Transmission line engineers are responsible for designing and analyzing transmission lines. Transmissions lines are the cables and other equipment used in power distribution and telecommunications purposes. This typically involves meeting with clients to evaluate their personal needs and requirements, such as power requirements. They are then responsible for overseeing the entire project development, working out a budget, and preparing construction bids for all necessary labor and materials. They must research potential materials and designs to fit system requirements, and they then use computer software (called CAD) to create models and designs. Finally, they will test their designs and make sure that everything will work properly and run smoothly, checking electrical clearances and performing sag-tension analysis.
While working on a project, a transmission line engineer may be required to conduct product demonstrations, provide status updates, and respond to inquiries. They may also have to negotiate contracts and schedule material deliveries. This job is largely performed in an office setting, but it can also involve visits to the field to review potential construction sites.
In order to become employed as a transmission line engineer, one must complete a bachelor’s degree program that is approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, usually in electrical or civil engineering. CAD courses are also very useful for this career. Licensing is also necessary, with requirements varying by state. This usually involves passing state exams and documenting work experience. As the field is always evolving, some states require engineers to complete ongoing education.
Power Transmission Engineer Tasks
Conduct field tests, repairs and preventative maintenance.
Analyze data and create reliable designs for power transmission and storage.
Conduct field studies and system planning studies to inform design and implementation.
Analyze operations and identify potential problems and efficiencies.