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Engineer II - Distribution Capacity Planner

Date:  Sep 10, 2021
Job ID:  1903

Bellevue, WA, US, 98004

Puget Sound Energy is looking to grow our community with top talented individuals like you!  With our rapidly growing, award winning energy efficiency programs, our pathway to an exciting and innovative future is now.


PSE's Planning team is looking for qualified candidates to fill an open Engineer II - Distribution Capacity Planner position!

Job Description

Puget Sound Energy’s Electric System Planning department is looking for an Engineer II to join our team as an Distribution Capacity Planner!  The Distribution Capacity Planner prepares engineering plans, designs, specifications, standards, cost estimates, system studies, and other such evaluations for the electric system. This person will provide professional engineering service and support in the planning, construction, operation, maintenance, and analysis of PSE electric distribution facilities and assets. This will include knowledge and analysis of the interconnected electric system and the applicable NERC compliance standards that govern Transmission Planning and Operation.  This role will interpret and apply existing guidelines and engineering principles, practices, and theories toward the completion of assignments with many interrelated elements. The engineer also works on project teams to support the successful completion of projects designed to reinforce the energy delivery or power generation systems.  Work on assignments is also performed with the goal of growing the engineers’ technical and managerial knowledge about PSE processes and systems.  The ideal candidate supports emergency response operations when needed.


This is an excellent opportunity to play an integral role within PSE to help us better serve the environment, our customers and the communities in which they live. PSE provides an environment where all employees are valued, respected and provided with the opportunity to achieve maximum performance. We offer a comprehensive pay package that includes competitive compensation, annual goals-based incentive bonuses, comprehensive cafeteria-style benefits, 401(K), a company paid retirement pension plan and an employee assistance and wellness program. Gain the energy to do great things through a career with Puget Sound Energy! 

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for preparing studies and analyses to develop and justify capacity and reliability projects for the electric distribution system under the guidance of more experienced engineers.
  • Run power system simulation, modeling and analysis using advanced power system analysis programs such as Synergi.
  • Provide professional engineering service and support in the planning, construction, operation, maintenance, and analysis of PSE facilities and assets with minimal supervision.
  • Plan projects to meet cost and time objectives.
  • Develop knowledge of company and industry standards, guidelines, and methods.
  • Creates and reviews cost estimates and provides economic cost/benefit analysis for project alternatives.
  • Plan and develop project budgets with appropriate documentation.
  • Applies engineering practices, principles and theories.
  • Identifies potential areas of weakness with assigned work and initiates corrective action.
  • Ensures compliance with codes, standards and design requirements.
  • Review design and documentation to ensure compliance with internal planning criteria and standards.
  • Interprets and/or modifies available guidelines for application to existing problems or processes.
  • Documents project need, benefit and justifications with minimal direct supervision.
  • Supports emergency response work as requested, including immediate and extended restoration efforts driven by weatherand other system failures.
  • May coordinate the work of enigneering assistants, technicians or others who assits in specific assignments (including contractors/consultants).
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree or PE license in electrical, mechanical, civil or other appropriate engineering field
  • Experience in planning, design, specification preparation, technical field work, project cost estimating and scheduling (typically achieved after 3 or more years practice as a degreed engineer).  Years of acquired experience is provided as a guide and alone does not constitute readiness for job level as individual’s skill acquisition rates can vary significantly.
  • Organization, documentation, prioritization, and project management skills.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with both internal and external customers on projects.
  • Familiar with codes and equipment utilized in the design and operation of utility systems.
  • Experience with coordinating external consultants in the execution of a project.
  • Possession of EIT certificate and ability to acquire PE license.
  • Knowledge of engineering economics and utility accounting practices.

Additional Information

Families and businesses depend on PSE to provide the energy they need to pursue their dreams. Our steadfast commitment to serving Washington communities with safe, dependable and efficient energy started in 1873. Today we're building the Northwest's energy future through efforts like our award winning energy efficiency programs and our leadership in renewable energy.


At PSE we value and respect our employees and provide them opportunities to excel. We offer an expansive pay package that includes competitive compensation, annual goals-based incentive bonuses, comprehensive benefits, 401(K), a company paid retirement pension plan, and an employee assistance and wellness program.


Puget Sound Energy is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status or presence of a disability that with or without reasonable accommodation does not prevent performance of the essential functions of the job, or any other category prohibited by local, state or federal law.


Should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources Staffing department at jobs@pse.com or 425-462-3017.

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue