Power Generation Principal Mechanical Engineer

Company Name: Tacoma Power
Phone Number: (253) 502-8158
City: Tacoma
State/Provence: Washington
Zip: 98409
Job Title: Power Generation Principal Mechanical Engineer
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Engineering
Posting Start Date: July 27, 2016
Salary: $85,092.80 - $120,889.60
Salary Per: Per Year
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours
Tacoma Power’s Generation section is seeking a seasoned, innovative, results-oriented engineer with strong communication and technical skills who enjoys a variety of engineering projects and a progressive work environment. This position is located and based in Tacoma, Washington and supports four hydroelectric river projects located in Pierce, Mason, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties.

As a Principal Mechanical Engineer you will apply your years of experience to a variety of capital and maintenance projects for four fish hatcheries, several fish transport and handling facilities, hydroelectric power plants, dams and spillways. You will be working as part of a team of mechanical, civil, electrical and structural engineers and technicians to provide technical services to operations and maintenance staff. You will have the opportunity to mentor other engineers and lead projects with a mechanical focus such as fish handling and rearing improvements, water treatment upgrades for fish rearing, and hydroelectric generator rehabilitation.

Responsibilities include:

  • Participate on diverse working teams involved with design, fabrication, installation, maintenance/repair/rehabilitation of fish facilities and hydro-mechanical equipment
  • Prepare drawings, specifications, schedules, work plans and other documents to refurbish and/or upgrade mechanical equipment and systems
  • Evaluate and select components to refurbish and/or upgrade mechanical equipment and systems
  • Project Management for maintenance, improvement and life extension projects
  • Direct work performed by vendors, contractors and consultants
  • Oversee fabrication and installation work
  • Prepare calculations and cost estimates
  • Develop specifications and RFPs, review and approve bids, negotiate and manage contracts, and approve payments for contracts
  • Prepare O&M manuals
  • Troubleshoot and perform root cause analysis
  • Support the continuous reliability of mechanical systems
Experience Required:

Desired Qualifications:
•A Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from an accredited college or university

•A minimum of nine (9) years of mechanical engineering experience with equipment and systems applicable to this position


•A Professional Engineering (PE) license from a recognized license board in an appropriate engineering discipline and/or the ability to obtain a PE license in the State of Washington upon appointment

Additional Qualifications for Principal Engineer:

•Five-years of experience as a licensed Professional Engineer with lead or supervision experience

Ability to travel up to 5 hours per day, spend several hours per day traversing over uneven ground, ascend and descend stairs and ladders, and ascend/maneuver on temporary scaffolds to access equipment

Tacoma Power is seeking an engineer with a balanced set of professional and technical skills

The professional skills for this position include:

•Strong interpersonal skills; ability to interact respectfully, sensitively and frequently with individuals and groups, including operations and maintenance personnel, to develop and maintain productive relationships and achieve results
•Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, including the compilation of reports, presentations and records
•Ability to mentor junior engineers and technicians
•Some leadership experience

The ideal technical skills for this position include:

•Experience with design and repairs of mechanical equipment at fish hatcheries, hydroelectric power plants and water treatment facilities that include the following equipment and duties:
◦Large Utility Generators
◦Rotating Machinery
◦Vibration Systems and Analysis
◦Braking Systems
◦Hydraulic Systems
◦Piping Systems
◦Flow Measurement Systems
◦Bearings (both radial and thrust)
◦Cooling Systems and Heat Exchangers
◦Compressed Air Systems
◦Water Treatment Systems
◦Dam Spillway Gates
◦Diesel Generators
◦Heavy Lifts and Rigging
◦Machining (including mill, lathe, CNC)
◦Stress Analysis
◦Authoring Specifications
◦Bid Evaluations
◦Factory/Shop Testing
◦Equipment Installation and Commissioning
•Project Management
•Experience working with vendors, fabrication shops, contractors and consultants
•Field experience commissioning mechanical equipment and systems
•Experience with design software such as AutoCAD, Solid Works, FEA and CFD software
•Knowledge of industry standards such as ASME,IEEE and testing and design criteria

How to Apply:


Interested individuals should apply online and must attach a detailed resume and cover letter that highlights job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position. Applicants whose backgrounds most closely reflect the current needs of the department may be invited to participate in one or more interviews. Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check. A valid driver’s license with maintenance thereafter is a condition of employment.

If you have any questions regarding this position please call the Human Resources office at (253) 591-5400.

Posting End Date: August 27, 2016