Civil Engineers - Line & Substation Design


Nebraska Public Power District offers an excellent salary for civil engineers - starting salary between $66,372.00 and $109,026.00 determined by the applicant's knowledge, skills, ability and experience.

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), a public corporation and political subdivision of the State of Nebraska, operates an integrated electric utility system including generation, transmission and distribution facilities. Making the future of Nebraska brighter is a collaborative effort. It’s a combination of meeting our customers’ needs in a financially responsible manner and with a safety first mindset; ensuring we reliably deliver power to homes, businesses, institutions and agriculture; and meeting our obligations from an environmental perspective. NPPD has a diverse power resource mix that produces energy from a variety of fuel sources including coal, nuclear, natural gas, oil, hydro, wind and solar. NPPD has a presence in 86 of Nebraska’s 93 counties. NPPD’s corporate office is located in Columbus, Nebraska.

NPPD is recruiting for two (2) Civil Engineer positions to work in Lines & Substation Engineering. Location for these positions is Columbus, Nebraska.  These positions report to the Engineering Supervisor-Lines & Substation. 

Positions close January 31, 2018.

Summary of Job Duties:

Engineer (Substation Design) - Perform engineering design analysis anddemonstrate technical knowledge and skills in the area of sub-transmission (34.5 and 69-kV) and transmission (115, 230 and 345-kV) substation design. The experience shall include designing ring-bus, breaker and a half, and other substation configurations along with knowledge in various types of equipment used in substations (Autotransformers, Power Transformers, PCBs, MODs, Capacitor Banks, Wave Traps, Switchgear, and Buswork). Additional skills include designing ground grids and conduit plans, creating site grading plans, and performing structural support analysis for various types of elements. Also, knowledge in substation construction, operation, and maintenance techniques and standards is preferred. The individual must be a problem-solver and embrace change.

These positions fall under the umbrella of NPPD’s Non-Nuclear Engineering Career Path. Essential duties and responsibilities for this position will align with the documented career path for the Engineer’s assigned level.

Engineer (Level I) Entry level position with assignments designed to develop general knowledge of professional engineering practice in the electric utility industry and introduce customer/supplier communication skills.

Engineer (Level II) Second level position with assignments designed to develop competent technical knowledge within an engineering discipline, develop customer relations skills, and introduce project management skills.

Engineer (Level III) A fully competent engineer in conventional aspects within the specific discipline with expertise in specific areas of past assignments. Assignments designed to expand the areas of expertise within the discipline, develop project management skills, and develop a general knowledge of other disciplines.


  • Education, Training, and Experience:

    • B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from an ABET accredited university or college, OR P.E. and B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from a Non-ABET accredited school.

    • Training and experience requirements fall under the umbrella of NPPD’s Non-Nuclear Engineering Career Path. Specific requirements for Engineer (Level I, II, III) are specified in the career path standard. 

  • Licenses and/or Certifications Required/Preferred:

    • License and certification requirements/preferences fall under the umbrella of NPPD’s Non-Nuclear Engineering Career Path. Specific requirement/preferences for Engineer (Level I, II, III) are specified in the career path standard.

Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary and an excellent benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401K retirement plan, paid holidays, paid vacation, training opportunities and more.

If you have any special needs requests, please contact Human Resources at Nebraska Public Power District.

Nebraska Public Power District is an Equal Opportunity Employer