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Portland General Electric Protection Testing Engineer (Associate or Staff Level) in Tualatin, 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!

Protection Testing Engineer (Associate or Staff Level)

Summary

Provides engineering for the design and operation of protective relays and their logic schemes for transmission, distribution, and generation systems to detect abnormal power system conditions and initiates corrective action to return the power system to its normal state. Protection engineering deals with protecting the electrical power system from faults through the isolation of faulted parts from the rest of the electrical network.

Provides engineering for system protection schemes. Provides maintenance/operation support including, but not limited to developing protection requirements, creating relay settings, performing fault studies, analyzing system events, and supporting testing and energization.

This position will be a hybrid position based in Tualatin, Oregon. The level will be commensurate with experience.

Responsibilities for the associate level:

  • Maintains currency in state-of-the-art engineering practices and independently applies professional knowledge of engineering processes and standards.

  • Ensures QA activities are well documented and ensures proper document control to meet NERC reliability audit requirements; gathers data and provides documentation review to establish PGE compliance with WECC and FERC protection criteria.

  • Analyzes and performs technical studies; reviews work performed by other engineers; contributes to operational assessments of system disturbances.

  • Works with protection and automation engineers to develop testing plans for control systems which identify physical safety barriers, electronic safety barriers, interconnected control systems to be tested, and best testing practices to reduce system risk. Ensures control systems efficiently check schemes by eliminating duplications while ensuring compliance to WECC standards. Coordinates development of postconstruction QA checklist; provides engineering support to operations personnel for switching and load restoration activities.

  • Coordinates projects with outside entities including PGE System Control Center, other interconnected utilities, major customers through key customer managers and other PGE departments. Partners with construction engineers to develop high level sequenced construction plan with major shutdown requirements; provides engineering expertise to construction crews on design and construction issues (e.g., constructability reviews, design philosophy, design additions or changes during construction, equipment integration). Provides engineering expertise to overall project management (construction engineer and crews) with scope changes.

  • Participates in delivering technical training to substation wiremen and technicians; supports Meter/Relay/SCADA technicians with design issues and changing technologies.

Responsibilities for the staff level:

  • Maintains currency in state-of-the-art engineering practices and provides guidance and direction on engineering processes and standards to colleagues when requested.

  • Ensures QA activities are well documented. Identifies and implements improvements and ensures proper document control to meet NERC reliability audit requirements. Provides input on control and protection design standards and criteria; gathers data and provides documentation review to establish PGE compliance with WECC and FERC protection criteria.

  • Analyzes and performs technical studies, prepares reports and provides solutions to complex technical matters; reviews work performed by other engineers; contributes substantially to operational assessments of system disturbances, including Root Cause Analysis.

  • Works with and is an authoritative resource to protection and automation engineers to develop testing plans for complex control systems which identify physical safety barriers, electronic safety barriers, interconnected control systems to be tested, and best testing practices to reduce system risk. Ensures control systems efficiently check schemes by eliminating duplications while ensuring compliance to WECC standards. Leads development of postconstruction QA checklist; provides engineering expertise to operations personnel for switching and load restoration activities.

  • Coordinates complex projects with outside entities including PGE System Control Center, other interconnected utilities, major customers through key customer managers, and other PGE departments. Partners with construction engineers to develop high level sequenced construction plan on complex projects with major shutdown requirements including switching and energization plans; provides engineering expertise and broad support toconstruction crews on complex design and construction issues (e.g., constructability reviews, design philosophy, design additions or changes during construction, equipment integration). Supports overall project management (construction engineer and crews) with scope changes.

  • Identifies training and testing requirements for new and complex control systems; delivers technical training to substation wiremen and technicians and supports Meter/Relay/SCADA technicians with a wide range of design issues and changing technologies.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering from ABET accredited engineering program or program accredited by an equivalent agency.

  • Associate level experience:two or more years in engineering.

  • Staff level experience: Eight or more years in engineering, or five or more years in related field with PE license.

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.

Assisting with storms or other Company emergencies is a part of all positions at Portland General Electric.

Talent Acquisition Contact:

Staffing@pgn.com

This job posting will close at 12:01 am Pacific Time on the closing date listed below:

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