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Portland General Electric System Protection Engineer 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!

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, and analyzing system events.

This position will be a hybrid position based in Tualatin, Oregon. The successful individual will be at an intermediate or senior level, and it will be commensurate with experience.

Responsibilities for the intermediate level:

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

  • Ensures protection systems meet system requirements, applicable codes, and regulatory requirements; contributes substantially to documentation to establish PGE compliance with WECC and FERC protection criteria; maintains a high level of engineering proficiency within the field of specialization and up-to -date technical knowledge of all current techniques, applicable codes, and regulations.

  • Performs a wide range of system fault analysis to determine project relay requirements and protective relay settings and provides relay settings for new relay installations and vintage relay replacements. Contributes to special fault studies in support of planning, design, maintenance or operational activities.

  • Partners with engineers to implement efficient, reliable distribution automation schemes in support of Smart Grid Initiatives; provides engineering expertise to Power Supply Engineering Services for generation plant and distributed generation protection design and settings; partners with automation engineers to implement efficient, reliable substation control and protection systems; provides engineering expertise to testing and energization engineers and Meter/Relay/SCADA technicians for relay testing and maintenance activities; provides engineering expertise to communications engineers for new construction activities; provides engineering expertise to distribution engineers on line recloser settings and feeder protection.

Responsibilities for the senior level:

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

  • Provides guidance to team to ensure protection systems meet system requirements, applicable codes, and regulatory requirements; provides review and documentation to establish PGE compliance with WECC and FERC protection criteria; maintains a high level of engineering proficiency within the field of specialization and up-to -date technical knowledge of all current techniques, applicable codes, and regulations.

  • Performs complex system fault analysis to determine project relay requirements and protective relay settings and provides relay settings for new relay installations and vintage relay replacements. Provides special fault studies in support of planning, design, maintenance, or operational activities.

  • Partners with engineers to implement efficient, reliable distribution automation schemes in support of Smart Grid Initiatives; provides engineering expertise and broad support to Power Supply Engineering Services for generation plant and distributed generation protection design and settings; works with planning engineers to ensure that project plans meet system protection requirements.

  • Develops and trains other protection engineers, both regarding technical fundamentals and PGE protection criteria.

Qualifications

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

  • Intermediate level experience: Two or more years in engineering.

  • Senior level experience: Five or more years in engineering, or Four years in engineering 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

The posting closes at midnight (Pacific Time) on the closing date below:

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.

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