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Portland General Electric Transmission and Distribution Monitoring and Diagnostics Engineer 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!

Principal or Senior Transmission and Distribution Monitoring and Diagnostics Engineer

Summary

This position will report to the corporate Asset Management (AM) organization and be based in Tualatin, Oregon at the soon-to-be-completed Integrated Operations Center with a hybrid work-schedule. This group assists with Asset Management planning analyses for capital projects and owns the following programs: chemistry, vibration, lubrication, maintenance optimization, root cause analysis investigations, real-time condition/performance monitoring & diagnostics (M&D), energy efficiency studies, OSIsoft PI system operational support (mobile rounds, integrations, corporate governance, etc.).

The Pacific Northwest experienced a multitude of weather events over the past year ranging from a catastrophic ice storm, large wildfires, and extreme heat. Because of these events it is 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 better understand how to optimize our grid for a more flexible and stable performance. The AM org is challenged to help solve this problem. More specifically the Transmission and Distribution Monitoring and Diagnostics Engineer will be tasked with building upon a mature generation-focused asset M&D function to reduce operational risk for grid assets. AM has developed a roadmap that this position will own, continue developing, and execute. The roadmap includes a multi-year strategy for the grid and identifies which assets we plan to monitor, what technology we plan to deploy, which data we can leverage, and what processes need to be developed between Asset Management, operations, and data science teams. Assets that will be monitored, or evaluated for monitoring, include bulk & distribution substation transformers, breakers, reclosers, distribution service transformers (overloads), underground cable (temperature and loading), line-fault-detection devices, underground-fault-prediction algorithms, power quality, distributed standby generation/transportation electrification/distributed energy resource assets, and PGE-owned solar assets.

The primary function of the Transmission and Distribution Monitoring and Diagnostics Engineer is to work with internal stakeholders to implement the monitoring function for these grid assets over the coming years. The Transmission and Distribution Monitoring and Diagnostics Engineer, along with the rest of the AM team, will develop use cases for monitoring, review data availability, and form plans to either install new sensors or create models and data displays to show asset condition. This engineer will develop the processes to inform operations and maintenance teams of asset issues as they arise. As needed, the position will provide support for root cause analysis investigations of grid system events and recommend optimization of maintenance and inspection programs for the generation plants that, in partnership with Transmission, Distribution, and Substation teams, include IR scans, DGA, GSUs, breakers, etc.

Responsibilities

Senior Level:

  • 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 Level:

  • 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

Required:

Education:

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

Experience:

Senior Level:

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

Principal Level:

  • 8 or more years of professional level experience in engineering.

Driver's license is required for both levels.

Preferred:

  • Professional Engineering (PE) license.

  • CMRP, CbM/PdM certifications.

  • 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.

  • Intermediate knowledge of construction feasibility.

  • Intermediate knowledge of procurement and contract administration.

  • Advanced knowledge of process and procedures for project controls and estimates.

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

  • Advanced ability to review, evaluate and analyze technical information, policies and reports.

  • Advanced knowledge of Advanced Pattern Recognition (APR) and dissolved gas analysis (DGA). Ability to visualize data in multiple formats such as MS Excel, PI, Tableau or other BI tools.

  • Advanced accuracy skills.

  • Intermediate knowledge of the utility industry.

  • Advanced organization and prioritization skills.

  • Intermediate written and oral communication skills.

  • Advanced decision-making skills.

  • Advanced individual and group presentation skills.

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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:

Staffing@pgn.com

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

February 6, 2022

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.

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