Electric Utility Engineer III – City of Tallahassee

Posted By: Garnie Holmes Job Board ,

The City of Tallahassee Electric & Gas Utility has an immediate opening for a protection and controls engineer to provide operational support for our system.


Tallahassee is a vibrant City that is home to Florida’s state government, two major universities – Florida State University and Florida A&M University, as well as one of the largest community colleges in the state – Tallahassee Community College.   Centrally located in the panhandle, Tallahassee is only hours away from white sandy Gulf beaches, Walt Disney World and the Atlantic Ocean.  Tallahassee has one of the top parks and recreation departments in the country and was recently named an All-American City for the 2nd time.  Leon County Schools were recognized by the Florida State Board of Education as an Academically High Performing District for the second year in a row.

Tallahassee’s Electric & Gas Utility provides reliable energy services to over 123,000 electric customers in a 221 square mile service territory that includes both the City of Tallahassee and portions of the unincorporated areas of Leon County, as well as over 32,000 gas customers in a four-county service area.  A full service vertical electric utility, Tallahassee has 700 MW of generation, 220 miles of transmission (115kv & 230 kv), 28 substations, and 3.,000+ miles of primary/secondary distribution.   Tallahassee Electric & Gas has been recognized nationally and regionally for its strong performance.  These recognitions have included the APGA Gas System Achievement Award, APPA’ s E. F. Scattergood Award, two APPA DEED Energy Innovator Awards, FMEA Safety Award, six time APPA Reliable Public Power Provider with the most recent being at the Diamond level, and Power Magazine naming the City’s Hopkins Generating Plant one of the Top Six Gas Fired Power Plants in the World.


The current opportunity is within the Electric System Operations System Protection and Communications team.  The successful candidate will be responsible for the relay protection and control engineering associated with substation and transmission projects up to 230KV as well as generator protection systems. This is includes preparing calculations and settings for various types of microprocessor based relays as well as development of one-lines and schematic diagrams, and project management and oversight of various projects or maintenance activities.

Required Qualifications include:

  • BSEE or equivalent degree
  • 5+ years direct experience in the development of relay settings or combination of education and experience
  • Excellent communication, organizational and writing skills
  • Ability to work on a team on multiple projects or independently
  • Knowledge of regulatory standards including FERC and NERC
  • Familiarity and experience with common microprocessor based relays
  • Experience with ASPEN Oneliner and in performing relay coordination studies
  • Supervisory experience
  • Provide project management and oversight
  • Experience with relaying one-line and three-line diagrams
  • Must complete a personnel risk assessment consisting of an identity verification and seven-year criminal history screening (minimum) and maintain satisfactory clearance for continued employment.
  • Individuals in this classification are considered essential during emergency and storm situations and must be able to work 16 hours per day for extended periods of time and may be required to be away from their family.
  • Must be able to distinguish between red and green.
  • Individuals in this classification must be available to serve on-call and are subject to having to work outside of their assigned shift/schedule to meet operational needs.


A completed City of Tallahassee employment application is required. A resume may be attached to the application but will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applicants must apply on-line via the internet at http://www.talgov.com/hr/openings.cfm. If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Department at (850) 891-8214


The City of Tallahassee offers competitive salary and benefits. In addition to competitive salaries, the City offers a full slate of benefits for its employees including a defined benefit pension plan, City contribution to a 401K plan, cafeteria style benefit offerings including Flexbucks, 9 paid holidays, 3 personal days,  personal leave, sick leave, and catastrophic leave.

The City of Tallahassee is an equal opportunity employer and invites applications without regard to race, sex, religion, age, marital status, pregnancy, or national origin. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

If you have a disability requiring accommodation, please call (850) 891-8214 for assistance. Preference will be given to veterans and spouses of veterans in appointment to non-exempted vacant positions and retention in employment in accordance with Florida Statues 295.085.