Sr System Protection Engineer, Portland, OR or Salt Lake City, UT #111591

Date: May 26, 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

Applies prescribed methods and standard practices in performing all phases of projects. Develops engineering studies, plans, specifications, , and detailed scopes of work.  Develops protection system settings, engineering calculations and design documents associated with the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Company’s  transmission and distribution, facilities/systems. Provide guidance, supervision and engineering peer reviews for other engineers in the department.  Supports the construction and commissioning of protection systems deployed on company transmission and distribution facilities. 


•    Develop Protection system schematic designs
•    Conduct Short circuit and symmetrical component analysis
•    Perform protection system coordination studies localized and wide area
•    Develop Relay settings and protection system automation logic
•    Conduct arc flash analysis
•    Manage Integration with SCADA systems
•    Develop complex electrical engineering studies, plans, detailed scopes of work and protection system criteria.
•    Provide peer review as part of the defined QA/QC process for internal and external engineering design, settings and studies.
•    Guide and direct level I and II engineers, technicians and drafters
•    Deliver on commitments to accomplish assigned work.
•    Comply with NERC, FERC and WECC regulations
•    Occasional travel for project work and training
•    Analyze and design engineering methods.


•    Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or electrical engineering technology from an ABET-accredited university 
•    A minimum of five years directly applicable engineering 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 and application of engineering principles in the area of substations design, power system protection and/or power system analysis.  
•    Ability to perform effectively in high-pressure situations. 
•    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.


•    Professional Engineering License (PE)
•    Power systems focused Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) or Masters of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (MEngEE)
•    Proficiency in substation design
•    Proficiency in power system protection

•    Experience with Aspen-OneLiner and Doble-PowerBase software


Additional Information

Req Id: 111591
Company Code: Pacificorp
Primary Location: PORTLAND    
Department: Rocky Mountain Power
Schedule: Days
Personnel Subarea: Exempt
Hiring Range: $100,700-$118,400 

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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