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Technical Lead Substation Controls Engineer

Date:  Sep 1, 2021
Job ID:  1534

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.


PSE's Engineering Operations team is looking for qualified candidates to fill an open Technical Lead Substation Controls Engineer position!

Job Description

Provides professional engineering services and technical leadership to department discipline supervisors and engineering staff, providing expertise in a specialized field of engineering to broadly stated technical problems.  Solutions provided by the consulting engineer may involve unconventional or advanced problem solving techniques. Provides professional engineering service and support in the planning, construction, operation, maintenance, and analysis of PSE facilities and assets. Schedules and coordinates major segments of complex projects to meet cost and time objectives. Reviews design and documentation to ensure compliance with design criteria and standards. Assignments involve a substantial degree of complexity, with many interrelated elements, requiring considerations not previously encountered.  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.
This position may be subject to random DOT drug and/or alcohol testing.

Job Responsibilities

  • Prepares complex engineering plans, designs, specifications, standards, evaluations and studies utilizing specialized analytical skills.
  • Responsible for solving unique problems using advanced analytical techniques.
  • Communicates solutions to personnel possessing a wide variety of educational and employment backgrounds, including in public forums in both verbal and written forms.
  • Ensures compliance with codes, standards, and design, operation, and maintenance requirements.
  • Identifies potential areas of improvement with team’s work, and initiates corrective action.
  • Documents and shares work with others to strengthen the depth and breadth of skills within PSE’s engineering workforce.
  • Provides technical leadership to others in the department and throughout the company.
  • Ensures that problem solutions are tailored to PSE’s business environment.
  • Maintains knowledge of industry developments and best practices and their application at PSE to further business objectives.
  • Coordinate and review the work of engineers, engineering assistants, field technicians, and others who assist in specific assignments (including contractors/consultants).
  • Plans and schedules engineering resources to meet department needs.
  • Develops and executes department strategy to support overall business objectives.
  • 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 or PE license in electrical, mechanical, civil or other appropriate engineering field.
  • Extensive experience in planning, design, specification preparation, maintenance, project cost estimating and scheduling (typically achieved after 10 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.
  • Advanced technical and scientific expertise.
  • Experience leading engineering projects.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaborate with a wide range of internal and external customers.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working within the utility industry.
  • Possession of a Professional Engineering License.
  • Experience working on complex engineering projects.
  • Broad utility experience designing protection and control systems for 115kV and above substations in main with transfer, ring and breaker-and-a-half bus configurations.
  • Experience designing protection and controls system for utility scale wind, thermal and hydro generation plants.
  • Experience specifying, designing and integrating controls systems for utility scale battery storage systems.
  • Experience specifying, designing and integrating Microgrid systems to operate in both grid-connected and island modes.
  • Experience interfacing with SCADA and EMS systems.
  • Knowledge and experience designing substations control systems using IEC 61850.
  • Working knowledge of NERC CIP standards and compliance requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience leading, training and mentoring newer protection and controls engineers.
  • Authored and published technical documents regarding system protection and substation controls for the electrical industry.

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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