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Black & Veatch Senior Substation Design Electrical Engineer - Houston, TX (Hybrid) in Des Moines, Iowa

Senior Substation Design Electrical Engineer - Houston, TX (Hybrid)

Date: Sep 21, 2023


Houston, TX, US San Antonio, TX, US Fort Worth, TX, US Austin, TX, US US College Station, TX, US Dallas, TX, US

Company: Black & Veatch Family of Companies

Together, we own our company, our future, and our shared success.

As an employee-owned company, our people are Black & Veatch. We put them at the center of everything we do and empower them to grow, explore new possibilities and use their diverse talents and perspectives to solve humanity's biggest challenges in an ever-evolving world. With over 100 years of innovation in sustainable infrastructure and our expertise in engineering, procurement, consulting and construction, together we are building a world of difference.

Company : Black & Veatch Corporation

Req Id : 99276

Opportunity Type : Staff

Relocation eligible : Yes

Full time/Part time : Full-Time

Project Only Hire : No

Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes

Why Black and Veatch

Recognized by Glassdoor as a 2023 Top 100 place to work , Black & Veatch allows you to lend your talent and perspective to humanity’s biggest challenges in a flexible environment where you are empowered to grow and explore new possibilities. We offer competitive compensation; 401K match and benefits that start day 1. Our hybrid environment allows you to balance your work and personal life.

At Black & Veatch, you own your career with purpose and meaning. You are empowered to grow and explore new possibilities at every step of your career journey. Bring your big ideas knowing you are safe to be who you are and speak up with concerns or questions and put your diverse talents and perspectives to use. #LI-BS1

The Opportunity

In this role you will have the opportunity to:

  • Function as a technical lead and responsible for the overall execution and quality of substation projects (substation design encompasses distribution, subtransmission and transmission level voltage classes)

  • Provide technical guidance over a group or supervise engineering staff on substation design projects

  • Perform substation design, including physical design andprotective relaying/control

  • Actively participate in management, project scheduling, and work/resource planning meetings

  • Interface directly with clients, vendors and subcontractors

  • Mentor and trainjunior engineers

This is a hybrid position (3 days in office, 2 days remotely) and will support projects located in Houston, TX. It is preferred if the candidate is located near the Houston metro, however candidates willing to relocate may be considered.

The Team

BV’s Energy & Process business is driven to meet clients’ rapidly changing infrastructure needs in generation, storage, transmission, and distribution of safe, reliable electric power. Our business continues to invest in renewable energy to power the future and support BV’s vision of more sustainable solutions. By joining our business, you will have the opportunity to be at the forefront of helping our clients with the most innovative energy solutions. Black & Veatch provides complete engineering, procurement, and construction new asset and operating asset services in the following areas:

  • Substations

  • Overhead Transmission Lines

  • Underground Transmission Lines

  • Renewables Integration


This team is #2 in ENR's Top 25 Design Firms in Power. Learn more about our substation design team and projects:I

Key Responsibilities

Engineering Standards:

  • Develop and maintain budgets and schedules for multiple substation design projects

  • Perform substation design, includingphysical design, protective relaying/control with an emphasis on continuous improvement

  • Provides guidance and direction on department design guides, standards, systems, applicable engineering codes and Black and Veatch policies

  • Assists in developing, maintaining and updating engineering standards

  • Provides technical guidance to others regarding projects and disciplines

Quality/Continuous Improvement:

  • Independently applies knowledge and complies with Black and Veatch quality program relative to assigned tasks

  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with Black and Veatch quality program while performing internal Quality Assurance technical reviews

  • Provides related guidance and direction to others

  • Supports continuous improvement and change management efforts

Engineering Production:

  • Prepares a variety of complex engineering deliverables for larger or multiple projects

  • Performs complex research and develops recommendations for equipment and/or materials selection

  • Oversees collection, assimilation, and management of data for engineering work

  • Prepares complex engineering calculations following standard methods and principles

  • Manages assigned budget, schedule, and quality requirements

  • Independently applies advanced engineering techniques and analysis problems and methods

  • Reviews lower level engineering work or assignments

  • Is responsible for one or more of the following:leading larger production teams; coordinating multiple discipline activity; and serving as the responsible charge for a project

