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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.

Job Outlook

There were 362 Utilities & Power Distribution Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 8859 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:

Salary

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.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $91,525.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $86,938.

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 $82,533.

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.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree76%
Master's Degree24%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other0%

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 ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years20%
3 to 5 years43%
6 to 8 years18%
9+ years19%

Skills

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.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (45%)
  • Planning (24%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (21%)
  • Problem Solving (21%)
  • Microsoft Office (20%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Electrical Engineering (61%)
  • Power Distribution (47%)
  • Budgeting (30%)
  • AutoCAD (29%)
  • Project Management (27%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Professional Engineer (19%)
  • Engineering Design (18%)
  • Revit (15%)
  • Cost Estimation (14%)
  • Schematic Diagrams (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • SCADA (6%)
  • Power Distribution Design (6%)
  • Wiring Diagrams (5%)
  • Power Supplies (4%)
  • Power Plants (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 (5%) – marginal value $3,269

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
  • Transmission Engineer
  • Entry Level Electrical Engineer

Similar Occupations

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.

Common Employers

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.

United States

  • Black & Veatch (546)
  • Burns & McDonnell (259)
  • Raytheon (212)
  • Leidos (180)
  • Power Engineers (170)

North Carolina

  • Burns & McDonnell (14)
  • Black & Veatch (13)
  • Kiewit Corporation (10)
  • Mcveigh Mangum Engineering (9)
  • Sargent & Lundy (5)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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