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Associate Systems Engineer


Portland, OR, US



About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $40 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 7,000 people and has been recognized by Forbes and Just Capital as one of the 2021 JUST 100 companies - a list of America's best corporate citizens - and was ranked number one within the utility sector for its commitment to the environment and the communities it serves. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2021 for the third consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit




The Associate Systems Engineer will provide technical expertise for Avangrid Renewables’ Balance of Plant (BOP) facilities.  The position focuses on Protection and Controls systems, RTUs, and NERC compliance.  Travel and on-call support are required.  This role is a Field-Work based position and is open to various locations, other than Portland, OR.




Protection, Controls, Automation, and other BOP support

•    Design and program protective relays and controls, RTUs, substation logic processors, and associated systems.
•    Analyze Protection System operations and assist in timely return to service.
•    Perform Root Cause Analysis and corrective action for Protection Systems operations and BOP equipment failure.
•    Develop technical specifications and scopes of work for maintenance, testing, repairs, and upgrades to BOP facilities.
•    Assist in development and upkeep of design standards, procedures, documentation, and Aspen Database library.
•    Provide technical assistance to internal and external stakeholders for a wide variety of projects involving BOP facilities.
•    Perform rotational on-call 24/7 support (approximately 8-12 weeks per year)

NERC compliance

•    Assist in the development and upkeep of NERC PRC compliance.
•    Streamline processes, documentation, and evidence to improve scalability, program management, and automation.

Site work

•    Must be willing to work in high and medium voltage substation and collector system facilities.
•    On-site work may involve inclement weather, electrical hazards, climbing turbines and ladders, and occasionally lifting up to 50 pounds.
•    Must be able to work flexible hours and travel for at least one continuous week.
•    Able to operate a company vehicle and travel by air.  A current driver’s license is required.
•    Provide clear direction for numerous contractors performing on- site implementation work.

Approximately 20% travel required for this role.


  • Be a role model
  • Be agile
  • Collaborate and Share
  • Develop Self & Others
  • Empower to grow
  • Focus to achieve results
  • Technical Skills

Skills and Requirements

Skills and Requirements


•    B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering/Science or equivalent.
•    0-2 Years’ of Experience
•    Working knowledge of Industry and Regulatory Standards (IEEE, NEC, NESC, NETA, OSHA, etc.)
•    Working knowledge of NERC PRC Standards
•    Solid and demonstrated understanding of elementary diagrams, SEL/GE relay settings, and protective coordination.


Preferred Qualifications


•    0 -2 Years' of experience designing Power Systems including protection and controls, RTUs and integration, substations, and/or OH/UG facilities.
•    Professional Engineer (PE) license, desired
•    Protective relay commissioning and testing experience.
•    Working knowledge of IEC 61131-3 programming, or the fundamentals of procedural and structural programming.
•    Solid and demonstrated knowledge of industrial communication protocols (DNP3, Modbus, SEL, Mirrored Bits, etc.), and serial/Ethernet network topology (OSI layers 1-4).
•    Knowledge of EasyPower, Aspen Relay Database, SEL AcSELerator, Mathcad Prime, and AutoCAD.
•    Demonstrated, hands-on relay/RTU testing and/or wiring experience.
•    Experience in the wind generation field preferred.


Additional Success Factors


•    Consistent ability to efficiently self-manage multiple, concurrent projects and priorities.
•    Ability to work well in an independent roll.
•    Demonstrated ability to follow a project through completion in a timely, on-budget manner.
•    Effectively receive and provides oral and written technical information.
•    Ability to participate and foster working relationships in a productive team environment.
•    Demonstrated ability to take actions beyond the explicit job responsibilities to assist in large, complex projects.

Our Selection Process


Mobility Information

Please note that any applicant who is not a citizen of the country of the vacancy will be subject to compliance with the applicable immigration requirements to legally work in that country

Avangrid employees may be assigned a system emergency role and in the event of a system emergency, may be required to work outside of their regular schedule/job duties. This is applicable to employees that will work in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York within AVANGRD Network and Corporate functions.  This does not include those that will work for Avangrid Renewables

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Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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