Project Coordination:

  • Actively coordinates with all other internal/external team members on moderately complex projects

  • Manage the work assignments and ensures quality from direct reports and project team(s)

  • Actively participate in management, project scheduling, and work/resource planning meetings

Client Focus:

  • Interface directly with clients, vendors, and subcontractors

  • Communicates client interests and drivers to project team members and develops approaches to accommodate these concerns in the performance of the work on moderately complex projects

  • Typically provides support to business development or pursuit activities

  • People Management - (supervision,career development,training, mentoring):

  • Typically assists with performance management process, mentoring, recognition, and any corrective actions required

  • May participate in career planning, and learning and development

  • Mentor less experienced engineers and direct reports

  • Provide constructive feedback to direct reports on performance

Resource Management - (budgets, tools, processes, project support):

  • Implements resource management strategy

  • Manages engineering resources for small groups of a single discipline

  • Administrative:

  • Administrative responsibilities may include office administration

  • Ensures policies, procedures, and processes are effectively implemented and communicated for workgroup

  • Ensures adherence to corporate and division programs

  • May approve timesheets and expense reports

Preferred Qualifications

  • PE License in Texas

  • Power/Power Systems experience preferred

  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control of substation design projects

  • Substation design experience (physical & P&C)

  • Technical experience preferred

  • Performs complex research and develops recommendations for equipment and/or materials selection.

  • Prepare one-lines, connection diagrams, panel elevations and protection & control schematics for power substation equipment.

  • Prepare auxiliary power equipment sizing calculations.

  • Design wiring diagrams for protective relaying panels.

  • Perform complex engineering calculations/studies related to substation projects such as: lightning protection, conduit fill, AC/DC station service loading, surge arrester sizing and voltage drop.

  • Create RTU control, status and analog point lists, raceway/cable schedules along with maintenance/signage and nameplates

  • Prepare equipment arrangement, grounding, foundation and conduit plans for high voltage substations.

  • Review shop drawings, vendor quotes and perform bid evaluations.

  • Develop construction release documents.

  • Experience 500KV - 13.8KV substations, varying voltage classes

  • Experience with open air and/or GIS

  • Experience with designing different types of bus configurations

  • Raceway drawings, grounding drawings, plan and section drawings

  • Manages budget, schedule, and quality requirements. Actively coordinate with others on the team Delegate and supervise the work of younger engineers Communicate with upper management and provide status updates on engineering design activities

Other experience preferred

  • Written communications

  • Drive for results

  • Priority setting

  • Planning

  • Delegation

  • Directing others

  • Conflict management

  • Informing

  • Listening

  • Dealing with ambiguity and building effective teams

  • Advanced knowledge of engineering design principles and applicable design guides and standards related to assigned engineering discipline

Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires a bachelor's degree in engineering from either a recognized accredited program in their home country or the country in which the professional is practicing

  • Minimum of 8 years related work experience

  • All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.


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Black & Veatch is committed to being an employer of choice by creating a valuable work experience that keeps our people engaged, productive, safe and healthy.

Our comprehensive benefits portfolio is a key component of this commitment and offers an array of health care benefits including but not limited to medical, dental and vision insurances along with disability and a robust wellness program.

To support a healthy work-life balance, we offer flexible work schedules, paid vacation and holiday time, sick time, and dependent sick time.

A variety of additional benefits are available to our professionals, including a company-matched 401k plan, adoption reimbursement, tuition reimbursement, vendor discounts, an employment referral program, AD&D insurance, pre-taxed accounts, voluntary legal plan and the B&V Credit Union. Professionals may also be eligible for a performance-based bonus program.

We are proud to be a 100 percent ESOP-owned company. As employee-owners, our professionals are empowered to drive not only their personal growth, but the company's long-term achievements - and they share in the financial rewards of the success through stock ownership.

By valuing diverse voices and perspectives, we cultivate an authentically inclusive environment for professionals and are able to provide innovative and effective solutions for clients.

Black & Veatch Holding Company, its subsidiaries and its affiliated companies, complies with all Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) affirmative action laws and regulations. Black & Veatch does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender Identity and expression, disability, veteran status, pregnancy status or other status protected by law.

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