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Distribution Planning Engineer 1, 2, or Senior


Scottsdale, AZ, US

Date:  Jun 27, 2024

Requisition ID: 17182


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

At SRP, we foster an inclusive work environment and believe everyone should have a fair chance to work, regardless of who they are. That’s why we value teams with diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds to help SRP deliver on its mission of providing reliable, affordable and sustainable water and power.


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



This Distribution Planning engineer is responsible for creating short- and long-term planning solutions for the distribution system that enable renewable technologies and electric transportation while maintaining grid integrity. This engineer works closely with teams across SRP focused on serving new and existing customers, expanding and improving SRP's electric distribution system, and incorporating new technologies (solar, storage, electric vehicles, demand response) into the planning process. This position provides engineering services in a technically sound, safe, timely and cost-effective manner to enable SRP to realize its goals for providing energy related services. 

What You'll Do

  • Participates in the planning of SRP's distribution system. This includes initiating stages of the planning process, reviewing and validating the results of analysis, authoring reports and presenting outcomes to stakeholders and executive management.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert on the planning and engineering of the distribution system for modernization, growth, electric vehicles (EV), distributed energy resources (DER), aging infrastructure, automation and enhanced customer services.
  • Leads research with universities and other research partners on technologies or processes that improve distribution planning and grid performance in a rapidly changing industry environment. 
  • Utilizes distribution system modeling and analytics to plan for the customer’s adoption of technology while maintaining the integrity of the grid and then translating the results into distribution system plans, roadmaps, standards, and processes.
  • Tracks latest industry developments on emerging technologies and processes related to grid modernization and provides strategic guidance to management on SRP's modernization efforts.
  • Performs as an engineering project manager on special projects/programs which are large or have many complex features.
  • Serves on industry committees and task forces as a representative of SRP.

What It Takes To Succeed

Responsible for project budgets and schedules. Occasional contact with customers and outside agencies. Occasional travel to industry organizational functions and SRP facilities. Ability to work effectively with various organizational groups within SRP. Ability to use engineering tools required for the job (i.e., computer, test equipment, etc.).

  • Knowledge of safe work practices in the office and in the field
  • Ability to use engineering tools required for the job (i.e., computer, test equipment, etc.)
  • Ability to effectively work with various organizational groups inside and outside of SRP
  • Oral, written and presentation skills



  • 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.


Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited curriculum, an International Engineering Alliance (IEA) recognized institution, ABET Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) or any state or internationally recognized PE registration.

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) is 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.


Work Authorization

All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Currently, SRP does not sponsor H1B visas, OPT, or other employment-related visas.


Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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