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Senior Protection/Power Systems Engineer
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories     Phoenix, AZ 85067

The devices we make at SEL are embedded in the power grid. They prevent blackouts. They make outages safer and shorter in duration; they add cybersecurity, automation, and communication. They use cutting-edge technologies and operate at speeds that push other pieces of the grid to go faster. As a Senior Protection/Power Systems Engineer in Engineering Services, you’ll provide solutions and services that help our customers protect and control critical electrical infrastructure and power systems worldwide.

Required Qualifications:

o Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering or relevant discipline

o 12+ years of experience with electrical power systems with a focus in protective relay settings

o Ability to work independently, accepting ownership of assigned responsibilities

o Willing to travel as needed

o Strong writing, documentation, and speaking skills

o Ability to learn new skills and assume new responsibilities

o Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment

o Background check results satisfactory to SEL

o Negative drug test result(s)

Preferred Qualifications:

o Experience with electric power transmission, distribution, and/or generation systems

o Experience being a part of and/or leading a project team

Protection Specialization:

o Experience creating and reviewing protective relay settings for transmission & distribution utilities, substations, generation facilities, and industrial clients

o Experience including (but not limited to) line, bus, transformer, autotransformer, and feeder relay settings

o Deep level of understanding of zones of protection, instrument transformers, and protective relaying schemes

o Proven hands-on experience with tools like ETAP, Aspen, SKM, coupled with a strong foundation in electrical power systems.

o Experience reviewing design packages including one-lines, three-lines, AC schematics, DC schematics, wiring diagrams, bill of material, SCADA points lists

o Demonstrated ownership of each stage of the settings creation process, calculations, and delivery of high-quality work


Open to all offices within our Western US locations.

Competitive pay. Superior benefits. Inspiring work.

People are at the core of our company and we hire employee-owners. We welcome you to learn more about how we support employees.

+ We’re 100% employee owned. Retirement benefits include an employer funded stock ownership plan (ESOP) and personal 401K options.

+ We offer top tier medical, prescription, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance.

+ We recognize the importance of a healthy life balance and offer: 10 paid holidays, annual vacation accrual starting at 12 days, 9 paid sick days, and paid family and medical leave that covers 90% of your pay.

+ We foster growth and development of our employees through avenues such as STEM courses, apprenticeships, tuition assistance, and engineering development programs.

+ Ask our team about other benefits including wellness, fertility, adoption, and flexible spending benefits.

Pay Range Data

Boise, ID, Pullman, WA, Provo, UT, Albuquerque, NM, Phoenix AZ: $100,900 - $168,100.

Beaverton, OR: $105,900 - $176,500.

Irvine, CA, Vacaville, CA, Lynnwood, WA: $116,100 - $193,300.

Our pay ranges are determined by job, responsibility, and location. The pay range may differ in other locations based on cost of labor. We base our starting pay offer on location and job-related factors such as candidate experience, training, knowledge, and skills.

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SEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Vets/Disabled.

SEL invents, designs, and builds digital products and systems that protect power grids around the world. This technology prevents blackouts and enables customers to improve power system reliability and safety at a reduced cost. A 100 percent employee-owned company headquartered in Pullman, Washington, SEL has manufactured products in the United States since 1984 and now serves customers worldwide. Our mission is simple: to make electric power safer, more reliable, and more economical.

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

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