Substation Project Engineer

Reference JOB-18948

Location Houston

Job Type Engineer

RCS Staffing has an immediate need for a Substation Project Engineer in Houston, TX.  This is a Full-time, Direct Hire, Hybrid assignment with our client.

Overview of YOUR role as a Substation Project Engineer:



The Substation Project Engineer you will be working alongside lead engineers and account managers to support a range of clients within our Power Delivery Services.

As a Substation Project Engineer YOU will:

  • Lead and/or perform Substation Physical Electrical engineering design (including general arrangement, electrical plans and sections, grounding plan and details, raceway plan and details, shielding plan and details, lighting plan, and details, etc.) at HV and EHV voltage levels while adhering to prevailing standards, practices, procedures, and project/program requirements.
  • Lead and/or perform Protection and Control engineering design (including relaying one-lines, AC schematics, DC schematics, metering, SCADA systems, station communications, station automation, station security, etc.) at HV and EHV voltage levels while adhering to prevailing standards, practices, procedures, and project/program requirements.
  • Lead and/or conduct engineering studies and calculations (including bus spans, shielding, lighting, conduit fill, AC/DC loading and system design, etc.).
  • Understand and apply industry standards, applicable state and federal safety codes, regulatory compliance requirements, and construction codes to projects.
  • Create equipment, material, construction, and testing and commissioning specifications.
  • Perform quality control (QC) reviews and lead QC review meetings on applicable engineering deliverables produced by junior staff, peers, and remote offices on small, medium, and large projects while adhering to the PDS quality management standard.
  • Provide technical oversight, direction, and support for project teams.
  • Assure proper documentation of project technical data.
  • Ensure and facilitate project team collaboration and communication across all disciplines and resolve design conflicts as needed.
  • Coordinate with project managers to successfully deliver projects to our clients.
  • Function as client Point of Contact (P.O.C) and work directly with clients on project-related issues.
  • Direct and/or participate in client meetings and job-site visits to collect and deliver design and engineering information.
  • Identify and resolve project-related issues while proactively communicating and collaborating with the client.
  • Perform evaluations of existing facilities to propose upgrades and replacements and present findings and recommendations to our clients.
  • Complete conceptual design (one-line and general layout) to support project planning.
  • Prepare and review proposals, technical write-ups, and project approach documents for small, medium, and large projects. This includes preparing and reviewing comprehensive project scopes of work and accurate man-hour estimates.
  • Create project schedules using common software (MS Project, Primavera, etc.) to support proposal development.
  • Present and justify proposals, estimates, and technical write-ups to management for small, medium, and large projects.
  • Provide technical training to junior staff by preparing presentations and workshops and conducting one-on-one meetings to assist with their technical growth.
  • Provide professional mentorship while setting and maintaining a positive professional example for the team and junior staff.

YOU are the ideal Substation Project Engineer candidate if you have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from an accredited university with four (4) + years of prior relevant experience in utility substation engineering.
  • Prior experience as a substation lead engineer performing QC reviews and staff training/mentorship.
  • Experience with serving as firm-client liaison in a support and lead engineering role.
  • Demonstrate advocacy of Quality Assurance and Control in the field of substation engineering.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the utility grid (power generation, transmission, and distribution) system and the theories and principles involved in substation engineering.
  • Comprehensive understanding of industry standards (including NEC, NESC, NEMA, IEEE/ANSI) and their application to projects.
  • Competence in researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting recommendations.
  • Ability to meet deadlines under high-pressure situations.
  • High level of computer competency/Proficiency with using MS Office applications.
  • Team player who can work effectively in a team environment with an ability to deal with and lead a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Understand the “big picture” approach and the importance of “Attention To Detail.”
  • Ability to travel up to 15% of the time.

It’s a BONUS if you have: 

  • Experience with substation physical and protection and control design.
  • Experience with engineering programs and software (including SKM, ASPEN, ETAP, CDEGS, or vendor software).
  • Active membership in national engineering societies and work groups (IEEE, PES, etc.)
  • Registered Professional Engineer (PE).
  • Construction support experience.

Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position.  These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation.  Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations.  An applicant’s ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

  • Motor Abilities: Sitting and/or standing for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)
  • Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Repetitive work: Prolonged
  • Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work
  • Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of >8 hrs./day. 
  • Travel required: 15%

About Our Client:



Our Client is a Fortune 500™ company aimed at embracing and solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Through science and technology, Our Client makes the world safer, healthier and more efficient.

Who We Are:



RCS Staffing is a certified Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) specializing in the recruitment of professionals for best-of-class companies throughout the United States.  Since 1994, RCS recruits top talent for direct hire, temp-to-perm and contract staffing positions and provides customized payroll services. Our Recruiting Specialties consist of all Engineering Disciplines, Project Management, Project Controls, Information Technology, Energy Efficiency and Business Professionals.

RCS is an equal opportunity employer that prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type. RCS recruits, hires, and promotes for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, citizenship status, disability, military status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, genetic information, or age. All terms and conditions of employment such as compensation, benefits, work assignment, availability of facilities and privileges of employment are administered on the same basis of equality.

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