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Principal Engineer - Portland, OR - # 41677

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Date: May 10, 2019

Location: Portland, OR, OR, US, 97232

Company: PacifiCorp

General Purpose

Provides technical leadership on the most complex and business critical engineering projects. Facilitates internal training for engineers and technicians. Develops presentations for senior management and recommends and implements changes to benefit the company.  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


  • Independently conduct highly complex engineering research studies and technical analyses in areas of specialized expertise not commonly available or obtainable in the competitive engineering market.
  • Provide technical oversight and guidance to all Engineering staff.
  • Lead project teams in the development of critical engineering solutions.   
  • Provide technical expertise for critical plant and/or facility components.
  • Serve as the Company expert in the discipline and provide authoritative consultation and recommendations to senior management.
  • Develop detailed design specifications and prepare bid packages for external engineering services and similar contracts to support the needs of the business.
  • Review, investigate and evaluate system and equipment performance, tests and analyses performed by senior Engineering staff.
  • Participate in government, industry, collegiate and other applicable associations or work groups which have the ability to influence or set policy impacting the future of our utility.
  • Determine methods and techniques for obtaining results.
  • Perform technical analysis of in-service and future assets, assess appropriate scope and schedule for preventative maintenance, and identify aging assets for proactive replacement.
  • Lead technical/project manager for asset management based technical projects including Commission based projects.
  • Create new or amend existing policies as support for commission based projects/filings.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering from an accredited college/university.
  • A minimum of 15 years industry experience as a practicing engineer, including experience performing highly technical work of a specialized nature.
  • A PE license is required.
  • 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 application of principles in area of engineering specialty. Understanding of the Company’s business and relevant policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws regulations and electrical codes


  • Project Management Professional (PMP) designation

Additional Information

Req ID: 41677

Company Code: PacifiCorp 

Primary Location: Portland, OR

Department: 00001027 Pacific Power

Schedule: FULLTIME

Personnel Subarea: Exempt 

Hiring Range: 101,300 - 123,500


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

At PacifiCorp, we encourage everyone to work together. We embrace diversity and value the distinct perspectives of all our employees. We strive to cultivate a workplace that connects each employee to the organization and enables all individuals to participate and contribute to their full potential.  

It is PacifiCorp's policy to provide and promote equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants in accordance with local, state and federal laws and regulations governing personnel activities. In accordance with federal guidelines, PacifiCorp is committed to a program of affirmative action. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.

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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