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Working As A Protection Engineer

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

  • $69,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Protection Engineer Do At Arizona Public Service

* Setting and testing microprocessor relays
* Troubleshoot protective relay misoperations
* Develop protective relay settings based on relaying control schemes
* Develop protective relay requirements for transmission, sub-transmission, distribution, and generation facilities
* Perform fault and relay coordination studies in CAPE (Computer
* Aided Protection Engineering) software
* Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements such as CIP,WECC, and NERC Reliability Standards
* Provide technical expertise to Operations personnel on matters of system protection operations, during temporary and emergency conditions
* Analyze electrical system failures and make recommendations for corrective actio

What Does A Protection Engineer Do At SAIC

* Provide onsite senior level engineering design and operations support to implement enterprise-level data protection solutions
* Operational readiness of all Backup servers and target storage devices
* Manage off-site data replication for both overseas posts and domestic data centers
* Maintain Service level storage solutions for Data Protection
* Monitoring and managing backup solutions
* Design and Operation to include: Virtual Machines (VM’s), Databases, storage pools, disk volumes, client node data, disk maintenance, user management, and OS management pertinent to Data Protection
* Responsible for DoS data protection systems focusing on EMC Avamar and Avamar Grid but also includes Data Domain and RecoverPoint solutions as well as VMWare’s SRM.
* Support Data Center migrations with Data Protection solutions
* Support a rotational on-call posture after normal working hours in response to technical support requests.
* Occasional travel within the Washington DC Metro area to support various program initiatives

What Does A Protection Engineer Do At Southern California Edison

* Assess and determine the proper protection devices and settings for various (e.g. hydro, gas and solar) generation assets.
* Conduct protection failure analysis and make technical recommendations to mitigate the situation.
* Use various database systems to manage relay configuration files in accordance with SCE’s compliance requirements.
* Develop circuit protection test plans for field technicians.
* Collaborate with various internal subject matter experts and stakeholders to ensure Generation’s circuit protection system is aligned with other organizations.
* Support Project Managers and Generation engineering projects.
* Will perform other electrical projects and work as required

What Does A Protection Engineer Do At Credit Suisse-

* Testing and certification of NetBackup software functionality, new features and firmware or associated software releases; Integrating OST disk targets into backup and recovery solutions; Developing cost effective and efficient long term retention strategies; Building backup solutions for Credit Suisse specific applications and infrastructure, including Oracle, Sybase, MS
* SQL, SharePoint and VMware virtual infrastructure; Specifying data protection architectures (e.g. server specifications, solution scale, network requirements); Crafting data protection solutions for very large data sets and large applications with small backup windows; Developing and documenting global standards; Maintaining documentation as technology and solutions change; Collaborating with vendors to understand new technologies and develop specific solutions for Credit Suisse; Automating manual processes; Providing third level (SME) support for complex operational issues; Evangelizing engineered solutions to key partners; Credit Suisse maintains a Working Flexibility Policy, subject to the terms as set forth in the Credit Suisse United States Employment Handbook

What Does A Protection Engineer Do At RELX Group

* Familiarization with IT / Operational Risk management workflows, ticket management and event management tools.
* Lead online fraud and misuse investigations.
* Strong understanding of cyber security incident response procedures.
* Perform advanced content misuse blocking and unblocking or other enforcement actions.
* Monitor the effectiveness of content protection business practices across service offerings.
* Maintain and use content protection methods and procedures.
* Develop and acquire intelligence to Identify threats and acquire product risk intelligence across all product offerings.
* Evaluate, tune and monitor telemetry to determine misuse, fraud and theft of services.
* Analyze chronic misuse and theft of service attack patterns.
* Familiarity with web content service platforms and security controls.
* Familiarity with remote endpoint quarantine procedures and risk assessment/threat remediation.
* Understand and assist with developing metrics demonstrating antifraud efficacy and content theft and misuse countermeasures.
* Work with selected resource owners to identify company IT assets that require security controls and determine appropriate security policies for identified resources.
* Assist with reviewing existing tools, applications, and processes to help strengthen and optimize current capabilities, as well as identifying any gaps or technical solutions to further enhance the team’s effectiveness.
* Design and review security events for anomalous activity, and collaborate with respective peer groups to take appropriate action to safeguard company information assets against current and foreseen threats.
* Assist with implementation content security programs: manage and execute assigned project deliverables; communicate to affected stakeholders including departments within the company; develop program procedures including guidelines and flow diagrams to be implemented on an ongoing basis; and develop tools or metrics that allow for the measurement of successful program implementation

