South Africa

Substation and Grid Connection Engineer

Company WSP Africa
Reference # WSP/POW/BRY/01/2020
Published 10/02/2020
Contract Type Permanent
Salary Market Related
Location Bryanston, Gauteng, South Africa


WSP is one of the most diverse consulting firms in Africa. To further our strategic business execution plan, we are seeking leaders that share our guiding principles – we value our people and our reputation; we are locally dedicated with international scale; we are future-focused and challenge the status quo; we foster collaboration in everything we do and we have an empowering culture and hold ourselves accountable. We are committed to the achievement and maintenance of diversity and equity in employment.
Job Functions Electrical Engineering
Industries Consulting Services,Engineering


Primarily functioning as a substation design and grid connection engineer for transmission, distribution and renewable energy projects. The candidate should be experienced in primary plant substation design. Secondary plant experience and exposure to HV/MV transmission lines will be beneficial. Up to 50% travel to clients, sites and manufacturers premises is envisaged. The role will require foreign travel, specifically in Africa.


•Prepare functional designs, specifications, bills of quantity and tender documents for substation projects (11kV to 400kV) to internationally accepted standards for clients in Southern Africa and also internationally.
•Prepare functional designs, specifications, bills of quantity and tender documents for the grid connection aspects of utility-scale renewable energy projects (solar and wind) to internationally accepted standards for clients in Southern Africa and internationally.
•Review and comment on the technical aspects of Power Purchase and Connection Agreements for renewable energy projects
•Mentor and supervise junior engineers, including reviewing, checking and approving work output of junior engineers
•Preparation of reports, calculations and drawings to stakeholder requirements
•Participation in tender evaluation processes
•Review detailed designs of substations and substation technologies submitted by contractors
•Attend meetings with project stakeholders and prepare minutes
•Site audits and inputs to Project Scoping
•Provide project engineering support during the construction and commissioning phase of transmission and distribution projects including responding to technical queries, factory inspection and witnessing the testing of substation equipment, review of routine and type test results and reports and monitoring progress of construction on site
•Preparation and review of project scope, methodology, schedules, and budget for proposals for consultancy services
•Maintaining relationships with internal divisions, external contractors and clients


•Role model standards for SHEQ performance and behaviour consistent with the company’s health, safety, environmental and quality vision and policies by influencing those around you
•Contributing to the identification of SHEQ risks and driving processes to achieve Zero Harm
•Embracing, displaying and promoting the company values and ensuring a safe working environment is maintained at all times


•BSc Engineering (Electrical) with 5 years of engineering experience
•Experience in substation design and engineering
•Experience on grid connection for utility-scale solar and wind renewable energy projects
•Experience in solar and wind renewable energy technologies will be beneficial
•Experience on projects in Southern Africa
•Project Management experience will be beneficial
•ECSA registration is preferred
•Registration as a professional engineer with ECSA is preferred.
•Minimum 5 years’ experience in the substation design


•Ability to work within a team of engineers
•Good communication skills
•Good technical report writing skills
•Ability to manage time, quality and effort in order to deliver a quality product within time and cost constraints
•Ability to coordinate and manage projects
•Ability to work under pressure
•Must be able to function independently
Job Closing Date 21/02/2020
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