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Portland General Electric T&D Monitoring and Diagnostics 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.

T&D Monitoring and Diagnostics Engineer

Summary

This position will report into the corporate Engineering & Design organization and be based in Tualatin, Oregon at the Integrated Operations Center with a hybrid work-schedule. The position resides in the Monitoring & Diagnostics (M&D) Engineering team who is responsible for the following programs: chemistry, vibration, lubrication, maintenance optimization, real-time condition/performance monitoring, Aveva PI system operational support (mobile rounds, integrations, and corporate governance).

The Pacific Northwest experienced a multitude of weather events over the past few years ranging from a catastrophic ice storm, large wildfires, and extreme heat. Because of these events, it’s critical now, more than ever, that PGE adapt to have better operational visibility, and management, over the real-time condition of our grid assets to understand how to better optimize our grid for a more flexible and stable performance. The M&D team is challenged to help solve this problem. More specifically, the T&D M&D Engineer will be tasked with building upon a mature generation-focused M&D function to reduce operational risk for T&D assets. A T&D M&D roadmap exists and includes a multi-year strategy which identifies the assets we plan to monitor, what technology we plan to deploy, what data we can leverage, and what processes need to be developed. Assets that will be monitored, or evaluated for monitoring, include bulk & distribution substation transformers, breakers, reclosers, distribution service transformers, underground cable, line-fault-detection devices, underground-fault-prediction algorithms, power quality, distributed standby generation/transportation electrification/distributed energy resource assets such as Battery Energy Storage systems, and potentially PGE-owned solar assets.

The primary function of the T&D M&D Engineer is to work with internal stakeholders to implement the monitoring function for T&D assets over the coming years. This engineer, along with the rest of the M&D team, will develop use cases for monitoring, review data availability, and form plans to either install new sensors or monitors along with creating models and data displays to depict asset condition. Additionally, this engineer will continuously improve upon the processes implemented to inform operations and maintenance teams of asset issues as they arise via improved alarm management. As needed, the position will provide support for root cause analysis investigations for equipment failures and recommend optimization of maintenance and inspection programs based on data.

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

Key Responsibilities

Senior:

  • Maintains currency in state-of-the-art engineering practices and discerns the need for and provides guidance and direction to colleagues on engineering processes and standards across generation, substation, transmission and/or distribution assets.

  • Applies knowledge of remote monitoring solutions to assist transmission, substation, or distribution assets and asset owners with an evaluation of asset health to support safe operation.

  • Prepares a variety of complex engineering deliverables for larger or multiple projects, including establishing work plans to be applied.

  • Actively coordinates with other internal/external team members on complex projects, representing the team to internal and external stakeholders (i.e., regulatory, technical society, etc.).

  • Leads, plans, develops, and coordinates performance analytics projects and initiatives and any associated reports and deliverables.

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

Principal:

  • Maintains currency in state-of-the-art engineering practices and discerns the need for and provides guidance and direction to colleagues on engineering processes and standards across generation, substation, transmission and/or distribution assets.

  • Develops enterprise solutions for the application of remote monitoring solutions to assist assets and asset owners with an evaluation of asset health to support safe operation.

  • Prepares a variety of complex engineering deliverables for larger or multiple projects, including establishing work plans to be applied.

  • Actively coordinates with other internal/external team members on complex projects, representing the team to internal and external stakeholders (i.e., regulatory, technical society, etc.).

  • Leads cross-functional performance analytics projects and complex initiatives and deliverables.

  • Actively advances knowledge management of the enterprise and provides mentoring; participates in professional societies and technical committees and may assist with code/standard authoring; is externally recognized in the industry as a technical expert; reviews engineering work, resolves resource conflicts and identifies training needs.

Qualifications

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, electrical, or power engineering or other applicable engineering degree. ABET-accredited engineering program or program accredited by an equivalent agency preferred.

Experience:

Senior:

5 or more years of professional level experience in engineering or 4 years with a PE License.

Principal:

8 or more years of professional level experience in engineering.

Driver's license is required for both levels.

Preferred Qualifications:

Professional Engineering (PE) license.

CMRP, CbM/PdM certifications.

Competencies

Functional Competencies:

  • Advanced knowledge of Advanced Pattern Recognition (APR), first principle thermodynamic modeling, fundamental knowledge of vibration analysis, dissolved gas analysis (DGA) and/or hydro/wind/thermal operations.

  • Ability to visualize data in multiple formats such as MS Excel, PI, Tableau or other BI tools.

  • Expert knowledge of engineering and economic principles and concepts.

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

  • Expert understanding and application of engineering processes and procedures; intermediate 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.

  • Advanced knowledge of data visualization tools and computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS).

General Competencies:

  • Advanced accuracy skills.

  • Advanced knowledge of the utility industry.

  • Advanced organization and prioritization skills.

  • Advanced decision-making skills.

  • Intermediate written and oral communication skills.

  • Advanced individual and group presentation skills.

Physical, Schedule/Attendance and Cognitive Demands

Cognitive Level: Substantial: Consistent use of logic or scientific thinking to define problems, collect information, establish facts and draw valid conclusions (for example, engineer, HR director, plant manager, etc.).

Cognitive:

  • 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

Physical Capabilities:

  • Driving/travel/commute:

  • Daily within service territory - Occasionally (one to two times a month or less)

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

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

  • Carrying: Up to 10 lb.

  • Unstable surfaces requiring balance: Walking distances and surfaces (long distances and over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces)

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

Environment: Office environment, Plant environment and Field environment

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:

$92,550.00 - $183,000.00

In addition, this position is eligible for a performance-based incentive bonus. Actual total compensation is commensurate with experience, skills, and education

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

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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