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Alliant Energy Lead Engineer - Grid Planning in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Bring YOUR energy to Alliant Energy!

At Alliant Energy, our purpose is to serve customers and build stronger communities. We are passionate about powering beyond the market challenges of today, while powering what's next in energy. When our employees say "I am energy", it means they take pride in the work we do when disaster strikes, as well as all the days in between. We want you to be safe, happy and healthy. That's why we prioritize safety, offer volunteer opportunities and provide competitive pay, comprehensive health and retirement benefits, tuition reimbursement and paid time off.

At Alliant Energy, our Clean Energy Blueprint is a roadmap to accelerate our transition to renewable energy – something that has become especially important as we work to sustain the economic and environmental health of the communities we serve.

We are looking for a self-motivated and passionate engineer with an interest in renewable energy, the evolution of the generation fleet and the transmission system to join our team. This position will be engaged with planning new renewable energy, energy storage systems as well as other generation types. This involves the navigation of projects through the MISO generation interconnection queue, performing modeling to analyze the impacts of the changing resource fleet and finding the best solutions to system and customer needs. The position will also be involved in local and regional transmission planning and understanding ways the transmission system can be optimized using alternative solutions, energy storage and other technologies.

We are seeking candidates that are willing to learn and assume an influential role within the team. Our ideal candidate has an Electrical Engineering degree, experience with the MISO generation interconnection process and proficiency with transmission modeling tools such as PSS/E, TARA and TSAT.

This is a hybrid-remote position reporting to the Cedar Rapids, IA or Madison, WI office. Candidates must reside in Iowa or Wisconsin.

What you will do

  • Follows safety rules and practices to identify and correct unsafe conditions for self and team. Strives to identify problems and solutions and makes safety suggestions to assist in maintaining a safe work environment, uses tools and standards to design safety in operating and maintaining equipment.

  • Anticipates customer needs and expectations and proposes solutions. Is proactively involved in the identification and solution of complex problems.

  • Demonstrates strong communication and relationship skills with employees, business unit stakeholders, contractors, regulators, including conflict resolution. Provides guidance to other engineers in the development of their communication and relationship building skills. Viewed as technical resource in discussing technical issues with others from non-technical backgrounds.

  • Interprets regulatory and organizational engineering standards; makes recommendations for changing processes and procedures.

  • Facilitates meetings and lead discussions with stakeholders in support of system studies and application of new technologies.

  • Uses critical thinking skills and in-depth analysis necessary in the interpretation of governmental regulations, regional or company business practices and the development of recommendations to address system issues or Planning Criteria violations.

  • Applies risk assessment methodologies or philosophies relying on technical knowledge. Makes high-risk decisions.

  • Leads or coordinates in departmental or cross functional teams addressing complex technical or operational problems.

  • Participates in or may lead departmental budgeting and planning processes. Oversees multi-year plan and supports oversight of others. Develops complex scopes of work with cost estimate, sequencing, and prioritization. Leads in improving processes and procedures.

  • In-depth understanding of the property unit catalog including interpretation and decision-making in terms of a capital investment project or O&M spend.

  • In-depth understanding if system modeling methodologies and software. Able to build complex models and perform power flow studies or analysis. Provides input in advancing methodologies or software.

  • In-depth understanding of interconnection agreements or other relevant agreement language, terminology, and technical requirements. Modifies existing or creates new agreements including cost sharing. Provides guidance in the understanding or development of agreements, including creation of new templates.

  • In-depth understanding of the tools, data, and process for supporting moderately complex technical reviews and studies related to distribution energy resource interconnection applications with limited guidance provided. Understands and applies power quality concepts with limited guidance provided.

  • Engages in other duties as needed that support Alliant Energy’s Values and helps deliver on our Purpose to serve customers and build stronger communities.

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree Engineering program that is accredited through the Engineering Accreditation Commission is required.

Required Experience

  • 9 years of related experience.

  • Project management leadership experience preferred, along with ability to deal with subcontractors and cross-functional teams; recognized as having expertise in a particular area of the discipline.

Key Skills

Cost Optimization • Data Analysis • Feasibility Studies • Grid Interconnection Studies • Power Engineering • Power Flow Analysis and Modeling • Power Systems Performance Monitoring • Power Systems Planning • Regulatory Compliance • Short Circuit Simulation and Analysis • Stakeholder Management • Standards Compliance • Transient Analysis

Our people are passionate about what they do, the product they sell, and the customers they serve. If you're looking for an opportunity to be a part of a work family that values collaboration, innovation and dedication, we're the right company for you.

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Alliant Energy is committed to providing an inclusive work environment for all and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

All candidates selected for employment with Alliant Energy will be required to successfully complete a drug screen and background check.


The above information on this description has been crafted to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not crafted to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Alliant Energy and subsidiaries is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. Applicants in need of a reasonable accommodation for any part of the hiring process, please email

It's an exciting time to join Alliant Energy! Our innovative thinking and fresh, sustainable approach to energy sets us apart. If you're looking for a place that values diverse backgrounds, offers flexible work options and wants to build better communities and a better tomorrow, consider a career with Alliant Energy.

At Alliant Energy, our employees make a difference by delivering an essential service for our customers and communities every day. We care about our employees. We want them to be safe, happy and healthy.

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