Bridgestone Americas, Inc Senior Power Distribution Engineer in DES MOINES, Iowa


Nashville, Tennessee based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company.

Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries.

The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The Bridgestone Americas family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.

Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

Position Summary

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, one of the world’s leading tire manufacturers, has an immediate job opening for a Sr. Power Distribution Engineer at the Des Moines Agricultural Tire Plant.

This position will assist in the development, implementation and support of current and future power distribution systems throughout the facility. This individual will lead projects including planning, design, construction and maintenance of the Plant’s power distribution systems.

Strong project management and experience with high (69 kV) and medium (2300 to 4160 v) voltage distribution systems are required. This position is also responsible for supporting maintenance as needed. We are looking for a highly motivated and talented Engineer who will be involved in new process and innovations.



  • Design and manage major projects such as new equipment installation, upgrades, etc. Projects range from $100K to $5M.

  • Analyze project requirements, identify and address design parameters, review engineering challenges and ensure solutions are timely and within budget.

  • Work closely with vendors, local utility company, consultants, corporate personnel, and manage external contractors on installations and maintenance.

  • Lead site electrical safety program; this includes maintaining site arc flash study, providing technical guidance on electrical safe work practices, and training personnel on electrical safety. Creating design specifications and complete all needed documentation. Ensure all relevant safety objectives and legal requirements are observed.

  • Design and troubleshoot high/medium voltage electrical distribution systems, including experience with electrical distribution equipment such as 12.5kV switchgear, distribution transformers, protective relays, motor control centers, motors, adjustable speed drives, and industrial lighting.

  • Familiarity with PLC programming and energy monitoring software.

  • Develop and administer site electrical practices, procedures, and preventative maintenance and reliability programs.

  • Give technical guidance on electrical design and installation for maintenance and production equipment capital projects.

Project Management:

  • Project assignments may include planning, designing, materials procurement, project management and project accounting (budgeting, estimating, forecasting). Assist with engineering studies and investigations and in preparation of oral and written reports.

  • Electrical, software design for automation and safety systems. Maintain project scope/schedule and identify scope creep.

  • Create documentation such as training documents, program backup, network diagrams, electrical drawings, etc.


  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering & 5 + years related job experience

  • Designing electrical control system knowledge for automated equipment

  • Understanding of relevant electrical requirements and machine safety standards

  • Strong technically hands-on oriented engineer with clearly demonstrated experience and a track record of deploying modern power systems.

  • Experience with power quality management and 480/4160V equipment energy optimization.

  • Understanding of industry trends, direction and standards that guide new technology offerings, and uses technology and market intelligence to provide strategic recommendations on initiatives to achieve business objectives.

  • Good mechanical aptitude and knowledge.

  • Critical thinking with exceptional problem solving skills, able to work independently and in team environments.

  • Proactive, resourceful & highly motivated with good communication skills and ability to work in high output environment.




Employee Type Regular Full-Time

Degree Preferred 4 Year Degree

Requisition ID 2018-141343

Posted Date 8/22/2018


Zip Code 50313

Functional Area Manufacturing

Category Manufacturing

As an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action employer, it is the policy of Bridgestone to consider for employment all individuals regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.