Substation Relay Electrical Engineer - Butte, MT

  • Northwestern Energy
  • Butte, MT, USA
  • Jun 09, 2022
Full time Construction Design Engineering

Job Description


The Relay Engineer is responsible to design protective systems associated with new projects and field manage new project relay construction activities. Responsibilities also include setting and design review on new and existing systems and perform work associated with NERC compliance.


  • All NorthWestern Energy employees are required to adhere to company safety standards and the Code of Business Conduct & Ethics
  • Ensure all actions are consistent with NorthWestern Energy's values, mission, and strategic business objectives
  • Develop or modify protective relay test procedures that meet the NERC/WECC requirements
  • Complete annual and quarterly Substation Operations regulatory compliance tasks
  • Design protective relay systems to include electrical drawings and calculation of relay settings.
  • Review protective relay operations to ensure correct operation, diagnose and correct issues as required.
  • Perform fault studies to validate system performance and verify accuracy of relay settings.
  • Estimate, forecast, and schedule capital work
  • Document all testing procedures and results for regulatory/internal audits
  • Develop construction standards and estimate tools to support consistent and efficient design
  • Coordinate with project teams including substation, transmission, relaying, and communications
  • Provide quality control of designed and constructed projects
  • Provide on-site technical assistance as needed
  • Integrate departmental procedures and practices into the corporate enterprise system
  • Use of safe work practices in the design, construction, and maintenance facilities
  • Travel to jobsite, trainings, and seminars (up to 30% travel per year)
  • Work overtime including evenings and weekends in response to acute service needs
  • Perform individual lifts of supplies and materials weighing up to 35 pounds

Marginal Work Functions

*These functions may be considered essential based on location and other factors.

  • Support the Substation/Relay Operations Management team with development and execution of annual work plans*
  • Serve in a capacity as project engineer to insure budget and schedules are met for construction and maintenance activities requiring initiative and sound judgment*
  • Perform on-call duties to provide support for relay/substation field staff*
  • Provide backup for Supervisors and Engineers during periods of leave*


  • Demonstrate and maintain a good safety record
  • Must have a B.S. degree in Engineering (Electrical is preferred)
  • Ability to obtain a Professional Engineer's License preferred
  • Excellent computer skills and proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Working knowledge of Substation and Relay databases
  • Strong knowledge of protective relay settings required.
  • Experience using short circuit modeling programs required.
  • Familiarity with NERC Standards PRC-023 and PRC-027 is preferred.
  • Good understanding of electric power systems and electric circuit analysis techniques
  • Good understanding of microprocessor based protective relays is preferred
  • Good working knowledge of NESC, NERC, FERC, and WECC guidelines
  • Valid driver's license and satisfactory driving record


  • 401K with company match up to 4% and non-elective contribution up to 7%
  • Heath Care and Wellbeing programs
    • including dental and vision for you and dependents, Health Savings Account (HSA), Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Life insurance
    • Company paid basic life
    • Additional employee, spouse and child coverage available
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Competitive pay with a dependable company
    • Scheduled performance based wage increases
    • Annual incentive opportunities
  • Paid company endorsed volunteer opportunities
  • Paid training
  • Paid time off starting day one
  • Paid holidays

*Benefits may vary by position or as negotiated as part of a collective bargaining agreement.


When considering applicants for this position, the selection process will take into consideration the needs of NorthWestern, including such factors as reorganization requirements, diversity opportunities, relocation requirements, employee development and job succession. If any of the preceding language conflicts with the applicable bargaining unit agreements, the bargaining unit agreement will prevail.


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