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Hydro Plant Engineering Manager

  • Full Time
  • Wenatchee, Wash.
  • Salary: $124,545 -$166,100 per year
  • Posting End Date: August 21, 2022

Website Chelan County Public Utility District #1

Wage or Salary:
$124,545 -$166,100 per year

Chelan County PUD is located in the geographical center of Washington State at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers. A public power leader, the complex and progressive nature of PUD operations offer a unique mix of challenges and opportunities.

We rely on the mighty Columbia River for much of our hydropower generation and we’re proud to take a leadership role in environmental stewardship as related to this great river system. Each year we dedicate millions of dollars and thousands of work hours to protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plant ecosystems. As part of hydropower operations, we’ve also built 14 parks that serve more than 3 million visitors each year.

Rated by Forbes in 2017 and 2019 as one of the top 25 places to retire, Wenatchee is a recreational paradise with an abundance of adventure. The natural scenic beauty of the Wenatchee Valley provides a vivid backdrop to its thriving economy, where the quality of life is high and the climate is moderate with four distinct seasons, including more than 200 days of sunshine!

We are a small town to some and big city to others. We invest in our children and believe that education is the key to our future success.

We live a life of abundant choices and enjoy water sports on the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers, hiking, biking, rock climbing and unlimited golfing. Downhill and cross-country skiing are just minutes away. The area is also known for producing quality wines.

Consider Chelan PUD as a career choice today! The community is waiting for you.

Chelan PUD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. M/F/Vet/Disabled

Applicants are required to submit a combined cover letter and resume in one document. Your cover letter must describe why you are interested in this position, how your education and experience has prepared you for this role, and what your plans would be for the first 90 days if you were selected for the position. Incomplete materials will not be considered.

To expedite the application process, combine your cover letter and resume into one PDF before applying and upload electronically when requested in the online application process.

This position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED and applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.  The first review date for application materials is scheduled for August 21.

Interested parties are also invited to contact Human Resources at to discuss the position.

Manager – Hydro Plant Engineering

Join our team at Chelan County Public Utility District. As one of the largest hydroelectric projects in the U.S., our mission at Chelan PUD is to improve the quality of life for the thousands of people who call our pristine desert and mountain community home.

Lead and direct plant engineers and technical document specialist work for the District’s hydroelectric facilities including the supervision of plant engineering staff, budgeting, planning, and oversight of engineering plant facilities. Responsible for identifying, recommending, implementing, and coordinating process improvement projects to enhance the performance and efficiencies of the hydroelectric facilities and ongoing District modernization projects, and to support compliance with regulatory requirements. Responsible for overseeing and working collaboratively with Generation plant management to design and implement best operating and maintenance practices that comply with FERC, NERC and WECC bulk electric reliability standards and in a manner that protects the safety of employees, contractors and District equipment. Direct and oversee the development, implementation and administration of Operating & Maintenance Instructions (OMI) and the Technical Library, ensuring technical adequacy, value, efficiency, compliance, and reliability. Identify and recommend effective strategies for hydroelectric equipment maintenance and replacements to generation management and senior management teams.


  • Lead and direct the plant engineering, asset management and technical library staff to support effective ongoing hydro operations and maintenance practices, and timely and cost effective project implementation. Manage the activities of the team in accordance with District policies, District goals and objectives, and in compliance with applicable federal and state regulations and regulatory requirements. Manage resource utilization using Primavera. Develop and maintain productive and positive working relationships with staff and management. Model District values and lead by example.
  • Act as a Standard Owner, Subject Matter Expert or Contributor to NERC CIP Standards. Ensure the District meets its overall compliance obligations for each assigned standard. Oversee the development of compliant processes, controls and supporting documentation to provide assurance of compliance with assigned Standards. Actively monitor compliance with assigned Standards including, but not limited to, self-assessments. Stay abreast of changes and modifications to the assigned Standards.
  • Prepare budgets, goals, objectives for the workgroup. Collaborate with plant staff and engineering departments to establish priorities. Participate in long range planning activities within the business unit. Recommend asset maintenance and replacement plan projects and priorities to Generation management, senior management, and the board of commissioners.
  • Identify, recommend, implement, and coordinate hydroelectric process improvement and maintenance tasks and projects in concert with the hydro engineering project offices, contractors , and consultants. Direct and participate on hydro project teams and negotiation teams on technical and contractual issues while maintaining a global and holistic view of the project goals.
  • Review and monitor startup and testing activities to ensure safe reliable commercial operation of new and rehabilitated systems & equipment.
  • Manage the development and maintenance of the OMIs and technical library.
  • Maintain current knowledge of industry best practices, changes and technical trends in support of continuous process improvement for the Generation business unit.
  • Ensure plant engineering and technical library activities, work products, and project results conform to FERC, NERC and WECC bulk electric reliability standards.
  • As an essential function, drive a motorized vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the District.

