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Portland General Electric Staff Protection Test Engineer in Tualatin, Oregon

Staff Protection Test Engineer




AVERY - Avery - Tualatin


224 - System Protection

Job Description:


For over 125 years, Portland General Electric has proudly served Oregon. Our dedication to helping customers is matched by our commitment to providing PGE employees with a diverse array of rewarding career opportunities. Diversity and community are at the heart of what we do for our customers and for each other. We are committed to a team that looks like the Oregon community that we know and love.

PGE team members are creative problem solvers who love to apply themselves to challenges, big and small. We are looking for team members who will grow their skills, their career and their future with us.

Staff Protection Test Engineer R-19-1793

Job Function

System Protection

Subfunction: Testing

Provides engineering for the design and operation of protective relay equipment which detects abnormal power system conditions and initiates corrective action to return the power system to its normal state. Protection engineering deals with protecting the electrical power system from faults through the isolation of faulted parts from the rest of the electrical network.

Plans, coordinates, and executes large scale substation quality assurance and testing activities. Develops functional test plans and supports testing and construction crews during implementation. Documents and communicates commissioning and testing activities with all affected PGE departments.

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.

Ensures QA activities are well documented. Identifies and implements improvements and ensures proper document control to meet NERC reliability audit requirements. Provides input on control and protection design standards and criteria; gathers data and provides documentation review to establish PGE compliance with WECC and FERC protection criteria.

Engineering Production

Prepares a variety of complex engineering deliverables for larger or multiple projects; coordinates multiple discipline activity.

Analyzes and performs technical studies, prepares reports and provides solutions to complex technical matters; reviews work performed by other engineers; contributes substantially to operational assessments of system disturbances, including Root Cause Analysis.

Works with and is an authoritative resource to protection and automation engineers to develop testing plans for complex control systems which identify physical safety barriers, electronic safety barriers, interconnected control systems to be tested and best testing practices to reduce system risk. Ensures control systems efficiently check schemes by eliminating duplications while ensuring compliance to WECC standards. Leads development of postconstruction QA checklist; provides engineering expertise to operations personnel for switching and load restoration activities.

Project Coordination

Actively coordinates with other internal/external team members on moderately complex projects, including representing the team to interdepartmental and external (regulatory) stakeholders.

Coordinates complex projects with outside entities including PGE System Control Center, other interconnected utilities, major customers through key customer managers and other PGE departments. Partners with construction engineers to develop high level sequenced construction plan on complex projects with major shutdown requirements including switching and energization plans; provides engineering expertise and broad support to construction crews on complex design and construction issues (e.g., constructability reviews, design philosophy, design additions or changes during construction, equipment integration). Supports overall project management (construction engineer and crews) with scope changes.

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.

Identifies training and testing requirements for new and complex control systems; delivers technical training to substation wiremen and technicians and supports Meter/Relay/SCADA technicians with a wide range of design issues and changing technologies.



Requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering from ABET accredited engineering program or program accredited by an equivalent agency.


Typically, eight or more years in engineering, or five or more years in related field with PE license.

Certifications, Licenses and Training

Professional Engineering (PE) license strongly preferred; may be required based upon role.

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

Functional Competencies

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.

Working knowledge of procurement and contract administration.

Working knowledge of process, procedures for project controls and estimates.

Advanced knowledge of electrical utility infrastructure construction and testing practices.

General Competencies

Advanced accuracy skills.

Intermediate knowledge of the utility industry.

Advanced organization and prioritization skills.

Advanced decision-making skills.

Advanced problem-solving skills.

Advanced written and oral communication skills.

Advanced presentation skills.

Join us today and power your potential!

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.

To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the deadline:

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 503-464-7250.

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.

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

Talent Acquisition Contact:

Craig Pyle


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