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Substation Electrical Engineer


This is a Full-time position in Lexington, KY posted December 20, 2021.

About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services.

While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that.

We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists.

Thats why we believe diversity is our greatest strength.

HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world.

That ideas inspire positive change.

That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives.

And that small details yield important realizations.

Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

HDR Engineering is looking for a Substation Electrical PE to join our growing and nationally ranked team of Power Delivery professionals.

The Substation Electrical PE has broad technical knowledge and experience with design and construction of high voltage electrical switchyard and substation projects up to 500kV.

Leveraging that knowledge and experience, they work in close coordination with a project manager (PM) to manage and execute the engineering and design components of projects.

The PE is an experienced, competent engineer who understands the technical requirements of substation projects of any complexity and can lead, guide, and advise clients, projects, and teams,

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develops a partnership with the PM, whereas the PM is responsible for scope, schedule, budget, and client management, and the PE is responsible for technical execution of the project.
  • Develops and implements a project execution plan for the technical aspect of projects.
  • Assigns project tasks and provides technical guidance to project team members.
  • Supports the technical aspect of scope, schedule, and budget, including proposal development, work breakdown structure development and implementation, progress assessment, risk assessment/mitigation, change management, and schedule management.
  • Coordinates and/or performs quality checks and reviews for all project deliverables per the HDR Quality Management Systems (QMS) requirements, processes, and procedures to deliver a world class quality product to the client.

    Performs quality checks and/or reviews of projects from other teams on an as needed basis. 

  • Works independently and may direct, mentor, train, and/or supervise one or more Project Engineers, EIT’s, or CADD/Designers.
  • Ability to lead multiple projects concurrently, utilizing teams in different locations.
  • Works with senior engineers and technical leaders to identify and develop specific technical expertise and will attend training and seminars focused on further development and understanding of complex concepts related to their discipline.
  • May also assist with developing technical papers and/or presentations that showcase HDR’s technical capabilities at industry conferences or other events.
  • Participates in project reviews as needed.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering required.
  • PE license required, or ability to acquire within 12 months.
  • 5 or more years of technical design experience with high voltage electrical switchyard and substation projects of varying complexity up to 500kV preferred, including at a minimum, conceptual knowledge of physical, electrical, civil, and structural design components, and knowledge of IEEE, ANSI, and other applicable design and equipment standards.
  • Track record of working cooperatively with diverse teams, regional, department, technical managers and project staff. 
  • Experience using industry standard design software required.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and conferencing platforms (Zoom, WebEx, Teams, etc.).
  • Self-starter with strong written and verbal communication skills preferred.
  • Strong conceptual, organizational, problem solving, and collaboration skills; Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Previous consulting firm experience desired.
  • An attitude and commitment to be an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must.
  • Some travel may be required.


At HDR, we know work isnt only about who you work for; its also about what you do and how you do it.

Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each others contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible.

When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same.

We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.