Automation Engineer — Mid-Level — Hybrid

at Sargent & Lundy
Location See Description, United States of America
Date Posted August 13, 2023
Job Type Full-time



Sargent & Lundy is one of the most experienced full-service architect-engineering firms in the world. Founded in 1891, the firm is a global leader in power and energy with expertise in grid modernization, renewable energy, energy storage, nuclear power, and fossil fuels. Sargent & Lundy delivers comprehensive project services—from consulting, design and implementation to construction management, commissioning and operations/maintenance—with an emphasis on quality and safety. The firm serves public and private sector clients in the power and energy, gas distribution, industrial, and government sectors.

Our Core Values

Every decision we make is guided by our core values. By upholding these six principles, we support our clients, employees, and community. They are the compass we follow as we continue to grow our business and lead the industry.

– We provide high-quality deliverables and services through an uncompromising focus on peer review, safety, and continuous improvement.

– Our actions demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism, integrity, and respect.

Our People
– We value diverse perspectives, encourage professional growth, and are committed to providing a work community where people thrive. Our work is challenging but rewarding.

Our Clients
– We deliver value and exceed our clients’ expectations through outstanding customer service, personal accessibility, and clear communication.

– Since 1891, we have invested in the people, training, tools, and technology needed to quickly adapt in a constantly changing world.

Meaningful Impact
– We make a positive impact in the communities where we work and live.

This position allows for a hybrid work schedule with a mix of work spent in office and working remote from home

Automation Engineers design SCADA systems to address operational requirements & emerging trends including Smart Grid, Substation & Distribution Automation applications, Battery Energy Storage, and Microgrid controllers. As an Automation Engineer in our Electric Grid Infrastructure Services business unit you will:

Engage in fast-paced client projects to plan, engineer, & design SCADA and communications systems.
Develop communication block diagrams, panel layout/bill of material drawings, SCADA AC & DC schematics, fiber detail drawings, & network drawings.
Provide reviews/design input of P&C drawings for SCADA system requirements.
Develop points lists for data transferred between RTUs, IEDs, and master station connections.
Develop configurations for Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) - (SEL RTAC, Novatech OrionLX, SMP Gateway, GE-D20, etc.)
Develop configurations for programmable automation controllers (PACs) – (SEL-2440/2411, etc.)
Program Human Machine Interface (HMI) applications (SEL Diagram Builder, Inkscape, Wonderware, etc.)
Coordinate with relay settings engineers to develop/review communication port settings for protection relays, meters, & other IEDs.
Develop network device configurations for switches, routers, & firewalls. (Cisco, Siemens Ruggedcomm, SEL, etc.)
Perform troubleshooting of SCADA system network & communication systems (DNP, Modbus, SEL Protocol, IEC 61850, TCP/IP, UDP) remotely and onsite (if required).
Develop SCADA system and Network documentation for projects.
Develop automation tools to improve project efficiency (python, etc.)
Stage, configure & test integrated systems designs, for interoperability & performance consistent with predictive models in our Protection, Automation & Telecommunication Laboratory.
Ensure strict adherence to NERC standards for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP).
Coordinate and provide guidance to other engineers, project managers, client personnel, and suppliers to ensure a complete and timely design.
Develop your career via peer-learning through sharing of knowledge with other experienced engineers by way of Sargent & Lundy’s systems of process and associated “Communities of Practice.”
Provide guidance as a mentor in the development of less experienced engineers.
There is the potential for you to travel to client and vendor offices as needed.

Dependent upon your location, this opportunity offers a generous relocation package.

We do not sponsor employees for work authorization in the U.S. for this position.

Essential skills and experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Electronic, Telecommunications, or Computer Systems Engineering.
3 years of experience in design, configuration, implementation, and troubleshooting of substation SCADA and communication systems.
Experience with SEL, Novatech, & GE RTUs and software.
Basic understanding of LAN/WAN devices and topology.
Knowledge of DNP, Modbus, SEL, IEC-61850 (MMS/Goose) protocols – serial & IP based.
Proficiency with MS Office applications.
Ability & willingness to travel up to 30%.

Valued but not required skills and experience:

Professional Engineering (P.E.) License.
Master of Science degree in Electrical, Electronic, Telecommunications, or Computer Systems Engineering.
Experience with communication troubleshooting software/hardware (ASE Test Set, Wireshark, etc.)
Protective relay settings experience (SEL, GE, ABB etc.)
Radio communications experience.
Network design credentials, applied knowledge of IP / MPLS.
Well versed in use of MS Project & Visio.
Project Management Professional (PMP).
Familiar with NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards & Cyber-Security.
CISSP certification.

Sargent & Lundy is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any protected status as defined by law.

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