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Manager, Engineering

  • Full Time
  • Eugene, Ore.
  • Salary: DOE
  • Posting End Date: October 29, 2022

Website Lane Electric Cooperative

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  • To plan, design, inspect, and develop activities and programs that enhance the safety and reliability of the Cooperative’s transmission and distribution (T&D) systems consistent with established engineering and construction best practices, and prudent utility standards.
  • These duties are to be conducted in an effective, efficient and professional manner consistent with established policies, budget parameters, and business objectives.
  • Supervises and supports the activities of the employees under his/her supervision placing an emphasis on efficient and effective system design and superior customer service. Further emphasis will be to create and maintain a culture that motivates employees to engage in work practices that avoid accidents and injuries.
  • Develops the Construction Work Plan, provides support to the Manager, Operations, and Engineering Technicians concerning the Cooperative’s T&D systems, develops and manages a budget – specifically, makes timely and well-defined recommendations in addition to providing assistance in a variety of technical and administrative duties.


  • Supports and models behavior to promote the Lane Electric Cooperative’s core values of:
    • Honesty, Integrity, and Professionalism
    • Teamwork, Creativity, and Collaboration
    • Responsibility, Pride of Workmanship, and a Focus on Safety
    • Compassion and a Respect for Others.
  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills that create a culture that promotes high performance in your team as well as others. This should be demonstrated in your role by the way you conduct yourself as an employee, manager, co-worker and leader within Lane Electric.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and clearly to a wide range of audiences with the outcome of clear understanding with the use of respect and compassion toward those you are influencing.
  • Demonstrate sound judgement as you lead yourself and your team and set an example for the organization as a whole. Ideally you should be seen as someone who can be trusted to have wise counsel, clear thought, and a resource for solving problems.


  • Performs engineering cost estimating, budgeting and assists in the coordinating of distribution construction schedule required to implement work plans, protection studies, line maintenance and the extension of distribution lines required to adequately serve existing and new Cooperative members.
  • Directs the work of the AMI Technician to plan, design, and maintain AMI equipment including determining equipment specifications and evaluating emerging technology and its potential implementation.
  • Works with Journeyman Lineman/Substation & Meter Maintenance Coordinator to establish meter testing programs and the evaluation and selection of metering equipment.
    Directs Journeyman Lineman/Substation & Meter Maintenance Coordinator and Data Management Department to manage AMI system, provide support to troubleshoot communication issues, and evaluate emerging technology and its potential implementation.
  • Directs the work and development of Engineering Technicians to ensure that staking functions are performed efficiently and with superior customer service. Supports and assists Engineering Technicians and may fill in as work schedule and demands require.
  • Directs the work and development of the GIS/CAD Technician and Engineering Representative to ensure the digital mapping, records, and engineering data effectively support the Cooperative’s construction and T&D maintenance activities.
  • Reviews all work orders prior to release to operations.
  • Works with Controller and Manager, Operations on development of the annual budget.
  • Works with Manager, Operations on annual construction work plan and T&D maintenance activities; surveys and prepares staking sheets on proposed construction and retirements and reviews them with Manager, Operations prior to initiating actual construction.
  • Works with Engineering Technician(s) on new construction requests, surveys and prepares or revises staking sheets as needed.
  • Plans and administers annual T&D system inspection program consistent with Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) requirements. Compiles results of program and submits to Manager, Operations, to implement remedial measures to correct deficiencies identified through inspection.  As needed, reports results to OPUC.
  • Works with Storekeeper to ensure that an adequate inventory of T&D equipment, material and supplies are maintained as necessary to support the Construction Work Plan. Evaluates new products and establishes standards for inventory and equipment.
  • Directs consultants retained by the Cooperative to conduct T&D studies, facility design, or develop long-range work plans. Responsible for reviewing the content of consultants’ work to ensure that products fulfill the Cooperative’s expectations based on operational needs, current and future load requirements, voltage integrity, and service quality.
  • Recommends and implements new or improved engineering standards, practices or methods.
  • Working with Manager, Operations, and Manager, IT, researches and evaluates emerging technology for potential implementation.
  • Secures right of way easements and permits as required for construction projects or service changes.
  • Responsible for the administration of any environmental programs required, including monitoring and replacement of PCB-filled equipment.
  • Responsible for working with other utilities on joint pole attachment issues and approving joint pole attachment applications for connects.
  • Designs circuit layouts and prepares staking sheets for large projects, subdivisions, and partitions.
  • Develops transmission and distribution switching orders and facilitates their implementation for the purposes of T&D construction and maintenance work, load balancing, and in emergency restoration situations.
  • Interviews members, contractors, and others both in the office and the field for new facilities requested or alterations to existing plant.
  • Collaborates with Manager, Communications & Public Relations, regarding member/public communication in advance of all Construction Work Plan projects.
  • Attends meetings, special courses and seminars to facilitate training, keep informed and stay abreast with current industry trends. This may require occasional travel from the area.
  • Performs other duties and special assignments as required.


