Assistant Engineer – Fiber

Assistant Engineer – Fiber

  • Full Time
Wage or Salary:
$43.28 per hour


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 Sunset Magazine as one of the top 20 Western DREAM TOWNS and by Forbes in 2017 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.


Applicants are required to submit a resume demonstrating utility engineering experience or successful completion of directly related training or certification such as FTTx-OSP Design, Fundamental Engineering Standards for OSP, or BICSI Outside Plant Designer (OSP). A cover letter summarizing interest in the position is strongly preferred. To expedite the process, combine your cover letter and resume into one PDF or WORD document and upload electronically when requested in the online application process.

Incomplete materials will not be considered.

Although the position is Open until Filled, applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The first review date is scheduled for September 30, 2020.


In addition to a competitive hourly rate of $43.28, 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.


Under minimal supervision, takes a lead role in the design, engineering and planning for the District’s customer growth and expansion projects, new developments and mandated projects identified in the annual work plan. The design of these projects supports system reliability, system capacity and new growth for fiber and network systems. Works directly with customers and Operations Superintendents on maintenance projects, customer growth projects and other planned Fiber and network system projects. Supports the Customer Service Engineering department with other routine design and planning duties for utility services including Fiber and Networks projects. Responsible for initiating stakeholder engagement, meeting directly with internal and external agencies, customers and clientele to interpret, evaluate, and design water, Transmission and Distribution electrical and networks infrastructure.

JOB FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job satisfactorily.  Indicate whether the function is an essential function (EF) or a secondary function (SF) of the position.  Essential functions are those activities that, if not performed, would significantly and fundamentally alter the position.  Typically, essential functions account for the largest commitment of time.  Secondary functions are activities not fundamental to the job and may need to be relaxed to accommodate an otherwise qualified applicant with a disability.  In the aggregate, secondary functions typically account for less than 15% of the job scope.

#  EF/SF % of Time Job Functions
1. EF 25% Coordinates and leads planning meetings with internal and external customers daily. Evaluates, documents, and communicates the customer or agency request for service, communicates District policies and engineering guidelines for new installations, modification, relocations or conversion of existing Fiber and Networks facilities.

2. EF 25% Utilize a variety of standards and general engineering principals for reviewing applications for service and to generate construction job plans and cost estimates for new and existing Fiber and Networks facilities. Responsible for calculating and estimating all labor components, material requirements, and tools required for construction crews to perform large customer growth and expansion projects, maintenance projects, agency mandated road widening projects, and system reliability projects. Performs field surveying, right-of-way verification and acquisition, utility coordination, field staking duties, and participation in permitting and easement acquisition.

3. EF 20% Prepares regular scheduling proposals for the work in accordance with the Annual work plan and customer needs. Reports on job site readiness, land use rights, inspections of customer installed facilities and communicates scheduling requirements with District Superintendents, Engineering Supervisor and customers on a daily basis.

4. EF 10% Prepares applications necessary for new easements, right-of-way, governmental permits and other land use rights required as part of the project. Uses a variety of written and verbal communications to communicate the project impact to right-of-way and adjacent private lands.

5. SF 5% Prepares cost estimates during the annual budget season.

6. SF 5% Recognizes, investigates, and documents Distribution and water corridor encroachments. Coordinates the field investigation and generates mitigation plans to resolve encroachments or NESC clearance violations.

7. EF 5% Frequently writes correspondence including; technical specifications progress reports, internal memorandums and other documents as required.

8. SF 5% Prepares and administers regular pre-construction meeting between District operations personnel and customer/developers, public and private agencies as required.

9. EF Ongoing Drive a motorized vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the District.

10. EF Ongoing Maintain regular and predictable attendance.  Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.  Comply with District policies.  Complete all required training. Maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position, and those in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC).

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications listed below are representative of those required, but reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Post-Secondary Education:
No post-secondary education required.  AS/BS degree in the field of engineering, with a strong emphasis on math/sciences such as calculus, linear algebra, classical physics, and engineering economics is preferred. Preference will be given to applicants who have successfully completed the NWPPA Staking Technician Certification Program or equivalent course work.

Typically requires a minimum of five (5) year of experience working in a utility engineering position.  Consideration may be given for post-secondary or equivalent education, such as substituting two (2) years of coursework in an engineering program for two (2) years of experience.  Required experience includes design, construction and unit price cost estimating for Fiber systems, creating and working with Fiber system maps and one-line diagrams, project planning, computer aided drafting (CAD), Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and surveying equipment. CMMS/Maximo or equivalent work management systems are preferred.

Specific KSA’s: A fully skilled incumbent will have the following specific knowledge, skills, and abilities:

• Has an in-depth working knowledge of the NESC rules, District Standards, and engineering principals which are utilized for the development of job plans and construction estimates.
• An in-depth understanding of Maximo (CMMS) work management system is preferred.
• Incumbent shall have a thorough understanding of blue print reading, drafting fundamentals, surveying and field staking functions.

Skills& Abilities:
• Must demonstrate proficiency in utilizing Auto-Cad, wood pole structural analysis programs, GIS and Micro Soft business applications for performing daily work functions.
• Strong skills in written and verbal communications are required.
• Incumbent must have excellent stakeholder engagement skills and the ability to work collaboratively with customers in difficult circumstances.
• Must have the ability to calculate algebraic and trigonometric computations routinely with a high degree of accuracy.
• This position requires the ability to perform multiple complex projects simultaneously and maintain a dynamic daily work schedule.
• May require working overtime as schedules and work plan priorities change.

Language Skills:
Must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English. Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish is preferred.

Computers & Equipment: A fully skilled incumbent will have the ability to utilize the following software, hardware, or equipment:

To perform this job successfully, an individual is required to have knowledge of PeopleSoft Financials;
PeopleSoft Time Entry/ HRIS; Auto-Cad and GIS; Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Word; Microsoft PowerPoint; Microsoft Project; Microsoft Access; Microsoft Visio; Primavera; Maximo Order Processing; Maximo Asset Management; Maximo CCMS Work Management; PC hardware and servers. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to operate general office equipment; heavy equipment; power equipment; 4-wheel drive vehicles; GPS Equipment, survey levels, range finders, grade stakes and other measuring devices.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl or twist torso; pull, push, or exert force; perform repetitive hand or arm motion; talk or hear. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds above shoulder height unassisted. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather); work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; Fumes or airborne particles; outdoor weather conditions; extreme cold (non-weather); extreme heat (non-weather); and risk of electrical shock. The noise level is usually moderate.


A valid driver’s license is required for this position (verified upon hire).  A valid Washington State driver’s license is required within 30 days of employment.


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.


Chelan PUD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and values diversity at all levels of the organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or other protected classifications as defined by law.

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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)

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