System Engineer

Company Name: Inland Power & Light Company
Phone Number: (509) 747-7151
City: Spokane
State/Provence: Washington
Zip: 99224
Job Title: System Engineer
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Engineering
Posting Start Date: September 19, 2016
Salary: $76,000 - $113,000
Salary Per: Per Year
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours

Purpose of Position

The system engineer is responsible for analysis of the system and receipt of input from others to determine where improvements are necessary and for managing the projects while they are in the engineering department and to support operations as the projects are built.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Develops system planning documents in conjunction with analysis of the distribution system.
  2. Perform assigned load flow, voltage drop, short circuit, load growth, load balancing, switching optimization, and “what if” scenario analysis of the distribution system to determine where weaknesses in the system exist or will exist in the future.
  3. Identify those system needs; analyze as appropriate, and funnel into project categorization and ranking process.
  4. Respond to day-to-day power quality concerns, protection issues, and requests for assistance from field engineers in properly designing/sizing new facilities; liaison between engineering and operations.
  5. Assists in recommending system changes that will maintain the quality of electric service; minimize voltage fluctuations and service interruptions.
  6. Assists in recommending system changes that will minimize the cost of purchased power; line losses, facility charges, maximize diversity, etc.
  7. Designs various capital system improvements as required such as substations, transmission lines, communications facilities, and power distribution facilities.
  8. Consults on technical aspects of equipment.
  9. Prepares contract specifications and documents required for contracting electrical construction work using utility engineering standards, in accordance, and compliance with local, State, Federal and national codes, and ordinances.
  10. Provides project management and engineering support on capital projects.
  11. Assists engineering manager with guidance of department in furtherance of company goals.
  12. Provide support when annual work plans are being developed.
  13. Coordinates and cooperates with all Inland personnel, the membership, local city, county, and state personnel, other utilities, contractors and vendors as needed.
  14. Performs other duties as assigned.


Experience Required:
  1. Education/Experience:
    1. Requires a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering.
    2. Five years’ utility experience preferred.
    3. Passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) test or pass within two years of employment.
  1. Knowledge and Skills:
    1. Knowledge of National Electrical Safety Code, National Electrical Code, Washington State Electrical Safety Code for utilities, power line construction, methods, materials and equipment.
    2. Knowledge of utility accounting systems.
    3. Knowledge of Rural Utilities Service contracting requirements and construction standards along with OSHA standards.
    4. Must have a valid Washington driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
  1. Preferred Job Qualifications:
    1. Understanding of electricity substations, transmission and distribution systems.
    2. Experience in work with BPA as a power supplier.
    3. Understanding of relevant environmental concerns. Professional engineering license in Electrical Engineering in Washington and Idaho.
  1. Mental Demands/Working Conditions:
    1. Ability to work independently with minimal guidance and supervision.
    2. Ability to manage diverse work functions while balancing and adjusting priorities in accordance with changing requirements.
    3. Ability to respond quickly and effectively to a rapidly changing work environment.
    4. Ability to understand personal and departmental role in the bigger organization picture, and to respond as an effective team member.
    5. Ability to work under pressure. Must be able to make decisions with minimal data.
    6. Must be able to work in excess of 12 hours during extreme outage situations. Must be available for unscheduled work as needed.
    7. Must be able to travel independently throughout the service territory. Other travel outside the service area may be assigned.
  1. Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
    2. The employee frequently is required to stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance.
    3. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
    4. Other specific abilities required are ability to talk using the telephone and hear within normal range.
How to Apply:

If your credentials and interest match this job, please visit Inland Power at for full application details.

Posting End Date: October 7, 2016