Project Scoping Engineer (R16-563)

Company Name: Portland General Electric
Phone Number: (503) 464-7250
City: Portland
State/Provence: Oregon
Zip: 97204
Job Title: Project Scoping Engineer (R16-563)
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Engineering
Posting Start Date: October 26, 2016
Salary: DOE
Salary Per: Per Month
Work Time Type: Hours



This position is responsible for the facilitation and development of Scope of Work (SOW) packages for projects sponsored by Strategic Asset Management (SAM). The Scoping Engineer will utilize demonstrated experience in distribution, substation, and transmission engineering and design to successfully conduct field verification, SOW development, estimate acquisition, and funding project development activities.  This position contributes significantly to the successful development and implementation of the SAM investment portfolio thorough the execution of cost effective, accurate project scoping activities and engineering expertise and judgement.

The ability to perform a variety of complicated tasks while managing a large volume of work in a collaborative and dynamic environment is essential. The responsibilities for this position require close and frequent interaction with a wide variety of topics, subject matter experts, and departments. As a result, a high degree of communication skills, both verbal and written, is required.

ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES (functions with percent of time spent performing function)

40% – Scope of Work Development

  • Lead project scoping and SOW development efforts for all SAM sponsored work.
  • Scope and develop projects identified via SAM analysis tools or stakeholder input in collaboration with team members and SMEs.
  • Develop business processes, documentation, and templates to support the scope of work development process in collaboration with T&D stakeholders and partners.
  • Acquire estimates for scoped projects by working with partners in Substation Engineering and Transmission Engineering & Specialty Design.
  • Propose and lead improvements related to field validation, option development, and project scoping.
  • Provide technical support and communication regarding unusual and complex operational problems including significant system outages.

30% – Field Validation

  • Lead field validation efforts for transmission, substation, and distribution assets/systems targeted by SAM projects.
  • Oversee professional services utilized for field verification efforts as required.
  • Work with SAM Program Manager, SAM Data and Analytics Engineer, and Geospatial Information Systems team to manage and process data captured from field validation efforts.

20% – Funding Project Development

  • Utilize Power Plan to develop and populate SAM Funding Projects.
  • Work with SAM Economist to develop processes and tools for consistent, efficient entry of project information.
  • Collaborate with SAM Program Manager and SAM Economist to organize portfolio of SAM projects.

10% – Miscellaneous Engineering Support/OMS Back-Up

  • Provide miscellaneous engineering expertise and input based on experience and knowledge.
  • Utilize Outage Management System (OMS) tools and processes to provide back-up support for SAM team members.

COMMUNICATIONS (description and reason for contacts)

  • Communicate regularly and effectively with subject matter experts from various parts of the business.
  • Communicate with Executives, stakeholders, management, customers, and peers regarding SAM sponsored projects and programs.
  • If necessary, communicate with external entities (e.g. peer utilities, consortiums) regarding benchmarking and best practices and well as PGE’s approaches, methodologies, and lessons learned.
  • If necessary, communicate with OPUC (Oregon Public Utility Commission) Staff regarding topics related to SAM projects.

CHALLENGES (complexity and diversity of actions)

  • Investigate complex technical problems that may not be easily understood and propose solutions.
  • Manage multiple priorities with varying degrees of consequences.
  • Understanding internal culture and operations in order to effectively and efficiently gather and communicate information.
  • Evaluate and resolve complicated project issues and operational limitations.

DESCISIONS MADE (this position makes the following decisions)

  • Required to make independent decisions impacting project scopes and costs.
  • Determine requirements, establish governance practices/procedures, and develop/enhance processes and specifications for project scoping.
  • Assign duties, responsibilities, and scope of authority to project team personnel as required.
  • Oversee third-party consultant activities and priorities as required.
  • Escalate decisions and issues to the appropriate level of management for resolution.
Experience Required:


  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
  • Requires five-plus years of engineering and design experience in both electrical distribution and substation systems. A Professional Engineering (PE) license is preferred.
  • Extensive understanding of engineering concepts and principles with demonstrated experience in operation and maintenance of transmission, substation, and distribution systems.
  • Comprehensive experience applying engineering and design concepts, industry standards, and governing codes.
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Proven experience effectively planning, scoping, and managing multiple projects with changing timelines at different stages of the project development process.
  • Extensive experience conferring with engineers, field personnel, and other business representatives to discuss a wide range of existing or potential engineering and design approaches, projects, and/or challenges.
  • Broad experience compiling data and writing engineering studies and/or project reports.
  • Prevalent experience operating computer-assisted engineering, design, or mapping software.
  • Pervasive knowledge and familiarity of utility business and culture.
  • Proven experience aligning groups with varying agendas and perspectives.
  • Prefer comprehensive knowledge of PGE’s electrical system and policies as well as demonstrated application of company standards and tariffs, applicable codes, and local jurisdiction requirements.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL ABILITIES AND PROCESSES (what reasoning and decision-making activities are involved in performing job)

  • Excellent communication skills; ability to communicate clearly and effectively with internal/external entities and establish and maintain a high level of trust and confidence.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, facilitate, and lead in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate software programs regularly utilized by SAM.  This may include Power Plan, CYME, ArcFM, and/or ArcGIS, SAM risk models, OMS, and other software applications.
  • Ability to oversee, mentor, or train project team members as necessary.
  • Ability to review, evaluate, analyze, and develop technical information, policies, and reports. 
  • Ability to plan or implement existing or new processes/procedures to enhance SAM initiatives.
  • Required to plan and manage multiple assignments/tasks and prioritize workload to meet expectations and timelines.
  • Required to work independently, as needed, to complete project assignments.
  • Required to work extended hours during storms and emergency conditions.
  • Ability to perform tasks in urgent situations. Position may require working extended hours to meet timelines or unplanned events.
  • May be required to walk on uneven and unimproved surfaces, possibly climb fences, and perform other physical tasks while working in the field.
  • Must possess a valid Oregon driver’s license with no restrictions of use.

PGE is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. PGE will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

How to Apply:

To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the deadline: If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 503-464-7250.

PGE believes in rewarding strong performance. We provide a total compensation package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future.

Assisting with storms or other Company emergencies is a part of all positions at Portland General Electric.

Talent Acquisition Contact:

Todd Singer

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Posting End Date: November 26, 2016