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Engineer I

Date:  Aug 5, 2022
Job ID:  3005

Kent, WA, US, 98032

Remote and Hybrid Work Opportunities:  Hybrid (WA Based)

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 Engineering Operations team is looking for qualified candidates to fill an open Engineer I position!
Specific details regarding the work arrangements for this position will be discussed in further detail during the interview process.

Job Description

Under direct supervision of more experienced staff, conducts simple analyses in support of the preparation of engineering plans, designs, specifications, standards, cost estimates, system studies, and other such evaluations. Works on assignments designed to develop professional knowledge and abilities that require application of standard techniques, procedures, and criteria in carrying out a sequence of related engineering tasks. Supports emergency response operations when needed.


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.

Demonstrates commitment to conduct business honestly, ethically and consistent with our core values and Code of Conduct.  Ensures duties are performed in accordance with all regulatory compliance obligations.

Job Responsibilities

  • ​​​​​​Creation of settings and I/O standards for electromechanical, solid state and microprocessor-based protective relays controlling interrupting devices
  • Protection coordination studies for transmission, distribution and substation facilities
  • Reviewing system events and verifying system model accuracy
  • Conduct root-cause analysis of suspected misoperations
  • Development of Transmission and Distribution automation schemes
  • Support of NERC and WECC reliability standards associated with protection systems
  • Working with POTT, DTT, RAS and other special protection schemes
  • Support field crews and Relay Technicians during construction
  • Providing detailed design review of internal or external technical documents
  • Support research and development of new devices and relay functions
  • Provide detailed design review of internal or external technical documents

Additional Responsibilities

  • Applies basic engineering principles, practices, theories and methods and use of commonly applied engineering approaches and calculations.
  • Uses judgment in the selection and application of engineering methods, the modification of standard models, designs, or procedures, and when correlating data and recognizing discrepancies in results.
  • Prepares cost estimates and specifications, performs engineering studies and designs, conducts office and field research.
  • Plans and develops project budgets with appropriate project documentation.
  • Provides verification and field measurements of new equipment and system installations.
  • Acquires performance data from new and existing equipment or systems and validates against design parameters.
  • Supports emergency response work as requested including immediate and extended restoration efforts driven by weather and other system failures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in electrical, mechanical, civil or other appropriate engineering discipline.
  • Entry level to 3 years of experience in engineering design, preparation of specifications, technical field work, or system studies.  Other prior non-engineering work experience may be considered for individuals at this level.

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.
  • Proficiency working in a range of distribution-focused projects
  • Experience managing projects involving multiple groups or organizations
  • Knowledge of electrical power system relay testing principles and practices
  • Knowledge of electrical power control system principles
  • Knowledge of substation IED integration architectures, transmission and distribution system automation, SCADA communications and Ethernet communications, including DNP, TCP/IP and IEC 61850.
  • Knowledge of electric utility industry standards/best practices, leading edge technological developments and field engineering practices
  • Experience working with protection systems for transmission or distribution substations and generator protection systems
  • Experience with integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and inverter-based systems
  • Knowledge of NERC and WECC compliance requirements for reliability standards associated with Engineering and Operations
  • Experience with special protection schemes including RAS
  • Organization, documentation, prioritization and project engineering skills

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 or 425-462-3017.

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