Electrical Engineer (Open Until Filled)
Chelan County Public Utility District - Wenatchee, WA

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Although the position is "Open Until Filled" , applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The first review date is scheduled for May 2.

In addition to a resume, a cover letter describing specific interest in the position and the Chelan County community is required. To expedite the application process, combine your cover letter and resume into one document and upload when requested through the online application process, referencing job #10682.


This position is anticipated to be filled at an intermediate - senior level. The general hiring range is $80,000 - $101,000 (based on qualifications, skills and abilities).



Perform moderate to complex and technically sophisticated electrical engineering design, analysis, and project management activities in the electrical power generation field. Plan, scope, schedule and conduct engineering work requiring independent judgment for a variety of projects and facilities such as hydroelectric plants, switchyards and substations (senior level responsibility includes work done by engineering consultants). Acts as design engineer (or lead), project engineer or project manager on projects with moderate to complex and difficult aspects or features. Lead project teams and interacts with engineering consultants, crew superintendents, foreman and contractors to troubleshoot and resolve problems during design, construction or installation. Lead and direct the work of lower level engineers. Senior level incuments have technical responsibility for preliminary and final designs and design criteria.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job satisfactorily. Essential functions (EF) are those activities that, if not performed, would significantly and fundamentally alter the position. Secondary functions (SF) are activities not fundamental to the job and may need to be relaxed to accommodate an otherwise qualified applicant with a disability.

1. (EF) Perform electrical engineering design and analysis. Prepare cost estimates. Write technical purchase and construction specifications. Prepare material and/or labor bid document packages. Follow engineering QA/QC procedures. Respond to RFIs during construction and troubleshoot construction problems. Develop and implement inspection and testing plans. Inspect fabrication and construction activities, materials and work products. Lead project start up activities including training O&M staff.

2. (EF) Manage moderate to complex projects from concept to close out. Develop and implement scopes, schedules and budgets. Set up and lead project teams including design engineers, consultants, contractors, construction inspectors, real property agents, skilled crafts workers, permitting specialists, purchasing agents, etc. Communicate project progress to internal clients, supervisor and management. Write status and tracking reports. Lead progress meetings. Give presentations including project recommendations to teams, management groups and the Commission. Procure materials. Select consultants and manage consultant contracts. Negotiate agreements. Oversee preparation of bid documents. Ensure compliance with QA/QC procedures to maintain the quality of project deliverables. Senior level responsibility includes obtaining permits.

3. (EF) Perform engineering planning, feasibility studies (including technical report writing), cost estimating, economic analyses and develop alternatives to help determine solutions to operational problems, regulatory concerns, efficiency improvements, asset management issues, etc.

4. (EF) Troubleshoot operations and maintenance problems at the request of transmissions system personnel. Clarify and pinpoint problems. Develop testing methods and alternatives. Provide alternative problem solutions. Write brief reports describing possible solutions and recommendations.

5. (SF) Participate in work process improvement efforts primarily as a member of interdisciplinary work teams.

6. (EF) Responsible for instructing others in the safe diagnosis, repair, maintenance or operation of plant equipment and systems.

7. (EF) Maintain regular and predictable attendance. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required. Complete all required training. Maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position, and those in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC).

8. (EF) Required to drive a motorized vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the District.

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications listed below are representative of those required, but reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Education : Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Electrical Engineering from four-year college or university.

Experience : Typically requires a minimum of five (5) to eight (8) years experience, preferably related to hydro power generation, electric distribution or electric transmission systems.

Specific KSA's: A fully skilled incumbent will have the following specific knowledge, skills, and abilities:

This position requires knowledge and understanding of electrical engineering design and project management directly relating to the hydroelectric generation facilities, including switchyards, and distribution system substations, including a working knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of engineering, project management and construction, including methods, materials, equipment, techniques, technical software, schedules, specifications and contract documents. Fully competent in all conventional engineering aspects and able to perform moderately complex engineering design and analysis in several engineering specialties within a discipline. Some knowledge of related specialties in the discipline and of other disciplines is required. An understanding of permits, permitting timelines and City, County, State and Federal permitting agencies and processes is also required. Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington is desired. Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse work force, such as skilled crafts, contractors, customers and other engineers.

Language Skills: Candidates must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.

Computers & Equipment: A fully skilled incumbent will have the ability to utilize the following software, hardware, or equipment:

To perform this job successfully, an individual is required to have knowledge of PeopleSoft Financials; PeopleSoft Timekeeping/HR; Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Word; Microsoft PowerPoint; Primavera; PC Hardware; General Office Equipment; and Power Equipment.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is frequently required to perform repetitive hand or arm motion. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and talk, hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; work in confined spaces; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock; and vibration. The noise level is usually moderate.


A valid driver's license is required for this position (verified upon hire). A valid Washington State driver's license is required within 30 days of employment.


Pursuant to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards, Chelan County Public Utility District #1 conducts background screening of personnel who have access to the District's critical physical and/or cyber assets.


The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility. This should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.


Chelan PUD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. M/F/H/V