Senior Engineer, Substation Engineering & Equipment Standards

National Grid

National grid

About the job

About Us

National Grid is hiring a Senior Engineer for our Intelligent Substation Design and Standards department in Northborough, MA. This is a hybrid role, with approximately 1-2 days a week in the office.

Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry.

To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

Job Purpose

This engineer will work as part of an experienced and innovative team to review, update, and develop substation standards needed to support substation capital projects including distribution and transmission interconnections projects, and emerging technologies. Standards support new and existing distribution and transmission substations throughout National Grids US territory which vary in voltage from 4160V to 345kV. This position will also be involved in training on the standards, as part of talent development of substation engineers.

Key Accountabilities


  • Prepare and contribute to the development, technical content and implementation of National Grid’s Substation Engineering and Design philosophy, standards, guidelines, equipment specifications and procedures; identify risks and put in place actions to ensure compliance with standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Technical support provided to various departments including Engineering, Design, Operations, IT and Construction.
  • Provide a high level of customer service and ensure that design to value is consistently incorporated through standardization.
  • Engage various Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in technical discussions to facilitate the development of standards and trainings.
  • Attend and participate in conferences and seminars in relation to new technologies, and industry standards to ensure the substation standards are up to date on technology, fostering future adaption and expansion.
  • Resolve technical issues that may arise in updating and development of standards.
  • Ability to perform calculations and studies (grounding, AC & DC system sizing, lightning protection, lighting, rigid bus design, etc.) to support substation standards design basis.
  • Prepare comprehensive written and oral reports of technical problems, investigative findings, and engineering recommendations.
  • Review single lines, elementaries, physicals (plans and elevations), conduit and cable schedules, lighting, lightning, bill of materials, etc. including manufacturers’ drawings.
  • Research and support the adoption of new and innovative technologies for the substation business, including support of pilots.
  • Travel as required to support manufacturer qualifications, and conference participation.
  • Information Seeking: Establishes the facts by digging deeper, asking probing questions and challenging initial responses from different sources to ensure designs are fit for purpose.



  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering from an ABET accredited engineering school.
  • Professional Engineering License desirable.
  • Master’s degree desirable.
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience (6 years’ preferred) in an engineering field related to power systems, engineering, and / or operations and maintenance.
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Familiarity with SAP, CDEGS, Bentley Microstation, AUTO-CAD, Microsoft Project, Primavera, Tableau, PowerPlan, Cascade and/or other similar software tools.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, oral and written communication skills.
  • Good problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Working knowledge of industry standards, safety standards, and existing electrical design codes including put not limited to: substation construction and maintenance practices, electric utility practices, substation materials and equipment, grounding and lightning study analysis, IEEE, ANSI, NFPA 70, ASTM, NEC, NESC, and NYS Building Code.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Ability to physically navigate in and around an electrical substation.
  • Valid driver’s license required with acceptable driving record that meets National Grid’s Safe Driver Policy.
  • Able to travel throughout service territories and willing to work extended hours when the job requires. That might include, but is not limited to, system emergencies (storm duties). Driving to other company locations, throughout New England and Upstate NY, for various meetings and training.

More Information

Salary: $122,000 – $146,000

This position has a career path which provides for advancement opportunities within and across bands as you develop and evolve in the position; gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. Candidates will be assessed and provided offers against the minimum qualifications of this role and their individual experience.

National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise.  We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve.  National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.

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