Power Generation Production Engineering Manager

Company Name: City of Tacoma
Phone Number: (253) 591-5400
City: Tacoma
State/Provence: Washington
Zip: 98402
Job Title: Power Generation Production Engineering Manager
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Engineering
Posting Start Date: June 27, 2017
Salary: $149,260.80 - $191,360.00
Salary Per: Per Year
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours

Tacoma Power’ Generation Section is seeking an experienced, innovative, results-oriented engineering leader with strong communication and technical skills. This position is based in Tacoma, Washington and supports four hydroelectric projects and utility campus facilities.

As the manager you will lead the electrical, mechanical and automation engineering teams consisting of 20 engineers, technicians and analysts that provide the technical services necessary to enable Tacoma Power to continue to provide safe, environmentally responsible, reliable and cost-effective electrical generating resources while complying with all federal, state and local regulatory requirements.

Tacoma Power is a municipally owned electric utility serving approximately 170,000 customers across a service area of 180 square miles, and is considered one of three key operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities.  “Community Value First” is our strategic principle and we consider our decisions and prioritize resources and programs based on the impact to our communities and rate payers.  Tacoma Power employs approximately 850 employees, more than 200 of which are in the Generation Section.

Duties and responsibilities include

Engineering Management

  • Lead a team that provides electrical and mechanical engineering, construction management, and project management services and operational support for Tacoma Power’s hydro plants, fisheries, parks, utility campus and outlying facilities.
  • Assets include large commercial hydro generators, turbines, protection and control systems, ancillary systems, switchgear, water conveyance systems, water treatment systems, fisheries, data centers, communication sites and office space.
  • Monitor projects and activities to ensure schedules are met, problems are anticipated and resolved, adequate communications (with individuals, workgroups, sections, and outside agencies), proper analysis and evaluation, and results are achieved.
  • Provide engineering direction and technical review of engineers’ work.
  • Maintain communication with management, supervisors and other sections concerning projects, plans, expenditures, schedules and results.
  • Review and approve plans, designs, bid specifications, contracts and agreements.
  • Assure compliance with applicable city, state, and national codes and regulations.
  • Ensure safe work practices and engineering designs.

People Management

  • Recruit and retain a high performing, diverse work force.
  • Manage staff performance
  • Ensure clarity regarding responsibility, decision-making and communication.
  • Maintain a supportive, positive, challenging and productive work environment for employees.
  • Keep employees informed about issues, events and opportunities that may affect them.

Regulatory Compliance

  • Ensure systems are designed to operate in compliance with requirements of our FERC hydroelectric project operating licenses, agreements, regulations, & management plans.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable NERC Reliability Standards.

Planning and Direction-Setting

  • Perform short-term and long-term engineering and economic studies for assets to keep them reliable, efficient and cost effective.
  • Define the group’s priorities, goals and plans.

Financial Management

  • Plan and direct preparation of capital and expense budgets, staffing requirements and monitoring of expenditures; take appropriate action to stay in compliance with budgets and plans.
  • Allocate resources to meet Tacoma Power’s priorities and goals.

Asset Management

  • Lead development of asset management strategy and implementation in collaboration with Tacoma Power’s Asset Management team.
  • Participate with regional and national companies and industries to monitor trends that could benefit Generation.
  • Improve on the quality and consistency of maintenance data to provide more informed assessments and decisions.
  • Develop a plan to implement systems that incorporate a standardized asset management approach and platform for use at all the hydro plants.
Experience Required:


  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in Electrical or Mechanical engineering. Advanced degree is desired.
  • At least four years as a professional engineer in a supervisory role with progressive responsibility in the electric utility industry.
  • Experience in the engineering of hydroelectric plant power systems, power plant operations and equipment maintenance practices, and/or power plant control systems.
  • Experience in management of construction projects in power generation.


  • Professional Engineering license in Washington State or the ability to obtain by comity.
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License
How to Apply:


Interested individuals should complete the online application and attach a resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position. Applicants who have the strongest backgrounds related to the responsibilities of this position may be invited to participate in an interview. Appointment is subject to passing a background check.If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400 before the closing date.

Posting End Date: July 13, 2017