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Engineer III - System Operations Engineering (Richmond, VA)

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!

At this time, Dominion Energy cannot transfer nor sponsor a work visa for this position.


Job Summary

Dominion Energy is seeking an Engineer III to be a part of the Electric Transmission System Operations Engineering team. The candidate will be part of a team that supports operators and engineers in the Electric Transmission System Operations Center. 


The System Operations Engineering team is responsible for maintaining the Energy Management System model of the electrical transmission network, as well as displays and applications used by system operators. This role focuses on developing and maintaining various tools used by system modelers with the aim of increasing productivity and decreasing modeling errors. In addition, it also supports advanced EMS applications like synchrophasor-based situational awareness. 


Candidates should have a strong electrical engineering background and possess strong knowledge of engineering principles and practices, preferably in electric power systems and software development. 

Job activities may include:

  • Perform and/or support the modeling of Dominion’s Transmission system such as SCADA modeling and configurations, network topology, equipment ratings and parameter impedances as well as the maintenance of various displays.
  • Developing and/or supporting the development of client-side applications used by members of the modeling team to automate and enhance processes or improve situational awareness in the operations control room.
  • Support debugging, testing, and validating developed applications.
  • Coordinate with and provide technical assistance to various engineering, operations and field teams and PJM to fully maintain the EMS model
  • Writing scripts or tools to automate various tasks and processes. 
  • Maintaining/configuring servers used for synchrophasor-based situational awareness applications.
  • Training users on new EMS applications and seeking feedback to drive continual improvement.
  • Assisting with quality assurance testing of major EMS IT projects.
  • Conducting research, development, and demonstration of leading-edge tools, technologies, and applications to maintain Dominion's leadership position in the industry.
  • Participate in various company teams, industry-level organizations, university partnerships, ISOs/RTOs, and national research labs to enhance Electric Transmission’s system operations performance. 
  • Perform other duties, as requested or assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Experience

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

5+ years relevant engineering experience working in the electric utility industry or related industry (in Transmission System Operations, Substation Engineering, System Protection, Distribution Planning, or Transmission Planning, or related experience)




5+ years of research engineering work experience on directly related projects for the electric utility industry.  Work on such projects may be accomplished as part of an Electrical Engineering Ph.D. program on its own or in combination with additional research engineering work experience on directly related projects for the electric utility industry.



*Note: A partial year of related work experience of 6 months or greater will be considered one year towards the qualifications. An advanced degree (Master’s or Doctorate) counts towards related experience


•    Candidate should have a strong electrical engineering background, preferably in electric power systems. Other engineering backgrounds may be considered if presented in combination with a strong electric power background.
•    Understanding of AC/DC circuit analysis fundamentals and three-phase power systems.
•    Knowledge of and development experience with programming languages, tools, and frameworks for automation and analysis, such as Python, Perl, C#, VBA, SQL, etc. 
•    Familiarity with the Git version control system.
•    Proficiency in working with both relational and hierarchical databases.
•    Working knowledge of phasor measurement units and related protocols (e.g., IEEE C37.118, STTP, etc.).
•    Strong leadership skills with proven ability to serve as team project lead.
•    Strong oral and written communication skills (includes technical writing).
•    Equally effective working independently or in team environment.
•    Ability to process information quickly and effectively manage multiple tasks.
•    Strong planning, organizational and project management skills.
•    Must be able to meet NERC certifications.


•    Experience with Energy Management Systems such as GE/Alstom’s e-terra platform is preferred.
•    Basic proficiency with Adobe Illustrator, vector graphics, and SVG files.
•    Knowledge of SharePoint workflow development, particularly with Nintex Forms.


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/below)


Education Requirements

Required: Degree in Engineering (see below Engineering criteria) *We are considering upcoming graduates who will have a degree no later than December 31st, 2022. 
Preferred advanced degrees:
•    Doctorate in electrical engineering
•    Master’s in electrical engineering
Disciplines: Electrical Engineering with a consideration to Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or Computer Science/Engineering degrees if there has been a sufficient work history in the power systems industry.


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, or Quals Description

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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Top 3 Reasons to Work at Dominion Energy

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1. Safety Centric Work Environment
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3. Collaborative & Inclusive Culture 

About Dominion Energy

I am your warm cup of coffee in the morning and I light your home at night. I am the cool breeze from your A/C on the hottest day in summer, and the red coil that heats your soup pot on a frigid winter’s day. I am sustainable, reliable and affordable.
I am not just any energy… I am Dominion Energy.
We're transforming the way we do business to build a more sustainable future for the planet, our customers, our team and our industry.  We're shaping the future of energy in America.
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·17,000 employees
·Headquarters: Richmond, VA
·16 states in the US
·$100 billion of assets
·Nearly $35 million in charitable contributions
·100,000+ volunteer hours recorded in the community

Our Commitment to NetZero by 2050

We’ve cut carbon emissions from our electric generation business by approximately 43% (since 2005) and methane emissions from our natural gas business by 32% (since 2010) — and we're just getting started. By growing wind, solar, and renewable natural gas and pursuing innovative technologies, we expect to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. We’ve also committed to reducing the emissions of our suppliers and customers — so we can all move forward together.

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