Distributed Energy Solutions Engineer

Apply now »

Date: Feb 18, 2024

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, US

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 88482 

Job Category: Energy 

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, United States 

Join a company that is passionately committed to the pursuit of a better world through positive change. With more than 65 years of business and technical expertise in mining, energy, and infrastructure, our 10,000 colleagues in 150 countries tirelessly work toward bettering the industries in which we operate. With practical solutions that are safe, innovative and sustainable, we think globally while acting locally. Are you looking for an opportunity to join a diverse group of professionals who are committed to remaining exceptional? We look forward to hearing from you.


Our energy expertise in the oil and gas sector comprises the entire value chain - upstream, midstream, and downstream; and in the power sector includes thermal, nuclear, waterpower, renewable, hybrid, transmission and distribution, and grid modernization. Join our vision of a low-carbon world and help make positive change!


Are you ready for your next challenge?  Hatch continues to expand its Smart Grid team advising utilities on the impacts of grid modernization, distributed energy resources, digital utility solutions, electrification, advanced grid operations, and distribution system design.  
The increased deployment of distributed energy resources (DERs) and automated or remotely operated grid management technologies has provided additional complexities and challenges for utilities as they transition from a monodirectional model of simply providing electricity to a complex, digital, data intensive, prosumer driven, decentralized energy solutions provider.  Technological advancements (e.g. smart inverters, grid edge computing, advanced grid controls) and emerging business models (community microgrids, transactive rate-based prosumer models, nodal pricing, etc..) are changing the industry.  

Hatch’s Distributed Energy Solutions team supports utilities with techno-economic modelling of distributed energy resources, microgrid system design & equipment specification, protection & controls, renewable resources & distributed generation integration, power conversion system (inverter) grid support, new technology evaluation, and DER use case optimization. Technologies the Distributed Energy Solutions team supports and integrates include microgrid controllers, solar, wind, batteries, electrolysers, fuel cells, and various power conversion systems (inverters).

We work alongside our clients to modernize their grids to meet the challenges of today and the future.  Hatch is looking for Senior and Intermediate level engineers with project management and project engineering experience with a desire to create utility systems of the future, today.
Project Delivery Responsibilities may include: 


  • Contributing and/or leading distributed energy solutions projects such as those described above
  • Solve challenging problems pertaining to integrating distributed resources to off-grid and on-grid systems including studies, equipment specification definition, system design, protection settings, full system design, and engineering support during construction, commissioning, and operation
  • Mentor and guide junior resources within the team, providing technical mentorship and direction
  • Work alongside and support delivery of projects from other Hatch service offerings including those from Hatch’s transmission & integration, power system studies, renewables, digital, advisory, technology, and/or infrastructure and mining businesses

Business Development Responsibilities may include: 


  • Identifying and pursuing clients planning to deploy DERs within their grids across the US & the Caribbean
  • Leading or participation in Bid / NoBid discussions for potential opportunities
  • Leading or supporting the creation of proposal documents, including scope, schedule, and level of effort estimates
  • Working with the marketing team to establish / update marketing & client facing materials, as applicable
  • Senior resources would be expected to lead business development initiatives taking on account management responsibilities expanding the team’s project pipeline
  • Senior and Intermediate resources would be expected to contribute to marketing campaigns, attend and speak at industry conferences, and present to clients to advance leads and secure opportunities.
  • Develop thought leadership materials for publication in industry publications, at conferences, or generally on applicable social media platforms 



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering with an applicable discipline (eg. Electrical, Power systems, etc.)
  • Professional Engineer designation
  • Previous experience in wind energy, solar energy, energy storage, diesel generators, microgrid control systems, and power conversion systems
  • 5-10 years of professional experience for Intermediate resources with 4+ years of directly related experience
  • 11-15+ years of experience for Senior resources with 6+ years of directly related experience including project or team leadership roles
  • Understanding of SCADA systems and integration of intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) into SCADA systems
  • Familiarity with communication protocols such as ModBus, DNP3, 2030.5, 61850.
  • Experience with distribution system protection & controls related to the integration of DERs
  • Understand the challenges utilities are facing with increasing DER penetration and can describe alternate business models that utilities are considering, piloting, or have recently deployed
  • Knowledge of cybersecurity standards and protocols
  • Software Tools familiarity with the following, or comparable:
  • Resource modeling such as PVsyst, WAsP, Vortex
  • System Modeling such as CYME, Homer, and PSCAD

Occasional domestic and international travel throughout North America for client, conference, and site visits is required. 

This position reports to the Senior Director, Smart Grid.


Why join us?


What we offer you?


  • Flexible work environment
  • Long term career development
  • Think globally, work locally


Don't meet every single requirement? You don't need to. At Hatch, we are building a diverse, inclusive workplace that fosters innovation. If you're interested in this role, we encourage you to apply even if your past experiences don't perfectly align with the skills we've listed.


We're committed to fostering a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate and serve. Hatch is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers applicants without regard to age, race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran, or any other protected status. If you have any accommodation requirements, please let us know. We'll do our best to meet your needs in accordance with applicable local legislation.


Nearest Major Market: Pittsburgh

Job Segment: Pipeline, Nuclear Engineering, Power Systems, Sustainability, Thermal Engineering, Energy, Engineering

Apply now »