Engineer (Project/Construction Estimating) (Mid, Sr) Salt Lake City, UT or Portland, OR #112187

Date: Jun 6, 2024

Location: SALT LAKE CITY, UT, US, 84116

Company: PacifiCorp


General Purpose

Review and understand studies, plans, specifications, calculations, elevations, documents and performance assessments associated with the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the company’s generation, transmission, distribution, telecommunication or other utility facilities/systems.  Develop and review budgets, cost estimates, pricing schedules and other cost control support for construction and maintenance projects involving generation, substation, telecommunications, transmission and distribution facilities. Develop, monitor and analyze cost engineering trends. Lead and direct the work of other engineers.


•    Prepare preliminary designs and evaluate detailed designs to develop cost estimates at various stages in the project evolution and evaluate resource requirements for construction and maintenance projects involving generation, substation, telecommunication, transmission and distribution facilities. 
•    Prepare preliminary budget estimates using transmission and area planning engineering studies including substation and transmission one-line diagrams.
•    Prepare budget estimates for capital projects to aid in the development of Company’s multi-year capital plan by working with asset management group.
•    Review and understand detailed design drawings to perform material take-offs and analyze construction sequencing.
•    Perform cost analyses and prepare detailed variance analyses to support the appropriation request and project change notice process.
•    Independently develop pricing schedules and proposal evaluations to support the competitive bid process and negotiate project pricing with engineering consultants and contractors for construction and maintenance projects. 
•    Actively participate with the project team in scoping of projects for engineering, construction and contractual requirements.
•    Prepare engineering cost and project update reports as required.
•    Provide technical oversight and guidance to other cost engineers.
•    Maintain historical cost databases and application tools to aid future estimates and pricing schedules. 
•    Responsible to identify and document all technical scope changes during each design engineering review phase and present to management.
•    Responsible to ensure all technical documentation, construction specifications, and drawings have been completed and assembled prior to developing cost estimates and construction pricing schedules.
•    Maintain project timelines and budgets.


•    Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience.     
•    A minimum of two years of experience in design engineering, construction and costing related to electrical utility.
•    Thorough knowledge of project cost control principles, theories and concepts. 
•    Assessment skills to evaluate electrical utility facility conditions, determine resource requirements and accurately estimate costs.
•    Design skills to understand substation engineering design, transmission line engineering design, civil engineering design, and protection and control engineering design.
•    Utilizes a wide degree of creativity and latitude.
•    Requires technical knowledge of the construction work involved, and is familiar with a variety of the Company’s construction concepts, practices and procedures.
•    Competency in the use of the tools and methods required to perform job function.
•    Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
•    Knowledge of required engineering specifications and drawings and the Company’s construction and maintenance standards and process; regulations impacting construction and maintenance; and Company policies, practices, and procedures.
•    Must have initiative, imagination, flexibility, communications skills, problem solver and the perseverance to perform their duties.
•    Willing to travel 10% to 20%

In addition, the requirements of the Sr Cost Engineer position are:

•    A minimum of five years of experience in design engineering, construction and costing related to electrical utility.


•    Advance degree
•    Professional Engineering License and/or Professional Project Management and/or Professional Estimating Accreditation.
•    Engineering experience specific to industrial power systems or electrical utility power systems.
•    Experience with SAP.
•    Experience with visual basic coding.

Additional Information

Primary Location: Salt Lake City, Utah or Portland, Oregon, with the ability to work from home 2 days a week.

Department: Power Delivery

Schedule: Days

Personnel Subarea: Exempt

Hiring Range: $87600-$118400

This position is eligible for an annual discretionary performance incentive bonus of up to 12.00% 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: Salt Lake City

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