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Engineer III - Distribution Capacity Planner

Date:  Apr 7, 2021
Job ID:  1561
Location: 

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 III - Distribution Capacity Planner position!

Job Description

Puget Sound Energy’s Electric System Planning department is looking for an Engineer III to join our team as a Distribution Capacity Planner!  The Distribution Capacity Planner prepares engineering plans, designs, specifications, standards, cost estimates, system studies, and other such evaluations. 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.


Upholds the safety compliance standards inherent in PSE’s operating and/or field procedures related to work responsibilities. Promotes and supports a culture of total safety.


This position may be subject to random DOT drug and/or alcohol testing.

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for preparing studies and analyses to develop and justify capacity and reliability projects for the electric distribution system.
  • 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.
  • Plan projects to meet cost and time objectives.
  • Prepares cost estimates and evaluations for project alternatives with minimal supervision.
  • Provides economic cost/benefit analysis for project alternatives
  • Documents project need, benefits and justifications with minimal direct supervision.
  • Plans and develops project budgets with appropriate documentation.
  • Interprets requirements and application of company and industry standards, guidelines, and methods.
  • 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.
  • Identifies potential areas of weakness with assigned work, and initiate corrective action.
  • Documents and shares work with others to strengthen the depth and breadth of skills within the department’s engineering workforce.
  • Ensures that problem solutions are tailored to PSE’s business environment.
  • Supports emergency response work as requested including immediate and extended restoration efforts driven by weather and other system failures.
  • May lead or coordinate the work of junior engineers, engineering assistants, field technicians, and others who assist on specific projects. (This includes contractor/consultants.)
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree or PE license in electrical, mechanical, civil or other appropriate engineering field.
  • Substantial experience in planning, design, specification preparation, technical field work, project cost estimating and scheduling (typically achieved after 5 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.
  • Demonstrated organization, documentation, prioritization, and project management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working in the utility industry.
  • Familiar with codes and equipment utilized in the design and operation of utility systems.
  • Possession of a Professional Engineering license.
  • Knowledge of engineering economics and utility accounting practices.
  • Experience working on complex engineering projects.

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