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Electrical Engineer - Cable Systems

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Date: Jan 5, 2021

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, US

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 32821 

Job Category: Energy 


With over six decades of business and technical experience in the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors, we understand that challenges are changing rapidly in every industry. We respond quickly with solutions that are smarter, more efficient, and innovative. We draw upon our 9,000 staff with experience in over 150 countries to challenge the status quo and create positive change for our clients, our employees, and the communities we serve.


Hatch is seeking an Electrical Engineer – Cable Systems based in Pittsburgh, PA, Amherst, NY or Manchester, NH. This is a technical and business development position within the Power Business Unit. This position provides an opportunity for professional growth within the Power Delivery & Integration (PD&I) group. The successful candidate will be an experienced cable system engineer, ideally with high voltage AC and DC cable systems experience, both onshore and offshore. The incumbent will also work closely with other departments, including the HVDC/FACTS, T&D and the renewables teams on related studies and projects for implementing winning project strategies.


The selected candidate will carry out work on cable system projects performing such tasks as:

  • Complete detailed design of cable systems (including accessories and cable protection system) with close collaboration with cable suppliers and installation contractors
  • All aspects of cable system design including studies to identify preliminary cable sizing and cable loss calculations
  • Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for identifying optimal voltage and cable types
  • Identifying submarine and underground installation requirements including cable burial assessments
  • Overseeing the preparation of design drawings e.g. planning applications and tender packages
  • Preparation of technical and commercial specifications for supply, installation and maintenance contracts ensuring quality, best practices and excellent HSE performance requirements
  • Performing tender evaluations and negotiations
  • Monitoring of manufacturing, factory testing and installation activities for quality assurance and quality control throughout a cable project
  • Reviewing technical reports, cable system design and system studies supplied by the cable suppliers, installation contractors and other third party companies
  • Supporting development and monitoring of project budgets, schedules and progress
  • Contribute to the identification and management of project risks, opportunities and mitigation plans
  • Technical due diligence / advisory services
  • Business development to generate leads, secure opportunities and prepare proposals
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to clients
  • Mentoring and developing junior engineers within the department
  • Maintaining close coordination with other relevant Hatch Business Units and Practices for cross selling and cross staffing opportunities
  • Undertake thought leadership activities (e.g. speaker at conference, panelist, whitepaper, etc.) and promote Hatch’s know-how in the Power and T&D sector


Qualifications for the positions include:


  • A degree in Electrical Engineering; preference will be given to candidates with a post-graduate degree (Master’s) related to cable engineering
  • Registration with applicable engineering association (or demonstrated eligibility for registration)
  • Strong knowledge of land and submarine high-voltage cables
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience with onshore and offshore cable design
  • Experience in design, manufacturing, construction and/or operations of large electrical systems, emphasizing insulated cable systems
  • Excellent understanding of technical specifications for high voltage (AC and DC) cables from 66kV to 525kV
  • Knowledge of International Standards (CIGRE, IEC, etc.) for subsea cables, cable accessories, cable protection systems and the related components
  • Experience of cable thermal rating, power loss, isotherms, induced voltages and currents, transient voltage and cable pulling tension calculations
  • Sound knowledge of the cable supply chain and market conditions
  • Ability to attend and witness FAT at cable and fiber optic cable manufacturing facilities and prepare Factory Audit reports
  • Preferably experience with cable installation and testing
  • Understanding of HV cables thermal performance and related studies for sizing optimization and dealing with issues related to long cable systems
  • Understanding of the design issues related to installation methods and conditions
  • Wind farm inter-array cable layout design


Reporting to the Global Lead – HVDC & FACTs of the PD&I department. Travel to site locations, factories or for customer meetings domestic or international is required.




We are committed to fostering a workforce in each of our locations that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate. Hatch is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers employment applicants without regard to age, race, colour, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or any other protected status. If you have any special needs requirements, please let us know. We will do our utmost to accommodate, in accordance with applicable local legislation. 

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