Field Engineer

Field Engineer

  • Full Time
Wage or Salary:
$75,041 to $93,801 per year

The field engineer schedules, designs and stakes overhead and underground electrical distribution and transmission line extensions in accordance with cooperative specifications.

  • Schedule and meet with new and/or existing members in field to design overhead & underground line extensions and offer best solutions that meet member and cooperative needs.
  • An active leader in promoting, designing and staking system improvements as directed by the COO and engineering manager in conjunction with annual cooperative work plans.
  • Design line extensions in the field and office. Draw up staking sheets for estimates and construction. Quote costs for new line extensions.
  • Design and stake developments as well as commercial and industrial projects.
  • As directed by the COO, work to resolve disputes with members by designing options and offering best solutions that meet member and cooperative needs.
  • Research property ownership.
  • Prepares, secures necessary permits and easements. Notarizes easements.
  • Maintain and improve the accuracy of Inland’s mapping system through as-built entry and correction of existing data.
  • Discuss ditching, separation requirements and division of cooperative vs. member responsibilities.
  • Interpret and implement applicable NESC Codes and utility standards.
  • Look for maintenance and safety concerns while in the field.
  • Assist operations in resolving line construction concerns as they are presented.
  • Periodically review construction units and standards to assure compliance with applicable codes and make appropriate recommendations to standards committee.
  • Look to serve on safety, standards or other committees.
  • Work with construction to help organize contractor crews during major storm outage situations either in office or field.
  • Other duties as required.
Additional Information:


  • High school diploma or its equivalent is required. Completion of a minimum of twelve credit hours of technical training in the field of surveying/computer-aided drafting is also required. Two-year degree in engineering technology is preferred or completion of NWPPA Staking Certification class.
  • A minimum of two (2) years’ experience in REA/RUS staking procedures is preferred.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledgeable of power line construction methods, materials and equipment. Experience with various types of surveying equipment.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude; strong math skills.
  • Strong computer and software skills.
  • Must possess exceptional decision-making skills; must be able to think through design and construction processes and be able to lay out workable designs with realistic time lines and construction sequences.
  • Must be able to calculate pole, pole top assembly, conductor, guy and anchor strengths and be able to assess NESC code requirements for utility installations.
  • Must possess and maintain a safe work record.
  • Excellent communication skills and professional appearance.
  • Must work well with other employees, members, and the business associates.
  • Must have a valid Washington driver’s license and acceptable driving record.

Mental Demands/Working Conditions:

  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance and supervision.
  • Ability to manage diverse work functions while balancing and adjusting priorities in accordance with changing requirements.
  • Ability to respond quickly and effectively to a rapidly changing work environment.
  • Ability to understand personal and departmental role in the bigger organization picture, and to respond as an effective team member.
  • Ability to work under pressure. Must be able to make decisions with minimal data.
  • Must be able to work in excess of 12 hours during extreme outage situations. Must be available for unscheduled work as needed.
  • Must be able to travel independently throughout the service territory. Other travel outside the service area may be assigned.
  • Work is performed in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings, including office, warehouse, yard and community settings with employees.

Physical Demands: 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 walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee frequently is required to stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • Other specific abilities required are ability to talk using the telephone and hear within normal range.

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