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Telecom Engineer (level 1-4) - Portland, Oregon #42800

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Date: Aug 21, 2019

Location: Portland, OR, US, 97232

Company: PacifiCorp

General Purpose

Design, Implement, and troubleshoot network communications systems in support of electrical system operations. Responsibilities include providing provisioning and programming of telecommunications or network equipment including phone systems, microwave radios, fiber optic terminals, multiplexers, network switches. Support Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Distribution Automation (DA) deployment projects.


  • Assist in the design of data communications systems, wiring schematics and equipment configurations. Create system diagrams and provide scoping for simple substation, generation, and load interconnection projects.
  • Create and maintain project documentation.
  • Write specifications for purchase of equipment and contract services.
  • Assist in the design and testing of new telecommunications or network systems.
  • Provide technical input to assist in development of project planning.
  • Perform any additional responsibilities as requested or assigned.


Responsibilities for level 2 position include:


  • Take direction and perform moderately complex tasks as directed by senior engineering staff.
  • Complete detailed design and scoping of moderately complex telecommunication systems and projects.
  • Take ownership of all projects assigned and complete work on-time to meet agreed upon project delivery schedules.
  • Provide engineering support to communications technicians.


Responsibilities for level 3 position include:


  • Provide direction and technical expertise to lower level engineering staff.
  • Complete detailed design of telecommunication systems and provide scoping for highly complex projects.
  • Take ownership of subject matter and/or geographic regions, work with limited supervision.
  • Work with external utility, local, county, state and federal agencies to satisfy jurisdictional requirements.
  • Support compliance efforts in support of all WECC, FERC, and NERC requirements pertaining to electronic communications.   


Responsibilities for level 4 position include:


  • Provide functional leadership and technical expertise to engineering team.
  • Act as subject matter expert, support needs of other business units and provide solutions for solving core and strategic business initiatives.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field; or equivalent work experience. (Typically four years of additional related, progressive work experience would be needed for candidates applying for this position who do not possess a Bachelor’s degree. A minimum of two years additional directly related technical experience is required.)
  • Basic knowledge of telecommunications systems.
  • Ability to document design of systems using computer-aided drafting program or equivalent software.
  • Basic knowledge of information technology terms, equipment, systems, functions and major vendors.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Effective analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and projects concurrently.


In addition to the above, the requirements for the level 2 position include the following:

  • Three years of Telecommunications or Networking experience
  • Knowledge of principles of communications assisted protective relaying.
  • Knowledge of some of the following telecommunications subject matters: trunking radio systems, circuit design, synchronous optical networking (SONET), multiplexing, TDM and packet transport, optical transport networks (OTN), and microwave radio communications.
  • Familiarity of microwave design and path analysis



In addition to the above, the requirements for the level 3 position include the following:

  • Five years of Telecommunications or Networking experience
  • Experience performing microwave path analysis utilizing Pathloss 5.
  • Demonstrated expertise one or more Telecommunications subject matters.



In addition to the above, the requirements for the level 4 position include the following:

  • Ten years of Telecommunications or Networking experience
  • Subject Matter Expertise and ability to lead staff engineers in a variety of telecommunications disciplines. 


Additional Information

Primary Location: Portland

Department: 00001027 Pacific Power

Schedule: FULLTIME

Personnel Subarea: Exempt

Hiring Range: 66,600- 123,500.00


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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