Engineer (Senior or Senior II), Portland, OR #111707

Date: Apr 11, 2024

Location: PORTLAND, OR, US, 97232

Company: PacifiCorp


PacifiCorp is seeking customer-centric candidates to grow and sustain our commitment to a culture of customer service excellence, environmental sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Are you passionate about engineering and sustainability? PacifiCorp is looking for customer-centric Electrical & Controls Engineering candidates to join our Renewables team. As a member of our team, you will have the opportunity to work on innovative projects that make a difference in our customers’ lives. We are committed to providing excellent customer service, promoting environmental sustainability, and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

As a Renewables Electrical & Controls Engineer, you will be responsible for designing and implementing automation and control systems at hydroelectric, solar, and wind energy facilities. This includes revitalization and modernization of legacy electrical and controls systems to ensure safe and reliable power production.  You will have the opportunity to work in picturesque scenic areas of six western states, where you can witness the raw power of nature firsthand.


General Purpose

As an Electrical & Controls Engineer at PacifiCorp, you will maintain, upgrade, optimize, and develop new automation and monitoring systems for Renewables generation.  This includes being responsible for developing PLC programs, SCADA, HMIs, Historian, advanced engineering studies, plans, specifications, calculations, evaluations, design documents, and performance assessments associated with the planning, design, licensing, construction, operation, and maintenance of the company’s generation, transmission, distribution, telecommunication, or other utility facilities/systems.


Areas of work most frequently include hydro generation, with occasional support and growth for pumped storage, solar, and wind facilities.  
The job will include both engineering analysis/design and engineering project management.  
•    Project management aspects will include appropriations requests, forecasting, accruing, requisitioning, contract scope authoring, contract management, installation coordination, field commissioning.  
•    Engineering design frequently includes working with PLCs, SCADA, networking, communication, variable frequency drives, switchgear, low/medium/high voltage breakers, excitation systems, synchronous generators, digital governors, load centers, motors (control & protection). 


Experience with Modicon PLCs and GE iFIX preferred.


•    Design, develop, modify, and evaluate systems, process, or facilities to support company objectives, utilizing engineering methods.
•    Develop highly complex engineering studies, plans, specifications, calculations, evaluations, design documents, and performance assessments.  
•    Determine methods and techniques for obtaining results. 
•    Act as a lead/expert in the work group; train and mentor associate and career level engineers, technicians and drafters. 
•    Recommend alternative engineering solutions to management to meet business needs.  
•    Deliver on commitments and manage outside engineering services to accomplish the assigned work.
•    Maintain project timelines and budgets.
•    Analyze and design engineering methods.

In addition, responsibilities for the Senior II Engineer include the following:  
•    Design, develop, modify, and evaluate complex systems, process, or facilities to support company objectives, utilizing engineering methods.
•    Develop highly complex engineering studies, plans, specifications, calculations, evaluations, design documents, and performance assessments.  



Requirements for the Senior Engineer include the following:

•    Bachelor’s degree in engineering from an accredited college/university.
•    A minimum of five or more years’ experience in industrial power systems or electric utility power systems, or related professional experience.
•    Demonstrated knowledge and application of principles in area of engineering specialty.
•    Project management and leadership skills including the ability to work as a team member, to maintain project timelines, budgets, and deliver on commitments.
•    Understanding of company’s business, and relevant policies, procedures, and practices.
•    Knowledge of applicable federal, state, local laws, regulations and the National Electric Codes.  
•    Ability to perform effectively in high-pressure situations while maintaining focus and calmness.
•    Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills involving the ability to work cross-functionally to understand requirements, present alternatives, and recommendations. 
•    Proficient with the use of personal computers including automated tools.

In addition, requirements for the Senior II Engineer include the following:

•    A minimum of six or more years’ experience in industrial power systems or electric utility power systems.
•    Advanced technical degree or professional engineer (PE) license required or 8 years of directly applicable engineering experience required.


Work Location

Unless traveling:
•    Required in-office days are Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday.  
•    Employee may choose their preferred location on Monday and Friday.

Occasional travel is required.  Travel is frequently to generation plants throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Utah, Montana, and Wyoming.  Office type work (in-office and at home) occurs the remainder of the time.  In-office work occurs in Portland, Oregon.

Work Schedule:
Employees typically work one of the following schedules on a 2-week cycle – MTWThF/ MTWThF – 88888/88888, 99998/99990, 99998/09999, 99994/99994, 49999/49999.  Occasional work schedule may flex due to events like travel, equipment maintenance, or emergency situations.

Benefits include the following and more: 
•     Company will contribute 4% of employee’s base salary to the employee’s retirement account and will match employee’s contributions for the next 6% of base salary (company 4% + employee 6% + company 6% = 16% total to retirement account).
•    Depending on grade level, employee will be eligible for up to 12% bonus pay at end of each year.
•    Medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage options.
•    Life insurance with supplementary coverage options.
•    Three weeks of full pay parental leave for employee’s newborn or child adoption, per year.
•    Up to $7,500 per year for work appliable formal ABET accredited continued education.
•    Time off: up to 29 paid 8-hour days off in first full year  6-hours personal time (PT) per paycheck (twice a month), 9x 8-hour fixed holidays that align with most federal holidays, 2x floating 8-hour days that renew each year.
•    Company provided, yearly TriMet transit pass or at-office-site patrolled parking.


Additional Information

Req Id: 111707
Company Code: Pacificorp
Primary Location: PORTLAND    
Department: Pacific Power
Schedule: Days
Personnel Subarea: Exempt
Hiring Range: $100700-$127400 

This position is eligible for an annual discretionary performance incentive bonus of up to 15.00% of salary.


Benefits: Health care, retirement, paid time off, tuition assistance, paid short-term and long-term disability, paid bereavement leave. For more information, please visit:


Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without an accommodation.


At PacifiCorp, we celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion. PacifiCorp is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or religious creed, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status (except as required by law), gender (including gender identity and expression), sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran or military status, familial or parental status, marital status or any other category protected by applicable local, state or U.S. federal law.


Unless otherwise required by law, all offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and drug screening including for marijuana. While marijuana is legal in several states, including Oregon, a positive test for positions in Oregon may disqualify a candidate. The company complies with the laws of Washington and California and only obtains and considers positive tests for marijuana in safety-sensitive positions or those covered by U.S. Department of Transportation regulations.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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