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Hydro Power/Controls/Protection Engineer (I, II, Senior) Portland, OR #109894

Date: Mar 9, 2023

Location: PORTLAND, OR, US, 97232

Company: PacifiCorp


Join the most exciting engineering group at PacifiCorp!  As a Renewables electrical engineering, you’ll focus on hydroelectric power production, with an intermittent sprinkling of solar and wind.  This work will take you into scenic areas of six western states.  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.

General Purpose

Develops 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.  Maintain, upgrade, and new development for Renewables generation.  

The work is fast paced, varied, challenging, and rewarding.  Areas of work may include arc flash analysis, automation, battery testing, breakers, bushings, control systems, dissolved gas analysis, excitation, generators (rewinding, modeling, testing, cleaning, painting), governors, load centers, motors (control, protection, replacement, sizing), NERC PRC & MOD, project management (appropriations requests, forecasting, accruing, requisitioning, contract scope authoring, contract management, installation coordination, field commissioning), protective relays (protection, control, coordination, bus generators, transformers, feeders), power factor testing, programmable logic controllers, SCADA, switchgear, transformers(testing, requisitioning, removing/installing, monitoring), variable frequency drives.


The responsibilities of the Engineer I position include:
•    Analyze the system design, programming, and modification.
•    Develop studies of limited scope and prepare data for cost estimations and analyses.
•    Run equipment and performance tests and install and inspect new equipment.
•    Conduct site inspections to ensure adherence to engineering standards.

In addition, the responsibilities of the Engineer II position are:
•    Design, develop, modify, and evaluate systems, process, or facilities to support Company objectives.  
•    Develop moderately complex electrical engineering studies, plans, specifications, calculations, evaluations, design documents, and performance assessments.  
•    Determine methods and techniques for obtaining results.
•    Guide and direct associate level engineers, technicians and drafters.
•    Recommend alternative solutions to management in area of specialty on engineering solutions to meet business needs.
•    Deliver on commitments and manage outside engineering services to accomplish the assigned work.
•    Analyze and design engineering methods.

In addition, the responsibilities of the Senior Engineer position are:
•    Act as a lead/expert in the work group; train and mentor associate and career level engineers, technicians and drafters. 
•    Maintain project timelines and budgets.
•    Act as a lead/expert in the work group; train and mentor associate and career level engineers, technicians and drafters. 


The requirements for the Engineer I include: 
•    Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from an accredited college/university.
•    Basic knowledge and application of principles in area of engineering specialty.
•    Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations (if required for the position).
•    Ability to interact favorably with project and work teams. 
•    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 and automated tools.

In addition, the requirements for the Engineer II include
•    A minimum of two or more years of directly related experience in the applicable engineering field. 
•    Ability to perform effectively in high-pressure situations while maintaining focus and calmness.
•    Ability to provide timely assessments with limited information and/or assumptions.

In addition, the requirements for the Senior Engineer include: 
•    A minimum of five or more years’ experience in industrial power systems or electric utility power systems, or related professional experience.
•    Project management and leadership skills including the ability to work as a team member, to maintain project timelines, budgets, and deliver on commitments.

Additional Information

•    Company paid travel to remote field locations may be up to 20% of the year (Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Utah, Montana).

Work Schedule:
•    Flexible scheduling combined in-office (Portland), at-home, and occasional field work.


Include the following and more: 
•    401K company contribution up to 10% (with 6% employee match, 16% total).
•    Depending on grade level, eligible for up to 12% or 15% bonus per base salary at end of each year.
•    Medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage options.
•    Company provided life insurance with supplementary options.
•    Three weeks of full pay parental leave for newborn or child adoption, per year.
•    Up to $7,500 for appliable for formal ABET accredited continued education.
•    Time off: up to 29 paid 8-hour days off in first starting 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.

Additional Information

Req Id: 109894
Company Code: Pacificorp
Primary Location: PORTLAND    
Department: Pacific Power
Schedule: Days
Personnel Subarea: Exempt
Hiring Range: $74,300-$115,500 

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.


All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and drug screening.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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