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Portland General Electric Communications Technician in Tualatin, Oregon

This is an exciting time to join Portland General Electric. As Oregon’s largest electric utility, Portland General Electric is leading an energy transformation that will harness the power of clean and renewable resources. Our vision for a clean energy future relies on three interrelated and overarching strategies: de-carbonize through investing in clean and reliable energy; modernize through a smarter more resilient grid; and empower our customers in their energy technology choices.

We’re searching for innovative, customer and results-obsessed leaders to help power our mission and lead the way in championing the world’s clean energy future!

Position: Communications Technician

Location: Avery

Starting rate of pay: $52.45 (1st step increase after 6 months: $54.16 )

Hours: Monday-Friday: 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM

DUTIES: (Essential Job Responsibilities)

  • Install operate, maintain and certify Portland General Electric’s Voice and Data communication systems, Telephone systems, PBX's, Microwave radio systems, Land Mobile Radio systems, Supervisory Control Systems, Substation Protection equipment, Telemetry, Fiber Optics, Vehicle Location, Smart Grid Infrastructure, Security Systems, WiFi and VoIP Equipment, Computers and associated switching or termination equipment, , ,

  • Interface with associated groups for work order review and attend project meetings when required.

  • Use specialized electronic test equipment to assure that equipment performs according to engineering and vendor specifications and regulatory requirements.

  • Interface with outside telephone companies to support troubleshooting of leased telephone circuits to substations, generation plants, and other PGE facilities..

  • Install and maintain wiring and cabling used for voice, data, and signal communication systems.

  • Occasionally design and install circuit modifications to older equipment to allow its use with newer equipment.

  • Write clear and accurate trouble analysis and repair reports.

  • Keep current in electronic technology through independent study and attending vendor and other training schools. Examinations may be given to obtain vendor certifications.

  • Respond to emergency call-outs at unscheduled hours and work on temporary assignments at other locations within Oregon and South-West Washington State.

  • Complete independent work assignments, but may be assigned to work with a Senior Communications Technician, other company personnel, or contractors as needed

  • When assigned, will direct the work of other Communications Technicians or contractors.

  • Responsible proper use of vehicles, tools and materials supplied by the Company.

QUALIFICATIONS: (Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required)

  • High school graduate and two years of additional training in an electronics technician curriculum (community college, technical institute, or military training).

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driving medical card.

  • Five years' experience in the trade, preferably in a power utility environment.

  • Obtain FCC General Radio Telephone operator's license or its equivalent (such as successful completion of NARTE or NABOR) with a radio telephone endorsement within six months.

  • Competent at reading engineering drawings and interpreting manufacturers' instruction manuals and test procedures.

  • Valid driver's license is required.

  • Must be skilled in the use of personal computer, and software to include MS Office, Visio, Terminal Emulation Software, Work Order Management, and vendor specific equipment configuration software.

  • Will be required to live within a reasonable distance of headquarters

  • Physical Demands; Climbing Towers with heights of 200 FT or more, Working in Confined Spaces, and some heavy lifting.

  • Pass practical and/or written pre-employment examination.

  • State of Oregon Low Voltage License desired and should be obtained before promotion to Senior Communications Technician status.

  • IP Network certification desired.


Join us today and power your potential!

To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the posting close date. A cover letter may be needed with your application to be considered for this position.

PGE believes in rewarding strong 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.

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

Talent Acquisition Contact:

The posting closes at midnight (Pacific Time) on the closing date below:

October 19, 2021

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.