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Become A Distribution Engineer

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Working As A Distribution Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $70,048

    Average Salary

What Does A Distribution Engineer Do At Leidos

* Designing of overhead, URD, re-conductoring and asset replacement projects
* Underground cable/conduit distribution projects in urban and rural environments
* Maintaining compliance within client engineering and construction specification
* Identification of conflicting utilities
* Performing engineering and design calculations and work permit development.
* Maintain quality control and safe work practices and while maintaining compliance within the project scope, schedule and budget
* Leidos Commercial Energy Solutions is a trusted and future-focused solutions provider.
* Utilities consistently come to Leidos for reliable power expertise, as reflected through our work with more than 50 investor-owned utilities and more than 160 municipals/cooperatives across the country as well as a growing number of local utility providers and private developers.
* Our project portfolio includes large energy projects for electric utilities, power generation owners, and industrial clients.
* In addition, Leidos works with an established group of industry-leading construction partners delivering meaningful energy delivery solutions.
* Our recognition as an industry leader is confirmed by the latest national rankings by Engineering News
* Record (ENR) ranking Leidos within: the Top 10 T&D Firms, Top 10 Program Management Firms, and Top 20 Power Firms

What Does A Distribution Engineer Do At Black & Veatch

* Accept overall accountability for all engineering deliverables of the project.
* Complete technical tasks such as: update design drawings, update network schematics, update electronic records using Access database.
* Review engineering work completed by junior staff.
* Enforce telecommunications design compliance with codes, standards and policies as set forth by the client, B&V or other industry governing entities.
* Coordinate with multiple departments and disciplines (project management, substation design, telecom engineering, local contractors, etc.), both internal to B&V and within the client’s organization.
* Attend meetings, provide updates within the client’s Southern service territory (Louisiana).
* Seek input from multiple technical disciplines to develop new scopes of work with level-of-effort (labor & material) estimates.
* Travel within the client’s Southern service territory to support the project as required. (Likely less than 20% of working time will require travel.)
* Adhere to safety programs set forth by B&V and the client.
* This description outlines the major duties of this position.
* It does not include all aspects of the position such as the additional duties assigned by supervisors and the requirement for flexibility in helping other groups for the overall benefit of B&V and the client

What Does A Distribution Engineer Do At Job Juncture

* Completing the customer contact portion and paper work required for pole petitions to the municipalities and easements for private property rights
* Providing Dig Safe information to our client for their use in scheduling the mark out of facilities when the work is ready to begin
* Interfacing with line construction foremen and operations personnel is required on larger jobs

What Does A Distribution Engineer Do At TRC Companies

* Perform moderately complex engineering analyses, design and calculations using standard methodology & principles & other viable approaches.
* Develop alternate methods or design concepts to resolve problems or to improve processes/services

What Does A Distribution Engineer Do At Power Engineers

* Entry level position entails performing distribution design, transmission project support, as well as a variety of other tasks as assigned by utility clients.
* Distribution design typically includes physical design, electrical design, and materials

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How To Become A Distribution Engineer

Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, so participation in cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience. Having a Professional Engineer (PE) license may improve an engineer’s chances of finding employment.


High school students interested in studying electrical or electronics engineering benefit from taking courses in physics and mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting are also helpful, because electrical and electronics engineers often are required to prepare technical drawings.

In order to enter the occupation, prospective electrical and electronics engineers need a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology. Programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. Courses include digital systems design, differential equations, and electrical circuit theory. Programs in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology should be accredited by ABET.

Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education. Cooperative programs combine classroom study with practical work. Internships provide similar experience and are growing in number.

At some universities, students can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some universities, or in research and development.

Important Qualities

Concentration. Electrical and electronics engineers design and develop complex electrical systems and electronic components and products. They must be able to keep track of multiple design elements and technical characteristics when performing these tasks.

Initiative. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to apply their knowledge to new tasks in every project they undertake. In addition, they must engage in continuing education to keep up with changes in technology.

