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Transmission Planning Engineer (I, II, III or Sr)

  • Full Time
  • Wenatchee, Wash.
  • Salary: $60,640 - $120,700 per year
  • Posting End Date: October 31, 2021

Website Chelan County PUD

Wage or Salary:
$60,640 - $120,700 per year

LIVE, WORK AND PLAY!

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

SALARY RANGE

In addition to a competitive starting salary range: Electrical Engineer I: ($60,640-$75,800)  Electrical Engineer II ($70,000 – $87,500) Electrical Engineer III ($80,720-100,900)  Electrical Engineer Sr ($96,560 – $120,700) (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.

JOB DESCRIPTION

This job opening is for a transmission planning engineer. While we are recruiting for varying levels of experience (entry level to Senior), our preferred candidate will have experience conducting transmission studies, including power flow, transient stability, voltage stability and post-transient analyses. A solid understanding of NERC and WECC standards through experience or research is paramount in a senior level candidate. Engineers in the transmission group also have opportunities to expand their engineering practice to other areas such as substation design and protection systems. The information following is characteristic of the type of work that the transmission engineering department is responsible for. The scope of work for the transmission planning engineer will be more focused on conducting transmission studies.

This position will be filled at the Electrical Engineer I, II, III or Sr. level, contingent upon the successful candidate’s knowledge, skills, abilities and education.

JOB FUNCTIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job satisfactorily. Essential functions are those activities that, if not performed, would significantly and fundamentally alter the position.

Job Functions

1. Electrical Engineering: Perform a broad range of engineering design, analysis, calculations, and project management of varying complexity. Determine the depth needed for electrical systems and equipment associated with transmission and distribution systems in various areas. Investigate alternatives for troubleshooting and solution design for obscure or indeterminate problems. Mark up schematic, one-line, and wiring diagrams. Perform protective relay setting calculation; may oversee testing depending on experience. For higher level incumbents, provide structure and work sequence to lower-level engineers to guide technical activities. Receives only general objective guidance from higher level engineers and management. Refers to training material, textbooks, and references only to verify accuracy or determine proper methods for less common problems.
2.  Field Support: Assist or direct electrical maintenance crews in the trouble shooting of electrical problems. Assist with safety related projects that require design, concept, and installation. Design, prepare procedures for and lead commissioning for units and electrical equipment. Assist or lead troubleshooting efforts, developing tests and procedures, analyzing results, and recommending solutions. Evaluate, research, and recommend alternative solutions to resolve complex plant issues. Receives occasional technical guidance from higher level engineers and industry peers.
3.  Plans & Specifications: Research technical complex electrical systems, equipment, and other related materials/services for purchase in accordance with department procedures.
4. Perform analysis of machine condition monitoring data and failure information to determine if equipment needs replacement or repair. Research industry information and propose engineering solutions for problems, deficiencies or opportunities identified.
5. Compliance, Codes & Standards: Perform engineering, testing and provide documentation for reliability compliance activities. Interpret codes and standards including nuances of application, identifying different possible interpretations. Contribute to the development of company technical standards.
6.  Project Management: May develop budgets, schedules, and procurement documents for programs. May act as a project manager for complex projects.
7. Training: Identify and attend training to maintain and learn new skills.
8. 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.
ALL: Post-Secondary Education:
Bachelor’s degree (B.S., B.A.) in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree is preferred for higher level incumbents.

Experience:
The Electrical Engineer I: Entry level. No experience required. Candidates with work experience transmission and distribution systems, with an electric utility or similar applications are preferred.

The Electrical Engineer II: Requires a minimum of two (2) years’ experience performing electrical engineering of increasing complexity in substation design, distribution system design, physical and structural design of overhead lines, system protection, distribution and transmission system planning, or substation/switchyard design. Experience must include examples of successful application of basic engineering in the form of reports, specifications and drawings, participation in data collection and field research or inspections.

The Electrical Engineer III: Requires a minimum of four (4) years experience performing transmission or distribution electrical engineering of increasing complexity in one or more of the following: substation design, distribution system design, physical and structural design of overhead lines, system protection, distribution and transmission system planning, or substation/switchyard design. Experience must include examples of successful application of engineering of medium complexity in the form of reports, specifications and drawings, participation in data collection and field research or inspections.

The Electrical Engineer Sr.: Requires a minimum of six (6) years experience performing transmission or distribution electrical engineering of increasing complexity in one or more of the following: substation design, distribution system design, physical and structural design of overhead lines, system protection, distribution and transmission system planning, or substation/switchyard design. Experience must include examples of successful application of advanced engineering analysis, troubleshooting, system maintenance and design, and specialty application.

A fully skilled incumbent will have the following specific knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Knowledge
• In depth knowledge of the application of engineering tools and software.
• Well-developed knowledge of codes and standards in multiple engineering disciplines.
• Knowledge of project evaluation, scheduling, budgeting, and contract execution for moderately complex projects.
• Knowledge of how other engineering disciplines relate to assigned discipline.
Skills & Abilities
• Accurately interpret and apply common codes and standards.
• Able to analyze and resolve complex engineering problems in area of discipline.
• Able to understand and participate in cross discipline problem analysis and solutions

Uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to complex engineering problems.
• Able to develop, collect, and present data and evidence in a clear, and accurate manner.
• Able to prioritize and break work assignments down into manageable parts.
• Able to communicate complex engineering concepts and opinions both orally and in writing for technical and non-technical audiences.
• Collaborate with other District engineers regarding engineering concepts and opinions.
• Able to lead a multi-discipline engineering team to solve problems.
• Ability to mentor less experienced engineers.
• Ability to generate appropriate alternatives.
Language Skills:
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors. Must be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.
Mathematical Skills:
Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.
Reasoning Ability:
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
Complexity:
Prioritizes and performs a broad range of moderately complex technical or professional work. Solves day to day problems using established policies, regulations, or work rules.
Decision Making:
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. Advises management on best work methods, processes and/or application of policy. Receives guidance in complex situations.

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 intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Word; requires proficiency with analytical, scientific, and engineering software to conduct design, modeling, and analysis. To perform this job successfully, an individual is required to have basic knowledge of PeopleSoft Financials; Microsoft PowerPoint; Primavera; General Office Equipment. For data monitoring and analysis, individual is required to have a working knowledge of OSISoft Pi, PiVision, and SEEQ.
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 regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to perform repetitive hand or arm motion; talk, hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, or twist torso; carry or lift unassisted up to 10 pounds; lift unassisted above shoulder up to 10 pounds. 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 occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; confined spaces; fumes or airborne particles; outdoor weather conditions; risk of electrical shock; and vibration. The noise level is usually moderately loud.

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.

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)

This position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED and applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.  The first review date for application materials is scheduled for October 31, 2021.

 

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