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Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Power System Protection Engineer in Houston, Texas

We are seeking a skilled and dedicated Power System Protection Engineer who is willing to explore and design automation and power system solutions. In this position, you will use your protection knowledge in designing and testing auto-synchronization, control, protection and automation solutions to prevent blackouts and help our customers protect and control critical electrical infrastructure and power systems worldwide.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design, develop and implement automation, power system and auto synchronization schemes for customers.

  • Develop, troubleshoot and perform testing in the IEC-61131 platform for SEL PowerMAX application for Microgrid, Industrial and Utility customers.

  • Create technical documentation including design specifications, test procedures, user manuals.

  • Commission projects in the field

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including project managers, engineers and technicians to assess system requirements and implement protection and control strategies.

  • Follow and apply SEL Values, Principles of Operations, and World Class Manufacturing Principles.

    This job might be for you if:

  • You have a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or a related field. Master's degree is preferred.

  • You enjoy working with logic engines, configuring networks, and working with SEL products.

  • You have knowledge in power systems and understanding of communication protocols (IEC-61850, DNP, Modbus, etc.)

  • You understand auto-synchronization, control, and protection schemes and want to utilize your protection scheme knowledge in designing better automation solutions.

  • You have 4+ years of automation, protection and/or power system experience.

  • You have relevant commissioning experience.

  • You are willing to travel 25%-30%.

  • You are familiar with relevant industry standards, such as IEEE, IEC, and NERC/FERC regulations.

  • You demonstrate problem-solving skills and the ability to analy ze power system challenges.

    Don't miss this opportunity to make a difference in the electrical power industry. Join Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and help shape the future of critical infrastructure!


This position is located in Houston, TX. Ranked America's fourth largest city, whatever your interest you will find it here. Enjoy sports teams, world class dining, and first rate entertainment. Enjoy signature Houston attractions like Space Center Houston and The Grand Opera. Escape the city with easy beach access just one hour away. Houston offers exceptional schools and universities, making it a great place to live and work.

Competitive pay. Superior benefits. Inspiring work.

People are at the core of our company and we hire employee-owners. We welcome you to learn more about how we support employees.

  • We’re 100% employee owned. Retirement benefits include an employer funded stock ownership plan (ESOP) and personal 401K options.

  • We offer top tier medical, prescription, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance.

  • We recognize the importance of a healthy life balance and offer: 10 paid holidays, annual vacation accrual starting at 12 days, 9 paid sick days, and paid family and medical leave that covers 90% of your pay.

  • We foster growth and development of our employees through avenues such as STEM courses, apprenticeships, tuition assistance, and engineering development programs.

  • Ask our team about other benefits including wellness, fertility, adoption, and flexible spending benefits.

    Salary Range Data

    We anticipate filling this position as a Project Engineer II $112,000 - $137,000 per year. We are open to reviewing additional candidates with more or less experience and the pay range may differ if filled at a different level. Our pay ranges are determined by job, responsibility, and location. We base our starting pay offer and title on location and job-related factors such as candidate experience, training, knowledge, and skills.

    Communication with Applicants

    We communicate with all applicants. If you do not receive a response about your application, please check your SPAM filter or reach out to us at careers@selinc.com .

    SEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Vets/Disabled.

SEL invents, designs, and builds digital products and systems that protect power grids around the world. This technology prevents blackouts and enables customers to improve power system reliability and safety at a reduced cost. A 100 percent employee-owned company headquartered in Pullman, Washington, SEL has manufactured products in the United States since 1984 and now serves customers worldwide. Our mission is simple: to make electric power safer, more reliable, and more economical.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.