Interpersonal skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to work with others during the manufacturing process to ensure that their plans are implemented correctly. This collaboration includes monitoring technicians and devising remedies to problems as they arise.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to use the principles of calculus and other advanced math in order to analyze, design, and troubleshoot equipment.

Speaking skills. Electrical and electronics engineers work closely with other engineers and technicians. They must be able to explain their designs and reasoning clearly and to relay instructions during product development and production. They also may need to explain complex issues to customers who have little or no technical expertise.

Writing skills. Electrical and electronics engineers develop technical publications related to equipment they develop, including maintenance manuals, operation manuals, parts lists, product proposals, and design methods documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as electrical and electronics engineers. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam can be taken right after graduation from a college or university. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After getting work experience, EITs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education courses to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.


Electrical and electronic engineers may advance to supervisory positions in which they lead a team of engineers and technicians. Some may move to management positions, working as engineering or program managers. Preparation for managerial positions usually requires working under the guidance of a more experienced engineer. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

For sales work, an engineering background enables engineers to discuss a product's technical aspects and assist in product planning and use. For more information, see the profile on sales engineers.

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Distribution Engineer Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Persian

  • Hindi

  • Arabic

  • Carrier

  • Italian

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Real Distribution Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Distributed Java Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Sep 24, 2012 $100,000
Distribution Center Engineer Columbia Brands USA LLC Portland, OR Oct 31, 2016 $97,261
Transmission & Distribution Engineer (Eng2) Southern California Edison Westminster, CA Sep 16, 2015 $90,229
Distribution Center Engineer Columbia Sportswear Company Portland, OR Aug 25, 2014 $83,886
Distribution Engineer Matanuska Electric Association, Inc. Palmer, AK Mar 14, 2011 $83,298
Distribution Engineer VF Outdoors, LLC Ontario, CA Oct 08, 2016 $82,000 -
Distribution Engineer VF Outdoor, LLC Ontario, CA Oct 08, 2016 $82,000 -
Distribution Center Engineer Columbia Sportswear USA Corporation Portland, OR Aug 31, 2015 $80,798
Distribution Center Engineer Columbia Sportswear Company Portland, OR Aug 25, 2014 $75,600
Engineer, Distribution Planning National Grid USA Service Company, Inc. Waltham, MA Jun 08, 2013 $75,280
Transmission and Distribution Line Engineer Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Wyomissing, PA Sep 08, 2015 $75,005
Distribution Transformer Engineer Weidmann Electrical Technology, Inc. Saint Johnsbury, VT Apr 01, 2013 $72,828
Distribution and Profiling Engineer Equipment Parts Wholesale Louisville, KY Oct 01, 2011 $70,228
Distribution Transformer Engineer Weidmann Electrical Technology, Inc. Saint Johnsbury, VT Apr 01, 2010 $70,000
Distribution and Profiling Engineer Equipment Parts Wholesale Louisville, KY Sep 07, 2012 $69,000
Distribution Engineer Uchicago Argonne, LLC Lemont, IL Nov 14, 2016 $68,715 -
Engineer, Distribution Planning National Grid USA Service Company Inc. Waltham, MA Jun 07, 2010 $66,000
Distribution Engineer Leidos Engineering, LLC Urban Honolulu, HI Oct 09, 2014 $63,036
Distribution Engineer Leidos Engineering LLC Urban Honolulu, HI Feb 07, 2014 $63,036

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Top Skills for A Distribution Engineer


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Top Distribution Engineer Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Electrical Safety Code
  3. System Reliability
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Evaluated local system performance, management of system emergency operations, and establishment of maintenance procedures.
  • Stock service stations with items such as ice, napkins, or straws.
  • Designed overhead and underground distribution facilities to serve residential and commercial customers.
  • Prepare switching orders that will isolate work areas without causing power outages, referring to drawings of power systems.
  • Created and analyze electrical schematics within power grids and power distribution.

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