Distribution Engineer - Kiewit Power Delivery


Columbus, OH, US

Requisition ID: 171951 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Home District/Group: Kiewit Power Engineering 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: Power 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

The Distribution Engineer is primarily responsible for the cost-effective conceptual and engineering solutions to upgrade, expand, maintain and automate overhead and underground power distribution systems for our utility clients using various software systems and construction standards. The Distribution Engineer ensures compliance with client procedures, design standards, state and federal regulatory requirements and safety code requirements. The Distribution Engineer will work closely with engineers performing substation, transmission, renewable energy, power storage, and communication design. 

District Overview

Kiewit Power Delivery is a full-service engineering and construction solutions provider operating across North America. Our experience and expertise span all aspects of the transmission and distribution market from high voltage overhead and underground transmission to distribution and automation design and construction capabilities. With these broad capabilities, we operate in the electric utility, renewable energy, industrial, and oil, gas markets.  As part of Kiewit, we are integrated with 135 years of construction and engineering experience that provides holistic solutions, differentiating our team from the rest of the industry.

Our rapidly growing power delivery business has opened new locations across North America to strengthen our market presence while executing work within the communities that we live. We have invested in industry leading design technology and platforms while also expanding our construction equipment fleet with the most advanced, and safest equipment on the market. We are committed to building upon our history as one of the safest companies to work for by equipping our craft with the best tooling and safety programs available.

We are an innovative team that prides itself on continuous improvement and always delivering on our commitments to our clients and ourselves.  Our staff collaborates with Kiewit’s vast internal network of resources that span heavy civil and infrastructure, vertical and commercial buildings, mining, as well our oil and gas and power generation markets, to drive safe and cost-effective solutions that achieve client expectations and further Kiewit’s legacy of excellence.

On our team, you’ll have the opportunity to see more, touch more, and do more than you ever imagined. Working hard will not only bring you satisfaction from a job well done, but it will help propel your career forward faster than you might expect. Kiewit’s culture encourages training, developing your skills, and tailoring your experience and knowledge to allow you to take on projects that impact millions across North America. With top-notch health benefits, a wealth-building 401k plan, and unbeatable growth opportunities, by joining Kiewit, you’re ensuring a lifetime of success.


This position is based out of Columbus, OH. Relocation assistance is available to well-qualified candidates. 


Primary responsibilities include performing technical system studies, developing and preparing distribution line designs, planning design construction sequences and developing new work through existing relationships. Responsibilities will include the following at a minimum:
•    Perform system expansion and improvement projects, system protection and coordination, reactive compensation, voltage analyses, distributed generation and renewable interconnections, power quality studies and system contingency scenarios.
•    Accurately develop and maintain complex computer models of the electric delivery system that are used to simulate the operation of the electric delivery system.
•    Perform power flow studies using CYME or equivalent software including creating and maintaining underlying databases.
•    Prepare cost effective system expansion plans using good engineering practices.
•    Effectively communicate detailed documentation and plans of a complex design with other work groups. 
•    Effectively manage a significant number of projects while maintaining work product quality, consistency, accuracy and reliability.
•    Incorporate employee and public safety as a priority into the design and operation of all projects.
•    Develop new processes and tools that benefit the group in the analysis of the electric system and multiple large data sets of historical operating conditions.
•    Apply analysis to identify the best solution to a technical problem and effectively communicate and commit to a course of action that is consistent with all legal, regulatory, code, standard or other requirements as well as corporate policies and procedures.
•    Develop the next generation distribution automation designs in close coordination with our clients. 
•    Work independently and train and coach newer less experienced engineers.


•    Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering 
•    EIT with the ability to become registered PE 
•    5+ years of applicable electric utility experience
•    Technical decision making, good interpersonal skills, organization skills, and effective oral and written communication skills
•    Possess a current knowledge of electric utility rules, technical, administrative and regulatory requirements for reliable, safe operation of the system.
•    High-level proficiency in Microsoft Office software including PowerPoint, Word and Excel 
•    Distribution planning work experience preferred
•    Experience with distribution make ready design for 3rd party attachments is a plus
•    Software Automation and Scripting is a plus


Other Requirements:
•    Regular, reliable attendance
•    Work productively and meet deadlines timely
•    Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment.
•    Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
•    Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.

Nearest Major Market: Columbus
Nearest Secondary Market: Dublin

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