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Power Engineers Substation Physical Designer (Remote) in Boise, Idaho

Substation Physical Designer (Remote)

Location: Nationwide


Department: Power Delivery Boise Substation Dept


Substation Physical Designer (REMOTE)

Job Summary of Roles and Responsibilities

POWER Engineers is seeking an experienced, energetic, self-starting team member with a strong physical design background to perform engineering design activities for electrical substations. This position is posted in multiple POWER office locations with the ability to work remotely from a mutually acceptable location (please note in the application questions where you prefer to be located).


The Physical Designer will share responsibility with the rest of the department to produce a product consistent with POWER’s mission statement and our culture. The Designer is expected to support the group in achieving the goals of the department, maintain POWER’s high-quality standards, promote internal teamwork and meet the needs of our clients. This position is also responsible for assisting with developing, maintaining, and strengthening client relationships within the region.

  • Perform and direct others in the detailed design of medium to extra high voltage substations including, but not limited to

o Station physical layouts

o Sections/Elevations

o Cable and conduit plans and details

o Ground grid design and details

o Foundation plans and details

o Structural plans and details

o Control enclosure design and details

o Lightning protection plans

o Yard lighting plans

o Bills of Materials

o Inter-discipline coordination activities

o Specify and select substation equipment

o Contribute to substation equipment specifications

o Construction support

o Facility studies

o Site visits

  • Perform QA/QC for deliverables to clients

  • Support proposal development

  • Support project budgeting, project scheduling and project reporting

  • Support the mentorship and training of other team members

  • Shall understand and adhere to client standards and processes while working individually or within a team to complete complex and technically challenging designs

  • Occasional travel will be required.

Required Education/Experience

  • Associate degree or equivalent technical education

  • Four (4) or more years of experience in substation physical design

  • Experience in 15kV through 138kV substation design and IEEE/ANSI standards

  • Mechanical reasoning skills and attention to detail

  • Experience with AutoCAD (Version 2020 or newer)

  • Experience with MicroStation (V8 or newer)

  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, with an emphasis on Excel and Word

  • Experience filling the role of substation designer for several substation projects occurring concurrently

  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, tracking and organizing many tasks of varying importance and size

  • Proven ability and desire to mentor and help others

  • A strong command of the English language with good written and oral communication skills in order to work effectively with internal team members and external client personnel

Desired Education/Experience

  • Six (6) or more years of experience in substation design.

  • An understanding of substation equipment and its function

  • Familiarity with Raster Design and/or Bentley Descartes

  • Ability to produce applicable drawings from rough sketches, notes, vendor drawings, and other

  • Ability to select non-engineered materials (bus, high voltage switches, cable, insulators)

  • 3D CAD experience and/or Building Information Modeling (BIM) experience

  • Experience in electric utility substation design (15kV through 500kV) and IEEE/ANSI standards is a plus.

  • Ability to successfully participate in multiple projects concurrently and manage budgets and schedules.

At POWER Engineers, you can have a rewarding career on every level. Our philosophy is simple: Do Good. Have Fun. Build Success.

You’ll work on fun and challenging projects and initiatives. You’ll have the chance to make a positive impact on society and the environment. And you’ll find the support, coaching and training it takes to advance your career.

Since we’re employee-owned, we get to make POWER a great place to work. That includes providing competitive compensation, professional development and a full benefit package:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision

  • Paid Holidays

  • Vacation/Paid Sick Leave

  • Voluntary Life Insurance

  • 401K

  • Telehealth Benefit covers all providers

  • Maternity and Paternity Leave

  • New Dads and Moms Benefit program

  • Fertility Benefits

  • Gender affirming care

POWER is a fun engineering firm. That might seem contradictory to some, but it works for us!

Salary DOE: The pay range for this position is $35K - $150K per year; however, base pay may be higher or lower depending on the candidate's job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. This figure does not include additional compensation such as health benefits, vacation, 401k, etc.

EOE, including disability/vets



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