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Transmission & Substation Designer


Greensburg, PA, US, 15601

Job Function:  Transmission
Employee Type:  Reg Full Time (FT)
Requisition ID:  39264

FirstEnergy at a Glance

We are a forward-thinking electric utility powered by a diverse team of employees committed to making customers’ lives brighter, the environment better and our communities stronger.

FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a regulated generating fleet with a total capacity of more than 3,500 megawatts.

About the Opportunity

This is an open position with FirstEnergy Service Co., a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. [FEU]


This position can be located in Akron, OH or Greensburg, PA.


The job of Transmission & Substation Designer requires an individual to be self-motivated with an interest and/or ability to assist in the development engineering designs, equipment and standards for the Transmission and/or Substation Engineering group within FirstEnergy.  This position will work within a staff of engineers, designers, survey crews, drafters and specialists, both internal and external, engaged in a wide variety of engineering design, from the request for project estimation through construction and record update.  This position will report on the progress of design projects on a proactive basis. This position must provide support to Substation and Transmission personnel, Transmission Planning & Protection, Real Estate, Project Management and Construction crews verifying that safety standards are followed.


Responsibilities include:

  • Providing support in creating engineering designs and work scope for transmission and/or substation.  Possible items including wood and steel transmission structures, foundations, wire sags/clearances, encroachments, layout drawings, grounding, oil containment, lightning protection, schematics, and wiring diagrams.
  • Contributing to a safe environment for transmission lines and substations personnel, contractors and the general public.
  • Preparing bills-of-material and specifications to procure needed equipment and materials for a transmission and/or substation project.
  • Assisting in preparing applications and supporting documentation for engineering permits when necessary.
  • Assisting in reviewing transmission line encroachments to meet NESC clearance requirements and coordinating encroachment responses with ROW Services and Transmission Line Maintenance personnel and ensure the public safety is protected.
  • Assisting ROW Services and Real Estate in the acquisition of transmission line easements and Substation property by coordinating the preparation of sketches, maps, exhibits and easement plans.
  • Coordinating with technical personnel to gather and record data for transmission and substation design projects.
  • Providing support to employees to assist in their learning of standards, procedures, designs, and associated issues.
  • Assisting in analyzing technical issues, structures, equipment, etc., and recommending appropriate solutions and alternate design options.
  • Supporting communication across business units regarding project needs.
  • Assisting in researching and exploring new technologies that will effectively enable work processes to be automated increasing efficiencies while decreasing the risk of human error.
  • Assisting in ensuring standards and equipment specifications are up to date and accurate,
  • Supporting and sustaining FirstEnergy as a high performing organization by contributing to excellent organizational performance and values of FirstEnergy through responsible effective work performance.
  • Responsible for the update and maintenance of the circuit diagrams for the FirstEnergy system.  Submittal for internal use and external compliance requirements.
  • Responsible for the creation of interconnection drawings as needed to support agreements made with external entities and within subsidiary companies.


An employee hired at the Designer II or III level will be expected to perform all of the above responsibilities with more proficiency, and in a more independent manner.  Further, the Designer II or III level employee will be assigned additional responsibilities related to those above. 


Qualifications at the level I include:

  • Associate degree in a technical discipline required. Consideration will be given to applicants having extensive multi-disciplined technical and operational background in lieu of a college degree.
  • Minimum 0-3 years of related design experience
  • Working knowledge of applicable computer software necessary to fulfill job duties including but not limited to Microsoft Office and AutoCAD.  Knowledge of SAP, PLS-CADD, GIS and Cascade a plus but not a requirement.
  • Knowledge of FileNet strongly preferred.
  • Proficient knowledge of AutoCAD strongly preferred.
  • Utility industry experience strongly preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license.     
  • Must embrace a safety culture and maintain a safe work environment for co-workers and the public.
  • Must be able to assist on multiple projects simultaneously and be able to work effectively under the pressure of deadlines, unexpected developments, changes in project scope, budget constraints, unforeseen field problems and demands on time for work assignments.
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills and develop and maintain relationships across FE, with outside entities that further facilitate the cooperation needed to complete assigned tasks and that will inspire others to achieve, or exceed, goals.
  • Must be able to work independently as well as in teams to coordinate designs with other FirstEnergy areas of responsibility including Siting and Permitting, Project Management, Maintenance, Forestry, Real Estate and Construction, Wholesale Agreements, Transmission Planning & Protection as well as the Regional operating companies.
  • Ability to make practical recommendations without undue delay and based on the best information available at the time that the decision must be made.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with good verbal skills and writing skills, providing comprehensive project status reports, clear and concise correspondence, and accurate information.
  • Must possess strong organizational, computer, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to support numerous locations, must be willing to travel throughout the service area as needed.


Qualifications at the level II include all the above plus:

  • Minimum 3-6 years of related design experience required


Qualifications at the level III include all the above plus:

  • Minimum 6-8 years of related design experience required

Benefits, Compensation & Workforce Diversity

At FirstEnergy, employees are key to our success. We depend on their talents to meet the challenges of our changing business environment. We are committed to rewarding individual and team efforts through our total rewards philosophy which includes competitive pay plus incentive compensation, a company-sponsored pension plan, 401(k) savings plan with matching employer contribution, a choice of medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, as well as skills development training with tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website at to learn more about all of our employee rewards programs. FirstEnergy proudly supports workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. No recruiters or agencies without a previously signed contract. Unable to sponsor or transfer H-1B visas at this time.


Safety is a core value for FirstEnergy and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.

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