  • Reports to General Manager
  • Supervises and evaluates:
    • Engineering Technicians
    • GIS/CAD Database Technician
    • Engineering Representative
    • AMI Technician
  • Collaborates and consults closely with:
    • Manager, Operations
    • Controller
    • Other Lane Electric Cooperative employees as assigned or required
    • Employees of other utilities
    • Bonneville Power Administration – Transmission Business Line
    • Consultants and contractors
    • T&D equipment suppliers and vendors
    • Highway and transportation engineers (Lane County, ODOT, et al.)
    • Oregon Public Utility Commission staff
    • Members
  • Participates in the activities of governmental, quasi-governmental, community and electric utility organizations that can influence departmental area of responsibility.


  • Education and training: Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering required; State of Oregon licensed Professional Engineer preferred.  Excellent Computer skills.  Excellent oral and written communication skills.  Skills in developing plans, procedures, and goals required.


  • Five (5) years in a supervisory capacity; demonstrated leadership; good verbal and written communication skills; proven analytical, spreadsheet, and word processing skills.
  • Five (5) years distribution line design using National Electric Safety Code design criteria. Must have five (5) years of experience with an electrical utility’s line extension, policies, principles, construction and customer specifications.
  • Must possess a valid Oregon State driver’s license or obtain within 6 months of employment.


  • Must promptly develop a complete understanding of the Cooperative’s policies and procedures.
  • On-going responsibility to attend classes and conferences that broadens and enhances knowledge of equipment, operating methods, industry issues, and management/leadership practices.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of T&D construction and maintenance procedures, specifications and standards. Must demonstrate, or promptly develop, a working knowledge of the RUS uniform system of accounts, RUS specifications, NESC, and OSHA.

Rules and Regulations

  • On-going responsibility to attend classes and conferences that broadens and enhances knowledge of equipment, operating methods, industry issues, and management/leadership practices.

Physical Requirements

  • Physical Skills: Some physical skill is required. Certain coordinated finger, limb or body movements must be performed in the course of regular work routines.  These can usually be learned on the job, over a relatively short period of time.
  • Physical Effort: Job requires physical effort as a part of regular work routine, such as frequent standing and walking; frequent lifting, guiding, and/or carrying of lightweight materials or equipment; occasional periods of sustained effort. Most job time spent sitting with occasional walking. Requires walking through forested and uneven terrain.

Essential Physical Functions

  • Talking and listening in-person and on the telephone to discuss work assignments, provide directions, monitor progress and procedures with employees, staff, management, members and other outside entities and groups.
  • Reading reports, printouts, memos and other information to review work, ensure accuracy and communicate with employees, staff, management, customers and other outside entities and groups.
  • Use of a computer keyboard to type memos, reports, speeches and other correspondence.
    Depth perception for driving since position requires extensive travel to meet with members and groups throughout the region.
  • Near vision for reading reports, printouts, correspondence, etc. and seeing computer monitor.

Work Environment

  • Work Demand: Overtime exempt position. Significant non-compensable overtime may be required.  Work pressure, disturbances of work flow, and/or irregularities in work schedule is expected and will occur on a regular basis, including significantly extended workday associated with the restoration of service interruptions (outages).
  • Working Conditions: Regular, predictable attendance is required.  Generally favorable working conditions.  However, responsibilities include on-site visits to construction projects and in-the-field visual inspections of the T&D system and rights-of-way to monitor standards compliance.  Site visits and inspections often occur in areas not accessible by vehicles; requiring walking lengthy distances over rough terrain.  Exposure to external conditions and extremes in temperature and weather is expected. Conditions may also require wearing of personal protective equipment (i.e., hard hat, safety glasses, fire-retardant clothing, et al.).

Note:  This description is intended to represent the key areas of responsibility. It is not meant to be all inclusive and does not restrict the work that may be assigned.  Job descriptions may occasionally be updated, as necessary, to reflect evolving business needs.



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