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Electrical Engineer Substation Lead


Rochester, NY, US



Iberdrola is a global energy leader, the number one producer of wind power, and one of the world's biggest electricity utilities in terms of market capitalisation. The group supplies energy to almost 100 million people in dozens of countries including Spain, the United Kingdom (ScottishPower), the United States (AVANGRID), Brazil (Neoenergia), Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Italy and France, with a workforce of more than 35,000 people.

Iberdrola is leading the transition towards a sustainable energy model through its investments in renewable energy, smart grids, large-scale energy storage and digital transformation, to offer its customers the most advanced products and services. Thanks to its commitment to clean energy, Iberdrola is one of the companies with the lowest emissions and an international benchmark for its contribution to sustainability and the fight against climate change.



Job Summary

Responsible for Substation designs for major capital projects in New York (RG&E), this includes input into standards and training needs.
The electric delivery system in New York contains approximately 5,600 miles of transmission lines & 621 substations.
Position reports to the Substation Projects Unit Manager, but the position will work day-to-day in cross functional project team and support project needs as dictated by the project manager.


• Engineering contractor management, Lead Engineer shall be responsible for the management of the engineering contractors and equipment suppliers. Lead engineer will report the Project Manager the progress, schedule and cost estimation of engineering and major equipment.
• Lead engineer will coordinate a complete engineering team in some assignments and report all related to the project to the Project Manager.
• Capital project engineering performance including all phases such as: scoping and budgeting, conceptual engineering, contract management and design, engineering design, construction, and closeout.
• Perform standard and complex electrical engineering analyses, designs and calculations using standard methodology and principles and other viable approaches. Develop alternate methods or design concepts to resolve problems or to improve processes/services.
• Responsible for leading and creating new conceptual designs and overseeing the work of external detailed designers.
• Solve unique and complex electrical engineering problems. Analyzes possible solutions and assesses each using standard procedures related to lines and power engineering.
• Ensure all engineering designs implemented by the company meet applicable company, local, state, and national codes, and standards.
• Support technical requests from current and proposed customers.
• Utilize knowledge to influence and guide department engineers.
• Provide technical leadership in complex projects that have a wide impact on the department.
• Mentor develop and support team in technical skills.
• Ability to collaborate across departments.
• Liaison/ direct contractors on company policy, standards, and best practices.
• Work independently with little supervision.


Skills and Requirements

Education & Experience Required:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering required
• 7 years minimum relevant experience
• Management skills
• Strong leadership and communication
• Professional Engineering License Preferred
• Theoretical Engineering knowledge - Planning, Operations and Engineering Design, Analytic, modeling & Calculation, understanding the business model; Global View of the Business (Values cross-functional collaboration, understands importance of growing knowledge and developing relationships and links across the organization)
• Practical engineering experience/application - Planning, Operations and Engineering Design, Construction, (e.g., field experience, standardization "Perform economic analyses of engineering alternatives, develop business cases and defend in front of stakeholders.")
• Knowledge of Regulatory and Compliance Environment – Local, State and Federal Regulatory Standards and requirements
• Knowledge of Construction and maintenance standards in accordance with regulatory requirements: Engineering standards and specifications up to 345kV
• Knowledge of the regulatory environment including relevant output and incentive mechanisms
• Track record of effective stakeholder and customer service engagement and management
• Appropriate, technical, and operational experience in a relevant engineering role within a utility environment


• Management – Ability to built an schedule and track progress, negotiate with different contractors based on the general objectives of the project
• Engineering documentation – Ability to adequately document and interpret engineering documentation
• Ability to review and approve engineering work done by others - to ensure compliance with company standards, specifications, and contract requirements
• Excellent diagnostic and problem-solving skills to decipher unique technical and analytical problems
• Proven ability to lead and manage projects
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills to articulate highly technical concepts
• Strong management and leadership skills, ability to drive change and adoption of new technologies
• General contract, commercial and regulatory awareness with the ability to balance effective and efficient customer service and project delivery, ensuring maximum return on investment
• Ability to communicate and present information effectively at all levels
• Ability to manage competing priorities using sound engineering and financial judgment to determine optimal solutions
• Awareness and understanding of key business drivers
• Ability to devise solutions to both to common and complex problems/challenges

Routine Technical Skills:
• Physical Substation Design - Expert
• Project Scoping and Estimating - Expert
• Equipment Specifications - Expert
• Construction and Outage Sequencing - Expert
• Commissioning - Expert
• AC/DC Loading Calculations - Expert
• Codes, Standards, and Regulations - Expert

*Note 1: 3 of the unique technical skills listed above must be at the Expert level


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

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