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Portland General Electric Power Distribution Operations 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.

Are you passionate about the future of sustainable energy and the role that power distribution plays in ensuring a reliable and efficient energy grid? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you as a Power Distribution Operations Engineer.

As a Power Distribution Operations Engineer, you will be responsible for designing and implementing solutions to optimize the operation of our power distribution network. You will work closely with cross-functional teams, including groups; grid operations, project management, IT and other engineering groups, to identify areas for improvement and develop and implement strategies to increase reliability, reduce costs, and improve customer satisfaction.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, from developing innovative distribution network designs to coordinating with crews and other operations personnel to troubleshoot and operate the electric power distribution system to meet power demands, increase reliability, and implement resilient strategies.

You will also be responsible for analyzing data and identifying trends and patterns to inform your decision-making and drive continuous improvement.

To be successful in this role, you will need a strong background in electrical engineering and power distribution operations, as well as experience in process optimization, data analysis, and project management. You should also be a strong communicator and collaborator, able to work effectively with a variety of stakeholders and build strong relationships across teams.

*We are hiring for one position. This position is open to both a Senior/p3 Engineer or an Intermediate p2 level Engineer. The level will be determine based on the successful applicant’s qualification, experience, and demonstrated skills during the interview process. Position currently posted at Senior/p3 level. See determining qualifications below.


  • 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. Provides professional engineering expertise on distribution design, code interpretation and distribution standards and equipment specifications (e.g., switches, reclosers, network protectors, distribution automation equipment); provides expertise in distribution design and code interpretation to resolve complex problems on the distribution system.

  • Engineering Production Prepares a variety of complex engineering deliverables for larger or multiple projects; coordinates multiple- discipline activity. Completes and reviews engineering analyses and prioritizes and supports complex system restoration efforts involving network systems, core areas and major customers; works with line crews to solve problems found in the field; identifies trends/patterns in outage reports and proposes solutions to complex distribution reliability problems; proposes distribution expansion projects needed to increase operational flexibility; responds to unplanned outages and leads efforts to restore the distribution system and service to customers.

  • Project Coordination Actively coordinates with other internal/external team members on moderately complex projects, including representing the team to interdepartmental stakeholders. Proposes projects needed for expansion of the distribution system to add capacity and operational flexibility; provides recommendations to management for viable alternative solutions to complex distribution reliability and system-hardening problems; serves as work order owner for distribution maintenance and feeder getaway projects.

  • Knowledge Sharing Serves as a technical specialist and provides consultation/guidance to project teams in a particular practice area; actively fosters knowledge management and provides mentoring; implements resource-management strategy.

  • Customer Support Serves as a liaison to external customers; provides job status updates, requests additional design information, investigates outages and power quality issues, follows up on customer technical issues and provides information to Distribution Planning.

  • Customer Relations Understands the wholistic impact of a customer relationship and builds trusted relationships working directly with customer’s technical staff; communicates complex concepts to customers.

Minimum Qualifications


P3 – Sr. Level

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

  • Experience Typically 5 years or more years in engineering or four or more years in a related field with PE license.

  • Certifications, Licenses and Training Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam strongly preferred; may be required based upon role..

  • Valid Driver's License required

P2 – Career level

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

  • Experience Typically two or more years in engineering.

  • Certifications, Licenses and Training Professional Engineering (PE) license strongly preferred; may be required based upon role.

  • Valid Driver's License required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience at a Utility, or Power Generation Plants

  • Field Engineering

  • Completion and passing of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

  • 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 knowledge 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.

  • Intermediate knowledge of construction feasibility.

  • Intermediate knowledge of procurement and contract administration.

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

  • Intermediate knowledge of applicable codes and standards related to the design and operation of the electrical distribution system.

  • Intermediate skill designing overhead and underground distribution facilities, including relevant civil and electrical subsystems.

  • Advanced knowledge of real-time and off-line power flow and power system analysis software applications.

  • Advanced knowledge of work management, asset management, GIS and outage-management software applications.

  • Advanced knowledge of distribution protection schemes and device-coordination principles.

PGE supports hybrid flexible work arrangements; and will have a combination of in-the-office and working offsite. However, these arrangements may change due to business needs or changes in responsibility.

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Compensation Range:

$81,450.00 - $160,500.00

Actual total compensation, including a performance based incentive bonus, is commensurate with experience, skills, qualifications, education, training, and internal equity. While we anticipate the selected candidate for this position will fall towards the middle or entry point of the compensation range, the decision will be made on a case-by-case basis.

PGE believes in rewarding dedicated performance. We provide a total rewards 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. To find out more, click here ( .

Join us today and power your potential!

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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.