Senior Substation Engineer

Posted Date 1 month ago(1/24/2024 11:34 AM)
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We have an opportunity for a talented & ambitious engineer to join us as a Senior Substation Engineer. This position will be based out of our Phoenix, AZ office. It is preferable to be two days in the office, but a hybrid arrangement may be considered depending on qualifications.

As a Senior Substation Engineer, you will be a lead design engineer for new and ongoing substation projects. You will support multiple projects simultaneously given direction from a Substation Group Leader or Project Manager. You will be working in small project teams to provide exceptional customer service and quality deliverables to our clients.


NV5 is a provider of engineering and consulting services to public and private sector clients, delivering solutions through six business verticals: Testing, Inspection & Consulting; Infrastructure; Utility Services; Environmental Health Sciences; Buildings & Program Management; and Geospatial Technology. With offices nationwide and abroad, NV5 helps clients plan, design, build, test, certify, and operate projects that improve the communities where we live and work.


As engineers, architects, construction/program managers, environmental professionals and beyond, we play a significant role in shaping our communities through the services we provide. We are looking for passionate, driven individuals to join our team focused on Delivering Solutions and Improving Lives.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • Prepare construction drawings, documents, calculations, and studies for medium and high voltage substation projects.
  • Responsible for technical delivery of power delivery engineering projects or tasks.
  • You will prepare calculations, studies, and reports for substation and power systems projects meeting internal and client standards and requirements.
  • Apply engineering design principles and practices including formulas.
  • Work with small project teams to execute substation projects.
  • Be self-motivated and focused on meeting client expectations and do what needs to be done to get the job completed.
  • Work together effectively with other highly productive team members.
  • Coordinate project information and status with client contacts.
  • Prepare budgetary estimates for proposals.
  • Responsible for providing weekly updates to Sr. team leaders and/or project managers on milestone progress, estimated completion dates including percent completion of activities and supporting information to monitor project progress.
  • Able to fulfill assignments that require independent judgment and evaluation.
  • Travel to client sites as needed (approximately 10% travel is anticipated).


  • Three (3) to ten (10) years of experience in the Substation/Power Delivery field.
  • Ability to interpret and apply standards including IEEE, IEC, NESC, and client standards.
  • Ability to prioritize work and manage multiple assignments under budget and time constraints
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills with the ability to work and communicate effectively with team members, clients and management teams across different geographical locations and time zones.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated technical writing and reporting skills.
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications.
  • Experience with power system calculations (AC panel sizing, DC panel and battery sizing, Voltage Drop, Cable Sizing) is a plus.
  • High voltage substation design experience a plus.
  • Knowledge of substation physical equipment
  • Knowledge of Protection and Controls design
  • Experience with high voltage substation design (15kV through 500kV) activities such as preparing one-line diagrams, three-line diagrams, AC/DC schematics and wiring diagrams, physical layouts, electrical elevations, plans (foundation, grounding, and raceway), and bills of materials including selection of non-standard equipment, etc. preferred
  • Capable of developing detailed construction documents and drawings based on concepts, verbal direction and/or sketches preferred.

Valued but not required skills and experience:

  • Proficiency with SKM, CAPE, or Aspen a plus
  • SCADA applications
  • Experience with renewables, storage, and microgrids
  • Substation Grounding Analysis to include proficiency with CDEGS is a plus
  • Generation Interconnection experience
  • Working knowledge of NEC, NESC and ANSI codes and standards applying to electrical systems
  • Ability to perform load flow, voltage drop, short circuit analysis and protective device coordination studies
  • Experience with the power systems modeling and calculations
  • Consulting experience preferred


  • Degree Required: 4 year ABET accredited BSEE or equivalent
  • Professional Engineer (licensed in at least one state with ability to get licensed in Arizona upon hire, NCEES record holder preferred)

NV5 offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, PTO, 401(k) and professional development/advancement opportunities.


NV5 provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NV5 complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


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