Engineer III-Substation Conceptual Engineering Physical Design

Date: Jun 11, 2024

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!



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 below will be considered for this opportunity. 



Job Summary

This position will be responsible for Substation physical conceptual design, scope of work and estimates for Dominion’s Electric Transmission and Electric Distribution Substations ranging from 4kV to 500kV.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Physical design of Electrical Utility Substations for New construction and upgrades.
  • Coordinate input from a multi-disciplined project team (substation, system protection, planning, transmission line, distribution, construction, operation, civil/structural, permitting, real estate) and define project scope. 
  • Create and/or modify Substation physical design drawings for substation projects including the conceptual one-line diagrams and General Arrangements. 
  • Create project cost estimates using material and labor costing database for the Physical portion of projects. Make necessary updates to the database to improve accuracy and consistency.
  • Develop Conceptual Engineering Estimate Packages for projects and support the Project Managers to take proposed projects through the project approval process.
  • Facilitate smooth transition of the conceptual design to detail engineering and construction team. 
  • Provide technical expertise and/or team leadership as needed. Provide assistance to less experienced engineers and technicians in conceptual engineering, detail engineering and the field.
  • Participate in site visits to support the construction group and/or asset owners
  • Represent the company at the state and county commissions applications/hearings and community open houses. 

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Experience

  • Minimum of five years of utility Substations physical design experience 
  • Thorough understanding and knowledge of substation components and their functions
  • Firm understanding of the physical design principles and practices for major substation equipment, transmission lines and distribution feeder configurations
  • Ability to read, interpret, and modify one-line diagrams, Substation plan and elevation drawings
  • Some drafting experience preferred.  Experience with AutoCAD or Microstation is a plus
  • Ability to think analytically and solve complex problems 
  • Ability to interpret codes, regulations, and practices 
  • Planning, organizational and project management skills 
  • Self-motivator who can work cooperatively in a team environment, but is comfortable independently seeking knowledge and information
  • Ability to process information quickly and effectively manage multiple tasks
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to independently plan and organize work assignments
  • Effective decision-making skills 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Basic Qualifications

Minimum of five years of relevant work experience (Utility Substations applications) or demonstrated equivalent.

Education Requirements

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 degree in Engineering (non-ABET accredited), 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. 

Licenses, Certifications, Quals, or Standards

  • Engineer in Training (EIT) license is preferred.

  • Professional Engineer (PE) license is a plus.

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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