Trainee Power System Engineer

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About the Role: Clean energy is at the heart of the global transition to net zero. As more of our electricity comes from renewable sources, it is critical that the network infrastructure is in place...

About the Role:

Clean energy is at the heart of the global transition to net zero. As more of our electricity comes from renewable sources, it is critical that the network infrastructure is in place to safely transport that electricity to homes and businesses.

Base Location: Glasgow or Perth.

Salary: Starting Salary circa £38,000 + performance-related bonus + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances, and wellbeing.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time | Flexible First options available

SSEN Transmission has a unique opportunity for several Trainee Power System Engineers to join a fast-track 8-week specialist training programme to learn how to undertake power system studies to support the integration of low carbon generation and related technologies onto the transmission system in the north of Scotland. This will be a 20 month training programme with the view that on successful completion you will be appointed into an Engineer role.

Our programme, through work-based and academic training, is designed to support your understanding of technical requirements to develop into a Power System Engineer providing advanced simulation capability, from steady state power system analysis through to cutting edge large scale Electro-Magnetic Transient (EMT) modelling using Power Systems Computer Aided Design (PSCAD) software on dedicated high performance computing hardware.

The key responsibilities of the Trainee Power System Engineer are:

- Under direction, develop skills to carry out system studies, technical assessments, planning and development of the Transmission network.

- Learn how to assess network performance, network capability, and identify options to maintain or enhance these.

- Support the System Performance and System Planning & Investment teams, along with the Transmission Control Contre in making engineering recommendations for network improvements to meet the current and future requirements of SSEN Transmission; and gain confidence to make those recommendations as part of your role.

- Understand and develop skills to carry out a wide range of simulations and studies including power flow analysis, fault level studies, voltage and thermal capability, transient stability, fast switching studies, harmonic and power quality analysis to ensure licence and Grid Code obligations are met.

- Gain skills to ensure that the SSEN Transmission system is modelled accurately along with key interfaces and that the required data for detailed steady state and dynamic analysis of the transmission network is controlled.

What do I need?

To be considered for this role, we would love you to have:

- For this programme, you'll ideally have an MEng or minimum of a 2:2 BEng in a relevant electrical or systems engineering discipline.

- Basic understanding of requirements for technical studies associated with Transmission and interconnected networks – including power flow analysis, fault level studies, voltage and thermal capability, transient stability, fast switching studies, harmonic and power quality analysis.

- Ability to manage and prioritise tasks ranging from technical problems to the portfolio of projects in the early stages of design/development.

- Enthusiasm to integrate with, and provide positive contribution to, a team of specialist engineering professionals; with the drive and potential to develop into a Power System Engineer

- Excellent communication, time-management, and organisational skills.

About our Business

At SSEN Transmission, we take immense pride in owning and operating the high-voltage electricity transmission network across the north of Scotland. We transport energy from where it is generated to wherever it is needed, ensuring a safe and reliable electricity supply for the communities we serve. But that's not all – we're committed to upgrading the grid to deliver cleaner, homegrown energy for the future. By developing, building and maintaining a network for net zero, we're creating secure power for generations to come.

What's in it for you?

We offer an excellent package with 34 days annual leave entitlement. Enhanced maternity/paternity leave, discounted healthcare, salary sacrifice car leasing and much more, view our full benefits package on our careers site.

As an equal opportunity employer we encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments you need during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE' to find out more.

What happens now?

All applications should be made online, and I'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

If you would like to discuss any working flexibly requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact Stephanie at stephanie.murphy@sse.com or 01738 342963.

Before commencing your role with SSE, you'll need to complete our pre-employment screening process. This will consist of a criminality and credit check.

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