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Portland General Electric Electrical Design Plant Engineer in Portland, Oregon

At PGE, our work involves dreaming about, planning for, and realizing a smarter, cleaner, more enduring Oregon neighborhood. Its core to our DNA and we haven’t stopped since we started in 1888. We energize lives, strengthen communities and drive advancements in energy that promote social, economic and environmental progress. We’re always on the lookout for people passionate about leading and being a part of teams that are advancing innovative clean energy solutions that are also affordable and accessible to all.


​As an Electrical Design Plant Engineer, you will plan and implement the design, procurement, installation and/or maintenance of electrical systems and apparatus, such as electric motors, equipment controls, lighting, wiring, and power systems/devices and conductor systems for the generation, transmission, transformation and distribution of electric power.

You will also provide design improvements and engineering solutions to electrical problems at thermal, hydro, wind, solar plants or utility-scare battery facilities and maintain and improve the operation, reliability, safety, and regulatory compliance of the company’s generating resources.

  • Requires in-depth knowledge and experience

  • Uses best practices and knowledge of internal or external business issues to improve products or services

  • Solves complex problems; takes a new perspective using existing solutions

  • Works independently with minimal guidance

  • Frequently and effectively communicates and collaborates with internal stakeholders and interdisciplinary engineering resources

  • Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience

Position available to be filled at either P2 Intermediate or P3 Career levels. See determining required qualifications below.

Key Responsibilities

Engineering Standards

  • Maintains currency in state-of-the-art engineering practices and provides guidance and direction on engineering processes and standards to colleagues when requested.

  • Supports Compliance with extended professional knowledge of NERC/WECC Reliability Standards and NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection

  • Applies working knowledge of NEC and NESC for plant design, construction and support; applies working knowledge of power generation facilities for design and support

  • Applies IEEE standards for specification development, plant design and support

  • Provides technical guidance on plant designs, construction and support to other engineers and plant staffs.

Engineering Production

  • Prepares a variety of complex engineering deliverables for larger or multiple projects; coordinates or manages project requiring multiple- discipline activity.

  • Develops and provides quality assurance reviews of engineering solutions that meet technical requirements, all applicable codes and regulatory requirements and follow sound engineering practice.

  • Analyzes and completes complex electrical designs and studies, providing data and recommendations on technical matters to management

  • Conducts arc-flash studies on low and medium voltage system, ensures compliance with arc-flash safety protocols and recommends improvements to mitigate or reduce arc-flash hazards

  • Manages complex electrical projects.

Project Coordination

  • Actively manages moderately complex electrical engineering projects, coordinates with internal/external team members, and represent the team to interdepartmental and external (regulatory) stakeholders.

  • Plans, develops, manages and coordinates projects with complex design, construction, operation, maintenance or testing elements in support of engineering and construction needs of hydro, wind or solar plants or utility-scale battery facilities.

  • Provides accurate capital budget and job estimates.

  • Demonstrates technical expertise and overall responsibility for the design, construction, and commissioning of electrical projects.

Knowledge Sharing

  • Serves as a technical specialist and provides consultation/guidance to project teams in a practice area

  • Actively fosters knowledge management and provides mentoring

  • Implements resource-management strategy.


Electrical Design Plant Engineer - P2 Intermediate Level

  • Education: Requires a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from ABET-accredited engineering program or program accredited by an equivalent agency.

  • Experience: Two or more years in related field.

  • Certifications, Licenses and Training: Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam strongly preferred.

  • Requires Valid Driver’s License

Senior Electrical Design Plant Engineer – P3 Career Level

  • Education: Requires a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from ABET-accredited engineering program or program accredited by an equivalent agency.

  • Experience: Five or more years in related field or 4 or more years in related field with PE license.

  • Certifications, Licenses and Training: Professional Engineering (PE) license strongly preferred.

  • Requires Valid Driver’s License


  • Experience in an electrical engineering role, typically in the electric power industry and a focus on electric power generation, balance of plant systems, electrical design, project management, operations engineering, control systems, and related fields.

  • Advanced knowledge of engineering and economic principles and concepts.

  • Advanced knowledge of other engineering disciplines and advanced ability to interpret engineering deliverable content as assigned.

  • Advanced understanding and application of engineering processes and procedures; working knowledge of other related departments and functions.

  • Advanced industry knowledge and technology trends.

  • Advanced knowledge of company QA/QC process and procedures.

  • Advanced knowledge of process and procedures for project controls and estimates.

  • Intermediate knowledge of the project management lifecycle (PMBOK)

  • Intermediate knowledge of construction feasibility.

  • Intermediate knowledge of procurement and contract administration

  • Intermediate knowledge of initiating electrical improvements and corrective actions for power plants, dams and related facilities.

  • Intermediate knowledge in the utility-scale battery, thermal, wind, solar and/or hydro generation areas; knowledge of substations preferred.

Physical Capabilities:

  • Driving/travel/commute:

  • Daily within service territory – Occasionally

  • Overnight inside / outside the service territory – Occasionally

  • Unstable surfaces requiring balance (i.e. moving equipment):

  • Walking distances and surfaces (long distances and over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces)

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Assisting with storms or other Company emergencies is a part of all positions at Portland General Electric.

PGE believes in rewarding dedicated performance. We provide a total compensation package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future.

PGE is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. PGE will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

PGE does not discriminate on the basis of disability. We recognize individuals have a variety of abilities to offer and we believe there is much to value and celebrate by incorporating different abilities into the work we do. One very important way we live this out is in our application and interview process. We work hard to support individuals who may need an accommodation to fully participate in these processes. If you feel you may need an accommodation, or would like to request one, please notify the Talent Acquisition Specialist (Recruiter) associated with the job posting. You may also make this request by contacting or by calling 503-464-7250. The Recruiter will provide information and next steps for the accommodation process. Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) team is also available for support. You can contact them at .

To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the posting close date. Posting closes at midnight (Pacific Time) on the closing date below. If no date is listed, job is open until filled.

At Portland General Electric, we’re innovators, builders, and achievers. We’re committed to powering our customers’ potential and making a difference for our community and the planet. Today, that commitment includes developing an intelligent and resilient electric grid, electrifying transportation and de-carbonizing the energy sector.

We’re proud to deliver an exceptional experience to help our customers thrive. Our mission is to make clean, reliable and affordable energy services available to all. We obsess over serving customers and are committed to growing employee career paths with purpose. Equity and inclusion are core business values; we celebrate our differences and are committed to developing teams that reflect the communities we serve.