Power Systems and Network Planning Engineer


Australia - Victoria, Melbourne

Job Summary

Our Resources, Power and Industry (RPI) team have a new opportunity for an Engineer to join the Energy team. Based in Melbourne, you will primarily focus on developing and delivering grid connection services projects to be undertaken by the team and support the broader Power & Industrial business.

This is an exciting time for AECOM’s RPI business as the energy market and Renewable Energy in particular continues to grow resulting in grid connection becoming a critical area where proponents (utility providers and private investors and developers) are seeking specialised grid connection and network planning services and AECOM has been securing utility scale projects.

The role of Senior Power Systems and Network Planning engineer requires a thorough understanding of all aspects of transmission and distribution planning for both regulated and industrial networks. The role requires hands on capabilities with respect to commonly used power system analysis tools with a particular focus on PSS/E and PSCAD. PowerFactory and ETAP expertise is desirable. A practical understanding of the regulatory, economic, and social aspects of power system planning will complement this detailed technical understanding.

As part of this role you will:

  • Deliver concept design services and grid connection advice to clients

  • Proactively identify opportunities for business process(es) improvement

  • Participate in business development such as drafting proposal, expression of interest, cost/fee estimates etc.

Minimum Requirements

  • Graduate qualifications in Electrical and/or Power Systems Engineering

  • 3 + relevant professional experience working for an Engineering Design Consultancy or an OEM vendor or Utility Network Planning and connections

  • Successful track record in field of expertise and substantial project experience

  • Eligible for Chartered Engineer status with Engineers Australia

  • Basic understanding of transmission and distribution planning for both regulated and industrial networks including transmission and distribution connection process and associated guidelines and requirements for connecting new generators and loads

  • Demonstrated understanding of compliance assessment of NER s5.2 and 5.3 technical requirements

  • Demonstrated technical due diligence on project development connection options and network capacity and constraint assessment

  • Demonstrated understanding of voltage and Reactive control design in consultation with OEM vendors to ensure the best economic project balance of plant design

  • Undertaken or reviewed detailed grid connection studies using PSS/e and PSCAD software platforms

  • Demonstrated review of generating system vendor model documentation as per AEMO’s Power Systems Modelling Guidelines and Connection Application Checklist

  • Demonstrated understanding of negotiations with AEMO and NSPs during the grid connection approval process

  • Demonstrated understanding of Geenerator and Load registration process

  • Development of concept connection SLDs

  • Demonstrated understanding of control and protection principles of high voltage substation equipment, transmission lines, generators, transformers, reactive equipment, etc.

  • Proficient in PSS/E PowerFactory,

  • Working knowledge of PSS Sincal, and ETAP

  • Basic understanding of PSCAD

  • Demonstrated experience in preparing technical design documentation

  • Experience in managing project budgets and resources

  • Exceptional levels of written and oral communication.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Technical due diligence on project development connection options and network capacity and constraint assessment for the preferred development capacity

  • Technical review of grid connection capability of preferred plant with respect to proposed connection point on the network

  • Voltage and Reactive control design in consultation with OEM vendors to feed into the connection study and ensure the best economic project balance of plant design outcome

  • Completion of initial power system studies to ensure that the connection of the project is feasible

  • Detailed analysis of connection assets to fully understand the impact of the project on the network to which it is connecting including draft development of connection SLDs to feed into the feasibility and detailed studies

  • Detailed technical studies using PSS/e and PSCAD software platforms to assess compliance against the relevant technical requirements of the National Electricity Rules for generation projects including completion of Static and Dynamic power system studies for the project

  • Assistance with review of generating system vendor model documentation (such as design and system data sheets, RUG etc.) to ensure alignment with AEMO’s review requirements of the project connection application

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future . Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighbourhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.


Australia - Victoria, Melbourne

Job Summary

Our Resources, Power and Industry (RPI) team have a new opportunity for an Engineer to join the Energy team. Based in Melbourne, you will primarily focus on developing and delivering grid connection services projects to be undertaken by the team and support the broader Power & Industrial business.

This is an exciting time for AECOM’s RPI business as the energy market and Renewable Energy in particular continues to grow resulting in grid connection becoming a critical area where proponents (utility providers and private investors and developers) are seeking specialised grid connection and network planning services and AECOM has been securing utility scale projects.

The role of Senior Power Systems and Network Planning engineer requires a thorough understanding of all aspects of transmission and distribution planning for both regulated and industrial networks. The role requires hands on capabilities with respect to commonly used power system analysis tools with a particular focus on PSS/E and PSCAD. PowerFactory and ETAP expertise is desirable. A practical understanding of the regulatory, economic, and social aspects of power system planning will complement this detailed technical understanding.

As part of this role you will:

  • Deliver concept design services and grid connection advice to clients

  • Proactively identify opportunities for business process(es) improvement

  • Participate in business development such as drafting proposal, expression of interest, cost/fee estimates etc.

Minimum Requirements

  • Graduate qualifications in Electrical and/or Power Systems Engineering

  • 3 + relevant professional experience working for an Engineering Design Consultancy or an OEM vendor or Utility Network Planning and connections

  • Successful track record in field of expertise and substantial project experience

  • Eligible for Chartered Engineer status with Engineers Australia

  • Basic understanding of transmission and distribution planning for both regulated and industrial networks including transmission and distribution connection process and associated guidelines and requirements for connecting new generators and loads

  • Demonstrated understanding of compliance assessment of NER s5.2 and 5.3 technical requirements

  • Demonstrated technical due diligence on project development connection options and network capacity and constraint assessment

  • Demonstrated understanding of voltage and Reactive control design in consultation with OEM vendors to ensure the best economic project balance of plant design

  • Undertaken or reviewed detailed grid connection studies using PSS/e and PSCAD software platforms

  • Demonstrated review of generating system vendor model documentation as per AEMO’s Power Systems Modelling Guidelines and Connection Application Checklist

  • Demonstrated understanding of negotiations with AEMO and NSPs during the grid connection approval process

  • Demonstrated understanding of Geenerator and Load registration process

  • Development of concept connection SLDs

  • Demonstrated understanding of control and protection principles of high voltage substation equipment, transmission lines, generators, transformers, reactive equipment, etc.

  • Proficient in PSS/E PowerFactory,

  • Working knowledge of PSS Sincal, and ETAP

  • Basic understanding of PSCAD

  • Demonstrated experience in preparing technical design documentation

  • Experience in managing project budgets and resources

  • Exceptional levels of written and oral communication.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Technical due diligence on project development connection options and network capacity and constraint assessment for the preferred development capacity

  • Technical review of grid connection capability of preferred plant with respect to proposed connection point on the network

  • Voltage and Reactive control design in consultation with OEM vendors to feed into the connection study and ensure the best economic project balance of plant design outcome

  • Completion of initial power system studies to ensure that the connection of the project is feasible

  • Detailed analysis of connection assets to fully understand the impact of the project on the network to which it is connecting including draft development of connection SLDs to feed into the feasibility and detailed studies

  • Detailed technical studies using PSS/e and PSCAD software platforms to assess compliance against the relevant technical requirements of the National Electricity Rules for generation projects including completion of Static and Dynamic power system studies for the project

  • Assistance with review of generating system vendor model documentation (such as design and system data sheets, RUG etc.) to ensure alignment with AEMO’s review requirements of the project connection application

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future . Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighbourhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

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