Transmission Planning Engineer – Birmingham, AL
Transmission Planning Engineer
This position will be located at the Alabama Power Corporate Headquarters in Birmingham, AL .
This position performs transmission planning analysis on the Southern Company bulk power system, which includes regional planning and interface analysis studies with neighboring transmission system, as well as generation interconnection (GI), transmission service requests (TSR), eastern interconnection-wide studies (covering the central/eastern transmission systems in the United States), generator retirements/additions, etc. The studies and recommendations are coordinated with the transmission-owning Operating Companies and other impacted parties (where applicable) and projects are budgeted as appropriate.
The engineer will be responsible for performing studies in order to identify potential transmission system constraints under multiple generation and load scenarios, test the robustness of previously identified transmission improvements, and/or identify new transmission improvements to ensure compliance with NERC, SERC, and Southern Company transmission planning criteria. These studies involve scoping relevant baseline assumptions, building models for the identified scenarios, running power flow analysis, identifying solutions and costs, and summarizing results in to final reports and presentations. The engineer will work with multiple groups to identify transmission improvements and evaluate them based on benefit, feasibility, and cost effectiveness in order to ensure the best and most economical solution.
Transmission Planning engineers must be able to coordinate and work closely with various groups including other teams within Transmission Planning, Policy, Operations, Operating Company transmission and generation departments, etc. in order to gain input and consensus on transmission expansion planning decisions. They will also be responsible for presenting study results to management and customers for information and approval. The engineer will have the opportunity to work on a variety of study types and processes that are very relevant to current industry activities and issues and impactful to future business decisions being made by Southern Company and the Operating Companies.
Scope and perform computer-modeled, power-flow studies for the bulk transmission system
Coordinate with others in Transmission Planning to develop reliable, innovative and cost-effective solutions to transmission system limits identified from studies
Understand transmission problems, solutions (including alternatives), and provide informative reports and presentations related to identified issues and associated system improvements
Develop innovative and cost-effective solutions to transmission system problems identified in analysis, including coordinated studies with neighboring transmission systems
Coordinate with multiple groups and internal customers within SCS and the Operating Companies, as well as external parties
Some overnight travel may be required (
General Transmission, Distribution and/or Resource Planning knowledge and related experience is desired
Prior exposure to PSS/E, MUST or TARA software and/or computer modeling of electrical power systems is desired
Ability to identify, implement and/or recommend process improvements strongly preferred
Working knowledge of programming languages such as Python, C#, and Visual Basic.net and/or experience with database applications (SQL Server, MS Access) is a plus
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Must demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills
Must be able to understandably present complex issues to a non-technical audience
Must possess analytical skills and be able to sort through data to determine relevant information efficiently and thoroughly
Must have good time management and organizational skills in order to balance multiple projects simultaneously and adhere to deadlines
Must be a self-starter and work well in a team environment
Must be able to deal well with changing assumptions
Candidates will be evaluated on Southern Company’s “Our Values”:
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Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America’s premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America’s energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune’s annual World’s Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at
Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant’s qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.
Job Field: Engineering
Job Type: Standard
Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham
Operating Company: Southern Company Services
Job Type: Standard
Travel (Up to…): Yes, 25 % of the Time
APC Corporate Headquarters – 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)
600 North 18th Street
Req ID: SCS2008541