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Engineer III - Operations Planner

Date:  Oct 14, 2021
Job ID:  1101

Bellevue, WA, US, 98004

Puget Sound Energy is looking to grow our community with like-minded, 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 - Operations Planner position!

Job Description

Puget Sound Energy’s Regional System Planning Department is looking for an Engineer to join our team. 


The Regional System Planning group is responsible for the performance of the 1000+ distribution circuits predominately operating at 12.5 kV from nearly 300 distribution substations across PSE’s service territory.  System Planners identify project solutions that support regional load growth and improve system reliability for our customers.  They will assist in the day to day operation of the distribution system by providing technical assistance to both internal and external customers.


The engineer in this position will have an emphasis on improving the capacity and operating performance of the distribution system in line with future integration of smart grid devices. Expectations of this position include the following:

  • Knowledge and ability to apply engineering principles, guidelines, practices, theories and methods to perform sophisticated analyses solving relatively complex problems with many interrelated elements requiring consideration.
  • Ability to apply advanced techniques, provide technical advice and counsel to others in their application.
  • Effective verbal and written communication across the organization at all levels internally and externally with the ability to present information to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Maintain knowledge of industry developments and their application to PSE.
  • Provides technical direction, leadership and training to department and company engineers in support of the development of PSE’s engineering workforce by sharing knowledge with others. 
  • Supports emergency response operations work as needed including immediate and extended restoration efforts driven by weather and other system failures.
  • Ensures compliance with codes, standards, designs, operation, and maintenance requirements and uphold 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.
Job Responsibilities
  • Provides technical review of potential system impacts from proposed substantial load additions and provides timely response that includes study results and recommendations.
  • Monitors and analyses the electric distribution system operation performance to proactively plan projects to address system deficiencies. 
  • Prepares highly complex engineering analyses and studies of the electric system to provide for future needs using the SynerGi modeling program.
  • Interprets and/or modifies available planning guidelines for application to existing problems or processes.
  • Provides a detailed design review of internal or external technical documents.
  • Prepares cost estimates and evaluations for project alternatives with minimal supervision.
  • Develops, prepares and justifies capacity improvement projects for the electric distribution system to meet cost, design standards and schedule objectives with appropriate documentation.
  • Reviews designs and documentation to ensure compliance with PSE standards and expectations.
  • 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 PSE’s engineering workforce.
  • Communicates solutions to personnel possessing a wide variety of educational and employment backgrounds, including in public forums in both verbal and written forms.
  • Evaluates new emerging technologies to ensure all issues are addressed holistically and that problem solutions are tailored to PSE’s business environment.
  • May lead or coordinate the work of junior engineers, engineering assistants, field technicians, and others who assist on specific projects (This includes 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.
  • 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
  • Broad knowledge of power industry standards and best practices.
  • Experience working on complex engineering projects in the electric utility industry.
  • Experience using an electrical analysis program such as SynerGi, CYME, or other program.
  • Knowledge of engineering economics, analysis and utility accounting practices.
  • Experience with coordinating external consultants in the planning of a system improvement.
  • Experience working with internal and external customers in meeting system and customer needs.
  • Possession of a Professional Engineering license.
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.

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Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue