Junior Engineer – Fiber

Junior Engineer – Fiber

  • Full Time
Wage or Salary:
$40.56 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 October 9, 2020.


In addition to a competitive hourly rate of $40.56, 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.


Complete fiber-optic customer service engineering and staking duties for the District.  Initiate stakeholder engagement by meeting directly with internal and external agencies and customers to interpret, evaluate, and design fiber 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     30%           Communicate with internal and external customers daily to evaluate, document and communicate the customer’s needs and expectations.  The CSE will evaluate, design and determine the needs for fiber to meet the customer’s requests.

2.EF     30%           Prepare and deliver design options and cost estimates to customers on regular basis.  This includes requirements for all labor, materials, equipment and tools.

3.EF     15%           Perform job planning and scheduling for all non-emergency related work orders.  Prepare and maintain work order status and target construction dates and report weekly.  This includes reporting on job site readiness, inspections of customer installed facilities and communicating scheduling requirements with District Superintendents, Engineering Supervisor and customers on a daily basis.

4.EF     5%            Prepare and submit applications for easements and permits associated to projects.  Submit drafting and surveying.

5.SF     5%            Develop budget estimates for equipment, materials, supplies, tools and vehicles in conjunction with system improvement or O&M projects.  With approval, purchase equipment, materials, supplies and training.

6.SF     5%            Recognize, investigate, and document boundary and right-of way evidence.

7.EF     5%            Write correspondence, technical specifications and reports, memorandums and other documents.

8.SF     5%            Coordinate and facilitate regular pre-construction meeting between District operations personnel and customer/developers to review plans, specifications and work scope.

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.  Two (2) years of college-level courses in engineering technologies or related field with a strong emphasis on math, science and economics is preferred.

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,

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

•Working knowledge and understanding of engineering principles, practices, tools and software.
•Basic knowledge of concepts, practices and procedures of engineering design and project management.
•Basic knowledge of NESC and NEC

Skills & Abilities:
•Requires excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills.
•Must be able to solve with accuracy both algebraic and trigonometric computations.
•Demonstrated ability to plan and schedule work is required.
•Ability to develop basic engineering designs, analysis, calculations and cost estimating.
•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:
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; Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Word; Microsoft PowerPoint; Microsoft Project; Microsoft Access; Microsoft Visio; Auto-Cad and GIS; 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 and power equipment.

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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EEO Law Poster (English or Spanish)

EEO Law Poster Supplement (English)

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)

To apply for this job please visit www.chelanpud.org.