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How To Become A Protection 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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  • White

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  • Hispanic or Latino

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Russian

  • Greek

  • Portuguese

  • Igbo

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Real Protection Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Protection Engineer (Electrical Engineer) Pacific Gas and Electric Company San Ramon, CA Aug 16, 2016 $155,928
Senior Protection Engineer Sebesta, Inc. Phoenixville, PA Mar 14, 2016 $115,000
Supervisor-System Protection Engineer Central Maine Power Company Augusta, ME Feb 13, 2015 $107,307
Supervisor System Protection Engineering Central Maine Power Augusta, ME Aug 15, 2014 $96,914
Senior Protection Engineer NE National Grid USA Service Company, Inc. Waltham, MA May 01, 2015 $90,500
Senior Protection Engineer NE National Grid USA Service Company, Inc. Waltham, MA Nov 17, 2016 $90,500
Engineer, Protection Engineering National Grid USA Service Company Inc. Waltham, MA Sep 14, 2015 $88,150
Protection Engineer Versacom LLC Wendell, NC Oct 01, 2009 $87,464 -
Engineer IV-Protection (Modeling Emphasis) Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. Pullman, WA Aug 20, 2015 $86,819
Relay/System Protection Engineer Electric Power Systems International, Inc. Overland, MO Jun 07, 2016 $84,850
Relay/System Protection Engineer Electric Power Systems International, Inc. Overland, MO Jul 26, 2016 $84,850
Senior Protection Engineer United Electric Systems Inc. Allentown, PA Jul 12, 2015 $81,869
Protection Engineer New York Power Authority White Plains, NY May 19, 2010 $75,090
Engineer, Protection Engineering National Grid USA Services Co., Inc. Waltham, MA Sep 14, 2012 $75,026
Associate Engineer, Cyber Protection Narus, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 07, 2011 $75,000
Engineer-Relay & Protection Commonwealth Edison Company, An Exelon Company Oakbrook Terrace, IL Jan 25, 2016 $70,658 -
Power System Protection/Analytical Engineer Power Engineers, Inc. Meridian, ID Jul 18, 2016 $70,096
Engineer, Transmission Protection & Control American Electric Power Tulsa, OK Aug 27, 2015 $69,000 -
Engineer, Transmission Protection & Control American Electric Power Tulsa, OK Sep 06, 2015 $69,000 -
Relay/System Protection Engineer Electric Power Systems International, Inc. Brunswick, OH Aug 09, 2016 $66,000 -
Relay & System Protection Engineer EPS Engineering and Design, Inc. Brunswick, OH Aug 09, 2016 $66,000 -
Protection Engineer In Training (EIT) HDR Engineering, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Nov 29, 2014 $64,979
System Protection Engineer XCEL Energy Services, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Aug 16, 2015 $64,510
Protection Engineer Aldona Fire Protection, Inc. NY Aug 06, 2016 $64,376
Protection Engineer Versacom LLC Wendell, NC Oct 01, 2009 $62,442 -
Protection Engineer United Electric Systems Inc. Allentown, PA Nov 01, 2014 $59,748
Protection Engineer Siemens Energy, Inc. Wendell, NC Apr 06, 2011 $59,592 -
Protection Engineer Siemens Energy, Inc. Wendell, NC Sep 28, 2011 $59,592 -
Protection Engineer Siemens Energy, Inc. Wendell, NC Oct 01, 2011 $59,592 -

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Top Protection Engineer Skills

  1. Backup Exec
  2. EMC Storage
  3. Fault Analysis
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked with Senior Project Managers and Business Analysts to design complex data management solutions for business units involving EMC Storage.
  • Performed fault analysis for power transmission and distribution systems.
  • Monitor devices and troubleshoot performance issues.
  • Assisted Senior Engineers with new projects, including construction and coordination studies.
  • Contributed to the development and integration of CAPE (Computer Aided Protection Engineering) for SCE.

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