Senior Engineer- Substation Protection & Controls

Lombard, IL
Electrical Engineering – Power Delivery Engineering /
Full Time /
Valdes is a 200-person, multidisciplinary, engineering, architecture, and project management company with an expert focus on technical excellence. Every client project is assigned a dedicated team of professionals who provide personalized services and solutions. The Valdes success model consists of streamlined work processes, attention to detail, technical expertise, and an unyielding commitment to client satisfaction, safety and quality.
Valdes is guided by our purpose statement: We are talented people who thrive and achieve extraordinary results for our customers. 

Our core values reflect who we are, how we perform and what we aspire to:
Integrity            Critical Thinking              Excellence               Teamwork              Passion 

Valdes proudly executes all work in the United States to maintain the utmost quality for our clients. We are a certified Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) and hold the following certifications:
National Minority Supplier Development Council - MBE Certification
Illinois Department of Central Management Services - BEP Certification 
City of Chicago - MBE Certification
California Public Utilities Commission, The Supplier Clearinghouse - MBE Certification


    • Seasoned Substation Protection & Controls Engineer with 5-10 years of experience in protective relaying, SCADA, and communications for high voltage substations. Knowledge of microprocessor relays and capable of preparing schematic diagrams. This individual interfaces with client engineering representatives and other discipline engineers within the Valdes organization. May visit job site as required for exchange of information.

Responsibilities include the following

    • Solid Knowledge within the Electrical Engineering discipline with the capability and the initiative to perform the following tasks while supervising and mentoring junior staff members Assist staff with ensuring that engineering packages are completed on time and within budget
    • Ability to prepare design packages consisting of control panel drawings, schematic diagrams, wiring diagrams, and bills of materials
    • Maintain positive business relationships with key client’s contacts throughout the project lifecycle
    • Coordinate engineering details/drafting with multiple department designers to develop project drawings
    • On-site interface with client engineering representatives and other discipline engineers
    • Design of protective relaying schemes for high voltage substations.
    • AC and DC load calculations.
    • Knowledge of microprocessor relays.
    • Development of wiring diagrams and schematics drawings
    • Cable routing design
    • Utility interface design

Protection & Controls Duties

    • Schematic diagram design
    • Relay selection, control panel drawings, and specifications
    • Bills of materials
    • Panel front view and wiring diagrams
    • SCADA overview development
    • Control building and panel hardware specifications
    • Development of sequence of operation and functional description documents

Technical Competencies

    • Ability to communicate complicated issues in a simple manner
    • Ability to multi-task and handle multiple priorities simultaneously
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Knowledgeable in SKM electrical modeling software

People Skills

    • Basic understanding of other discipline workflow and how all departments work together to complete projects
    • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with clients, subordinates and co-workers
    • Personable and able to work easily with others at all levels
    • Ability to handle difficult individuals and remain calm when employees or clients are confrontational
    • Ability to effectively manage and resolve conflicts or work issues in a professional manner
    • Demonstrate effective work relationships with all project and department personnel
    • Represents the highest standard of professional conduct with other groups, department members and clients
    • Ability to supervise and lead staff offering coaching and oversight resulting in quality work product

Organizational Skills

    • Must be well organized and able to prioritize work
    • Ability to set and track goals
    • Ability to multi-task and work on more than one project at a time
    • Able to commit to and meet project deadlines, and driven to provide outstanding service to both external and internal customers
    • Takes ownership of work and follows through to completion
    • Must keep work area neat, clean and organized


    • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering
    • 5+ years of experience working in substation design
    • Eligibility to work in the US without requiring sponsorship now or in the future
Valdes Architecture & Engineering Company is looking for bright and talented people that want to take their career to the next level. We offer many rewarding career paths to challenge and engage our employees at all phases of their careers. Our office provides a team environment, and excellent working conditions, which allow individuals to maximize their potential. Valdes Engineering offers an outstanding benefits package including Medical, Dental, 401K plan, Company paid Long Term and Short Term Disability Insurance, Company paid Life and AD&D Insurance, Pet Insurance, a discounted gym membership and tuition reimbursement.