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Cleco Distribution Automation Engineer in Pineville, Louisiana

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About the Company

Becoming the leading energy company in Louisiana - helping our people and state thrive - means being mindful of the larger opportunities and evolving needs of all those we serve. So today at Cleco, we’re working from a view that starts behind the lines. Where we can see the full picture of possibilities and technologies. To line up our customers and communities with systems and services that power the good life today. And better lives tomorrow. We’ve always believed that electricity is something more than just electrons. To us, it’s the fuel for more productive days and work. The current that brings all of us closer together. The conduit that connects Louisiana’s present to Louisiana’s future.

Summary Statement

As a Distribution Automation Engineer at Cleco you will be designing and building automation that will create a State of the Art distribution grid. You will connect field devices via SCADA to our Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) to improve the safety and operational efficiency of our distribution grid. You will add field devices to automation schemes to automatically restore power and locate issues on our distribution network. The foundation that you will create today will pave the path for tomorrows distribution grid of renewable power and distributed generation while ushering in the age of the true Smart Grid.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develops, tests, and implements applications to extend functionality of the ADMS and automation logic to improve the safety and operational efficiency of Cleco’s distribution grid

  • Hold design reviews and create proper documentation to insure safe and effective operation of all utilized systems

  • Train internal customers such as the Distribution Operation Center and field operations on all applicable systems and processes

  • Identify and analyze failures and mis-operations of systems and field devices

  • Works with Distribution Operations and ESM personnel to quickly resolve issues

  • Monitor and improve operations of the ADMS and automation logic

Behavioral Competencies :

  • Action Oriented

  • Communicates effectively

  • Cultivates innovation

  • Drives results

  • Nimble learning

Technical Competencies :

  • Analytical skills

  • Engineering design

  • Engineering implementation

  • Engineering specification

  • Engineering technical operations support

  • Engineering technology

  • Engineering testing

Required Skills:

  • Ability to interact with all levels of employees to address difficult issues

  • Ability to manage high workloads and conflicting priorities

  • Ability to operate effectively and proactively with an employee centric mindset

  • Detailed-oriented and high work standards in support of seamless execution

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills to interpret engineering KPIs/metrics and derive insights into actionable opportunities

  • Act decisively while thinking strategically

  • Drive issues to resolution while maintaining an atmosphere of collaboration

  • Maintain a strong knowledge of industry and technology trends.

  • Thrive on working in a team and supporting others to achieve Distribution Automation goals/targets

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited curriculum

  • 3-5 years related experience preferred

  • FE Certification preferred

Cleco is a privately owned regional energy holding company with two primary businesses. Cleco Power, our regulated electric utility business, owns ten generating assets with a total nameplate capacity of 3,357 megawatts and serves approximately 290,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi. Cleco Cajun, our unregulated electric utility business, owns eight generating assets with a total nameplate capacity of 3,555 megawatts and contracts that serve nine Louisiana cooperatives, five wholesale municipal customers and one electric utility.

In business since 1935, Cleco has deep roots. For more than 85 years, Cleco has kept pace with the ever-changing energy industry to serve its customers. Our corporate office is in Pineville, La. We have offices and 1,500 employees across the state near major cities like New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport. If you like great music, food and nature, with a dash of eccentricity, then Louisiana is a good place to call home.