People Management

  • This position manages/supervises people. Direct Resources Managed: 2-9. Indirect Resources Managed: None.

Reports To:
Director – Hydro Plant Management

Overtime exemption:



Equivalent experience (year for year) may substitute for required education.
Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical, Civil, Mechanical or a related engineering discipline from a four-year college or university required


10+ years relevant and progressively responsible experience in power plant designs, construction, operations and maintenance, including project management, project engineering and major hydro rehabilitation projects required and
5+ years supervisory experience preferred

Licenses and Certifications:

Valid Driver’s License at hire and WA Driver’s License within 30 days of hire required
Professional Engineer (PE) License preferred

Skills and Abilities:

  • A fully skilled incumbent will have the following knowledge skills & abilities:
    Extensive technical knowledge of hydroelectric power generation equipment, design, manufacturing and construction.
  • Solid knowledge of FERC, NERC and WECC bulk electric reliability standards.
  • Advanced understanding of plant system design, operations and modernization projects.
  • Working knowledge of Operating & Maintenance Instructions (OMI).
  • Working knowledge of budgeting and planning.
  • Solid knowledge of Asset Management programs.
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Project management.
  • Personnel management.
  • Contract negotiations.
  • Supervise and effectively lead and direct the work of others.
  • Collaboration and coordination.
  • Networking within the industry.
  • Facilitate presentations.
  • Identify, recommend, implement, and coordinate hydroelectric process improvement tasks and projects.
  • Must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.

Background Screening:

Pursuant to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards, Chelan County Public Utility District #1 conducts background screening of personnel who have access to the District’s critical physical and/or cyber assets.

Physical Demands:

  • Sitting – Frequently
  • Standing – Frequently
  • Walking – Occasionally
  • Stooping/Bending – Occasionally
  • Reach Waist to Shoulder – Occasionally
  • Wrist/hand/fingers manipulation (keyboarding, mousing, etc.) – Frequently
  • Repetitive Motions – Frequently
  • Talking – Frequently
  • Hearing – Frequently
  • Visual – Near Acuity – Frequently
  • Visual – Far Acuity – Occasionally
  • Visual – Depth Perception – Occasionally

Working Conditions:

  • Exposure to Weather – Occasionally
  • Proximity to Moving Mechanical Parts – Occasionally
  • Atmospheric Conditions (dust, fumes, etc.) – Occasionally
  • Exposure to Electricity – Occasionally
  • Exposure to Toxic/Caustic Chemicals – Occasionally
  • Noise Intensity – Moderate

Chelan PUD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer (EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled). We value diversity at all levels of the organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any protected classifications as defined by law.

EEO Law Posters can be found on the main Careers page in English and Spanish.

Chelan PUD will not be offering any work visa sponsorship for this role.

Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-I.35(c)


The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility. This should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.

Additional Information:

In addition to a competitive starting salary range of $124,575 - $166,100 (based on qualifications, skills and abilities), Chelan PUD employees also enjoy outstanding benefits which include the option of a zero cost medical plan (medical, dental and vision for all eligible dependents), short and long-term disability, Washington State Public Employee's Retirement System, Deferred Compensation (with company matching funds up to 5%), 11 holidays and initial personal leave accrual at 21 days per year.

Introductory Period: New employees holding regular positions must complete an introductory period of twelve months.

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