Utilities & Power Distribution Engineer
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Designs and coordinates maintenance of electrical utilities and associated power distribution systems. Performs inspections, performance evaluations, troubleshooting and sunsetting of systems.
There were 368 Utilities & Power Distribution Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 10197 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Electrical Engineer industry, which includes the Utilities & Power Distribution Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Utilities & Power Distribution Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $91,591.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $87,674.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Utilities & Power Distribution Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $82,485.
Education and Experience
Posted Utilities & Power Distribution Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Utilities & Power Distribution Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||19%|
|3 to 5 years||44%|
|6 to 8 years||19%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Utilities & Power Distribution Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (45%)
- Planning (25%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (21%)
- Problem Solving (21%)
- Research (20%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Electrical Engineering (60%)
- Power Distribution (46%)
- Budgeting (30%)
- Project Management (29%)
- Calculation (27%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Professional Engineer (19%)
- Engineering Design (19%)
- Revit (14%)
- Cost Estimation (13%)
- Schematic Diagrams (12%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- SCADA (6%)
- Wiring Diagrams (5%)
- Power Distribution Design (5%)
- Renewable Energy (4%)
- Power Supplies (4%)
Salary Boosting Skills
A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- Compliance - NERC (6%) – marginal value $3,646
- Electrical Power Generation (1%) – marginal value $2,589
- Power Transmission System Planning Software (PSSE) (2%) – marginal value $2,319
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Utilities & Power Distribution Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Electrical Engineer
- Senior Electrical Engineer
- Transmission Line Engineer
- Electrical Engineer II
- Transmission Engineer
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
- Electrical Engineer (General)
- Electrical Design Engineer
- Electrical Substation Engineer
- Electrical Project Engineer
- Electrical Controls Engineer
- Electrical Test Engineer
- Facilities Electrical Engineer
- Computer Circuit Design Engineer
- Power Electronics Engineer
- Electrical Designer
Here are the employers that have posted the most Utilities & Power Distribution Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Black & Veatch (750)
- Raytheon (288)
- Leidos (243)
- Burns & McDonnell (199)
- Power Engineers (195)
- Black & Veatch (18)
- Sargent & Lundy (14)
- Kiewit Corporation (14)
- Burns & McDonnell (13)
- Leidos (10)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!