Senior Principal Protection Engineer

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Date: Jul 22, 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

This engineer position reports to SRP’s PAC Strategy department. The PAC Strategy department is responsible for technical standards and strategic activities of SRP’s Protection, Automation & Control (PAC) division; a multifaceted electrical engineering and technology services organization that designs, constructs, operates, and maintains SRP’s protection and control systems across generation, transmission, & distribution facilities.

This engineer position provides engineering services acting in a lead role in the research & development of new technologies, asset lifecycle planning, system modeling, compliance, standards development, and training. Particularly, this position will participate in the evaluation of new products, and leverage enabling technologies to enhance our protection and control standards. Provides project/program management for organizational projects/programs of major scope and importance with full technical and program responsibility. These functions are fulfilled in a technically sound, safe, timely, and cost effective manner to enable SRP to realize its goals and objectives for providing water and energy related services.

Job Responsibilities

•    Performs as an engineering project/program leader/engineer on projects/programs which are large or have many complex features.
•    Prepares specifications, evaluates bids, and prepares recommendation materials for management consideration when evaluating large or complex procurements.
•    Performs as a staff consultant and/or advisor in a technical specialty.
•    May performs engineering design, analysis, and studies in an area of technical specialty requiring a significant knowledge of related fields.
•    Provides engineering discipline leadership when administering and reviewing work performed by consultants and others.
•    May prepare and/or conduct written and oral reports and presentations.
•    When required/requested, serves on industry committees and task forces as a representative of SRP.
•    Active leadership role in promoting safety within department.
•    Actively develops and trains engineers on technical, project management, and/or best practices related activities. Identifies or creates development opportunities.
•    Establishes standards and facilitates Standards Change Processes in the discipline when required.



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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.


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 36 graduate level college semester hours)



2) Any state or internationally recognized Professional Engineering registration by the International Professional Engineers Agreement. 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: 14578



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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