Spec IV, Automation Test and Energization (R17-526)

Company Name: Portland General Electric
Phone Number: (503) 464-7250
City: Portland
State/Provence: Oregon
Zip: 97204
Job Title: Spec IV, Automation Test and Energization (R17-526)
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Engineering
Posting Start Date: November 28, 2017
Salary: DOE
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours


Develop functional testing plans, support testing and assist technicians with implementation of Automation systems as part of Substation QA and Smart Grid efforts.  Develop and monitor a Preventive Maintenance program for SCADA and other Automation systems. Ensure substation integration and automation systems are coordinated with the System Control Center using applicable interfaces and protocols.  At NERC critical asset sites, ensure equipment and configuration meets CIP regulatory requirements.



Substation Testing and Energizing (50%):

  • Work with protection & automation engineers to develop testing plans for complex control systems which ensures substation integration and automation systems provide clear, concise real time operational field information for System Control Center functions.
  • Direct checkout of SCADA points and provide technical support to SCADA technicians during commissioning using a variety of vendor equipment including, but not limited to:
    • Programmable Logic Controllers
    • Remote Terminal Units (RTUs)
    • Transducers and Meters
    • Communication Processors
    • Gateway Devices
    • Electronic Relays used for power system protection
    • Major Equipment (Breaker, Transformer, Bushing etc.) monitoring devices
    • Network equipment including Ethernet switches, routers, terminal servers, etc.
    • Human Machine Interface programs and Hardware
    • Modems, media converters, radios and other communication devices
  • Direct checkout of other Automation systems such as Distribution Automation and Interchange Metering.
  • Coordinate development of Post-Construction QA checklist.
  • Coordinate with outside entities such as:
    • PGE System Control Center
    • Other interconnected utilities
    • Other PGE departments: Generation, Transmission, Distribution, System Control Center, Communications, Project Management, Asset Management.
  • Ensure QA activities are well documented and ensure proper document control to meet NERC requirements.
  • Support substation electricians during construction activities to minimize the likelihood of misoperations impacting the reliability of the power system.Substation Operations and Maintenance (30%):
  • Develop and monitor a Preventive Maintenance program for SCADA and Smart Grid assets.
  • Monitor operational data, including SCADA watchdog alarms, and initiate corrective action.
  • Develop and monitor spare parts lists for SCADA and Smart Grid assets.Technical Training (10%):
  • Identify training and testing requirements for new and complex control systems.
  • Support efforts to deliver technical training to Substation Technicians.
  • Support Meter/Relay/SCADA Technicians with design issues and changing technology.Other Responsibilities (10%):
  • Plan and perform assignments requiring judgment in the independent evaluation, selection, modification and application of engineering principles, theories and concepts.
  • Analyze and prepare technical reports and provide solutions to complex technical matters.
  • Provide support to operational personnel for switching and load restoration activities.
  • Provide input on control & protection design standards and criteria.
  • Maintain a high level of engineering proficiency within the field of specialization and maintain up to date technical knowledge of all current techniques, applicable codes and regulations.
  • Support overall project management with scope and budget changes.


  • Communicate verbally and in writing with engineers and company management to present and justify automation investments.
  • Provide consultation and technical expertise to various PGE departments.
  • Communicate with other utilities’ personnel to share information and provide technical expertise.


  • Solve integration and automation challenges at various substations where multiple equipment and integration standards are used.
  • Keep up with rapidly changing integration and automation technology.
  • Keep up with rapidly changing networking, programming and software technology.
  • Investigate system construction, maintenance, and operational problems and recommend corrective action.
  • Analyze causes and recommend solutions to complex but routine operational maintenance problems.
  • Evaluate and resolve technically complex problems, broad problems with numerous variables of uncertain relationship and magnitude.


  • The level or degree of testing required to meet PGE Quality Assurance standards.
  • Identification of maintenance intervals and test procedures for Automation assets.
  • Proper notification and coordination of testing with construction activities.
Experience Required:


  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science or related technical field.
  • Typically requires 5+ years of experience in industrial automation, utility automation and/or construction management.
  • Experience commissioning substation automation or industrial automation equipment is preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of various devices used for industrial control systems (PLC, Transducers, I/O devices)
  • Thorough knowledge of various major equipment monitoring devices and associated communication and configuration programs
  • Basic understanding of electric utility substation protection and control systems
  • Basic familiarity with substation equipment and operating mechanisms
  • Thorough ability to troubleshoot and resolve complex logic programming issues, network issues, device malfunction etc.
  • Thorough ability to troubleshoot SCADA protocol and SCADA network related issues
  • Thorough ability to read schematic and wiring diagrams
  • Working ability to validate data collected by the integration systems
  • Working ability to develop logic using ladder logic programming and IEC61131-3 standards
  • Thorough knowledge of communication and networking standards such as TIA/EIA RS-232 & RS-485, Fiber Optic and Ethernet
  • Thorough knowledge of SCADA protocols DNP 3.0, Modbus (Serial and TCP/IP), Modbus Plus, L&G 8979, OPC and ICCP
  • Working knowledge of TCP/IP networks, subnets and routing and management tools such as SNTP, NTP, PPTP and SNMP
  • Working knowledge of Network design (TCI/IP and Modbus Plus) and OSI Layers
  • Basic understanding of scripting languages (Java, VB, Python etc.)
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, including public speaking
  • Effective human relations skills
  • Thorough analytical and problem solving skills 


  • Deal effectively with pressure of real-time problem solving.
  • Evaluate technical programming requirements for automation projects.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Possess the physical ability to spend time in non-office environments, accessing installed equipment (substations, plants, facilities) and performing required duties at these locations in all weather conditions.
How to Apply:

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Posting End Date: January 28, 2018