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Electric Distribution Designer (entry level) - Central Virginia

Date: Nov 19, 2021

Location: RICHMOND, VA, US, 23294

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

Note: This requisition will remain open for an unidentified period of time; it will be monitored and candidates reviewed on an on-going basis. Interviews will be conducted for specific location(s) as needed. This requisition is for multiple office locations in the central Virginia area (West Broad office in Richmond, East Richmond, Midlothian, Petersburg, Gloucester, Northern Neck (located in Lively, VA), Fredericksburg or Woodbridge).  when applying, please select all office location(s) for which you would like to be considered.  
The Projects Designer position is the first level in the Electric Distribution Design job classification.  This role will serve as a point of contact for internal and external customers for installation of electric distribution facilities.  Projects Designer shall use technical knowledge, face-to-face customer interactions and customer service skills to safely and efficiently perform design of electric distribution facilities for variety of residential, commercial, and internal customers.  This work additionally includes project site visits, inspections and preparation of detailed drawings using ArcFM, AutoCad or other tools as required.  

Through the use of project management skills, the designer shall determine material needs, time and cost estimates, technical designs, and easement negotiations. 

•    Develop work requests related to overhead and underground facilities associated with electric distribution system. Prepare field notes and design. Perform customer contacts. 
•    Prepares underground agreements, billing authorities, revenue calculations, etc.
•    Utilizes work management system to prepare cost estimates based on design of new construction or modification of existing facilities. 
•    Reconciles construction as-builts to ensure mapping accuracy in GIS.
•    Provide “on-call” assistance (scouting, patrolling, etc.) during emergencies and storm restoration activities; includes travel to any location within Dominion Energy service territory for duration determined by Company.
•    Analyzes electrical load data and performs calculations to determine size and location of electric distribution facilities based on engineering standards, existing or proposed easements, Right-of-Way permits and operational needs and requirements. 
•    Coordinates installation/relocation of other utilities (i.e. cable television, phone, etc).
•    Identify safety issues-Check equipment and work area regularly to ensure safety and compliance; identifies hazards and improvements that could prevent safety problems; 

This position includes participation in electric distribution designer training program. This development program is a two-year commitment.  Incumbents must successfully complete the program before promoting to the next level.  While participating in the two-year development program, based on performance, the incumbent is eligible for a progressive pay increase at their one-year anniversary (lump sum or up to 5% increase).

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Experience

Education / experience:
•    Minimum: Bachelor’s degree and 0+ years related experience or equivalent education and related experience (Associates degree with 2+ years or High School with 4+ years); or equivalent military experience (Military Service Members/Veterans ranks from E3-E5, W1-W2, or O1-O3 with 2+ years)
•    Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Construction Management, or Engineering Technology (or related discipline) and 1-2+ years of related experience or equivalent education and related experience (Associates degree with 3+ years or High School with 5+ years)
Related experience: 
•    Minimum: Customer Service, Construction Management, Drafting, Utility Experience, Project Management, Technical Design, General Electricity / Electrical 
•    Preferred:  in addition to minimum, Retail, Field Operations background, GIS/AutoCAD
•    Minimum: verbal, written and interpersonal communication; strong computer skills; time management and organization; project management; math and technical aptitude
•    Minimum: effectively interact with customers; teaming; detail oriented; Physical attributes to perform essential function: walking, climbing, stooping, bending and prolonged standing
•    Must have valid driver's license and be able to drive

Note: A partial year of related work experience of 6 months or more rounds to one full year of qualifications.
The company is actively seeking United States military veterans and service members who meet the qualifications.
• Military service members and veterans with ranks from E3-E5, W1-W2, or O1-O3, plus appropriate equivalent combination of education and years of experience as outlined.

Education Requirements

Degree or an equivalent combination of Associates or high school with appropriate years’ of demonstrated related experience may be accepted in lieu of preferred level of education.  Preferred disciplines:   Business, Engineering Technology, Construction Management.   

Note: This position will be filled as posted - "Customer Projects Designer I” (internal title) regardless of degree (e.g. engineering degreed candidates will not automatically be placed into or later converted to an Engineer title)

Licenses, Certifications, or Quals Description

  • Notary Public or ability to acquire
  • Must complete Projects Designer Development Program
  • Valid state driver's license

Working Conditions

Cold 51-75%
Office Work Environment 26-50%
Outdoors 51-75%
Heat 51-75%
Travel 51-75%

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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