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What Is a Power Distribution Engineer and How to Become One

Power Distribution Engineer

What Does a Power Distribution Engineer Do?

As a power distribution engineer, your primary responsibilities involve the design and maintenance of electrical distribution systems. Your duties include developing site electrical procedures, providing technical guidance for wiring systems, overseeing an electrical system operation from start to finish, ensuring applications meet regulation standards, and providing technical support to various personnel. You typically also develop project timelines and programming reports, estimate costs, define testing criteria, and help implement new engineering methods. You also interface with vendors, utility companies, consultants, and external contractors to oversee installations and equipment maintenance.

How to Become a Power Distribution Engineer

To become a power distribution engineer, you must earn a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and earn several years of experience in an industrial or process manufacturing environment. The more education you have, the less experience you need, so it may be beneficial to pursue a master’s degree or doctorate. You must be able to apply engineering principles and aware of federal and local laws for electrical regulations. Employers prefer candidates who have experience working with automated drafting tools and distribution analysis software. Additional qualifications include knowledge of construction procedures and equipment as well as voltage and motor controls, and excellent communication skills.