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Engineer Aide

  • Full Time
  • Wenatchee, Wash.
  • Salary: $29.85 - $44.47 per hour, depending on qualifications
  • Posting End Date: October 27, 2021

Website Chelan County PUD

Wage or Salary:
$29.85 - $44.47 per hour, depending on qualifications

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 summarize your interest, education and experience relative to the position. Incomplete materials will not be considered.

To expedite the application process, combine your cover letter and resume into one PDF or WORD document 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 October 27, 2021.

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

Engineer Aide: $29.85 –  per hour
Junior Engineer: $41.68 –  per hour
Engineer Assistant: $44.47 –  per hour

This position will be filled at either the Engineer Aide, Junior Engineer, or Engineer Assistant level, depending on a combination of education and years of prior experience.

Job Purpose:

Aide/Junior Engineer: Under general supervision, perform fiber-optic customer service engineering for the District. Initiate stakeholder engagement by meeting directly with internal and external agencies, and customers to interpret, evaluate, and design fiber-optic infrastructure.

Engineer Assistant: 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. 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:

Engineer Aide: Perform field studies and prepare designs and cost estimates. Communicate with internal and external customers daily. Prepare and submit applications for easements and permits. Write correspondence and technical reports. Perform inspections during and after construction to ensure compliance.

Junior Engineer: Communicate with internal and external customers daily. Prepare and deliver cost estimates. Perform job planning and scheduling for non-emergent work orders. Develop budget estimates for equipment, materials, supplies, tools and vehicles. Recognize, investigate, and document boundary and right-of-way evidence.

Engineer Assistant: Coordinates and leads planning meetings with internal and external customers. Utilize a variety of standards and general engineering principles for reviewing applications for service and to generate construction job plans and cost estimates. Prepares scheduling proposals for work in accordance with the Annual work plan and customer needs. Reports on job site readiness, land use rights, inspections of cusomter installed facilities and communicates scheduling requirements with District Superintendent, Engineering Supervisor and customers on a daily basis. Coordinates field investigations and generates mitigation plans to resolve encroachments or NESC clearance violations.


Engineer Aide:
Post-Secondary Education:  No post-secondary education required.
Experience:  Requires a minimum of one (1) year of technical experience (such as engineering, drafting, surveying, GIS, CAD, construction management, etc.), preferably in the utility industry in the area of fiber services.

Junior Engineer:
Post-Secondary Education:  No post-secondary education required.  Two (2) years of college-level courses in engineering technologies or related field with a strong emphasis on math, science and economics is preferred.
Experience:  Typically requires a minimum of three (3) years utility engineering for fiber and network systems with associated field staking experience.  Consideration may be given for post-secondary or equivalent education and or successful demonstration of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities in lieu of years of experience.  Experience in cost estimating using CMMS/Maximo or other maintenance management system is preferred.

Engineer Assistant:
Post-Secondary Education:  No post-secondary education required.  AS 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.

Experience:  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:


•   Working knowledge to in-depth knowledge of engineering principles and practices and proficiency in the use of AutoCAD Software, GIS and Microsoft business applications including Visio is required.  Basic to in-depth knowledge of NESC and NEC. For Engineer Assistant, incumbent shall have a thorough understanding of blue print reading, drafting fundamentals, surveying and field staking functions.

Skills & Abilities:

•   Prefer experience with CMMS/Maximo or other maintenance management system, including cost estimating software.

•   Requires excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills.

•   Must be able to solve both algebraic and trigonometric computations accurately.

•   Demonstrated ability to plan and schedule work is required.

•   Requires ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously while maintaining a dynamic daily work schedule, including periodic overtime and irregular work hours (before 8:00 am and after 5:00 pm).

Language Skills:  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.  Must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.  Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish is preferred.

Decision Making:  Follows established procedures.   Establishes daily work priorities. May train lower level employees. Escalates problems or issues to supervisor and provides recommended solutions. Escalates unusual or complex issues to supervisor. For Engineer Assistant, works independently, under limited supervision.  Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience.  Trains and mentor’s others.  May act as a team leader.

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; Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Word; Microsoft PowerPoint; Microsoft Project; Microsoft Access; Primavera; Maximo Order Processing; Maximo Asset Management; Maximo CCMS Work Management; PC hardware, heavy equipment, and servers. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to operate general office 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.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: An employee may not be hired or transferred to a job, or continue in a job if currently employed, if they do not satisfy the following job requirements. These District requirements cannot be waived by supervisors.

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 (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)


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