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San Ramon, California
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Full Time
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5+ years
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Senior Application Engineer

Senior Application Engineer

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) seeks a dedicated individual to join our team as a Senior Application Engineer for our Irvine, CA office. As an SEL Application Engineer, you will be a product expert, supporting the product as well as providing tools and resources for training and teaching others how our products best serve the industry. This position ranges from customer service, assisting in product application, troubleshooting, and finding creative solutions. Experience with the RTAC, network switches and cybersecurity is definitely a bonus!


If you know you are a leader and can mentor others with your expertise, please don't hesitate to apply!

Protection = system protection, protective relays and their applications, settings, and testing
Automation = software, integration and automation, industrial controls, PLCs, industry protocols (IEC-61850, DNP, Modbus), Ethernet systems, protocol analyzers, and industry SCADA practices


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership and mentoring for AEs in automation or protection.
  • Assist Team Leader and Regional Technical Manager in leading technical support activities of the region, including directing regional conferences and seminars, implementing new processes, and owning key customer support issues.
  • Contribute to product specifications, application guides, technical papers, testing, software, and literature.
  • Contribute to new product development and enhancements to products.
  • Participate in SEL marketing and sales activities, industry technical meetings, and conferences.
  • Help customers apply SEL products through visits, demonstrations, training courses, and telephone contact.
  • Teach and lead in training schools for customers and SEL personnel.
  • Develop expertise in automation or protection, while maintaining and improving general knowledge of all SEL products.
  • Continuously identify, measure, follow, and improve sales, marketing, and engineering quality procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Additionally, if a Team Lead, support the Regional Technical Manager, and supervise, lead, and develop technical support staff, and serve as the point of contact and decision-maker for your team on technical customer service and support issues.
  • Additionally, if a Team Lead, manage team schedules, performance reviews, expenses, phone duty, and primary customer responsibilities.
  • Additionally, if a Team Lead, plan, promote, and organize all territory technical customer visits, SEL University courses, conferences, seminars, customer technical service, and other marketing and sales activities.

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering
  • Registered Professional Engineer and/or IEEE Senior Member
  • 10+ years experience in power systems, industry practices, and automation or protection
  • Excellent knowledge of automation or protection and industry practices
  • Working knowledge of products and applications in other focus areas
  • Excellent technical training, speaking, writing, and customer service skills
  • Willingness to travel
  • Background check results satisfactory to SEL
  • Negative drug test result(s)
  • Strong writing, documentation, and speaking skills
  • Ability to learn new skills and assume new responsibilities
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment

Preferred Qualifications
Experience leading project teams or supervising engineers
M.S. in Electrical Engineering with emphasis in automation or protection
Proven expertise in a specific application or discipline
Published application guides and technical papers at industry conference or in journals
Detailed understanding of SEL products and their applications

Physical Requirements


Location Information


Irvine, CA- This position is located in Irvine, CA, where you will enjoy the perfect balance of city living and preserved natural spaces. Located just forty miles from Los Angeles, adjacent to the John Wayne/Orange County airport and only a short drive to the beautiful Southern California beaches.  You can enjoy a variety of great shopping, entertainment, sports, and access to great schools and universities. Irvine is known as the center of Orange County, culturally diverse and has an enjoyable climate, making it the perfect location to call home.


An Award Winning Company


Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) has earned a reputation for quality, reliability, integrity, and service. This has enabled us to expand within both the electric utility and industrial markets in many different industries, markets, and geographies around the world.


Communication with Applicants


SEL sends an initial e-mail response to all applicants at time of résumé or CV submittal. If you do not receive this communication, please check your SPAM filter and make sure your system is not blocking e-mails from SEL. It is important that you ensure your receipt of this e-mail as SEL may communicate future position updates via e-mail. 


SEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer: M/F/Vets/Disabled.

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