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Cleco Engineer - System Protection in New Iberia, Louisiana

We’re committed to being the clean energy leader in Louisiana. By investing in renewables like solar and utilizing carbon capture and sequestration technology to make our air cleaner, we’re in this for the long haul, because our state and future generations depend on it. Come be a part of our journey at Cleco where we're Energizing Your Tomorrow.

The Engineer – System Protection is a professional position for an electrical engineer with experience in the commissioning, maintenance and performance monitoring of protection, control and monitoring systems. The engineer provides technical support to maintenance personnel in the area of testing and evaluation of these systems. The engineer seeks continuous improvement to optimize every aspect of the protection system lifecycle.

Key Responsibilities

  • Champions a corporate culture that emphasizes transparency, integrity, safety, environmental responsibility, employee development, diversity and inclusion, customer service, and operational excellence.

  • Interacts professionally with contractors, suppliers, coworkers and the public to achieve work objectives and corporate goals.

  • Adheres to budget requirements.

  • Acts as the subject matter expert during regulatory audits in the commissioning, maintenance and performance monitoring of protection, control and monitoring systems.

  • Develops test plans for protection and control devices and battery systems.

  • Knows how to configure protection, control and monitoring devices including supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) remote terminal units (RTUs), protective relays, fault recorders and communications systems. Is able to clearly document the configuration processes for technicians to follow.

  • Audits maintenance activities so that correct procedures are followed and complete records are maintained.

  • Investigates misoperation events to find the root cause of the operation and to develop corrective actions to prevent reoccurrence.

  • Facilitates the restoration of damaged transmission facilities after severe weather and other events.

  • Monitors budget adherence and provides variance explanation.

  • Assists with planning and preparation for the restoration of damaged protection systems after severe weather and other events.

  • Proactively reports needed information to the manager.

  • Designs protection, control and monitoring systems as needed to meet departmental objectives.


Required Education, Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited curriculum or with NCEES Certification to sit for the FE

  • 0-5+ years of related experience

  • Step progression levels based on skill proficiency and scope of job.

  • Strong business acumen pertaining to the Utility industry

  • Strong knowledge of leading practices in system protection

  • Strong planning and project management skills

  • Willingness and ability to learn new technologies on the job

  • Proficient at functioning effectively within a team environment, present ideas and opinions in a respective and collegial manner

Licenses and Certifications

  • FE Certification preferred

Key Competencies


  • Balances stakeholders

  • Builds effective teams

  • Business insight

  • Communicates effectively

  • Courage

  • Demonstrates self-awareness

  • Drives Results

  • Drives Vision and Purpose

  • Ensures Accountability

  • Instills trust

  • Nimble learning

  • Plans and Aligns

  • Safety

  • Strategic mindset


  • Analytical skills

  • Compliance

  • Equipment utilization

  • Transmission operations

  • Transmission operations quality

  • Transmission operations resource management

  • Transmission operations risk management

Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC is a regional energy holding company that conducts its business operations through two subsidiaries, Cleco Power and Cleco Cajun. Headquartered in Pineville, Louisiana, and in business since 1935, the company has almost 1,500 employees.

Cleco Power

Cleco Power is a regulated electric public utility that owns 10 generating units with a rated capacity of 3,360 megawatts, 1,335 miles of transmission lines and 12,152 miles of distribution lines. Cleco Power uses multiple generating sources and multiple fuels to serve approximately 290,000 customers in 24 of Louisiana's parishes through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi. Parishes served include Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Catahoula, DeSoto, Evangeline, Grant, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Vernon and Washington.

Cleco Cajun

Cleco Cajun is an unregulated utility company that owns 14 generating units with a rated capacity of 3,379 MWs and wholesale contracts serving nine Louisiana cooperatives, three wholesale municipal customers and one electric utility.