Senior Principal Engineer - System Protection

Date: Jan 17, 2019

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

Salt River Project is seeking an experienced and business oriented System Protection Senior Principal Engineer to lead major projects, provide critical input on system design and settings, and provide in-depth knowledge and experience on system events. The successful candidate will be a natural self-starter who is passionate about relay protection, NERC Standards, system design and fault analysis.

The engineer will need to understand the details of the utility electrical grid, AC and DC systems, implementation of new designs, system modeling, project estimating and developing relay settings for Transmission, Distribution and Generation projects. Hands-on experience is preferred. Engineers will design relay upgrades and lead field technicians with project installation, commissioning, and energizing of high voltage equipment.

As a Senior Principal Engineer in the System Protection group, you must be a subject matter expert in the electrical engineering field with the ability and desire to teach other engineers as well as interact with a variety of internal and external customers, manufacturers, vendors, and contractors. We highly support continued learning opportunities and focus on continued employee development. At SRP, teamwork and safety are absolutely necessary to accomplish our goals. The Engineer must be able to work within a team and depend on others to accomplish the required work.


**This opening is for an Electrical Engineer

Job Responsibilities


• Ability to perform design verification independently and lead others in this process
• Design upgrades for distribution, Sub-transmission, Generation and EHV relaying
• Design Remedial Action Schemes
• Industrial upgrade design and external department review
• Perform design review for external departments for RTU upgrades, distribution, and sub-transmission/EHV line relaying, bus diff, breaker failure, transformer relaying
• Independently act as project lead for assigned projects

• Suggest changes to improve design

• Act as Project Leader for large scale projects

• Provide estimates for design jobs



• Ability to understand complex and unique relay settings
• Issue accurate setting changes to existing settings and show ability to make other setting changes to standardize
• Develop settings for distribution, Sub-transmission, Generation and EHV relay

• Review relay settings issued by other engineers



• Take a training role with teaching other engineers and developing commissioning best practices

• Perform scheme checks for distribution and sub-transmission/EHV line relaying, bus diff, breaker failure, transformer, and generation relaying
• Independently run fault simulations for distribution and sub-transmission/EHV line relaying, bus diff, breaker failure, transformer, and generation relaying
• Independently analyze energizing/load reads for distribution and sub-transmission/EHV line relaying, bus diff, breaker failure, transformer, and generation relaying


Fault Analysis

• Act as fault analysis consultant and help train those on call
• Suggest setting changes based on events
• Investigate mis-operations
• Assist in large scale event analysis
• Ability to present event related material to management and peers


• Take an active role in training engineering staff
• Be given special assignments related to WECC/NERC/FERC
• Be actively engaged in establishing standards and documenting standards and processes
• Act as staff technical consultant on all areas of relaying
• Serve on industry committees
• Write internal/external technical papers

• Subject Mater Expert in NERC PRC/CIP standards


14 years professional experience actively engaged in engineering plus professional recognition.


Must have demonstrated the successful accomplishment of work as defined for this position.


Authored internal and/or external technical papers

Additional Information

If internal, Candidates must attain a Valued Contributor or better rating on their annual performance review for the last three years.


Responsible for budgets, schedules, and management of resources for programs and projects of major scope. Demonstrated network of internal and external contacts including customers, outside agencies, and suppliers of significant equipment and services. Occasional travel to suppliers' facilities, industry functions, and SRP facilities. Ability to work effectively with various organizations within SRP. Ability to use engineering tools required for the job. Must have a valid driver's license.

Ability to work effectively with SRP executive management.


Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited curriculum


1) Additional specialty training (MS Engineering, MBA, or 36 graduate level college semester hours)



2) State Professional Engineering Registration plus additional specialty training (MS Engineering, MBA, or 18 graduate level college semester hours).

Certifications or Testing Required

Must possess the appropriate valid Arizona driver’s license.


Requisition Details

Requisition ID: 8806

EOE - SRP encourages a diverse workforce

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