Protection and Control Relay Engineer - Senior

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Date: May 8, 2024

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, US

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 88693 

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!


Looking to take the next step in your career? Hatch is currently seeking a highly motivated Senior Protection & Control Relay Engineers to join the Energy team. This position can be located in Houston, TX; Tampa, FL or Pittsburgh, PA.


The global energy transition is upon us. As we shift to a low carbon world, meeting the growing demand for energy will require revolutionary thinking and a variety of resources. While the market is challenging, these challenges present the biggest opportunities and catalysts for change.


Hatch’s Energy group partners with clients to provide comprehensive plans that incorporate all aspects of their projects. 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 team today and help make a difference!


As the successful candidate, you will: 

  • Works within a multi-discipline team to develop and/or review efficient and reliable electrical design packages for medium and high voltage substations.
  • Performs design studies and demonstrate a good working knowledge of relay protections involving logic diagrams, calculations report, relay and coordination studies, power system calculations, including short circuit calculation, and ratio selection, over-current element coordination, zone-distance element selection, and relay load ability calculation
  • Experience in Aspen or CAPE (preferable), or equivalent, as a primary tool to run various cases, interpret results and develop the best possible bus, transformer, generator, and line protection settings.
  • Knowledge of protection schemes and philosophies commonly applied at Transmission, and Distribution substations
  • Ability to read and interpret electrical single lines, three lines, schematics, functional diagrams, etc.
  • Assist project manager to develop scope of work and conceptual design for the projects
  • Perform quality control and peer checking on settings calculation, documentation, and fault analysis studies
  • Coordinates design activities to maintain project schedules, budget, quality requirements to ensure successful project completion.
  • Delivers accurate and thorough electrical designs that will meet industry standard specifications and meet prudent engineering practices.
  • Reviews internal and external designs for code compliance, good design practice and constructability.
  • Maintains complete project documentation with respect to relay settings, engineering studies and calculations, all design packages, as-built requirements and return data information.
  • Maintains good working relationship with internal groups that support projects such as other engineering disciplines, Drafting, Project Management etc.
  • Mentors and provide guidance to developing or jr. engineers within the department.


You bring to the role:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from a recognized institution.
  • Minimum of 5-10 years of professional experience focused on the development of protection philosophies, and relay settings development.
  • Experience in relay setting calculations and coordination of Intelligent Electronic Devices and Numerical Relays.
  • Must have ability to use CAPE or equivalent software program (AcSELerator, ASPEN)
  • Knowledge of applicable industry standards including the National Electric Code (NEC), National Electric Safety Code (NESC), and IEEE.
  • A high level of interpersonal communication skills, including a strong command of the English language with good written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to perform independently and in a team environment and provide project ownership.
  • Travel to client sites as required.



  • A Professional Engineer (PE) registration is a plus
  • Prior utility consulting experience is a plus


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

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