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Staff Engineer – Electrical

  • Full Time
  • Newport, Ore.
  • Salary: $97,092.67 - $118,016.75 per year
  • Posting End Date: November 13, 2021

Website Central Lincoln PUD

Wage or Salary:
$97,092.67 - $118,016.75 per year


This position is responsible to provide high quality engineering design and participates in project management activities related to the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of Central Lincoln People’s Utility District (Central Lincoln) plants and facilities.  Manages moderately complex projects with limited supervision. The position requires knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures, including materials, equipment and techniques, used in professional level work in the field of engineering and project management.  Investigates and analyzes to identify and recommend solutions and approaches for engineering projects as well as troubleshooting equipment.  Develops project budgets, administer contracts, and monitor job progress. Maintains customer liaison with individuals within or outside the organization, drafters and inspectors, as well as the work for outside consultants/contractors. The position works under continuing supervision and resolves most routine problems while keeping the supervisor informed of unusual or controversial problems and issues.


Additional Information:


Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

Perform moderately complex engineering design and analysis for Central Lincoln projects.

Prepare cost estimates.  Write technical purchase and construction specifications.  Prepare public works and purchase bid document packages.  Follow engineering QA/QC procedures.  Review submittals and respond to requests for information during construction. Develop inspection and testing plans. Inspect fabrication and construction activities, materials, work products and troubleshoot construction and maintenance problems.  Prepare start-up and training plans for operation and maintenance of projects.

Perform basic engineering planning, feasibility studies (including technical report writing), cost estimating, economic analyses and develop alternatives to help determine solutions to operational problems, regulatory concerns, efficiency improvements, asset management issues, etc.

Develop and implement scopes, schedules and budgets for moderately complex projects or portions of highly complex projects.  Oversee and monitor project activities from concept to close out. Communicate project progress to internal clients, supervision and management.  Write status and tracking reports. Give presentations including project recommendations to teams, management groups and the Commission. Procure materials.  Participate in the selection of consultants and assist with management of consultant contracts.  Obtain permits. Ensure compliance with QA/QC procedures to maintain the quality of project deliverables.

Troubleshoot operations and maintenance problems at the request of plant personnel. Clarify and pinpoint problems.  Develop testing methods and alternatives.  Provide alternative problem solutions.  Write brief reports describing possible solutions and recommendations.

Provide preliminary cost estimates, project scopes and schedules.

Participate in work process improvement efforts primarily as a member of interdisciplinary work teams.

Maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position.

SCADA graphical design and database work.  Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) Real Time Automating Controller (RTAC) programming and troubleshooting.

Protective Relay Settings.

Other related duties as assigned.



Knowledge of:

  • Engineering design and analysis including fundamentals of the principles, practices and procedures of an engineering discipline, such as engineering design, calculations, reading and interpreting plans, specifications and project schedules.
  • Permits, permitting timelines and City, County, State and Federal permitting agencies and processes is also required
  • Public works construction methods, equipment and materials is required.

Skills in:

  • Critical thinking; using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Moderate problem solving; identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Systems analysis; determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Verbal and written communication skills, personal computer use, office software and engineering analysis and design software.
  • Personal computer use, office software.
  • Engineering analysis and design software.

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with a diverse work force including the skilled crafts, contractors, customers and other engineers.
  • Comply with Central Lincoln safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Communicate effectively in person and in writing.
  • Obtain and maintain First Aid and CPR certification.



  • Minimum Experience: Staff Engineer requires a minimum of four (4) years of relevant experience.
  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree from ABET accredited program in electrical engineering.
  • Required education, experience, training and certifications:  Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in Oregon or if licensed in another State able to obtain your Oregon License within 12 months of hire date.
  • Valid driver’s license:  Yes
  • Post-offer background check required:  Yes
  • Post-offer drug test required:  No
  • Post-offer physical/functional test required:  No
  • Apprenticeship or other education/training required as a condition of employment, or progression or advancement:  None
  • FLSA Status:   Exempt



  • Supervised by the Engineering Supervisor

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