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Senior Engineer - Distributed Energy Resources Planning and Integration

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!

 

 

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





 

Job Summary

This role is the top progression level position in the engineer series. Includes senior to technical expert engineers, able to perform difficult and complex work requiring thorough knowledge of the subject matter and significant experience within functional assignment area. Schedules and coordinates major segments of complex projects to meet cost and time objectives. Plans and conducts work requiring judgment in the independent evaluation, selection, adaptation and modification of standard techniques, procedures and criteria. Devises new approaches to problems encountered and develops engineering criteria ensuring compliance with design criteria and standards. At higher levels of proficiency within this classification, incumbents are expected to provide technical expertise and/or team leadership as needed. May be required to apply intensive and diversified knowledge of engineering principles and practices to major projects that have significant impact on programs in varied areas and related fields. May serve as a technical expert on engineering related legal and regulatory issues to outside entities.

 

Specifically, this role provides Electric Distribution Planning support for the integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) into the Dominion Energy System. Specifically, this role is responsible for:

  • Analyzing and planning for a significant increase in DER penetration on Dominion Energy’s distribution system. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Solar and Wind
    • Battery Energy Storage Systems
    • Microgrids
    • Standby Generation with extended paralleling times
    • Electric Vehicles, in both a Grid-to-Vehicle and a Vehicle-to-Grid capacity
    • Development and deployment of a Distributed Energy Resource Management System
  • Providing subject matter expertise in DER power system studies (harmonics, flicker, etc.)
  • Providing technical expertise to assist in project development, scoping, and other assignments associated with the technical review of DER interconnection with the distribution system.
  • Representing the company at various DER related regional and national working groups and conferences.
  • Keeping up with DER industry trends and new technologies
  • Interfacing with customers and various departments within Dominion Energy to assist with the successful integration of DER into the Dominion Energy Service territory.
  • Ensuring the efficient and complete use of existing installed facilities to meet development needs before proposing new facilities.
Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Experience
  • 5+ years (or equivalent through education and experience) of utility power systems engineering experience (*Educational requirements to qualify for engineering title) ​​​​​​​Note: A partial year of related work experience of 6 months or greater will be considered one year towards the qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding of synchronous and inverter based DER Technology. Including but not limited to:
    • PV
    • Wind
    • Battery
    • Natural Gas and Diesel
    • Biomass
  • Full knowledge of engineering theories and principles.
  • Skilled in use of advanced techniques and modification and extension of theories, precepts and practices of the field and related sciences and disciplines.
  • Strong leadership skills with proven ability to serve as team project lead.
  • Provide guidance to less experienced engineers.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills (includes technical writing).
  • Strong personal computer skills.
  • Ability to think analytically and solve complex problems.
  • Ability to interpret codes, regulations and practices.
  • In-depth knowledge of various computer applications, with the ability to manipulate personal computer applications such as PowerPoint and Excel and perform engineering calculations using applicable software programs.
  • Equally effective working independently or in team environment.
  • Proven decision-making skills.
  • Ability to process information quickly and effectively manage multiple tasks.
  • Strong planning, organizational and project management skills.

Preferred:

  • Programming experience in one or more of the following (Python, C++, Java, C#)
  • Experience with Synergi, CYME, or similar distribution modeling software
  • Experience with GIS
  • Experience with DERMS
  • Data Analytics/data science experience
  • Ability to breakdown complex engineering concepts for mass consumption
  • Experience with Electric Transmission and Electric Distribution System Protection
Education Requirements

 

For placement of a candidate in the Engineer job series, one of the following criteria must be met:

  • Electrical Engineering Preferred
  • 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 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
  • 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.
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%
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 dombenefits.com.

 

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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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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