Protection, Automation & Control Engineer 1, 2, Senior


Scottsdale, AZ, US

Date:  Feb 18, 2024

Requisition ID: 16675


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



This engineer position reports to SRP’s PAC Strategy department. The PAC Strategy department is responsible for strategic activities of SRP’s Protection, Automation & Control (PAC) division. Responsibilities include acting in a lead role in the research & development of new technologies, capital planning, NERC compliance, various strategic initiatives, standards development, and development and delivery of training.


Protection, Automation & Control (PAC) is a multifaceted electrical engineering and technology services organization that designs, constructs, operates, and maintains SRP’s protection and control systems throughout our generation, transmission, & distribution facilities. PAC’s mission is to proactively plan and deploy a well-coordinated, inter-operable protection, monitoring, and control infrastructure that will enable the integration of new technologies to meet the changing needs and preferences of our customers in a reliable and cost-efficient manner.

What You'll Do

•    Actively participate in initiatives, conferences, workgroups, studies, or industry forums that could impact SRP’s protection and control systems and support the inclusion of SRP’s interests (e.g., EPRI, NATF, industry conferences, etc.)
•    Keep informed of technical developments, industry codes and safety and/or regulatory requirements which have impact upon our protection and control systems
•    Knowledgeable of FERC and NERC requirements as they pertain to electric utility substation reliability requirements
•    Manage all aspects of various compliance specific procedures and plans to implement, maintain, and evidence compliance
•    Perform activities directly supporting compliance, such as periodic vulnerability assessments, patch reviews and baseline configuration management
•    Utilize SRP’s 5400sq. ft. Technology Innovation Laboratory in the evaluation of new products to leverage enabling technologies that enhance our protection and control system standards (e.g., IEC 61850, Synchrophasors, server based               control         and protection, distributed generation, ADMS, etc.)                           
•    Develop and maintain protection and control standards (e.g., designs, settings/configurations, etc.) consistent with SRP’s power system requirements 
•    Provide technical support and training on SRP’s protection and control standards
•    Lead, coach, direct, and assist technical employees and teams on technical issues
•    Develop protection and control system life cycle replacement plans through the evaluation of asset performance, health, and risk
•    Provide leadership/direction for major or complex engineering and construction projects and/or studies. May be asked to serve as project manager for these projects 
•    Assist in contract project specification and technical evaluation of contract project bids
•    Support factory acceptance witness testing of protection and control equipment specified with apparatus, switch gear, and panels
•    Frequent contacts with supervision and engineers of other departments. Deals with industrial customers, consulting engineers, contractors, manufacturers'       representatives, public agencies, and other utilities or companies.
•    Proficiency in protective relay coordination and settings calculations for protection systems a plus
•    Experience with electrical system analysis software such as ASPEN, ETap, SKM, PSS/E and PSLF a plus
•    Proficient with substation protection and control design and industry standards a plus
•    Substation integration/automation, SCADA, RTU, programming a plus
•    Experience with field testing and commissioning of substation equipment a plus


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) 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