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City of Tacoma WA Transmission & Distribution Protection Systems Engineer in Tacoma, Washington

Transmission & Distribution Protection Systems Engineer


$102,627.20 - $131,539.20 Annually


Tacoma, WA

Job Type


Remote Employment




Job Number



12/13/2022 5:00 PM Pacific

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Listen to Megan Cammarano to learn what it takes to be a Protection S ystems Engineer!

Tacoma Power's Transmission and Distribution Section is seeking a Power Engineer III within its Power System Protection group in support of Tacoma Power's mission to provide safe and reliable electric service.

This position requires excellent communication skills to interact regularly with a diverse audience in other groups: engineering (substation, control systems, generation, technicians, communications, line), project management, system planning, construction and maintenance crews, and system operations.

Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Design and commission system protection projects. Work is performed on 6.6kV, 12.47kV, 13.8kV, 15 kV, 115 kV, and 230 kV systems.

  • Perform protection coordination studies and issue relay settings to effectively interface with internal and external customer installations

  • Select, program, and apply microprocessor, solid state, and/or electromechanical protective relays.

  • In partnership with Engineering Technicians and controls engineers, prepare control schematic drawings for issuance to construction crews.

  • Provide responsive technical support to T&D crews during capital project installations

  • Lead collaborative troubleshooting of substation protection systems or components, working with craft personnel to identify and diagnose root causes, evaluate approaches and/or solutions, and see tasks through to resolution

  • Perform post-event analysis and review of protection system operations. Provide recommendations for system enhancements.

  • Maintain electrical system models and perform short circuit studies in support of transmission, distribution, and generation projects

  • Perform arc flash hazard analyses for Tacoma Power systems

  • Create or modify system protection standards and work practices

  • Participate as a subject matter expert on relevant federal electrical grid reliability standards

  • Prepare accurate technical reports

  • Understand and apply electrical technical and safety codes and regulations.

  • Provide project budgeting input and recommendations

  • Respond to operational inquiries and issues, both during planned work and during emergencies

  • Participate as a subject matter expert on relevant federal electrical grid reliability standards


Power Engineer III Qualifications:

  • Requires a four-year degree from an accredited college or university in civil, mechanical, electrical, or computer engineering or related field

  • Requires a Professional Engineer license. Ten years of experience in a specific branch of engineering or related field may be substituted for the P.E. license.

  • Some incumbents may be appointed to this position based upon the recommendation of the Director of TPU with the approval of the Human Resources Director taking into consideration market or other pertinent factors at the time of the appointment.

  • Successful applicants will need to pass a background check.

Experience with AcSELerator, WinECP, Bestcomplus, ipscom, Enervista, SynchroWAVE, and ASPEN Relay Database softwares is desired;


Positions may require any or all of the following:

  • Valid Washington Driver's License at the time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

  • Complete Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) training with maintenance thereafter.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge and fundamental understanding of protection systems including generators, substations, and transmission lines

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others

  • Strong analytical and decision making skills

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Kye Merritt, if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn!

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Tacoma Power

Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 180,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.


Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received for interview consideration.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:

We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400.

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Public Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.


Do you have a four-year degree from an accredited college or university in civil, mechanical, electrical, or computer engineering or related field?

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    Do you have a Professional Engineer license or ten years of experience in a specific branch of engineering or related field?

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    One of the City's Principles that guides us is Equity. Describe what equity means to you and describe any experience you have working with diverse groups of people.


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Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764





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