Power Distribution Engineer

Come up with innovative and safe ways to deliver electricity to customers.

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Salary Range
$54,000 – $129,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Power Distribution Engineers do?

A Power Distribution Engineer is like a Logistician, paid by an energy company to figure out the best way to deliver electricity by designing the electrical equivalents of Letter Carriers. You see, turning on the lights is a lot like delivering a package: The parcel — electricity — starts out at point A and ends up at point B, delivered there by a network of Couriers and Delivery Drivers that’s designed, planned, and mobilized by a team of Logisticians.

Of course, delivering electricity is a lot more complicated than delivering mail. That’s why to become a Power Distribution Engineer, you must have an engineering degree. After all, you can’t hire people to hand-deliver electricity to homes and businesses. Instead, you’ve got to design complex electrical systems that can safely transport electrical currents over long distances from power plants to customers.

To do exactly that, you spend your days as a Power Distribution Engineer planning the layout of electrical grids. That requires making complex electrical calculations in order to determine for a given distribution area the type and arrangement of circuits needed, as well as the size, type, and quantity of equipment such as transformers, circuit breakers, switches, and lightning arresters. Simultaneously, it’s your responsibility to decide in both rural and urban locations where underground cable and aboveground electrical poles go, including their spacing and depth or height.

Although you don’t deal with the creation of electricity — merely its transportation — you’re nonetheless an Electrical Engineer, which means it’s your job to literally light up our lives!

Should I be a Power Distribution Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Distribution Engineer, District Plant Engineer, Division Plant Engineer, Electric-Distribution Engineer See More

    How to Become a
    Power Distribution Engineer

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