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Substation Protection and Control Engineer II/III

Tahoe Vista, CA, US, 96148

Our purpose is sustaining energy and water for life, and it is demonstrated in everything we do as a business, and as an employee team.

At Liberty, we hire passionate people who care about doing the right thing for our customers. We are entrepreneurial, creative, and outcome-focused. Here, your natural talent and achievements will flourish in an inclusive environment of teamwork, trust and continuous learning. We are always pursuing excellence to exceed our ambitions goals, rewarding both the goal outcome and how we achieve it. 


Has a thorough utility-oriented engineering experience. Has primary responsibility for the engineering and design of projects totaling more than $1m. Employee Plans and conducts work requiring judgement in the independent evaluation, selection and substantial adaptation and modification of standard techniques, procedures, and criteria. Preferred candidate will have 5 years or more utility electrical engineering experience with knowledge of protection, substation, distribution, and transmission design.


  • Provides engineering evaluations, recommendations, and planning associated with the installation of new distribution facilities (required to accommodate major new business loads or general growth patterns), the upgrading of existing facilities, and the correction of undesirable system operating characteristics for special projects of a non-routine nature. Included is the assurance that all additions are technically feasible, compatible with long-range corporate guidelines and plans, and the most economical of technically feasible alternatives. For new business studies, recommendations of a minimum system capable of meeting the customer requirements and a desired system providing the best overall solution for the company are made.
  • Reviews substation transformer and circuit loadings; conducts system configuration recommendations; manages generation facility interconnection process (Rule 21, etc.); provides budget recommendations/justifications for new feeders, reconductoring, etc.
  • Assist trouble-men with customer complaint investigations; assists in creating special switching procedures (eg, substation transformer paralleling) Assist "controlling party" during major outages.
  • Engineering design, planning, and technical assistance for Substation (Protection and Control), Distribution, and Transmission design packages.
  • Manage Distribution System Maintenance - performs underground refurbishment analysis and makes recommendations (switch replacements or new switch installation, cable injection, etc.); assists in creating and managing capital and O&M budgets.
  • Conducts voltage studies and problem amelioration; completes voltage drop calculations; conducts line voltage regulator studies conducts placement, sizing and settings of substation voltage regulator performance review and setting changes for capacitor bank installations and controller settings.
  • Provides contact and facilities planning (particularly for ski areas). Conducts protection analysis; performs or manages protective device coordination studies; analyze protective device performance during faults; performs fault calculations upon customer requests (switchgear ratings or arc flash calculations); performs motor starting (flicker) calculations. Performs solar and backup generator systems review and approval.


Education and Experience

  • Mastery of specific professional discipline combining deep knowledge of theory and organizational practice or expertise across several different disciplines within a function or several different job areas across functions
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering (EE preferred)
  • 3+ years of experience
  • PE License preferred 

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. is a growing renewable energy and utility company with over $15 billion of assets across North America and internationally.

For more than 30 years, Algonquin has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to delivering clean energy and water solutions. Our rapid growth has led both our regulated utility services and renewable energy business groups into different geographies and commodities, but our purpose remains unchanged – Sustaining Energy and Water for Life.

Through our operating business (Liberty), we provide regulated electricity, water, and natural gas utility services to over 1 million customer connections, primarily in North America. And, our growing portfolio of clean, renewable wind, solar, hydro and thermal power generation facilities represent over 3 GW of renewable generation capacity in operation and under construction.

With our robust, diversified, and growing presence in communities across North America and internationally, we are continually demonstrating our “Think Global,  Act Local” business model.

What we offer

Company funded Pension program

401k with Company match

Full insurance benefits (health/dental/vision/life)

Collaborative environment with a genuine flexible working policy

Share purchase/match plan

Defined Contribution savings plan

Top Talent Program

Volunteer paid days off

Employee Assistance Program

Achievement fund


We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce.  If you are excited about this role and are not certain you meet the all the qualification requirements, we encourage you to apply to further investigate the opportunity.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value each person’s unique background, diversity, experiences, perspectives and talents. Full participation of all employees in a safe, healthy and respectful environment is key to individual and company success. We are committed to fully utilizing the abilities of all of our employees and expect each of our employees to honor this commitment in their daily responsibilities.

Nearest Major Market: Sacramento

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