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AECOM Senior or Principal Power Systems Engineer in Christchurch, New Zealand

Company Description

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Leading the change toward a sustainable and equitable future

AECOM is a leading provider of engineering, environment and construction services, and is contributing its deep experience to help strategically plan, develop, design and construct energy infrastructure to not only meet future demands but to deliver sustainable legacies for our clients, community and our planet.

We look at our projects as part of the broader energy system and across the whole life cycle, from commissioning to decommissioning. We help our clients achieve the right balance across the spectrum of generation through renewable energy sources, solar, wind, stored energy, hydropower and fossil fuels; and alternative energy fuels including hydrogen and electrification.

We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Job Description

Our successful nationwide Energy business has a new opportunity for an experienced Senior Power Systems Engineer to join our multi-disciplinary team in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington or Christchurch. As part of our high performing, dynamic team, the Senior Power Systems Engineer contributes to the growth and success of the wider ANZ Energy business, specifically the ANZ Power Systems modelling business.

Working within our close-knit team of energy specialists, you will be responsible for the power systems modelling and design of HV transmission, distribution and generation projects throughout Australia, NZ and the world. You will contribute to the design of critical electrical infrastructure in Australasia and the Pacific that will ultimately improve the reliability and quality of supply to these communities.

As a Senior Power Systems Engineer you will be relied on to strengthen our market leadership, building effective relationships with our clients and contribute to the business delivery of our strategic and operational performance objectives. You will also participate in the development and training of leading-edge technical skills and understand how to practically apply them in ways that add value to AECOM and its clients.

What will a day in this role look like?

  • Undertaking detailed power system/grid code compliance studies using tools such as PSS/E, PSCAD and Digsilent’s PowerFactory

  • Undertaking grid connection due diligence including grid prospecting, connection optioneering, risk assessment and capacity/constraints assessment

  • Supporting and advising clients on the best technical and commercial outcomes for their projects

  • Delivering concept and detailed design of HV substation systems

  • Leading and managing design projects

  • Supporting business process improvement initiatives

  • Writing technical design reports

  • Developing connections with colleagues in other NZ, Australian and global offices to develop new business.


What are we looking for from you?

The following qualifications and experience are highly desired, but if you don’t tick all the boxes you could still be a perfect fit for this role. Please apply, all applications will be considered.

  • Proven professional experience working for a design consultancy, OEM or utility network

  • Good understanding of transmission and distribution planning and customer connection processes for regulated and industrial networks.

  • Experience in detailed grid connection studies using PSS/E-PSCAD and Digsilent’s PowerFactory including PSS/E-PSCAD benchmarking and Model Acceptance Test (MAT).

  • Proficient in Python Scripting.

  • Experience in managing designs for renewables connection projects at transmission or distribution level.

  • Demonstrated understanding of control and protection principles of high voltage substation equipment, transmission lines, generators, transformers, reactive equipment, etc.

  • Basic understanding of power electronics and control systems related to renewable technologies.

  • Demonstrated experience in preparing technical design documentation/reports.

  • Exceptional levels of written and oral communication.

  • Accredited CPEng or working towards Chartership status would be advantageous.

Additional Information



AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10090617

Business Line: Energy

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: ANZ

Career Area: Engineering

Work Location Model: Hybrid