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Civil Engineer I

Date:  Nov 19, 2021
Job ID:  2098

Snoqualmie, WA, US, 98065

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.

As a federal contractor, PSE is requiring that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – and provide proof. As a condition of employment, you will need to provide proof of vaccination. However, accommodations will be considered for those unable to be vaccinated due to a disability/medical condition or sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance.

PSE's Engineering Operations team is looking for qualified candidates to fill an open Civil Engineer I position!

Job Description

Puget Sound Energy’s Substation Design and Engineering department is looking for a Civil Engineer I to join our team! 


The engineer shall possess entry level experience and/or understanding of civil and structural engineering topics especially related to substation design and construction. Solutions typically provided by the engineer may involve complex issues, requiring interpretation of requirements, application of analytical techniques and non-standard solutions. Candidate should have the flexibility to deal with shifting budgets and priorities; the ability and resiliency to adapt to changes; and a personality that promotes optimism and synergy.


Under direct supervision of more experienced staff, engineer will develop professional knowledge and abilities by developing civil permit and construction drawings for land development associated with new and existing substations. Work assignments can include grading plans, storm drainage, erosion control and other civil related elements. Developing an understanding of state and local storm water regulations, building codes and industry standards is expected. The successful candidate should demonstrate a basic knowledge of civil related calculations, reports, technical specifications and cost estimates; and supporting the permitting and construction phases of projects. The ability to communicate effectively, clearly and concisely, both verbally and written to diverse audiences in most setting is desirable. Basic understanding of electrical substation assembly and safe design practices is a plus.


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.


This position may be subject to random DOT drug and/or alcohol testing.

Job 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

  • Possession of or ability to acquire an EIT certificate.
  • Knowledge of engineering economics and analysis.
  • Experience in project cost estimating or scheduling.
  • Work or internship experience in utility engineering or related fields.

Additional Information

Please note: this job posting is one of three that will be used to advertise and fill only one vacancy at the Engineer III, Engineer II, or Engineer 1 level depending on the most qualified applicant across the three job openings posted. Only apply to one of the three job openings based on which level best matches your work experience. Job postings involved with this opening are 2096, 2097, and 2098.

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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