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Portland General Electric Substation Maintenance Engineer in Tualatin, 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.

Summary

This position reports to the Substation Maintenance Engineering team within our Engineering & Design organization and based in Tualatin, Oregon at the Avery Operations Center with a hybrid work-schedule. This role is focused specifically on the substation maintenance program for all Portland General Electric-owned generation, transmission, and distribution substations and switchyards. As a substation maintenance engineer you will be assigned ownership of multiple substation apparatuses depending on how your skillset balances with the depth and breadth of knowledge of the existing team. For example, some of the apparatuses the team is responsible for are cables, capacitors, circuit breakers, lighting, switches, switchgear, and transformers. As an apparatus owner you will be responsible for operational and maintenance related decisions in partnership with peers, other engineering teams, the system control center, and labor team. You will assist in work order creation and management of our condition and time-based maintenance programs through our Maximo work management system. There will be regular visits to substations to support field crews across the PGE service area and occasionally reaching our generation plants across Oregon and into Washington.

  • We're hiring for a position open to both intermediate and career level candidates. The level will be determined based on the successful applicant's qualifications, experience, and demonstrated skills during the interview process.

Career Level Summary

Level P2 – Intermediate -Substation Maintenance Engineer: Requires expanded knowledge and experience in own area; incumbents are still acquiring higher-level knowledge and skills. Builds knowledge of the company, processes, and customers. Solves a range of straightforward problems. Analyses possible solutions using standard procedures. Receives a moderate level of guidance and direction.

Level P3 – Career – Senior Substation Maintenance Engineer: 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, receives minimal guidance. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience.

Key Responsibilities

Substation Maintenance Engineer:

  • Maintains currency in state-of-the-art engineering practices and independently applies professional knowledge of engineering processes and standards to assignments/projects.

  • Applies knowledge of engineering solutions to resolve substation operations and maintenance engineering programs. Applies knowledge of codes and standards and applies engineering theories and concepts in expanding professional knowledge of maintenance engineering principles.

  • Prepares a variety of moderately complex engineering deliverables; leads smaller project teams.

  • Develops maintenance engineering solutions that meet technical requirements, all applicable codes, regulatory requirements and follow sound engineering practice.

  • Assigns tasks and coordinates with other internal/external team members on assigned projects; shares information and provides professional guidance in executing project tasks.

  • Provides complex design, construction, operation, maintenance or testing elements in support of substation maintenance engineering needs; contributes to capital or operations and maintenance budget and job estimates.

  • Shares current knowledge of latest technology and processes; may assist with mentoring, recognition and any corrective actions required.

  • Supports and develops training of other engineers and crews on operations and maintenance practices and requirements.

Senior Substation Maintenance Engineer:

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

  • Supports substation improvements with extended knowledge of maintenance engineering principles and local codes and standards. Applies knowledge to investigate, identify and clearly define substation problems and deliver engineering improvements on proposed equipment and systems. Provides technical guidance and support to other engineers and contractors.

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

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

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

  • Plans, develops and coordinates projects with complex design, construction, operation, maintenance or testing elements in support of substation maintenance engineering projects; provides accurate capital budget and job estimates.

  • 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.

  • Develops and delivers training of other engineers and crews on operations and maintenance practices and requirements. Provides and coordinates updates on critical safety and reliability topics to operations personnel. Participates in industry-related events for the purposes of benchmarking and learning about best practices.

Qualifications

Education/Experience/Certifications

Substation Maintenance Engineer: Requires a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. ABET accredited engineering program or program accredited by an equivalent agency, preferred. Typically, two or more years in engineering.

Senior Substation Maintenance Engineer: Requires a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. ABET accredited engineering program or program accredited by an equivalent agency, preferred. Typically, five or more years in engineering, or four years in engineering with a Professional Engineering (PE) license.

Driver’s license: Required

Competencies

Functional Competencies:

  • Intermediate/Advance knowledge of engineering and economic principles and concepts.

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

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

  • Intermediate/Advance industry knowledge and technology trends.

  • Intermediate/Advance knowledge of company QA/QC process and procedures.

  • Intermediate/Advance knowledge of construction feasibility.

  • Intermediate knowledge of procurement and contract administration.

  • Intermediate/Advance knowledge of process, procedures for project controls and estimates.

  • Intermediate knowledge of physical electrical and control and protection substation design.

  • Intermediate/Advance ability to review, evaluate and analyze technical information, policies and reports.

General Competencies:

  • Intermediate/Advance accuracy skills.

  • Working/Intermediate knowledge of the utility industry.

  • Intermediate/Advance organization and prioritization skills.

  • Intermediate/Advance decision-making skills.

  • Intermediate written and oral communication skills.

  • Intermediate/Advance individual and group presentation skills.

Physical, Schedule/Attendance and Cognitive Demands

Cognitive Level:

Substation Maintenance Engineer - Intermediate: Consistent use of relevant principles to solve practical problems and to deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

Senior Substation Maintenance Engineer - Substantial: Consistent use of logic or scientific thinking to define problems, collect information, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

Cognitive Ability:

  • Ability to adhere to set response times, deadlines and time-sensitive tasks

  • Ability to follow accuracy standards

  • Ability to follow through on decision-making tasks

  • Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively within a team environment

  • Ability to communicate and problem solve when under stress

  • Ability to respond and adapt to frequent change

  • Ability to accept and demonstrate self-awareness when provided constructive feedback

  • Ability to discern feedback and acknowledge ownership of areas of improvement

  • Ability to avoid future mistakes by applying reasonable skills to new but similar work situations or tasks

  • Ability to successfully collaborate with peers, managers and others within the organization

  • Demonstrates sound memory

  • Ability to process new information to be applied consistently to work tasks

Schedule/Attendance:

  • Ability to adhere to pre-established schedule, including start/stop time and break/lunch schedule

  • Ability to work long hours

  • Ability to work a variable schedule

  • Ability to report to work and perform work during periods of severe inclement weather

  • Ability to consistently meet attendance standards for regular, reliable, predictable, full-time attendance

  • Ability to work shift schedule

  • Ability to work on-call schedule

  • Ability to work shift schedule

Physical Capabilities

  • Driving/travel/commute: Daily within service territory - Occasionally (one to two times a month or less)

  • Driving/travel/commute: Overnight inside/outside the service territory - Occasionally (one to two times a month or less)

  • Computer use (use computer regularly for entire work shift)

  • Lifting/pushing/pulling: Up to 10 lbs.

  • Carrying: Up to 10 lbs.

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

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

Environment - Indoor/Outdoor:

  • Office

  • Plant

  • Field

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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.

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 (https://portlandgeneral.com/hrcs5511) .

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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 talentacquisition@pgn.com 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 dei@pgn.com .

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