Cowlitz Falls Project Engineer

Cowlitz Falls Project Engineer

  • Full Time
  • Lewis County Washington
  • Salary: $82,960 - $124,440 Annually
  • Posting End Date: April 23, 2021

Website Lewis County PUD

Wage or Salary:
$82,960 - $124,440 Annually

About the Position

The Project Engineer is responsible for providing engineering and support services relating to the District’s Cowlitz Falls Hydroelectric Project and Mill Creek Hydroelectric Project.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

  • Responsible for large and small capital projects at District generation facilities and recreation and wildlife areas.
  • Review, evaluate, design, develop, and modify changes to civil, mechanical and electrical systems, processes, or facilities to improve, repair or resolve problems at Cowlitz Falls and recreation areas.
  • Provide reports on the status of project milestones, monitors progress, and adjusts schedules accordingly.
  • Perform calculations, complex engineering studies, recommend alternative engineering analysis, timelines, budgets, and be able to effectively present the information to management with recommendations that align and meet the business unit needs.
  • Develop contracts, writes specifications and develops drawings for a variety of repairs and improvement projects for Cowlitz Falls.
  • Ensure compliance with FERC and other engineering standards related to improvements and changes to Project features, including required reports and filings.
  • Coordinate preparation and delivery of project deliverables, schedules, budgets, design documents, and bid packages.
  • Provide project management support, including quotes and bids for major construction, maintenance and repair projects, and permitting, in accordance with District policies.
  • Responsible for effectively managing outside engineering services and general or specialty contractors to accomplish assigned projects or tasks.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Additional Information:

Position Requirements 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.  In the absence of the Cowlitz Falls Superintendent, this position may at times have supervisory responsibility.


Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in electrical, mechanical, or civil engineering from an ABET accredited program. Emphasis in industrial or power systems preferred.  Minimum five years’ experience in engineering, or operation and maintenance of hydroelectric dams or other power plants.  Must have demonstrated knowledge and comprehensive understanding of mathematics, drafting, surveying, engineering, and project management fundamentals.  Ability to read and interpret electrical, mechanical, civil, and structural drawings, principles and practices pertaining to hydroelectric plants.


Certificates, Licenses, or Registrations:

Must have a valid Driver’s license.  Professional Engineer’s (PE) License preferred.  Must be certified in First Aid or have the ability to obtain certification within six (6) months of employment.
Computer Skills: 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be proficient with the use of personal computers and applications of MS Outlook, Excel, Word, Project, and Teams.  Experience with MS Access, Primavera, and AutoCAD preferred.


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.


While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently required to walk, climb stairs, bend, reach, use hands to finger, handle, and feel, and sit for extended periods of time.   Frequently climbs stairs and ladders in excess of 100 feet.  Often required to wear and work in different types of personal protective equipment (PPE); work around and over water, in dirty conditions and from heights.  Occasionally required to work in elevated positions and work from a suspended man-basket, work in confined spaces, work with hand and power tools to assist in testing and repairs of equipment.  Occasionally required to push, pull, lift and carry up to 40 pounds.  Required to speak clearly and hear well when communicating over the telephone and in person.


Work Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to indoor and outdoor environments.  Employee risks physical hazard from energized equipment, rotating machinery, falling from heights, working around water and other hazards associated with dams and powerhouses.  Work may be performed in wet, dirty, greasy and oily conditions when working around equipment.  The noise level in the work environment is moderate to loud.


This position may be required to work all hours of a day, on holidays, and/or weekends as work or emergency conditions dictate.

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