Transmission Planning Engineer (Multiple Levels)

Date: Mar 12, 2020

Job ID  10543  Department  System Planning & Protect (10000075) 
Union Classification  Non Union  Type  Full Time - Salaried  
# of Openings  Job Location  Everett, Washington (US-WA) 
Closing Date  04/05/2020   Salary/Wage  $92,134.00 - $141,257.00 annually 


Title & Salary



We are recruiting at the Engineer, Professional Engineer, or Principal Engineer level.

The successful candidate will be placed into the appropriate level and salary based on personal qualifications.

Job Definition

This position is responsible for analysis of the transmission system, including power flow and transient stability studies and for providing well-written, understandable reports as a result of that analysis. By modeling forecast load and contingency conditions, identify potential system deficiencies in a timely manner such that capital projects can be completed to maintain system performance within acceptable criteria. Mainly the timeframe is in the planning horizon, and can also include the operation horizon. Provide after-hours operational support on a rotational basis.

In addition, maintain and demonstrate compliance with a variety of NERC reliability standards for transmission planning, transmission operation, facility ratings, and cyber security.

Ideal candidate will be a self-starter, organized, and able to make progress toward a variety of goals concurrently. Experience with NERC reliability standards and system analysis highly desirable.

Distinguishing Characteristics


Independently performs most assignments with supervision and guidance as to objectives. Receives technical guidance on unique, unusual or complex problems and issues. Work is reviewed for application of sound professional judgment and conformance to objectives. Manages time to work concurrently on multiple assignments.

Essential Job Functions

Performs conventional engineering design and analysis in an area of engineering specialty requiring significant knowledge of related fields by compiling and analyzing statistical and technical data and conducting a wide variety of studies including report development.


Performs as Project Leader on medium to large projects and/or on projects which may have relatively few complex features requiring an overall knowledge of engineering principles and methods.


Prepares Specifications, Request for Proposals, evaluates Bids, and prepares recommendations on material, contracts, purchase of materials and equipment for management consideration for conventional projects. Manages contract work on assigned projects.


Plans and conducts engineering assignments to develop and recommend new and improved concepts, techniques, operating procedures, engineering and construction standards, and practices in the related engineering field. 


Directs, coordinates, and reviews/approves work of the project team and consultants’ work on conventional projects based on pre-established District standards and practices.


Provide consulting services, including training, to District staff, vendors, customers, consultants, and others in the related field.


Responds to and investigates customer questions and complaints; interprets and provide information concerning services, programs, projects, policies and objectives. Effectively interacts, responds, and coordinates activities with customers including governmental agencies.


Establishes goals, objectives, priorities, and schedules on assigned projects. Establishes project cost estimates including resource availability (labor and material) and alternatives to accomplish planned goals and objectives.


Recommends, develops, and implements new or changed processes, standards, and procedures to improve efficiency in the assigned area.

Specialized Job Functions


Other Job Functions

Responsible for budgets and schedules on assigned projects and/or tasks.


Prepares capital and Operations and Maintenance program estimates for capital and Operations and Maintenance plans.


Serves as acting supervisor in the absence of supervisor.


Serves on task or work groups to improve engineering and work processes and methods.


Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Knowledge of:
• Principles, practices, methods, analysis, and techniques in the field of applicable engineering discipline.
• Construction methods, design codes and standards, safety practices and codes, project management, and District’s work authorization procedures.
• Fundamental economic analysis and evaluation techniques.
• Technical aspects of field of specialty.
• Regulatory requirements applicable to the District, District policies and procedures.
• Principles and practices of providing work direction and guidance to others.
• Facility and system operation and maintenance.
• Computers and applicable computer applications.
• Customer relations techniques.
• District's mission, objectives, values and business drivers.
Ability to:
• Work in a team environment with a strong customer focus on both internal customers and external customers.
• Successfully lead engineering and construction, research and assigned projects.
• Plan and organize work, incorporating changing District priorities.
• Proficient use of latest technologies applicable and available at the District in performing assigned tasks and projects.
• Interpret, apply, and explain codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
• Learn the District’s work authorization procedures.
• Learn and apply District policies and procedures.
• Develop scope of work, schedules, budgets, methods, and manage projects through completion.
• Provide work direction, guidance and technical assistance to others.
• Perform conventional and technical engineering duties in the analysis, design and coordination of projects in the area of engineering expertise.
• Compile and analyze statistical and technical information and data including preparation of reports.
• Use independent and discretionary judgment.
• Act in a lead capacity on assigned tasks and projects.
• Drive District vehicles.
• Use engineering tools required for the job.


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering; AND,
  • Four (4) years directly related engineering experience, and FE or EIT; OR
  • Six (6) years related engineering experience.


Professional Engineer

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering; AND,
  • Six (6) years related engineering experience, with two (2) of those years as a Lead or Project Engineer; AND,
  • Washington State Professional Engineer License or ability to obtain through reciprocity.


Principal Engineer

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical, Mechanical, or Civil Engineering; AND,
  • Nine (9) years of progressive applicable engineering experience, three (3) years of which are in a project engineer/lead engineer capacity in the electric or water utility engineering field; AND,
  • Washington State Professional Engineer License or ability to obtain through reciprocity.
• Valid Washington State Driver License.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in an Electric Utility.
  • Experience with System Protection.
  • Experience with, or willingness and ability to learn, specialized analysis tools, including symmetrical components analysis and use of short-circuit programs.
Working Conditions
• Duties are performed both in an office environment and in field situations in varying weather conditions that include utility construction sites and work in vicinity of energized equipment and conductors.
• Requires the ability to walk and/or climb around uneven terrain and construction sites in possible inclement weather.
• Must drive District vehicles to various work sites/locations.
• Must be able to lift and carry equipment, boxes, tools, drawings, packages, etc., up to 25 pounds.
• Incumbents perform repetitive movements from use of a computer and mouse.
• Frequent phone contact with various customers.



Snohomish County P.U.D. #1 is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Women, Disabled and Veterans.

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Everett

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