ENGINEER - Mechanical or Electrical (Open Until Filled)
Chelan County Public Utility District - Wenatchee, WA

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The general annualized salary range is $65,000 - $101,000; based on education and knowledge, skills and abilties.

Chelan PUD employees also enjoy outstanding benefits which include the option of a zero cost medical plan (medical, dental and vision for all eligible dependents), short and long-term disability, Washington State Public Employee's Retirement System, Deferred Compensation (with company matching funds of up to 5% of salary), life insurance at 1x annual salary, 11 holidays and initial personal leave accrual at 21 days per year. Relocation assistance is avaialble.


If applying for this position, a RESUME and COVER LETTER will be required, detailing interest in the position and community.

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 #10720.

Although this position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED, applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The first review date for application materials is scheduled for October 31.

Interested parties are also invited to contact Ruth Erwert, Recruiting Manager, at LinkedIn , (509) 661-4540, or to discuss the position.


This career opportunity, in plant operations support, is with one of the largest non-federal hydroelectric systems in the country! You'll work directly with plant personnel and management supporting the operation, maintenance, and upgrading of plant electrical and mechanical equipment. Chelan PUD has 32 units in four powerhouses, three on the Columbia River and the other at beautiful Lake Chelan. Units range from 25MW to 145MW. Work includes development and maintenance of asset management and predictive maintenance programs, troubleshooting plant problems, directing company crews and contractors in equipment repair and replacement, programming and maintenance of plant and unit control systems (plc and iFIX based), NERC/WECC compliance, and turbine-generating unit replacement.


Perform engineering services on a wide variety of projects. This includes investigation and analysis to identify and recommend solutions and approaches. The incumbent is also responsible for the development of project budgets, providing project management, administering contracts and monitoring job progress. In addition, the incumbent is responsible for maintaining customer liaison with individuals within or outside the organization, directing the work of staff engineers, project engineers, drafters and inspectors, as well as the work of outside consultants. This includes the mentoring of less experienced engineers where appropriate.

JOB FUNCTIONS: 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 20% Assess and monitor electrical equipment condition and develop future maintenance strategies, including priorities, frequency, and scope.

2. EF 15% Monitor plant systems and equipment. Troubleshoot problems and evaluate for replacement or upgrade.

3. EF 10% Perform engineering and project management functions on generation projects.

4. EF 25% Establish and maintain reliability compliance processes and procedures to meet regulatory requirements.

5. EF 15% Perform electrical engineering to support maintenance and modification of systems including schematics, one-line, three-line and other drawings.

6. EF 10% Order and/or specify electrical equipment, such as programmable logic controllers, instrumentation, switchgear, transformers, protective relays, and generators. Perform calculations to support design and selection of equipment.

7. EF 5% Participate in planning and scheduling activities.

8. EF Ongoing Develop and maintain industry contacts and abreast of current industry issues and developments.

9. EF Ongoing 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).

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.

Bachelor's degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering. Preference given to entry-level applicants with EIT, and senior-level positions with PE registration and advanced education.

Relevant experience gained through academic/internship opportunities at entry-level and 5 - 8 years experience at senior-level. Preference given to individuals with progressively responsible utility experience in power and/or control system engineering.

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

This position requires computer proficiency, keyboarding skills, the ability to communicate effectively at all levels and to represent the company to a wide variety of outside organizations. Senior-level incumbents are required to have extensive knowledge of generation equipment, extensive electrical engineering experience with power systems, transmission systems, generators and related controls and relays.

Language Skills:
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 Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Word; Microsoft PowerPoint; Microsoft Access; Primavera; Maximo Asset Management; general office equipment including computers; and other equipment including programmable logic controllers, relays and meters and other test 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 frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; perform repetitive hand or arm motion; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl or twist torso. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision.


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


Chelan County PUD is located in the geographical center of Washington State at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers. A public power leader, the complex and progressive nature of PUD operations offer a unique mix of challenges and opportunities.

Chelan PUD provides hydro and wind power generation; water and wastewater services; wholesale fiber optic voice, data, and television capabilities; and an extensive array of parks and recreation facilities along the Columbia River.

While renewable hydro energy remains at the heart of our business, we're expanding into other renewable solar and wind power, and are very involved in climate change issues. We're exploring exciting ways of generating renewable energy while remaining committed to prudent energy and water conservation programs.

Rated by National Geographic as one of the top 10 mountain towns in the U.S., Wenatchee is a recreational paradise with an abundance of adventure. The natural beauty of the Wenatchee Valley provides a vivid backdrop to its thriving economy, where the quality of life is high and the climate is moderate with four distinct seasons, including about 300 days of sunshine!

We are a small town to some and big city to others. We invest in our children and believe that education is the key to our future success.

We live a life of abundant choices and enjoy water sports on the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers, hiking, biking, rock climbing and unlimited golfing. Downhill and cross-country skiing are just minutes away. The area is also known for producing quality wines.

Consider Chelan PUD as a career choice today! The community is waiting for you.