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Engineer III - Transmission Planner

Date:  Feb 15, 2021
Job ID:  879

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 - Transmission Planner position!

Job Description

Puget Sound Energy’s Electric System Planning department is looking for an Engineer III to join our team!  The Engineer III 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 transmission facilities and assets. This will include knowledge and analysis of the interconnected transmission 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 transmission system.
  • Run power system simulation, modeling and analysis using advanced power system analysis programs.
  • Responsible for NERC Planning Standards applicable to the Transmission Planner.
  • 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; including compliance with applicable NERC Transmission Planning and Operating Standards.
  • 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.
  • Documents project need, benefit and justifications with minimal direct supervision.
  • Creates and reviews cost estimates, and provides economic cost/benefit analysis for project alternatives.
  • Plan and develop project budgets with appropriate documentation.
  • Applies engineering principles, practices and theories.
  • Identifies potential areas of weakness with assigned work and initiates corrective action.
  • Ensures compliance with codes, standards, and design requirements.
  • Supports emergency response work as requested, including immediate and extended restoration efforts driven by weather and other system failures.
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.
  • Experience working on complex engineering projects.
  • Experience working with both internal and external customers on projects.
  • Experience with electric power flow models. 
  • Experience with coordinating external consultants in the execution of a project.
  • Possession of Engineering (PE) License.  
  • Knowledge of engineering economics and analysis.
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