Engineers of power distribution are typically employed as part of a public utility that supplies electric power or on teams with public service commissions which work with utilities and providers. Power distribution engineers are responsible for devising power maps and grids which help to safely deliver electricity to the buildings and homes of customers. Companies which have a number of large factories or manufacturing plants may also employ dedicated power distribution engineers to help maintain maximum efficiency and safety for their own internal power networks.
Electricity typically flows from a central plant through intricate routes to reach homes and businesses, and power distribution engineers set up the means by which that delivery happens by carefully planning power delivery lines, substations, relays, and transformers. Their goal is to safely deliver power which maintains consistency within narrow parameters for maximum safety, and when new commercial developments or subdivisions increase, the engineer must ensure that they receive safe electricity. These engineers also analyze fluctuations in power-flow and make recommendations for improving throughput, increasing safety, and replacing inefficient legacy infrastructure.
Power distribution engineers are typically electrical engineers who specialize in a study that includes distribution and logistics systems. For many public and private employers of power engineers, a post-graduate degree related to electrical distribution may be required for this position, and these engineers are often promoted from within utility companies after serving on design teams specializing in grids and power-flow. Most power distribution engineers split time between an office and work in the field to inspect and survey the components of electrical grids.
Engineer, Power Distribution Tasks
Develop methods of integrating renewable power technology.
Ensure safe operation of power grids, pumps, generators, motors, boilers, turbines, and heat exchangers etc.
Conceive, direct, implement, and evaluate efficiency of power systems.
Work with manufacturing engineering on release and documentation of new hardware, test equipment, and assembly fixtures.