Xcel Energy System Protection Engineer Job in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Location(s): MN - Minneapolis

Are you an engineer who wants a challenging, rewarding career at a Fortune 500 company that’s committed to excellence, safety and environmental stewardship? Do you want to be part of shaping our energy future? An engineering position at Xcel Energy could be a great match for you.

System Protection Engineer – Xcel Energy Services, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, or related field, and five years of experience in power systems protection, or Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related field, and one year of experience in power systems protection.

Must have one year of experience in distribution feeder relay settings; metering and relay drawings; three-phase and DC control drawings, CAPE (computer aided protection engineering) systems software for protection coordination and short-circuit studies and models; using IEEE standards/guides to keep short-circuit model up to date; and working with symmetrical components/networks.

Duties: recommend protection requirements for interconnection of distributed energy resources; analyze system transients and ability to run electromagnetic transient software; ensure compliance with various NERC Reliability Standards; perform assignments and capital projects including event analysis, fault studies using CAPE systems software for protection coordination and short-circuit studies and models, incorrect operations investigations, data testing, protection design, and system modeling; apply and develop standard practices and techniques; assist with planning and design projects, provide technical support and guidance for transmission and substation design, construction and operations areas; prepare schedules and estimates for the system protection portion of projects; analyze reliability and system deficiencies and determine protection requirements; determine cost effective solutions and prepare written recommendations; develop and maintain settings for standard relays and reference documents; create protective microprocessor and electromechanically based relay settings for the real time power systems protection and operation of Xcel Energy’s transmission and distribution feeder relay settings and systems; review metering and relay drawings, and DC, AC control drawings before field work projects; investigate, report causes of protective relay misoperations, and issue recommended solutions in an effort to ensure compliance with FERC standards and maintaining system reliability, using IEEE standards/guides to keep short-circuit model up to date; symmetrical components/networks.


As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.

Posting Notes: MN - Minneapolis || MN - Minneapolis || United States (US) || Operations || 41590:System Protection Engr XS || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

Requisition Number: 12521

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

Individuals with a disability who need an accommodation to apply please contact us at recruiting@xcelenergy.com