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Commodities Inspector

Date:  Sep 7, 2021
Job ID:  1967

Kent, WA, US, 98032

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 Customer Init & Continuous Improvement team is looking for qualified candidates to fill an open Commodities Inspector position!

Job Description

Leads PSE’s commodity inspection process by performing complex acceptance inspections, communicating results to stakeholder departments, and working with PSE and non-PSE teams to resolve non-conformances.  Supports continuous improvement efforts by recommending changes to inspection plans and processes.  Utilizes field knowledge to support commodity evaluations, and ensure that final selections can be used efficiently by construction crews and other field personnel.  Supports material performance evaluations by inspecting in-service commodities, and performing destructive testing.


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.

Job Responsibilities

  • Applies knowledge of commodity ‘form, fit and function’ to inspect materials used in PSE’s gas and electric system.
  • Performs required inspections and tests to assure product compliance with PSE specifications, purchasing descriptions and approved manufacturers.
  • Prepares written reports for non-compliant items, reports findings and forwards documentation to the Commodity Engineer.
  • Retrieves data and completes research to perform required tasks including copies of applicable drawings, purchase order text, standards and specifications, engineer inspection plans, etc. 
  • Interprets requirements of inspection plans, commodity specifications and purchasing descriptions for PSE materials.
  • Maintains rejection data and records and stores all required documentation in inspection files.
  • Recognizes and identifies specifics of non-conforming material and inspection errors and initiates resolution.
  • Reads and interprets PSE standards and specifications, and uses inspection tools for measuring and performing product inspection.
  • Prioritizes work requests as to not delay materials for construction.
  • Performs commodity inspections at remote worksites or storage locations.
  • Supports Standards engineering staff with a variety of tasks related to materials.
  • Meets with vendors to demonstrate and communicate product concerns and non-compliance.
  • Periodic weekend and evening work may be required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Washington State driver's license.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.   
  • Excellent mechanical aptitude.
  • Basic calibration knowledge.
  • Ability to understand traceability (product, material, calibration).

Desired Qualifications

  • 2-5 years experience with utility materials, tools and construction.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with gas and electric materials.
  • Experience with SAP, WORD, EXCEL, ACCESS.
  • Practical experience with PSE construction and material standards, and working.
  • Working knowledge of PSE construction practices and safety codes. 
  • Knowledge of testing methods
  • Proficient in the use of digital cameras and camera software

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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