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Electric Transmission Strategic Planning Engineer

Date: Apr 7, 2021

Location: GLEN ALLEN, VA, US, 23060

Company: Dominion Energy

At Dominion Energy we love our jobs.  That’s right.  Love.  Every day we go to work filled with passion to be excellent, to creatively problem solve and to innovate.  These are exciting days for energy companies, and Dominion Energy aims to shape the future of energy in America. We are looking at all of our work with fresh eyes, retooling everything we do, in every part of the company, to operate more sustainably and to deliver energy more reliably than ever.  We are looking for interesting, independent thinkers and doers who can help shape the culture of a forward-looking company that’s proud of its rich legacy. Are you a change agent?  Do you think differently?  Do you want to fall in love with your job? If you answered “yes,” then read on!


Job Summary

Dominion Energy’s Power Delivery Group is seeking a motivated and experienced Engineer III to be part of the Electric Transmission Strategic Planning Team.  The successful candidate will be responsible for working within the PJM Regional Transmission Expansion Planning Process (RTEPP) to assess and develop the long term transmission expansion plans in order to ensure system reliability, to meet future customer demand, to integrate the renewable energy resources needed to achieve Dominion Energy’s net zero carbon emissions goal by 2050, and to plan the grid of the future. Specifically, this senior level engineer will plan the 500kV transmission system, perform system stability analysis, perform generator interconnection and retirement analysis, and perform special sensitivity studies.  Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Perform power flow analysis in accordance with NERC Reliability Standards, PJM Planning Criteria, and Dominion Energy Electric Transmission Planning Criteria
  • Develop and maintain power flow and short circuit planning models, including the development of Model on Demand project files, contingency file updates, facility rating updates, short circuit change files, and facility impedance updates
  • Work collaboratively with PJM Planning, the Electric Transmission Planning Team, and the Electric Transmission Operations Engineering Teams to perform annual PJM RTEP assessments, generation interconnection and retirement analysis, and develop transmission solutions to address all reliability criteria violations
  • Successfully defend the Dominion Energy franchise during competitive FERC Order 1000 open windows by developing innovative and cost-effective transmission solutions
  • Perform Stability studies using PSSE and SSAT (Small Signal Analysis Tool) software to ensure reliable operation of generation plants within the Dominion zone
  • Develop regional 500kV transmission projects.  This includes developing the project scope, defending the need, presenting and discussing the project with internal and external stakeholders, and obtaining all the necessary project approvals from PJM and The State Corporation Commission.
  • Perform sensitivity analysis to evaluate future data center growth, future generation retirements, and future integration of renewable energy resources
  • Assist in the development of Dominion Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan (“IRP”)Assist in the development, maintenance, and enhancement of computer-based tools for the Electric Transmission Planning Team
  • Carry out data mining and data analytics on historical data to validate power system models and load forecastsPerform other duties as requested or assigned
  • Perform other duties as requested or assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Experience

The knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences required for entry into this job include the following:

  • Minimum of five years relevant engineering experience working in the Electric Utility Industry in Transmission System Operations, Substation Engineering, System Protection, Distribution Planning, or Transmission Planning.  
  • Must meet the required engineering education criteria 
  • In-depth knowledge of power system analysis software packages such as PSS\e, PSS MUST, PSS MOD, Power Gem’s TARA software, Aspen One-Liner, Transmission Operations Energy Management System (EMS), etc., is preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in power system modeling (i.e. short circuit, power flow, EMS)
  • Experience writing scripts, macros, or code to develop tools to automate work processes is preferred
  • Firm understanding of AC/DC fundamentals, including an understanding of three-phase power systems
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of substation components and their functions
  • Working knowledge of the underlying technology used in used in flexible alternating current transmission systems (FACTS) and high voltage direct transmission (HVDC) equipment and experience in the application of this technology
  • In-depth understanding of the protection principles and practices for transmission lines, distribution feeders, and major substation equipment
  • Working knowledge of Dominion’s substation and transmission line one-line diagrams, and relay functional drawings
  • Ability to work proficiently with Microsoft Office applications, OSIsoft PI software, and Facilities Management (FM) Applications
  • Self-motivator who has the ability to work cooperatively in a team environment, but is comfortable independently seeking knowledge and information
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to independently plan and organize work assignments
  • Provides expert technical consultation to other engineers and management
  • Strong technical and organizational leadership skills, including the ability to provide guidance to less experienced engineers
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proven decision making skills


The company is actively seeking United States military veterans and service members who meet the qualifications outlined below.

  • Military service members and veterans with ranks from E5-E9, W1-CW5, or O3-O6, plus appropriate equivalent combination of education and years of experience as outlined above.

Education Requirements

REQUIRED ENGINEERING CRITERIA:  For placement of a candidate in the Engineer job series, the following criteria must be met: Possess a 4-year engineering degree from an ABET accredited engineering program based on the year that the engineering program was accredited by ABET, or Possess a 4-year engineering degree from an institution outside of the U.S. which is accredited through the country's own engineering accrediting body under the Washington Accord as a full signatory, and is a degree that was recognized by the country's accrediting body on or after the date that full signatory status was achieved, or Possess a 4-year engineering degree from a non-ABET accredited program and a postgraduate engineering degree from an institution where the undergraduate degree in the same engineering discipline is ABET accredited based on the year the engineering program was accredited by ABET, or Possess a 4-year degree in Physics, Chemistry, Math or Engineering Technology and a post-graduate engineering degree from an institution where the undergraduate degree in the same engineering discipline is ABET accredited based on the year the engineering program was accredited by ABET, or Holds or has previously held a valid U.S. Professional Engineer license.


Required: Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering


Strongly Preferred: Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Power Systems



Licenses, Certifications, or Quals Description

A current valid United States Professional Engineer ("PE") license is preferred but not required.

Working Conditions

Cold Up to 25%
Energized Wires Up to 25%
Heat Up to 25%
Loud Noise Up to 25%
Office Work Environment 76 -100%
Operating Machinery Up to 25%
Outdoors Up to 25%
Radiation Up to 25%
Travel Up to 25%

Other Working Conditions

Test Description

No Testing Required


Export Control

Certain positions at Dominion Energy may involve access to information and technology subject to export controls under U.S. law.  Compliance with these export controls may result in Dominion Energy limiting its consideration of certain applicants.


Other Information

We offer excellent plans and programs for employees. Employees are rewarded with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package which may include: health benefits with coverage for families and domestic partners, vacation, retirement plans, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, and much more.   To learn more about our benefits, click here


Dominion Energy is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disabled status.  


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