A transmission-line engineer’s job is to manage transmission line projects and to design structures or configurations that transfer electrical energy from one point to another. Employers require that candidates have a bachelor's degree in electrical, mechanical, or civil engineering or another relevant fields. Master's degrees and research experience in relevant fields would be a pluses. Transmission-line engineers are often required to have various certifications.
They must utilize National Electrical Safety code and other relevant codes. They must follow OSHA safety rules and regulations. They must be familiar with various software related to transmission-line engineering. Employers prefer candidates who have previous work experience as transmission-line engineers. They must be able to coordinate work with other types of engineers that work on different parts of their projects. They must be able to meet project deadlines. They must be comfortable working in a team environment. They must be able to work well with clients, contractors, vendors, and subcontractors. They must have excellent oral and written communication skills. They must have interpersonal and leadership skills. They are usually involved in establishing budget or estimates related to their projects. They must be willing to travel to clients’ or vendors’ sites.
They must attend relevant training classes, workshops, and conferences. They must read relevant professional journals. They must keep themselves up to date with various new technologies available in the marketplace that are relevant to their profession. They may be required to train or coach new or more junior transmission-line engineers.
Transmission-Line Engineer Tasks
Design transmission lines in specific kV range.
Model transmission lines in PLS-CADD, determine right of way requirements, calculate conductor sags, and develop transmission line plan and profile drawings.
Utilize National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and other applicable industry codes for transmission line design.
Design transmission line components and spotting.
Develop cost estimates and schedules and prepare specifications for the procurement of transmission line materials and construction.