Power Systems Engineer

City of Tacoma, WA
November 3, 2023
Tacoma, WA
Job Type


Position Description

Tacoma Power's Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Section has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Power Systems Engineer, with line or substation design and project management expertise to become an integral part of a team that is responsible for successfully leading complex, multi-disciplinary utility transmission, distribution, and substation projects. This role will be filled at a Power Systems Engineer, PE level or a Power Systems Engineer, PE Principal level. The ideal candidate will combine design experience with solid project, construction and consulting contract management capabilities to lead engineering projects that can include new construction, major additions, or rehabilitation and modernization of existing infrastructure. The candidate will establish and maintain close working relationships with technical, construction and maintenance staff as well as senior management to ensure a collaborative team environment and alignment with business objectives.

This is a position that significantly contributes to Tacoma Power's mission to provide affordable and reliable electric services and supports our vision to be an equitable 21st century utility where employees want to grow, and customers want to stay.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Promote a collaborative and positive team environment, effective communication and knowledge sharing
  • Establish a high degree of credibility through demonstrated project management competencies and by achieving results in a manner that inspires trust and respect
  • Engage and motivate multi-disciplinary teams throughout the project lifecycle using strong leadership skills to successful completion of projects
  • Support the development of industrial customer or agency driven System Planning Interconnection Studies, Customer Agreements and business cases and cost-benefit analysis of solution alternatives
  • Present project proposals to Executives and Utility Board
  • Manage the successful completion of project initiatives on-time and within budget, completing detailed project plans, schedules, and budgets
  • Proactively identify risks and opportunities ahead of time and develop mitigation strategies
  • Manage and negotiate key resource dependencies and constraints and critical path contention issues across multiple projects
  • Maintain focus, monitor and control project progress and expenditures against objectives and approved budgets
  • Support organizational and business process change management
  • Ensure all project stakeholders are well informed of project progress, decisions, and issues status
  • Perform engineering analysis, design and develop bid specifications for bidding procurement and construction of a wide range of complex projects
  • Develop scopes of work for consulting services and lead Selection Advisory Committees
  • Manage and review construction, consulting and vendor contracts, deliverables and performance
  • Perform plus-delta project analysis and closeout projects

Power Systems Engineer, PE

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or directly related field
  • 4 years of professional level engineering experience in a power utility

*Equivalency: 1 year of experience = 1 year of education

Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements
Must complete Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) within 6 months of hire and maintain thereafter.
Washington State Licensed Professional Engineer
Washington State Driver's License
Power Systems Engineer, PE Principal

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or directly related field
  • 5 years of experience in power engineering including 2 years as a licensed professional engineer working in the electrical power industry

*Equivalency: 1 year of experience = 1 year of education

Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements

  • Must complete Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) within 6 months of hire and maintain thereafter.
  • Washington State Licensed Professional Engineer
  • Washington State Driver's License

Selection Process & Supplemental Information
City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Tacoma Power
Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 180,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities, and accomplishments related to this position.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received for interview consideration.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from cityoftacoma.org and/or governmentjobs.com must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400.

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Public Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at www.cityoftacoma.org or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.

Closing Date/Time: 11/7/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

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