Substation Project Engineer

Mesa Associates, Inc.
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402 Work Remotely
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Mesa seeks a motivated Project Engineer to manage a P&C and Physical Design team working on projects for a client with a growing workload. Position requires approximately 70% project work and 30% management. Responsibilities include monitoring budget and schedule, assigning resources to a project, communication and collaboration with the client's project managers and project engineers, collaborating and mentoring with design team, collaborating, and working with other design teams.


Required abilities:

  • Possess strong knowledge of medium to extra high voltage substation protection & control systems and/or physical design layout requirements.
  • Possess strong verbal and written communications skills. Ability to coordinate with and interface with clients, vendors, engineers, colleagues, and other electric utilities personnel.
  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills to build relationships and work effectively with clients, peers, and affiliates.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, scheduling software and possesses working knowledge of corporate accounting practices and business operations.
  • Possess willingness to develop, promote and comply with Mesa safety requirements.
  • Possesses ability to understand and implement new processes/procedures with regards to Project and Program management.
  • Knowledgeable on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI’s) standard for Organizational Project Management (OPM).
  • Experience with electrical utility equipment, systems, and project/programs is required.
  • Believes effective integration is the key to project success.


  • BS in Engineering from an ABET accredited college/university or equivalent experience
  • 8 years of relevant project experience with at least 5 years of experience functioning as a design engineer
  • Has tangible multi-year experience being PM or PE leading substation design projects.


  • Initiate projects: Complete project initiation documents, which include detailed work scope/outline,
  • budget, and schedule for completion. 
  • Project Definition:  Assist Project Team in defining/clarifying project scope and level of detail required
  • satisfying customer expectations and projecting requirements. Maintain Project Status – Keep the
  • project status reporting system (database) current with the actions and changes that take place on
  • assigned projects so the overall organization is able to respond to client requests. 
  • Manage Project Implementation – Leads assigned project team, ensuring that project goals/objectives
  • are achieved and all business processes and applicable procedures are followed. Plan, schedule,
  • conduct, and coordinate detailed phases of engineering/design work for projects. 
  • Control costs – Assist Project Manager in controlling project expenditures and schedule performance as
  • necessary to satisfy project requirements and ensure satisfactory budget performance on all projects.
  • Maximize Project Profitability – Through appropriate project budgeting/pricing, utilization of resources
  • and cost controls, maximize the profit margin on individual projects. 
  • Communicates effectively with project team and clients as required to facilitate coordination of design or
  • construction activities and flow of technical information. This includes tracking/resolving action items,
  • information requests and assisting the design team in the resolution of technical issues as required.  
  • Coordinate/Communicate with Peers – Work with project team to identify, document and resolve
  • changes that may impact schedule and budget performance of project.
  • Ensures projects are closed-out and archived in a timely manner in accordance with applicable
  • procedures.  Analyzes trends on project performance metrics and makes recommendations to project management team on corrective actions. 
  • Must be able to develop an understanding of numerous utility stakeholder departments 
  • Support the development and implementation of client’s project engineering/management tools, standards, and processes to support successful project engineering implementation.
  • Must be able to conduct large meetings/calls with numerous project stakeholders, drive consensus and resolution to challenges discussed, drive assignment, follow-up, and completion, of action items.
  • Must be able to anticipate project risks before they occur, plan and execute risk management and risk mitigation.




Project Engineer


Decision Making






Team Player: Works well as a member of a group

Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity

Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well

Leader: Inspires teammates to follow them



Flexibility: Inspired to perform well when granted the ability to set your own schedule and goals

Self-Starter: Inspired to perform without outside help



Bachelors or better in Engineering or related field.



• 8 years of relevant project experience with at least 5 years of experience functioning as a design engineer

Licenses & Certifications


Prof Engineering (PE)


Project Mgmt Prof (PMP)

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


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