Staking Engineer I (White Salmon)

Company Name: Klickitat PUD
City: Goldendale
State/Provence: Washington
Zip: 98620
Job Title: Staking Engineer I (White Salmon)
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Engineering
Posting Start Date: June 22, 2018
Salary: DOE
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time Type: Hours

Reports To:  Customer Engineering Supervisor

Status:  Non-Exempt

Salary Grade:  6

Summary:  Under general supervision, this position acts as a first point of contact and liaison for KPUD with existing and potential customers. Works closely with customers throughout the power installation process identifying construction alternatives and advising on policies and codes related to line extensions, and acquiring necessary permits and easements. The position performs a wide range of tasks in connection with the design, staking, construction, maintenance, and operation of electrical power distribution and transmission facilities. This position works closely with line crews, internal staff and external customers to ensure that projects are completed in an efficient, timely and cost effective manner. Projects include design and staking of distribution facilities serving residential, irrigation and commercial customers, distribution system improvements such as minor expansions, conversions, relocation, and rebuilds.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain positive contacts with the public; responds to inquiries from customers, contractors, engineers and other persons as to application of policies and codes regarding services, standards and line extensions; investigate and resolve customer inquiries.
  • Design electrical system and facilities: prepare cost quotes and material lists, work orders and drawings for customer line extensions, maintenance and improvements of distribution feeders and transmission facilities.
  • Field staking and surveying:Perform field staking and layout for construction of electrical facilities, field inspections to determine adherence to standards and for “as-built” records.Is responsible for field surveying as required to determine pole height/class, pole top assemblies, guying assemblies, etc.
  • Efficiently utilize GPS, mobile GIS hardware and software, and survey equipment in the field while conducting existing facilities inventories, collecting pre-design data, and staking line extensions.
  • Interpret and apply policies, standards and codes:Makes judgments necessary in application of District engineering and construction standards, applicable State Electric, National Electric Safety Code, Rural Utility Service (RUS) construction standards and specs, National Electric Code. As well as District rules, regulations and line extension policy.
  • Work with customers in acquiring service agreements, easements, and contracts; performs title research and customer negotiations as needed.
  • Work with external agencies in acquiring crossing permits, franchises, rights-of-way and easements.
  • Assist in the maintenance and updates of system maps, system models and records.
  • Assist Operations Dept. during outages with line patrolling, field trouble shooting and mapping information.
  • Assist contract crews and mutual aid crews in the field during large outages or large projects.
  • Assist in planning, engineering and managing yearly Capital projects. Participate in and provide input and analysis for Long Range Plan development
  • Participate in as-built field inspections of completed work orders. Coordinate site visits with the Line Superintendent and crew foreman.
  • Work closely with District employees, outside contractors, engineers, and other utilities as required facilitating completion of projects.
  • Evaluate, and process applications for joint-use of facilities by other utilities. Inspect as-built attachments during and following completion of work.
  • Recommend improvements in construction specifications or material standards to improve safety, overall efficiency and reliability.
  • Participate on internal and industry specific external committees, including but not limited to Safety standards, Material standards, Spec Review, Policy and Procedure review, Klickitat Skamania Utilities Coordinating Council.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or directed 


Working Conditions:

  • Office environment requiring extensive sitting and performing computer work.
  • Frequent fieldwork requiring ability to traverse rough terrain, exposure to hazards associated with construction sites; work in extreme/inclement weather, and wearing of PPE.
  • Frequent travel by small truck or SUV on primitive and rural roads.
  • Frequently operate machines including personal computers, two-way radio, motor vehicle, surveying equipment, field GIS/GPS, calculator, copier, telephone, and locating equipment.
  • Physical requirements include climbing in and out of trucks, driving for long distances, sitting for long periods, walking and carrying equipment over uneven terrain, and working outdoors in harsh weather.
  • Work schedule is 8 am to 5 pm with a 1 hour lunch, Monday through Friday.8 hours per day, 40 hours per week, with the ability to work unscheduled overtime.
Experience Required:


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of standard office computer software, including MS Word, Excel and Access.
  • Working knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS based GIS systems.
  • Working knowledge with mobile GPS, GIS and survey hardware and software.
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD .
  • Ability to quickly learn the Districts ArcGIS based Futura Staking and Mapping work order system.
  • Ability to learn and use RUS electrical line construction specs, techniques and materials. NESC, NEC and Washington Electrical Safety Code.
  • Knowledge of property title search techniques, types and uses of property deeds, right-of-way easements and acquisition.
  • Understand and apply land surveying prin­ciples such as property boundaries, right-of way easements, and have the abili­ty to locate them for the placement of PUD facili­ties. 



  • Maintain a professional and courteous manner with customers and fellow employees.
  • Communicate clearly, persuasively, courteously and professionally with co-workers, the public, and other business contacts.
  • Self-motivated with a strong attention to detail and the demonstrated ability to work independently with little or no direct supervision.
  • Handle multiple projects and deadlines; set priorities and be productive with little or no direct supervision; demonstrate good organizational skills.
  • Must exhibit excellent problem solving, reasoning and decision making skills and apply these impromptu and under pressure.
  • Work well in a team environment, developing a good rapport with both customers and fellow employees.
  • Ability to assess a job and determine the materials, equipment and personnel required to complete it in a cost effective and timely manner.
  • Must be able to apply engineering theory to the design of electric distribution lines. 



  • Associate’s Degree in Engineering Technology, science or other technical field.
  • 4 years’ work experience required, with 2 years utility or engineering/survey experience highly desired.
  • Field experience in the electric, surveying, construction, public works or related fields desired.
  • Educational requirement may be met by a combination of education and experience when competency in the role is demonstrated.

Special Requirements:

  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License and excellent driving record.
  • Current First Aid/CPR Card or ability to obtain within first 6 months.
  • Current Flagging Card or ability to obtain within first 6 months.
  • Residency within Klickitat County.
  • Required to have and carry a personal cell phone for which you will receive a stipend.
  • Perform all position responsibilities in accordance with KPUD policies, procedures and safety rules.
How to Apply:

Applications are available online at and at the Goldendale Klickitat PUD Office.

Please submit your written application to Klickitat PUD, c/o Human Resources, 1313 S. Columbus, Goldendale, WA  98620, or by fax at (509) 773-7449.

Posting End Date: July 22, 2018