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Alliant Energy Electrical Engineer – System Protection in Madison, Wisconsin

Bring YOUR energy to Alliant Energy!

At Alliant Energy, our purpose is to serve customers and build stronger communities. We are passionate about powering beyond the market challenges of today, while powering what’s next in energy. When our employees say “I am energy,” it means they take pride in the work we do when disaster strikes, as well as all the days in between. We reward our highly hardworking and dedicated teams and give them the support they need to ensure their safety, wellness and financial security for themselves and their families.

If you enjoy challenges, have strong communication skills and are passionate about the work you do we invite you to consider Alliant Energy.

What sets us apart?

  • Alliant Energy offers a full compensation package. Benefits include Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Health and Day Care Savings Accounts, Paid Vacation, 401K, Employer Cash Contribution, Long and Short-Term Disability, Tuition reimbursement, and Adoption assistance.

  • ​Year after year, Alliant Energy is recognized by major publications and foundations as a top employer and leader in the areas of equity and sustainability. This includes Newsweek’s list of Most Responsible Companies, Forbes list of Best Midsize Employers , a perfect Corporate Equality Index Score as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality and being named to the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index.

  • Our employees make a difference through their work and personal activities. In 2021, employees, retirees and our charitable foundation collectively contributed $11.5 million and volunteered over 75,000 hours.

At Alliant Energy, we invest in our employees so they can grow, develop new skills, and be prepared for new opportunities. Together, we create a workplace where people feel like they belong and can use their unique backgrounds, talents, and perspectives to their fullest potential. This environment contributes to innovative solutions and Powering What’s Next !

We are currently recruiting for a System Protection Engineer reporting to our Madison, WI office. You will join a team of experienced professionals with a time-honored culture of teaching the technical skills necessary to be a successful and knowledgeable engineer in this exciting branch of power delivery. You will use these skills to interconnect all forms of energy including solar, wind, and battery. With the use of a system protection laboratory, you will gain experience with a wide range of protection relays, meters, and SCADA equipment to test settings and schemes using Doble Power System Simulator.

This position will require an estimate of 20% travel throughout our service territory in Wisconsin, consisting of primarily day trips, with occasional overnight travel expected.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Apply knowledge of symmetrical components to design and program protective relay settings for the electric power grid.

  • Develop the relay, automation, metering, and control schemes at power generating stations and distribution substations.

  • Perform short circuit fault calculations and analyze protection coordination using CAPE software.

  • Gain familiarity with substation communication protocols such as TCP/IP, IEC 61850, DNP, and Modbus through design of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.

  • Build troubleshooting skills by supporting operational testing and commissioning activities with field personnel.

  • Learn what it takes to operate a safe and reliable electric power grid, through participation in real-world system event analysis discussions and by ensuring relay settings comply with all NERC reliability standards.

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university through the Engineering Accreditation Commission. Electrical Engineering degree with power emphasis is preferred.

Preferred Experience:

  • Previous technical and/or professional experience.

  • An internship or co-op in engineering is preferred.

  • Ability to think analytically and solve complex problems.

  • Familiarity with AC/DC fundamentals, including three-phase power.

  • Basic understanding of fault current analysis, relay protection, and substation design.

  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to use computer software programs (e.g., e-mail, word processing, spreadsheet, and project management).

  • Ability to work in a diverse work environment.

Our people are passionate about what they do, the product they sell, and the customers they serve. If you're looking for an opportunity to be a part of a work family that values collaboration, innovation, and dedication we're the right company for you.

It's not just what we do; it's how we do it.

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Alliant Energy is committed to providing an inclusive work environment for all and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

All candidates selected for employment with Alliant Energy will be required to successfully complete a drug screen and background check.


The above information on this description has been crafted to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not crafted to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Alliant Energy and subsidiaries is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. Applicants in need of a reasonable accommodation for any part of the hiring process, please email

It's an exciting time to join Alliant Energy! Our innovative thinking and fresh, sustainable approach to energy sets us apart. If you're looking for a place that values diverse backgrounds, offers flexible work options and wants to build better communities and a better tomorrow, consider a career with Alliant Energy.

At Alliant Energy, our employees make a difference by delivering an essential service for our customers and communities every day. We care about our employees. We want them to be safe, happy and healthy.

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