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Clearway Energy Field Engineer, Substation Operations in Carlsbad, California

Field Engineer, Substation Operations

at Clearway Energy

Carlsbad, California, United States

What The Role Is

Reporting to the Manager, MV and HV Engineering, the Substation O&M Field Engineer will oversee the operation, maintenance, and repair of utility substation HV electrical equipment for wind and solar power plants. This person must possess experience in the troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance of high voltage equipment in electric power generating plants, or transmission facilities, or similar industrial setting.

*Note: While this position is posted in Carlsbad, CA or Houston, TX, this position supports sites in the region. Applicants should be aware that the majority of the work will require this employee report to any of regional sites. For further details or inquiries please communicate with the Talent Acquisition Partner.

What You'll Be Doing

  • Providing technical support, troubleshooting, and electrical testing for Clearway Energy’s high voltage substations in support of the wind and solar plants in Texas and the central U.S. Ensure compliance to electrical industry standards and company objectives.

  • Assist in creating procedures for substation Lock-out, Tag-out, HV switching, and safety grounding in substations.

  • Create written procedures for others to follow for various common substation maintenance tasks such as testing circuit breakers or transformers

  • Instruct, train, and assist site personnel in understanding and troubleshooting of associated substation equipment and system protections.

  • Review and assist in development of work scopes for planned substation outages.

  • Be onsite during planned major maintenance outages to assist and supervise as needed. Follow contractor work progress. Ensure unsatisfactory test results/conditions recorded are resolved, verified, and addressed before contractor demobilization and restoration of equipment.

  • Supervise the implementation of company procedures by contracted testing personnel. Review and file final relay test reports.

  • Ensure modifications made to site equipment are documented for future reference. Maintain test logs.

  • Review site-specific equipment manuals for maintenance and repair requirements.

  • Analyze electrical fault reports and events verifying proper protective relay performance (mis-operation)

  • Support NERC Compliance program, with specific regard to PER-006, PRC-004, PRC-005, and PRC-025.

  • Travel with work truck within the associated region to supervise and assist with substation maintenance activities– approximately 50%.

What You'll Bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or electrical engineering technology focused on electrical power systems,

  • ORa minimum of 5 years of hands-on experience directly with electric substation high voltage equipment, (A high school diploma or GED would be required)

  • Completion of a formal apprenticeship program OR equivalent combination of work experience AND technical training will be considered

  • Must possess a working knowledge of MV and HV electrical equipment, overhead lines, underground lines, and substation systems.

  • Must possess a good understanding of electrical work safety, environmental and safety rules, and regulations, and first aid procedures.

  • Must possess a strong knowledge of electrical high voltage test equipment for testing electrical insulation resistance

  • Must possess significant experience reading and interpreting electrical schematics and wiring diagrams (interviewers will be tested on this item)

  • Must be able to maintain professional and positive relationships with owners, customers, internal contractors, and external contractors.

  • Must have the ability to lead the technical training of plant maintenance personnel

  • Must be able to query SEL protective relays to identify and troubleshoot the cause of relay trips

  • May be required to work flexible work hours.

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license – Class B, or Class A preferred.

  • If you don’t meet 100% of the above qualifications but see yourself contributing, please submit your resume.

It Would Be Nice If

  • Experience programming and testing SEL and GE protection relays not required but would be a big plus.

Clearway will not sponsor nonimmigrant visas for this position (H-1B, TN, E-3, etc.).

The pay rate for the successful candidate will depend on geographic location, skills, relevant and demonstrated experience, education, training and certifications, and other factors permitted by law. This role is eligible to earn an annual cash bonus, subject to personal and company performance goals.

Salary Range Across all U.S. Locations

$73,000—$105,000 USD

Clearway Energy Group is leading the transition to a world powered by clean energy. Along with our public affiliate Clearway Energy, Inc., we own and operate 10 gigawatts of renewable and conventional energy assets across the country. As we develop a nationwide pipeline of new renewable energy projects for the future, Clearway’s 8 gigawatts of operating wind, solar, and energy storage assets offset the equivalent of more than 9 million metric tons of carbon emissions for our customers today. Clearway Energy Group is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Carlsbad, CA.; Scottsdale, AZ.; Houston, TX; Denver, CO; and Princeton, NJ. For more information, visit

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

At Clearway, we create a community that isn’t about being the same – it’s about building a team of unique individuals, with different backgrounds & skill sets, coming together to build something big & make a difference in the world. Clearway’s team is dedicated to a clean energy future across a wide spectrum of roles & responsibilities. Embodying our company values and operating principles, unique individuals come together over a common mission. We embrace opportunities to do challenging work that can change the world. We aspire to bring out the best in everyone. We share setbacks, celebrate successes, & act with integrity & accountability to get the job done.

Working at Clearway, Hybrid Together

Here at Clearway, we’re committed to balancing flexibility while fostering strong relationships with our teammates. We do this by prioritizing new hires based near one of our offices in San Francisco, Carlsbad, Scottsdale, Houston, Denver, & Princeton. Our office-based employees typically work together from fabulous spaces on Tuesdays & Thursdays to collaborate & learn, build community, get to know one another, & enjoy company-provided meals & events.

Clearway Energy is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience & expertise. We intentionally foster a culture of inclusion that empowers our employees to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities & protected veterans to join the team. Clearway is a proud promoter of employment opportunities to our Military & Veterans.

What We Provide

Clearway offers all eligible employees working 20+ hours per week a comprehensive menu of benefits: generous PTO, medical, dental & vision care, HSAs with company contributions, health FSAs, dependent daycare FSAs, commuter benefits, relocation, & a 401(k) plan with employer match, a variety of life & accident insurances, fertility programs, adoption assistance, generous parental leave, tuition reimbursement, & benefits for employees in same-sex marriages, civil unions & domestic partnerships. For more on Clearway benefits, visit our Benefits Website ( .

Notice to Applicants

Clearway Energy is strongly committed to a philosophy of equal opportunity and fully complies with equal employment laws ( , ordinances and regulations for all applicants and employees. We will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to apply and compete for employment opportunities for which they are qualified. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

Notice to California Applicants (

Clearway Energy is strongly committed to a philosophy of equal opportunity and fully complies with equal employment laws ( , ordinances and regulations for all applicants and employees.