the company and sometimes about doing things differently with new innovative technology. There are always people willing and excited to share knowledge about what they do, and it helps develop better ways of working.

Why did you choose National Grid?
I chose National Grid for two main reasons. First, I was drawn to the company when I saw the collaborative culture during my interview and heard about all the different opportunities inside the company. Second, I was offered a position in the Graduate Development Program (GDP) which provides additional professional development opportunities and builds a network for graduates as they transition into the professional world. I was excited to get the opportunity to rotate around the company with peers before starting our full time positions, and the GDP was ultimately what made me choose National Grid.

Caitlin Fowler Senior Engineer, Asset Management Distribution and Sub Transmission NE
Matthew (Matt) Fowles

What do you find most rewarding about your role at National Grid?
My role consists of creating electric distribution infrastructure projects. Due to the nature of my position, projects that I create tend to have an immediate and decades long positive impact on the community when they are built.

How would you define National Grid's culture?
I feel that our culture derives from the company’s clear and inspiring mission, vision, and values statement. We work to exceed the expectations of our customers, we stress the safety of our workers and the public, we constructively challenge our colleagues while respecting their opinions, and we nurture our new talent.

Matthew (Matt) Fowles Sr Engineer, Retail Connections Engineering

We support developing the skills and capabilities of young people in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. It supports our future talent recruitment and our desire to see young people gain meaningful employment.

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  • Human Rights Campaign 2018 Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality 100% Corporate Equality Index
  • Best in class 2017 4017(k) plan sponsor
  • Reader's Choice 2018 a top 50 employer Careers & the disABLED

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Responsibilities

About us

Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry.

To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

We are looking for a Distribution Control & Integration Engineer in our Syracuse, NY location.

Job Purpose

As an Engineer in the Distribution C&I Department, you will participate in the specification, design, and implementation of innovative grid technologies on the distribution and sub-transmission systems.  Primary areas of responsibility include: evaluation of emerging technologies; participation in equipment specification and selection; performing end-to-end solution design including validation and testing of advanced control systems; development of custom control logic; advancement of automation systems (e.g. FLISR, VVO / CVR, distribution fault locating, etc.); automation platform programming and device integration; RTU programming, testing, and implementation; communication system integration and optimization; and advanced systems configuration and integration.  

Key Accountabilities

  • Support Company initiatives for innovation and modernization of our energy delivery infrastructure (e.g., NY Reforming the Energy Vision, MA Grid Modernization, System Integration RI, etc.).
  • Create and obtain approval for special projects, engineering design, analysis and investigations, and training to deploy new technologies and work practices.
  • Support development and ongoing maintenance of all distribution and sub-transmission control technologies.  This includes custom logic development, validation and testing, and field support for controls such as: reclosers / relays, sectionalizing switch controls, switched capacitor bank controls, voltage regulators and LTCs, advanced fault circuit indicators, advanced monitoring equipment, and data concentrators / remote terminal units (RTUs).
  • Support design, integration and optimization of field area network communications leveraging a combination of serial and Ethernet based devices.
  • Support continued development, enhancement, validation and testing of advanced control systems such as: Fault Location, Isolation and System Restoration (FLISR) schemes, auto-transfer schemes, Volt VAr Optimization (VVO) schemes, Distribution Fault Location schemes, and advanced protection schemes for special applications (e.g., DG Point of Common Coupling interconnections, etc.).
  • Work closely with National Grid SCADA / EMS team to integrate control systems and technologies into various applications used by System Operators, Engineers, and applicable Company personnel.
  • Contribute to a program of work, appropriately assessed, designed, planned, resourced and scheduled in a timely and cost effective manner to deliver intelligent grid tools in-line with vision, emerging standards and trends, and policies.
  • Build and nurture relationships with industry peers and other external industry influencers to keep abreast of technical innovations and their potential benefits.
  • Develop and progress the implementation of methods for the day-to-day business to take advantage of the operational benefits of new energy resources and demand response systems.

Supervisory/Interpersonal- Experience Required

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology from an ABET accredited engineering school
  • Minimum of 2 years of related experience.
  • Advanced engineering degree(s) and/or PE preferred.
  • Experience creating new ways to plan and operate the electric supply and distribution systems using advanced analytics and emerging technologies and industry trends, and demonstrates the ability to collaborate within and across National Grid.
  • Requires deep understanding of the opportunities for National Grid inherent in emerging technologies and technical practices and demonstrates the ability to create new concepts or solutions that are not always obvious to others.
  • Knowledge of regulatory and legislative codes relating to all jurisdictions.
  • Capable of developing relationships across the industry and with regulators.
  • Deep understanding of the underlying problems, opportunities, and external political forces affecting the feasibility of technical enhancements in the industry.
  • Is recognized as a credible and knowledgeable expert with respect to control system technologies, programming, configuration, testing, and troubleshooting.
  • Demonstrates strong influencing skills with the ability to make persuasive presentations to small and large audiences.
  • Must be able to work overtime and/or holidays, nights, weekends as needed.
  • Must be able to travel overnight outside the normal work area.
  • Valid driver's license with acceptable driving record

More Information

This position has a career path which provides for promotional opportunities within and across bands as you develop and evolve in the position; gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. Internal candidates will be assessed and provided offers against the minimum qualifications of this role and their individual experience.

National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.

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