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Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Electrical Engineering


October 23, 2018

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Substation Design Engineer (Engineer, Staff or Senior) Job

Location(s): MN - Minneapolis; WI - Eau Claire


Do you want to put your skills and experience to good use supporting one of the fastest-growing parts of the energy business?  Are you interested in being a key part of the utility industry’s new, competitive landscape? If you’re interested in working for a trustworthy company that’s committed to treating you with respect, training you well and ensuring your safety, consider a position on Xcel Energy’s transmission team.



We are hiring a Substation Design Engineer to be located at either our Marquette Plaza location in Downtown Minneapolis  or our Skypark location in Eau Claire, WI. The ideal candidate will have an ABET accredited (or equivalent) bachelor's degree in Electrical or Civil Engineering (power system emphasis preferred) with proven substation engineering experience.

This position is posted as a hierarchy. The job description below details duties and responsibilities for the Engineer level. Additional duties and responsibilities may be required for higher level positions within the hierarchy.


This is an entry level position designed to develop technical expertise in a particular area of specialty. Performs work that involves conventional types of plans, investigations, surveys, structures or equipment with relatively few complex features for which there are precedents. Activities are of limited scope requiring knowledge of principles and techniques commonly employed in the specific narrow area of assignments. May lead small-medium, non-critical projects and/or provide field oversight of critical projects under direction of higher level engineer or supervisor. Work is reviewed for soundness of technical judgment, overall adequacy and accuracy. As proficiency is gained, may work on portions of larger projects. Works under supervision and follows established procedures. May supervise or coordinate the work of interns, drafters, craft personnel, technicians and/or others.



  • Uses and applies technical standards, principles, theories, concepts, and techniques to perform activities/assignments of limited scope.
  • Supports the development of technical documentation (including but not limited to designs, testing, calculations, reports, standards, etc.) Utilizes and may assist with the development of procedures. 
  • Provides ongoing technical support for project activities within areas such as Operations, Maintenance, Testing/diagnostics, Regulatory, etc. May provide field engineering oversight for activities such as commissioning, testing, inspections etc. under direct supervision.
  • Coordinates/leads projects or portions of projects (including phases such as research, design, equipment selection, procurement support, installation and commissioning), under the direction of a higher level engineer or supervisor.
  • Under the direction of a higher level engineer/supervisor, supports bid/evaluation processes by performing basic analysis and calculations on existing documentation and materials that support the preparation of bid documents. In completing segments of technical evaluations for proposals may need to effectively communicate with other business areas of the company following appropriate processes.
  • Effectively exchanges information in all formats, on matters having a wide range of importance and complexity both inter-organizationally and with outside customer/vendors.
  • May coordinate the work of interns, drafters, technicians, and/or others and provides guidance and mentoring to less experienced engineers. Responsible for continuous self development of technical skills and competencies.
  • May perform activities such as budgeting, estimating, forecasting, accounting, work order management, in support of engineering projects.


Required for Engineer level

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from ABET accredited curriculum (or recognized equivalency) (BSEE preferred)
  • 0+ years relevant engineering experience
  • Ability to demonstrate the unique technical skills and core competencies for this engineering level established & documented by the organization
  • EIT/FE (Engineer in Training/Fundamentals of Engineering) preferred

Required for Staff Engineer Level

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from ABET accredited curriculum (or recognized equivalency) (BSEE Preferred)
  • 2+ years relevant engineering experience
  • EIT/FE (Engineer in Training/Fundamentals of Engineering) strongly preferred

Required for Senior Engineer Level

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from ABET accredited curriculum (or recognized equivalency) (BSEE Preferred)
  • 5+ years relevant engineering experience
  • PE (Professional Engineer) Registration

    Utility experience is preferred for all levels, specifically substation design engineering. BSEE degree with emphasis in Power Systems in also preferred.


The successful candidate will be placed at a level that is commensurate with the candidate's skills and experience.






As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.


Posting Notes:  MN - Minneapolis || MN - Minneapolis; WI - Eau Claire || United States (US) || Operations || 41410:Substation Eng Design || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

Requisition Number: 15026

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

Individuals with a disability who need an accommodation to apply please contact us at [email protected]

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