Principal T&D Specialist, Portland, OR #111935

Date: May 8, 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.


General Purpose

Provide technical expertise in the power utility electronic communications field. Act as an expert to personnel to investigate and resolve problem situations or complex issues. Facilitate internal training for communications technicians and trainees.  Research, analyze, develop and implement new programs, systems and/or processes in response to changing internal and external conditions. Develop and maintain operational and procedural documentation.


•    Provide technical oversight and guidance to the T&D support staff.
•    Serve as the Company expert in a specialized field and provide authoritative consultation and recommendations to senior management.
•    Provide technical expertise to substation operations personnel, engineering, and other entities within the business. 
•    Develop and modify policies and practices to improve the safety of personnel, protection of company equipment, and the reliability of PacifiCorp's transmission and distribution system.
•    Lead the development and implementation of processes and procedures to enhance operational effectiveness. 
•    Evaluate policies, procedures and other documentation and ensure all aspects of electrical operations are in accordance with company safety procedures NERC reliability standards, and CIP compliance requirements. 
•    Supervise local relay technicians, communication technicians, and substation journeymen and develop and review daily and weekly schedules when required.
•    Review prints, configurations, and setup documentation for installation of power utility communications equipment.
•    Interface with engineers, equipment manufacturers, and field operations staff to troubleshoot, and resolve complex system and design issues.
•    Create commissioning and maintenance forms to ensure that field personnel properly installs, configures, and programs communication equipment for safe and reliability operation. 
•    Provide training to communication technicians and trainees, as well as other departments that interface with communications support group; including dispatch, relay technicians, relay technician trainees, substation journeyman, substation journeyman apprentices and wires personnel.


•    Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience.  
•    A minimum of 15 years of directly related power utility electronic communications industry experience.
•    Project management and leadership skills including the ability to work as a team member, maintain project timelines, budgets, and deliver on commitments.
•    Ability to perform effectively in high-pressure situations while maintaining focus and calmness.
•    Highest level of 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.
•    Expert knowledge and applications of principles in applicable area of specialty.
•    Knowledge of the power system. 
•    Assessment skills including problem diagnosis and identification of proper methods and techniques to resolve and prevent future problems.
•    Ability to work with all levels of an organization including people with different styles and backgrounds; ability to work as a member of a team.
•    Expert knowledge of current technologies, tools, systems, and vendors.
•    Understanding of applicable company policies, practices and procedures.
•    Ability to effectively translate technical jargon into layman’s terms. 
•    Travel may be required.
•    Respond after hours to support field crews as required


•    Experience supervising technical personnel.
•    Experience with Ciena OTN & CE equipment.

Additional Information

Req Id: 111935
Company Code: Pacificorp
Primary Location: PORTLAND
Department: Rocky Mountain Power
Schedule: Days
Personnel Subarea: Exempt
Hiring Range: $115900-$136300

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.


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