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Lead Engineer - Protection & Control


Vestal, NY, US



Iberdrola is a global energy leader, the number one producer of wind power, and one of the world's biggest electricity utilities in terms of market capitalisation. The group supplies energy to almost 100 million people in dozens of countries including Spain, the United Kingdom (ScottishPower), the United States (AVANGRID), Brazil (Neoenergia), Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Italy and France, with a workforce of more than 35,000 people.

Iberdrola is leading the transition towards a sustainable energy model through its investments in renewable energy, smart grids, large-scale energy storage and digital transformation, to offer its customers the most advanced products and services. Thanks to its commitment to clean energy, Iberdrola is one of the companies with the lowest emissions and an international benchmark for its contribution to sustainability and the fight against climate change.



Job Summary

The engineer will have a central role in developing substation standards for AVANGRID. Write engineering and construction specifications, create and maintain design libraries for substations including specifications and bill of materials. Work independently with only administrative and general direction from supervision. Develop a strong technical knowledge base to serve as technical advisor (SME) for substation design. Follow updates in research and developments taking place in the power industry, through training and industry associations. The engineer will lead teams/projects that solve complex substation equipment/design problems taking a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions. Able to work independently with guidance on only the most complex tasks. Participates and represents AVANGRID on Industry associations. Mentor other employees.


• Proactively identify and perform special projects and studies that innovatively solve unique and complex problems with broad impact to the business. Develop alternate methods or design concepts to resolve unique problems or to improve processes/services.
• Solves complex and unique substation engineering problems. Utilizes a broad prospective to investigate and identify innovative solutions.
• Contribute to the development & execution of Departmental or Divisional strategy. Recognized engineering expert for equipment of extreme importance to AVANGRID and/or the industry. Anticipates internal/external business issues & recommend process improvements.
• Create and maintain design libraries for medium and high voltage substations agree with department plan.  Develop plan to maintain libraries based on lessons learnt, new practices and industry trends.
• Recognized expert for disciplines of extreme importance to AVANGRID including following disciplines:
o Bus Configurations
o Functional diagrams for control and protection
o Protection, control and communication schemes
o Control and protection schematics
o Wiring diagrams and cable schedule
• Interpret internal/external business issues and recommend best practices and/or process improvements. Participate in Industry associations.
• Leads teams, acts as a facilitator and experienced mentor. Develop innovative services, technologies, & make recommendations with respect to current and future customer & stakeholder needs. Make presentations to regulatory/public entities.
• Experienced mentor to engineers in substation design and engineering development. Manages and provides direction for resources outside of the department.
• Design systems to resolve highly complex problems in non-std situations & develop creative solutions that achieve division results. Independently apply design standards, industry codes, design criteria, guidelines & AVANGRID polices/procedures.
• Has depth & breath of knowledge & interprets processes and standards related to substation engineering. Recommends solutions and best practices where appropriate. Represents Process and Technologies on projects, task forces and studies.


Skills and Requirements

Education & Experience Required:

• Requires a bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline from an ABET accredited college/university,
• 6+ years’ experience performing engineering duties,
• Specialized advanced training is also required or graduate level engineering degree,
• Possess a depth and breadth of experience in electric transmission or distribution standards engineering and knowledge of internal/external business and regulatory issues,
• Recognized as an expert in own area within the organization and industry,
• Maintains knowledge of leading-edge techniques or technology through participation in professional Associations,
• A Professional Engineering license from the State of Connecticut, New York or Maine is preferred.


• Able to communicate orally or in writing to regulatory and/or public entities,
• Able to lead a Team or mentor others.



  • Develop Self & Others
  • Empower to grow
  • Collaborate and Share
  • Be a role model
  • Focus to achieve results
  • Be agile
  • Technical Skills

Avangrid employees may be assigned a system emergency role and in the event of a system emergency, may be required to work outside of their regular schedule/job duties. This is applicable to employees that will work in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York within AVANGRD Network and Corporate functions.  This does not include those that will work for Avangrid Renewables

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Nearest Major Market: Binghamton

Job Segment: High Voltage, Energy

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