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Senior Engineer - Transmission Planning

Date:  Feb 15, 2021
Job ID:  689

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 Senior Engineer - Transmission Planning position!

Job Description

Puget Sound Energy’s Electric System Planning department is looking for a Senior Engineer to join our team!  The Senior Engineer 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 involving a substantial degree of complexity, with many interrelated elements requiring considerations not previously encountered. The engineer also works on project teams; including regional systems (BPA, and others where applicable) 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.

Job Responsibilities
  • Responsible for developing and justifying capacity and reliability projects for the electric transmission system.  This includes working with adjacent utilities (BPA and others) where transmission interconnection is needed.
  • Run power system simulation, modeling and analysis using advanced power system analysis programs.
  • Responsible for NERC Planning Standards under Transmission Planning.    
  • Provide professional engineering service and support in the planning, construction, operation, maintenance, and analysis of PSE facilities and assets.
  • Plan complex projects to meet cost, and time objectives; including compliance with applicable NERC Transmission Planning and Operating Standards.
  • Review design and documentation to ensure compliance with planning criteria and standards. Assignments involve a substantial degree of complexity, with many interrelated elements, requiring considerations not previously encountered.
  • Interpret and/or modify available guidelines for application to existing problems or processes.
  • Prepare complex studies and analyses.
  • Prepare cost estimates for project evaluations and documents project need, benefit and justifications with minimal direct supervision.
  • Plan and develop project budgets with appropriate documentation.
  • Identify potential areas of weakness with assigned work, and initiate corrective action.
  • Ensure that problem solutions are tailored to PSE’s business environment.
  • Interprets requirements and application of company and industry standards, guidelines, and methods.  
  • Applies engineering principles, practices and theories. 
  • Creates and reviews cost estimates, and provides economic cost benefit and analysis for project alternatives.  
  • 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.
  • May coordinate the work of engineering assistants, technicians, or others who assist in specific assignments (including contractors/consultants).
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Civil or other appropriate engineering field
  • Substantial experience in planning, design, specification preparation, maintenance, project cost estimating and scheduling (typically achieved after 8 years’ practice as a degreed engineer).
  • Demonstrated organization, documentation, prioritization, and project management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Desired Qualifications
  • Experience working in the utility industry.
  • Possession of or ability to acquire a Professional Engineering license.
  • Knowledge of engineering economics and analysis.
  • 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. 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