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Relay Operations Engineer I, II, III - Columbia and Charleston, SC

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!

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Job Summary

There is one position which will be filled at the level commensurate with the successful candidate’s education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities.

There is one position available in Columbia, SC and one position available in Charleston, SC.

This position is in the Relay and SCADA Operations Department inside of the Power Delivery Operations (PDO) organization at Dominion Energy South Carolina. The department is responsible for all maintenance and construction requirements for the relay protection and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) schemes in our electrical substations and generating plants.

Responsibilities include maintaining electromechanical and microprocessor-based protective relays at prescribed intervals through settings verification and/or calibration, functional testing of electric control circuits, and verification of secondary voltage and current readings. This includes maintaining protective relays that are NERC classified under PRC-005 on a 5-year rotation. In addition to maintenance responsibilities this position is responsible for new construction of protection systems in electrical substations and in electric generations facilities. These protection systems cover high voltage transmission lines, distribution feeder circuits, transmission buses, auto transformers, generators, and others. The candidate will work with control wiring, alarm circuits, fiber optics, and other communications circuits. Commissioning new construction projects will require testing of current and potential transformers (CT’s and PT’s), verifying control circuits, testing/calibrating relays using Enoserv RTS software and Doble F6150 Power System Simulators, terminating multimode fiberoptic cables, and point-by-point confirmation of SCADA controls with distribution dispatching and/or transmission system control. The candidate will routinely perform troubleshooting on controls and communications equipment, read blueprints, and interface with ethernet, DNP, serial, Modbus, and analog communications protocols. They will frequently coordinate with other work groups within DESC to schedule outages, write switching requests, and plan the sequence of jobs. The department also maintains a scheduled call-out rotation where each employee will be on call for one week several times a year. Responsibilities during a call out rotation require being fit-for-duty to respond to any system event or equipment trouble during non-business hours. The engineer will also work on projects, as their skill level permits, from time to time that are not pre-engineered and require all the design work to be completed in the field. Development of blueprints and other drawings, either manually or via AutoCAD, will be required in these instances and will be submitted to the drafting department for review and to have official copies created.

As skills and experience increase the engineer will become more of a subject matter expert, providing feedback to our Substation Engineering, Relay Applications, and Materials and Equipment Standards groups to increase productivity and drive innovation. Such feedback and collaboration will include input on relay panel designs, selection of test equipment, improvements to substation automation, and more.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Experience

Engineer I

0-2 years of engineering experience.

Basic knowledge of engineering concepts, fundamentals, and theory.

Oral and written communication skills (includes technical writing).

Effective decision-making skills.

Computer skills and application of software programs.

Analytical and abstract thinking skills.

Problem solving skills.

Ability to learn to apply engineering theories and concepts to complex problems.

Ability to interpret codes, regulations, and practices.

Ability to develop effective planning, project, and organization skills.

Ability to develop project management skills and to handle multiple tasks.

Ability to work within a team environment. 



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 E3-E5, W1-W2, or O1-O3  plus appropriate equivalent combination of education and years of experience as outlined above / below.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Experience

Engineer II 

3+ years of relevant engineering experience.
Knowledge and application of engineering theories and principles, concepts, and fundamentals.
Requires developmental experience in a professional engineering position.
Competency in applying engineering principles, fundamental concepts, practices and procedures requiring some evaluation, originality and/or ingenuity to achieve project objectives.
Understands and can apply knowledge of configuration management.
Ability to perform engineering calculations using applicable software programs (e.g. AutoCAD, Excel, etc.).
Planning, organizational and project management skills.
Ability to develop and exercise leadership skills.
Effective decision making skills.
Effective oral and written communication skills (includes technical writing).
Ability to think analytically and solve complex problems.
Ability to interpret codes, regulations and practices.
Equally effective working independently or in a team environment.
Ability to process information quickly and effectively manage multiple tasks.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Experience

Engineer III

5+ years of relevant engineering experience and a valid U.S. Professional Engineer license.
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 and perform engineering calculations using applicable software programs (e.g. AutoCAD, Excel, etc.).
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.

Education Requirements

Required degree (equivalency not accepted in lieu of required degree):


Required discipline(s): Electrical Engineering

Engineering Degree Requirements

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

--Electrical Engineering Degree 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 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

--Applicants that will meet any of the above criteria with a graduation date of May 2023 will be considered.

Licenses, Certifications, or Quals Description

See descriptions for Engineer I, II, and III above.

Working Conditions

Cold Up to 25%
Energized Wires Up to 25%
Heat Up to 25%
Loud Noise Up to 25%
Operating Machinery Up to 25%
Radiation Up to 25%
Travel Up to 25%
Dust / Grease / Oil Up to 25%
Office Work Environment 26-50%
Outdoors 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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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 46% (since 2005) and methane emissions from our natural gas business by 38% (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.

Nearest Major Market: Columbia
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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