Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Standards Engineer

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Date: May 9, 2022

Location: Phoenix, AZ, US

Company: SRP

SRP is one of the largest public power and water utilities in the U.S. providing electricity to approximately one million customers in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. Since its founding in 1903, SRP has fostered a culture of stewardship and customer service consistently ranking as an industry leader in customer service according to J.D. Power. SRP continues to adapt to its changing business environment by seeking innovative ways to reimagine utility service and the provision of critical resources essential to the life and economy of Arizona.

Job Brief

The electric industry is facing new challenges and opportunities as the penetration of new technologies and energy resources on the distribution and transmission system increases.  Utility companies must prepare and provide internal and external standards to ensure the integrity of the grid. This shift in the energy landscape, along with changes in customer expectations, long-term sustainability goals and evolving technology, requires a forward looking, safe and scalable approach to balance how we meet customer needs while maximizing system reliability, interconnectivity and interoperability using standards.   


The DER Standards Engineer is responsible for defining, developing and maintaining SRP’s engineering standards for the design, construction, and maintenance of distribution assets and leading projects and programs related to distribution standards—with an emphasis on DER and inverter-based resources such as solar, Microgrids, Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) and Electric Vehicles (EVs).  As a senior technical member of the team, the individual in this role may also lead other standards related activities, including but not limited to, developing and maintaining standards compliance programs, tracking new technologies and determining impacts to the standards, developing new interconnection standards, and supporting other grid modernization initiatives.

Job Responsibilities

  • Defines, develops, and maintains SRP’s engineering standards for the design, construction, and interconnection of distribution assets.
  • Reviews and responds to requests for changes to distribution interconnection standards and serves as a subject matter expert both internally and externally as a key point of contact for standards questions.  Provides the interpretation and practical application of standards and facilitates changes.
  • Plays a key role in integrating new technologies, equipment, and methodologies and determines impacts to the standards.
  • Leads projects and programs related to the standards and performs as an engineering lead on projects and programs of major scope and importance.
  • Engages in industry groups and conferences, technical committees, and standards organizations, to monitor new technology and ensure that SRP keeps pace with industry standards and best practices.
  • Provides engineering support for DER interconnections to SRP’s distribution system.  Leads, manages, administers, and reviews work performed by consultants and others.


Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited curriculum or State Professional Engineering Registration.


Five (5) years full time experience actively engaged in engineering practice. Must have demonstrated the successful accomplishment of work of the nature defined for the job of Senior Engineer.

Promotion to Level 2 requires a minimum of two years of experience at Level 1; demonstrated capability to perform advanced and more difficult work as determined by the supervisor.  Promotion to Senior Level requires a minimum of three years of experience at Level 2; is fully competent in all aspects of functional area of assignment and as such would be recognized as a specialist in area of assignment and may have periodic or occasional lead responsibilities.


Prefer knowledge and experience with Distributed Energy Resources and/or Inverter-Based Resources, as well as distribution interconnection methods, major materials, design and construction standards and safety codes.  Knowledge of industry standards such as IEEE Std. 1547, UL Std. 1741 SA, and/or IEEE Std. P2800  is preferred.  Background in distribution and power delivery engineering (especially within the SRP power delivery system) and knowledge of distribution standards is preferred.


Additional Information

Responsible for project budgets and schedules. Occasional contacts with customers and outside agencies. Contacts with suppliers of equipment and services. Occasional travel to supplier’s facilities, industry organizational functions and SRP facilities. Ability to work effectively with various organization groups within SRP.

Certifications or Testing Required

Must possess the appropriate valid Arizona driver’s license.


Requisition Details

Requisition ID: 13934



Equal Opportunity Employer Statement


Salt River Project (SRP) recognizes diversity and inclusion as key drivers of innovation and growth, and seeks to attract a diverse employee base that reflects our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, military status or any other protected status under applicable federal, state or local law. Ultimately, SRP aspires to fully apply the power of diversity and inclusion to build a more equitable and sustainable future for our customers, employees and community.


Drug/Alcohol Policy Statement


In order to promote the safety and well-being of our employees, customers and the communities we serve, SRP is committed to maintaining a drug/alcohol free work environment. Although marijuana may now be legal in Arizona, except as otherwise specified under Arizona law, SRP considers it to be an illegal drug for the purpose of our drug/alcohol policy because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Any candidate found to be impaired during the hiring process or who has the presence of an illegal drug or unauthorized substance in their system during the pre-employment drug/alcohol test may be disqualified from further consideration in the hiring process.


All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Currently, SRP does not sponsor H1B visas.



Why Work at SRP


SRP's success is rooted in our employees' happiness, health and safety. That's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and enhance their well-being. In addition to competitive pay and performance incentives, eligible employees can take advantage of the following benefits:


• 401(k) plan with employer matching
• Retirement pension
• Paid vacation
• Parental leave
• Holiday pay
• Sick leave
• Medical, vision, dental and life insurance
• Wellness programs
• Pre-tax benefits
• Short and long-term disability plans
• Tuition assistance


Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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