Senior Engineer/Principal Engineer (21-59071)

San Diego Gas & Electric
San Diego, California 92123
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

At SDG&E, we are committed to the community we call home, delivering clean, safe and reliable energy to better the lives of the people we serve in San Diego and southern Orange counties. Our commitment means 40% of the energy that SDG&E delivers to customers comes from renewable sources, exceeding California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. We are modernizing natural gas pipelines; accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; supporting numerous non-profit partners; and, investing in innovative technologies to ensure safe and reliable operation of the region’s infrastructure for generations to come. Learn more about our commitment to delivering clean, safe and reliable energy HERE.

Our highly trained and responsive employees with their diverse skills, talents and ideas are the reason we can deliver on our commitment and are building America’s best energy company. They are also the reason why we have been recognized with the industry’s most coveted awards. Our employees undertake challenging work and receive highly competitive compensation and benefits. As one of the region’s largest employers, we’re always searching for talented and bright people to join our team. After all, it takes the best to build the best. Learn more about benefits HERE.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of SDG&E. Empowering our employees to be their whole selves at work is our competitive advantage. This is where new ideas come from and meaningful collaboration gets an authentic start. By bringing together people with different perspectives, diverse backgrounds and real commitment to their own individuality, we have built a stronger business. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion HERE.

Primary Purpose:

This Engineer position reports to the Transmission Protection and Automation Team Lead in the System Protection Automation & Control Engineering (SPACE) Department at SDG&E. Responsibilities include acting in a lead role in the development of engineering designs, specifications, standards, studies and cost estimates along with providing technical recommendations in support of projects and tasks managed by others within the department or other departments. Responsible for engineering calculations to solve problems for new facilities and repairs/modifications to existing facilities related to the SDG&E electric transmission system. Works on more complex projects than a lower-level engineer. Examples of projects, programs, and initiatives this position will contribute to include, but are not limited to, Transmission Protection Coordination, Transmission Fault Studies, Falling Conductor Protection (FCP), Transmission Automation Engineering, Real-Time Operations Support, and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Support.

Normally designated as a "lead" engineer. As such, provides work direction to subordinate engineers and/or acts as a project leader over the more complex or major engineering projects and/or studies.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership/direction for major or complex engineering and construction projects and/or studies; may serve as cognizant discipline engineer.
  • Conducts complex engineering studies which require advanced knowledge within the assigned discipline.
  • Ensures engineering designs, settings, and communication schemes are properly reviewed and issued to the construction field ready to install without error.
  • Provides coordination, monitors progress, interprets results, and ensures timely completion of assignments.
    Identifies actual or potential problem areas and develop corrective actions to be taken.
  • Provides leadership, technical advice, training and guidance to lower level engineers as well as clerical, technical and operating personnel; may participate in the selection, hiring and promotion of subordinate personnel.
  • Recommends new and improved practices and procedures related to their assigned area.
  • Keeps informed of technical developments, industry codes and safety and/or regulatory requirements which have impact upon the system protection and automation discipline.
  • May be required to testify at regulatory meetings.
  • Represents the Company/industry as a member of outside engineering/standards organizations.

NOTE: Unlike lower-level engineering positions which allow reclassification when an incumbent has achieved sufficient experience and demonstrated ability to be advanced from one level to another, this position "stands alone". As such, there must be justification to support authorization for the position before it is filled.

  • Acts in a lead capacity, providing direction, training and technical advice to lower-level engineers and/or subordinate clerical, technical and operating personnel. May participate in the selection, hiring and promotion of subordinate personnel.
  • Responsible for more advanced engineering studies usually acting as a project leader. Errors in these more complex studies could cause significant impact in delays, monetary loss, damage to equipment or injuries.
  • Frequent contacts with supervision and engineers of other departments. Deals with industrial customers, consulting engineers, contractors, land developers, manufacturers' representatives, public agencies, and other utilities or companies. May be required to testify at regulatory meetings.
  • Normally works in an office area; however, project assignments may involve extensive field work over an extended period of time.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering discipline is required.
  • Registration as a professional engineer is required. 
  • A minimum of five years of engineering experience is required.
  • Must be thoroughly knowledgeable in more advanced engineering concepts pertaining to system protection. 
  • Uses a high degree of ingenuity, analytical ability and judgment in identifying problems and impacts of complex engineering studies.

*Please note that this position may be filled at a higher level*

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.


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Senior Engineer/Principal Engineer (21-59071)

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San Diego, California 92123

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