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Principal Engineer


Phoenix, AZ, US

Date:  Feb 3, 2024

Requisition ID: 16714


Join us in building a better future for Arizona!

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 and named one of Arizona's best employers by Forbes. 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.


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:

  • Pension Plan (at no cost to the employee)
  • 401(k) plan with employer matching
  • Available your first day: Medical, vision, dental, and life insurance
  • Over 200+ hours of PTO (includes vacation days, holidays, floating holidays, and sick leave)
  • Parental leave (up to 4 weeks) and adoption assistance
  • Wellness programs (including access to a recreation and fitness facility)
  • Short and long-term disability plans
  • Tuition assistance for both undergraduate and graduate programs
  • 10 Employee Resource Groups for career development, community service, and networking



Provide engineering leadership and project management support in achieving the safe, reliable and efficient operation of SRP's transmission system, Balancing Authority area and energy markets.

What You'll Do

•    Serve as an engineering project leader on major TGO projects and initiatives.  Examples include New Markets Implementation, Operator Training Simulator, New Facility Integration, Inverter Based Resource commissioning and performance monitoring, and control center tools.  
•    Collaborate with System Operators and support groups to improve operating tools for enhanced situational awareness and improved reliability of the transmission system and Balancing Authority Area.
•    Perform engineering analyses and studies in support of real-time operations during major system events and emergencies.
•    Perform system event investigations, lead root cause analyses and implement corrective action plans.  
•    Prepare and conduct written and oral reports/presentations to various levels of SRP management and industry groups. 
•    Provide engineering leadership when administering and reviewing work performed by consultants and others, including neighboring utilities.  
•    Actively develop and train engineers on technical, project management, and/or best practices related activities. 
•    When required/requested, serves on industry committees and task forces as SRP's representative.
•    Identify, communicate, and implement improvements to system operation in collaboration with Grid Operation Supervisors and other key support groups. 
•    Apply leadership in organizational change management to foster the success of new or improved operational tools and business processes.
•    Develop, enhance, review and approve Operating Practices and procedures.
•    Ensure compliance with NERC Reliability Standards, FERC Orders, and SRP Policies and Operating Practices.
•    Support System Operator/Dispatcher training program by developing, instructing and administering training.

What It Takes To Succeed

•    Periodic travel, flexible work hours and an ability to resolve conflicts under stress - consistent with project priorities.
•    Exceptional verbal and written communication skills with an emphasis on solid presentation skills.
•    Excellent time management and organizational skills, ability to manage multiple responsibilities at one time.
•    Manage relationships with peers and other support groups to ensure departmental and project objectives are met in a timely manner.
•    Ability to work effectively with various organizations within SRP. 
•    Ability to use engineering tools required for the job. 

Knowledge with the following a plus:
•    Energy Management System (EMS) Applications including Power Flow, Contingency Analysis and the Operator Training Simulator. 
•    Balancing Authority operations, Transmission Markets and the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM), other market operations.
•    Control Room Tools: EMS/ SCADA, j5, iTOA OMS, PCI Gen Manager, Pi Process Book, Pi Asset Framework and Reserve Sharing Group interfaces. 

Certifications or Testing Required
NERC Reliability Coordination Certification required within two years after acquiring the position.




I - Completion of a bachelor's degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited curriculum, an International Engineering Alliance (IEA) recognized institution or ABET Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA)


1. Additional specialty training (MS Engineering, MBA, or 18 graduate level college semester hours from an accredited institution in an engineering related field)


2. Any state or internationally recognized Professional Engineering registration by the International Professional Engineers Agreement.


II - Any state or internationally recognized Professional Engineering registration by the International Professional Engineers Agreement.


 Additional specialty training (18 graduate level college semester hours from an accredited institution)


  • Ten (10) years full time professional experience actively engaged in engineering practice.
  • Must have demonstrated the successful accomplishment of work as defined for this position.
  • Contributed to the authoring, publishing and/or presenting of internal or external technical papers.

Testing and Certifications

Must possess the appropriate valid Arizona driver’s license.


Hybrid Workplace

SRP currently offers a hybrid workplace, which allows employees whose jobs can be performed remotely, and who have sufficient technical capability, to telework up to three days per week. Although teleworking is available, all employees must live and work in Arizona. We are taking steps to protect the health and well-being of all team members, and by following a number of health and safety protocols, to reduce the risk of the coronavirus (COVID-19).


Drug/Alcohol Policy Statement

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.


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.


Work Authorization

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


Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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