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Sr Engineer

Company: Puget Sound Energy
Location: Bothell
Posted on: January 25, 2023

Job Description:

Puget Sound Energy is looking to grow our community with top talented individuals like you! With our rapidly growing, award winning energy efficiency programs, our pathway to an exciting and innovative future is now.

PSE'sEngineering Operationsteam is looking for qualified candidates to fill anopenSr Engineerposition!

Specific details regarding the work arrangements for this position will be discussed in further detail during the interview process.
Job Description
Provides professional engineering service and support in the planning, construction, operation, maintenance, and analysis of PSE facilities and assets. Schedules and coordinates major segments of complex projects to meet cost and time objectives. Reviews design and documentation to ensure compliance with PSE expectations. Interprets and applies existing guidelines and engineering principles, practices, and theories toward the completion of assignments involving a substantial degree of complexity, with many interrelated elements requiring considerations not previously encountered. Supports the continued development of PSE's engineering workforce by sharing knowledge with others. Supports emergency response operations when needed.

Upholds the safety compliance standards inherent in PSE's operating and/or field procedures related to work responsibilities. Promotes and supports a culture of total safety.

This position may be subject to random DOT drug and/or alcohol testing.

Demonstrates commitment to conduct business honestly, ethically and consistent with our core values and Code of Conduct. Ensures duties are performed in accordance with all regulatory compliance obligations.
Job Responsibilities

  • Creation of settings and I/O standards for electromechanical, solid state and microprocessor-based protective relays controlling interrupting devices
  • Protection coordination studies for transmission, distribution and substation facilities
  • Reviewing system events and verifying system model accuracy
  • Conduct root-cause analysis of suspected misoperations
  • Development of Transmission and Distribution automation schemes
  • Support of NERC and WECC reliability standards associated with protection systems
  • Working with POTT, DTT, RAS and other special protection schemes
  • Support field crews and Relay Technicians during construction
  • Providing detailed design review of internal or external technical documents
  • Support research and development of new devices and relay functions
  • Provide detailed design review of internal or external technical documents

    Additional Responsibilities

    • Interprets and/or modifies available guidelines for application to existing problems or processes.
    • Prepares complex designs, standards, studies and analyses.
    • Provides a detailed design review of internal or external technical documents.
    • Prepares cost estimates and evaluations for project alternatives with minimal supervision.
    • Plans and develops project budgets with appropriate documentation.
    • Ensures compliance with codes, standards, and design, operation, and maintenance requirements.
    • Identifies potential areas of weakness with assigned work, and initiate corrective action.
    • Documents and shares work with others to strengthen the depth and breadth of skills within the department's engineering workforce.
    • Ensures that problem solutions are tailored to PSE's business environment.
    • Supports emergency response work as requested including immediate and extended restoration efforts driven by weather and other system failures.
    • May lead or coordinate the work of junior engineers, engineering assistants, field technicians, and others who assist on specific projects. (This includes contractor/consultants.)
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

      Minimum Qualifications

      • Bachelor of Science degree or PE license in electrical, mechanical, civil or other appropriate engineering field.
      • Substantial experience in planning, design, specification preparation, technical field work, project cost estimating and scheduling (typically achieved after 8 or more years practice as a degreed engineer). Years of acquired experience is provided as a guide and alone does not constitute readiness for job level as individual's skill acquisition rates can vary significantly.
      • Demonstrated organization, documentation, prioritization, and project management skills.
      • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

        Desired Qualifications

        • Experience working in the utility industry.
        • Familiar with codes and equipment utilized in the design and operation of utility systems.
        • Possession of a Professional Engineering license.
        • Proficiency working in a range of distribution-focused projects
        • Experience managing projects involving multiple groups or organizations
        • Knowledge of electrical power system relay testing principles and practices
        • Knowledge of electrical power control system principles
        • Knowledge of substation IED integration architectures, transmission and distribution system automation, SCADA communications and Ethernet communications, including DNP, TCP/IP and IEC 61850.
        • Knowledge of electric utility industry standards/best practices, leading edge technological developments and field engineering practices
        • Experience working with protection systems for transmission or distribution substations and generator protection systems
        • Experience with integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and inverter-based systems
        • Knowledge of NERC and WECC compliance requirements for reliability standards associated with Engineering and Operations
        • Experience with special protection schemes including RAS
        • Organization, documentation, prioritization and project engineering skills

          Additional Information
          At PSE we value and respect our employees and provide them opportunities to excel. We offer a competitive compensation and rewards package.

          The pay range for this position is$97,600.00 -$162,500.00, and this position is eligible for annual goals based incentive bonuses.

          PSE offers a suite of benefits to our employees. Employees are eligible for medical, dental, vision, basic life, and short- and long-term disability insurance. There are additional voluntary options of supplemental life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, flexible spending accounts for health care and dependent daycare, and an Employee assistance program (EAP). For long term savings, PSE offers a 401(k) investment option and a cash balance retirement plan. Employees will also receive Paid Time Off (PTO) and Paid Holidays throughout the calendar year.Detailed benefit overviews can be found on our Career page - Why Work For Us (

          Families and businesses depend on PSE to provide the energy they need to pursue their dreams. Our steadfast commitment to serving Washington communities with safe, dependable and efficient energy started in 1873. Today we're building the Northwest's energy future through efforts like our award winning energy efficiency programs and our leadership in renewable energy.

          At PSE we value and respect our employees and provide them opportunities to excel. We offer an expansive pay package that includes competitive compensation, annual goals-based incentive bonuses, comprehensive benefits, 401(K), a company paid retirement pension plan, and an employee assistance and wellness program.

          Puget Sound Energy is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status or presence of a disability that with or without reasonable accommodation does not prevent performance of the essential functions of the job, or any other category prohibited by local, state or federal law.

          Should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources Staffing department at or 425-462-3017.

Keywords: Puget Sound Energy, Seattle , Sr Engineer, Engineering , Bothell, Washington

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