Eaton Corporation Substation Field Engineer in Southfield, Michigan

Eaton’s Electrical Engineering Services & Systems division is currently seeking a Substation Field Engineer to join our team. This position can be based anywhere in the continental U.S. as the position could require up to 75%-100% dependent on location.

Eaton’s Engineering Services & Systems Division wants to help you fuel your career! Eaton has the largest and most experienced team of field services technicians and engineers in the industry. This team brings extensive skills and experiences to field service engineering. Active participation in recognized technical societies such as NFPA and IEEE and collaboration with a variety of utilities and industries ensures that our technicians are knowledgeable about today’s cutting edge technology and engineering techniques. We assist customers at every stage of the power system: offering start-up and commissioning of equipment, performing planned maintenance, monitoring performance, diagnosing system problems remotely, as well as responding to emergencies on a 24/7 basis, 365 days a year. Our support services help businesses make the most of their existing electrical equipment by optimizing performance and extending the life of existing facilities.

The Substation Field Engineer is responsible for protection and control. In this role, you will report to the Regional Manager, Field Services and this individual functions as the responsible electrical commissioning engineer for assigned projects. The primary responsibility is the safe, efficient and accurate commissioning of new transmission substation equipment prior to it being released for transmission operations.

This position will provide overall project planning, coordination and supervision of construction, commissioning and testing activities to ensure compliance with plans and specifications. The person should be well experienced in wiring check outs, panel testing, CT testing, relay programming and testing, troubleshooting, etc. Approximately 75% travel will be required for commissioning and testing while 25% will be utilized at the local office for project meetings and assisting with project design.

Making what matters work at Eaton takes the passion of every employee around the world. We create an environment where creativity, invention and discovery become reality, each and every day. It’s where bold, bright professionals like you can reach your full potential—and where you can help us reach ours.

  • You will provide development of check-out guides, review and approval of test results and isolation plans, and the development of energization plans to minimize system risk.

  • You will communicate across multi-disciplined teams to include electrical contractors, customers, regional technicians, transmission operators, design engineers, planning/protection and project management to ensure successful and timely project completion.

  • You will challenge project designs for correctness and reliability standards.

  • You will apply engineering skills and operational knowledge in the identification and resolution of technical problems while in the field.

  • You will provide limited field design services to correct minor design problems encountered during the implementation of substation capital projects.

  • You will maintain a safe workplace for coworkers by providing knowledge of potential hazards, industry regulations/requirements and company practices.

  • You will produce results that have a direct, positive impact on the company.

  • You will act as resident engineer on projects of any magnitude.

  • You will interpret complex plans and specifications and apply available information to ensure that all project design requirements are satisfied.

  • You will take a lead role in resolving construction problems, procedures, and methods through working with the customer and engineering personnel, inspectors, contractors, and suppliers.

  • You will plan, perform and document the commissioning of various control and power circuits to ensure the intended operation and safety of equipment and personnel are met.

  • You will maintain familiarity with appropriate engineering and construction codes to ensure compliance with applicable codes.

  • You will prepare and/or monitor complex construction and commissioning schedules to ensure the timely completion of work.

  • You will prepare and/or implement outage plans, energization plans, and detailed commissioning plans.

  • You will institute, direct and document changes to work when required by differing site conditions.

  • You will conduct on-site design or investigation work to ensure adequacy of contractor’s methods. Evaluate contractor’s procedures, starting and completion times, and staffing requirements for each phase of construction.

  • You will assist in the professional development, training, and evaluation of department personnel.

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We are committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.


Required (Basic) Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited institution OR a Professional Certified Engineer (PE) license with a Bachelor’s degree in (science field OR engineering) from an accredited institution

  • Minimum 3 years of substation and/or relay testing experience

  • Minimum 3 years of engineering experience

  • Legally authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship

  • The position is open geography. Candidates must reside in the continental U.S. to be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of experience evaluating and servicing electrical distribution or control systems is desirable.

  • Protection and control experience with transmission and distribution equipment

  • 5+ years working with High voltage substations

  • Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited institution

  • PE License

  • IEEE Member

  • Experience in the design, maintenance or testing of substation equipment.

  • Experience with application and communication of microprocessor based protection and control equipment

  • Experience with SEL products and software, Enoserve RTS and Doble testing

Position Success Criteria :

  • Must be able to meet and maintain customer entrance and qualification requirements

  • Must be willing to travel 75 – 100% of the time

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills

  • Valid and unrestricted driver’s license issued by state of residence and in good standing is required.

We make what matters work. Everywhere you look—from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day—you’ll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That’s why Eaton is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Because this is what matters.

We are confident we can deliver on this promise because of the attributes that our employees embody. We’re ethical, passionate, accountable, efficient, transparent and we’re committed to learning. These values enable us to tackle some of the toughest challenges on the planet, never losing sight of what matters.

Job: Engineering

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico

Organization: ESSG EESSD Electrical Engrg Svcs Systems Div

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Schedule: Full-time

Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?: Yes

Does this position offer relocation?: No

Travel: Yes, 75 % of the Time

Eaton is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Eaton is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.