1+ months

Senior Substations Engineer

City of Naperville
Naperville, Illinois 60540
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift

Looking to further your career in power engineering? Desire to apply your electric substations knowledge at a municipal electric utility at the front end of industry technology?

If you seek to make an impact as a leader in a successful, high-performing team, you’ll want to consider Naperville!

The City of Naperville’s Department of Public Utilities - Electric seeks a Senior Substations Engineer for its Substations Engineering group.   Naperville is the 4th largest City in Illinois. The city-owned electric utility maintains 16 substations and 1000 miles of transmission and distribution lines (of which 93% are underground), and a 400 MW peak demand / 1,500,000 MWH annually. Ten years back, Naperville modernized its electric grid with the installation of 57,000 smart-meters and a wireless & fiber-optic backbone.

We now search for an Engineer experienced in Substations projects to lead, supervise & design electric utility system improvements.   You will provide professional electrical engineering consultation on construction in progress, review plans & specifications for utility system construction, and lead other substation engineering staff. Project assignments typically include electric utility infrastructure design & development, the prepa­ration of equipment specifications, and responsibilities for meeting completion dates, bidding specifications and contracts, design reviews & cost constraints.

The full salary range is up to $108,876, commensurate with relevant experience.



Engineering Division

Substations Engineering Section

In a dynamic & challenging work environment, and while reporting to the Engineering Manager, the Senior Substations Engineer is responsible for designing electrical substation projects including SCADA and Advanced Relaying (12, 34 and 138kV), as well as completing event analysis and supervising other substation engineering staff. 

You will prepare engineering plans and specifications, direct drafting work, and coordinate designs with other electrical or City projects; Coordinate the activities of contractors in the design and construction of projects, and prepare correspondence and communicate with contractors, developers, electric operations and other departments; Prepare and maintain planning drawings and documentation; Verify construction in progress in the field; prepare cost estimates and review invoices; Direct the procurement of equipment; Draw plans when required, and coordinate with various contractors and vendors in the substation environment. 

The Senior Substations Engineer also supervises and reviews projects prepared by substation and distribution engineers, coordinating their workloads; develops specifications for electrical system construction; reports project status to management; attends and/or schedules preconstruction, coordination and conceptual design meetings; and provides information and answers questions for the general public.  She/he may prepare and evaluate bidding documents, department standards, and specifications. 

The Senior Engineer provides computerized load flow analysis and maintains the computerized model of the distribution system. 


At a minimum, applicants must possess:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science. 
  • At least five years of professional electrical engineering experience, including a proven record of engineering planning, design and deployment of medium-to-large projects with minimal supervision.
  • A minimum of three years engaged in substations-related work, including field experience.
  • The prompt ability to obtain a Professional Engineering License
  • A current & valid State of Illinois Class D Driver's License

Preferred candidates may possess previous supervisory experience and/or a P.E. license. Ideally, their substations construction, design & repair experience will be supplemented by knowledge of utility communication protocols, familiarity with programming & computer networking, proficiency with AutoCAD, and experience with protective relay packages, SCADA, and Automation & Control.

Experience resolving emergency conditions and/or making decisions critical to power restoration is a plus, as are skills in supervision, leadership, and experience coordinating contractors and coordinating & prioritizing multiple projects. Knowledge of cyber security best practices is necessary for success in this role, as are skills to communicate effectively.   Knowledge of electrical engineering theory, National Electric Code, National Electric Safety Code, applicable laws and regulations, and knowledge of civil engineering and surveying required.  

Additional Information:

The City of Naperville, Illinois is a dynamic community of 148,000 residents, conveniently located 28 miles west of Chicago.  Various publications have named Naperville as one of the best cities in the United States in which to live.  The City has gained national recognition for our family-friendly environment, excellent schools and library system, low crime rate, and vibrant downtown area.  It’s also a great place to work!  Our municipal government employs over 900 dedicated individuals in a wide range of job categories and provides a dynamic & collaborative working environment, a forward-looking leadership team, and a competitive benefits package.






CLICK HERE for the City of Naperville’s EEOP Utilization Report

The City of Naperville complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals needing accommodations in the recruitment process should notify Human Resources in advance at (630) 305-7066.


Posted: 2020-10-26 Expires: 2020-12-25

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