For over seven decades investor-owned utilities, municipalities, cooperatives, and others have entrusted their electrical construction and maintenance needs to Davis H. Elliot Company, Inc. (Elliot).

Elliot is a full-service electrical contractor specializing in overhead and underground distribution, transmission, substations, lighting, traffic signaling, utility locating and industrial/commercial services. Elliot Engineering is a nationally recognized engineering firm specializing in the planning, design, control, and analysis of electrical power systems. Elliot Engineering works with clients from a variety of industries ranging from small commercial facilities to large power utilities.

Job Description

Our Lead Power Engineer position will offer you an exciting opportunity to help our Clients provide safe and reliable sources of electric power.  You should be an energetic, self-starter who can function independently in a team environment. The successful candidate must be knowledgeable in the following areas: 

  • Electrical component physical layout and electrical clearances;
  • Rigid and strain bus design;
  • Grounding design;
  • Protection and Control design;
  • Substation raceway design;
  • Relevant codes and standards such as ANSI, IEEE, NEC, NEMA and NESC

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide detailed physical design of electric distribution systems to include one-line diagrams, selection of equipment, writing of equipment specifications, grounding system design conduit and cable sizing/routing, auxiliary AC/DC power systems, physical layouts, construction cost estimates and project scheduling.
  • Act as the project engineer for multiple projects and direct the work of less experienced engineers and drafters.
  • Perform engineering design & equipment specification functions for distribution projects from 480V to 345 kV.
  • Specify, review, inspect, and approve electrical equipment to be used in power systems.
  • Review & maintain engineering oversight of physical design, including bus design, equipment ratings, and safety/maintenance clearances.
  • Perform necessary calculations in support of engineering designs, including short circuit, step & touch potential, battery sizing, thermal rating of equipment, etc. Prepare backup design documentation with calculations.
  • Complex problem solving at customer facilities to include a convolution of power monitoring, power analysis, troubleshooting, and best installation practices.
  • Electrical equipment inspection and engineering assessment, including technical evaluations and witness testing.
  • Evaluate, monitor, direct, and manage outside contractors and vendors and other Engineers.
  • Preparing equipment specifications, analyzing bids, and making recommendations for purchase.
  • Developing scope of work, conceptual design for the projects, and execution plans.
  • Preparing engineering and construction cost and man-hour estimates and schedules.
  • Meeting and corresponding with clients or outside personnel.
  • Support construction of substations and equipment commissioning.
  • Provide detailed electrical engineering analysis to include Short Circuit, Equipment Evaluation, Coordination, Arc Flash, Load Flow, Harmonic, and Power Quality Analysis. 
  • Lead the training and development of other staff engineers.
  • Provide technical oversight and review of other staff engineers.
  • Develop programs and systems to improve engineering execution and process.
  • Ensure projects meet company standards concerning quality, timeliness, profit, and customer satisfaction.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited university
  • 4+ years of progressive experience in design of electrical distribution engineering projects
  • Specific experience performing all aspects associated with electrical distribution design, including: design criteria, equipment specifications, one line diagrams, general arrangements, sections, grounding, conduit plans, foundation plans, material lists, relay and control systems, control schematics and wiring diagrams
  • Excellent interpersonal skills as well as verbal and written communications skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Capable of applying intensive and diversified knowledge of principles and practices to broad areas of assignments, and of devising new approaches to problems encountered.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and to coordinate the work of various engineering disciplines and contractors to complete an integrated project.
  • Knowledge of maintenance testing and able to interpret test results.
  • Thorough understanding of protection and control design, including the ability to create settings for relays.
  • Software experience should include SKM Powertools, ETAP, Easy Power, PSCAD, Windmill, CYME, Aspen, PSS/E, AutoCAD, CDEGS, etc.

Preferred Qualifications

In addition to the basic qualifications, the following are highly desired:

  • Professional Engineer license (P.E.) or Engineer in Training (EIT) Certification.
  • 10 years of progressive experience in design of electrical distribution systems.
  • Experience in EPC project delivery, Construction, Startup & Commissioning experience 480V to 345 kV experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in detailed physical design of air insulated electric substations from 34.5 kV and up.
  • Experience with high voltage substation EPC.
  • Experience in system studies.
  • Experience in both Electric Utility, Industrial, and consulting engineering environments.
  • Experience with large capacitor bank installations, including Series Compensation/FACTS installations.
  • In depth comprehension of syncrophasors, stability and symmetrical components.


Today, we are listed among Engineering News-Records Top 150 Specialty Contracting firms. Our success is based on our customers confidence in us; the loyalty, hard work and performance of our people; and the traditions with which Mr. Davis H. Elliot began the company in 1946. We understand that having the best team requires people being treated like family. Some of the benefits we offer our team include:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Short-Term Disability and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Company Paid Life Insurance w/ additional Voluntary Life Insurance
  • 401K w/ company match
  • Employee Stock Ownership Program
  • State and Federally accredited Lineman Apprenticeship program 
  • Paid Vacation 
  • Servant Leadership Training
  • Uniforms and PPE provided
Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.