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Portland General Electric Plant Engineer in Rainier, Oregon

This is an exciting time to join Portland General Electric. As Oregon’s largest electric utility, Portland General Electric is leading an energy transformation that will harness the power of clean and renewable resources. Our vision for a clean energy future relies on three interrelated and overarching strategies: de-carbonize through investing in clean and reliable energy; modernize through a smarter more resilient grid; and empower our customers in their energy technology choices.

We’re searching for innovative, customer and results-obsessed leaders to help power our mission and lead the way in championing the world’s clean energy future!

Senior Civil Structural Engineer - Trojan ISFSI

Job Function Summary

Trojan ISFSI (Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation) is located on the site of the former Trojan nuclear facility. PGE has recently been granted a 40-year extension to its NRC license which necessitate some special projects. These projects include: more rigorous Concrete Cask inspections and evaluations in response to these new license requirements, underground electrical system upgrades and a new central alarm station and administrative building. This role will lead the engineering, design and construction activities at the site, consulting with Trojan management, other engineering experts inside and outside of PGE.

In your role, you'll plan, perform risk assessments, and implement cost effective and sound engineering and construction support solutions that meet technical requirements, all applicable codes and regulatory requirements for nuclear, hydro, thermal and wind generation facilities, substations and switchyards.

Key Job Information

Senior Civil Structural Engineer 6298

Grade 8

Career Level: P4

Specialist Professional Requires specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise. Interprets internal or external business issues and recommends best practices. Solves complex problems; takes a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions. Works independently, with guidance in only the most complex situations. May lead functional teams or projects.

Key Responsibilities

Engineering Standards Maintains currency in state-of-the-art engineering practices and discerns the need for and provides guidance and direction to colleagues on engineering processes and standards. Supports civil engineering initiatives through extended knowledge of civil engineering principles and all applicable codes and regulatory requirements and standards. Applies knowledge to plan, develop, coordinate and direct major and minor project assignments with complex features associated with design, construction, maintenance or testing; discerns the need for and provides technical guidance and support to other engineers and customers.

Engineering Production Prepares a variety of complex engineering deliverables for larger or multiple projects, including establishing work plans to be applied. Leads the development and review of civil engineering and construction support for generation and substation facilities; provides technical support and guidance to colleagues, department, organization and company; determines design requirements to assist construction activities for more complex projects and determines project requirements and scope for more complex projects.

Project Coordination Actively coordinates with other internal/external team members on complex projects, representing the team to internal and external stakeholders (i.e., regulatory, technical society, etc.). Leads projects with complex design, construction, maintenance and testing elements in support of engineering and construction needs of generation and substation facilities.

Knowledge Sharing Actively advances knowledge management of the enterprise and provides mentoring; participates in professional societies and technical committees and may assist with code/standard authoring; is externally recognized in the industry as a technical expert; reviews engineering work, resolves resource conflicts and identifies training needs. Provides input and review of technical training for department and company training; provides technical training to department and company through internal training program.


Education Requires a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from ABET-accredited engineering program or program accredited by an equivalent agency.

Experience Typically 10 or more years in civil engineering.

Certifications, Licenses and Training Professional Engineering (PE) license strongly preferred; may be required based upon role. ACI Certification is strongly desired.

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)

Functional Competencies

  • Expert knowledge of engineering and economic principles and concepts.

  • Advanced knowledge of other engineering disciplines and advanced ability to interpret engineering deliverable content as assigned.

  • Expert understanding and application of engineering processes and procedures; intermediate knowledge of other related departments and functions.

  • Advanced industry knowledge and technology trends.

  • Advanced knowledge of company QA/QC process and procedures.

  • Advanced knowledge of construction feasibility.

  • Advanced knowledge of procurement and contract administration.

  • Advanced knowledge of process and procedures for project controls and estimates.

  • Advanced knowledge of design and construction of concrete, steel, timber and other structures and/or water conveyance systems, hydraulic systems and other auxiliary equipment.

  • Advanced project management skills in managing large complex projects related to generation and substation projects.

  • Advanced ability to review, evaluate and analyze technical information, policies and reports.

General Competencies

  • Advanced accuracy skills.

  • Advanced knowledge of the utility industry.

  • Advanced organization and prioritization skills.

  • Advanced decision-making skills.

  • Intermediate written and oral communication skills.

  • Advanced individual and group presentation skills.

Physical and Cognitive Demands

Cognitive Level

Substantial: Consistent use of logic or scientific thinking to define problems, collect information, establish facts and draw valid conclusions (for example, engineer, HR director, plant manager, etc.).


  • Ability to adhere to set response times, deadlines and time-sensitive tasks

  • Ability to follow accuracy standards

  • Ability to follow through on decision-making tasks

  • Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively within a team environment

  • Ability to communicate and problem solve when under stress

  • Ability to respond and adapt to frequent change

  • Ability to accept and demonstrate self-awareness when provided constructive feedback

  • Ability to discern feedback and acknowledge ownership of areas of improvement

  • Ability to avoid future mistakes by applying reasonable skills to new but similar work situations or tasks

  • Ability to successfully collaborate with peers, managers and others within the organization

  • Demonstrates sound memory

  • Ability to process new information to be applied consistently to work tasks


  • Ability to adhere to pre-established schedule, including start/stop time and break/lunch schedule

  • Ability to work long hours

  • Ability to work a variable schedule

  • Ability to report to work and perform work during periods of severe inclement weather

  • Ability to consistently meet attendance standards for regular, reliable, predictable, full-time attendance

  • Ability to work shift schedule

  • Ability to work on-call schedule

Physical Capabilities

  • Frequent driving/travel/commute daily within service territory -

  • Occasional driving/travel/commute: outside the service territory

  • Computer use (use computer regularly for entire work shift)

  • Lifting/pushing/pulling: Up to 10 lbs.

  • Carrying: Up to 10 lbs.

  • Unstable surfaces requiring balance:

  • Elevated areas (i.e., catwalks, roofs and high buildings)

  • Confined spaces

  • Walking distances and surfaces (long distances and over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces)

  • Stairs (over 10 steps)

  • Ladders (over 10 rungs)

Environment - Indoor/Outdoor: Office, Plant and Field

Join us today and power your potential!

To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the posting close date. A cover letter may be needed with your application to be considered for this position.

PGE believes in rewarding strong performance. We provide a total compensation package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future.

PGE is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. PGE will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

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At Portland General Electric, we’re innovators, builders, and achievers. We’re committed to powering our customers’ potential and making a difference for our community and the planet. Today, that commitment includes developing an intelligent and resilient electric grid, electrifying transportation and de-carbonizing the energy sector.

We’re proud to deliver an exceptional experience to help our customers thrive. Our mission is to make clean, reliable and affordable energy services available to all. We obsess over serving customers and are committed to growing employee career paths with purpose. Equity and inclusion are core business values; we celebrate our differences and are committed to developing teams that reflect the communities we serve.