Engineer - Distribution System Protection & Control
Gulfport, MS
Job Description

Engineer - Distribution System Protection & Control


Field Engineer - Distribution System Protection & Control


This position is responsible for technical support, assistance, and troubleshooting for all distribution feeder sectionalizing and regulating equipment as well as the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) on the devices. This includes programing, troubleshooting and installation oversight of the equipment and controls of such equipment.


Education Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in Engineering required. Electrical Engineering is preferred but persons with extensive experience in industrial control systems may be considered

  • Upcoming or recent graduates will also be considered


  • Previous experience in transmission or distribution power system protection is preferredPrevious experience with microprocessor-based protective relays and/or control schemes preferred

  • Previous field experience is desired

  • A knowledge of Digital Controls logic is preferred

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of the use of electrical test equipment

  • A detailed knowledge of Distribution protective devices and protection philosophies

  • Knowledge of distribution material and associated equipment for proper use in distribution construction, maintenance, and operation activities

  • Effective troubleshooting skills

  • Ability to provide on-site project direction and responsibility for workgroups reporting to others

  • Knowledge of fault calculations, fault analysis, coordination, and use of fault analysis software to aid in analysis of system problems

  • Knowledge of distribution operations to solve reliability and power quality problems related to the utility system

  • A high level of technical skills related to reliability and power quality on distribution systems

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and ability to plan and schedule tasks

  • Ability to work with, direct, and motivate the efforts of diverse groups to accomplish objectives

  • Ability to provide technical support and training to engineering and marketing personnel

  • Must be able to manage multiple high-priority activities concurrently

  • Must be able to manage multiple tasks in an ever-changing environment

Behavioral Attributes

  • Must work well in a team environment but be equally comfortable working alone

  • Must exhibit good oral & written communication skills

  • Must be customer focused

  • Must be highly motivated and self-directed

Additional Information

  • Must be able to meet deadlines

  • The position requires the individual to be available for emergency assistance and/or to assist with service restoration activities after hours, nights, weekends and holidays

  • Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions

  • Requires the ability to walk through rough and uneven terrain

  • Must be able to lift or move 25 lbs of equipment and materials

Job Responsibilities

  • Commission new distribution feeder protective relaying schemes and associated equipment

  • Perform troubleshooting of protective relaying controls & schemes

  • Assist other departments in troubleshooting & repairing recloser, regulator & capacitor controls as well as control schemes

  • Analyze protective relay scheme operations for problems and promote/complete solutions to problems found

  • Although this position is technically advanced, it will be essential for the successful candidate to build and maintain effective working relationships with reliability engineers, division engineers, supervisors, and managers. This position must be visible and responsive to the division and provide clear, professional advice and counsel on specific issues. They must have excellent be an exceptional communicator that can quickly build rapport with division personnel and DCC operators. The position is also responsible for developing and presenting training material concerning electronic devices to Distribution engineers and Distribution Operators.

Additional Information

  • Must be available to spend a significant amount of time in the field with overnight travel required

  • Project work may require extended time away from home office

Mississippi Power a subsidiary of Southern Company, serves southeast Mississippi. We have a history of customer and community service, economic development leadership, environmental stewardship and employee involvement.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Mississippi-Coastal Area-Gulfport

Operating Company: Mississippi Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Union Covered: No

Work Location(s):

MPC Operations Center (16006gulfport)

16006 Vick Road

Gulfport, 39503

Req ID: MPC2001749

Job Type Full-time