Standards Engineering- EPSE

City of Seattle, WA
September 1, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


Position Description
Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation's largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

The incumbent in this position will research, develop, review, approve, and assist with production, publication, and training of design, material, and construction standards, and work practices.

Seattle City Light standards are important because they define the utility's best practices. Compliance with these standards is mandatory for all City Light employees, contractors, and suppliers.

This position will report to the Supervisor of Standards Engineering.
Job Responsibilities


Research, develop, review, approve, and assist with production and implementation of:
Design Standards which are used by Seattle City Light's engineers to design the T&D system, Material Hiring Approval Packet 2023 Standards which establish the requirements for the material and equipment that we purchase and install, and Construction Standards which detail how to build our above and below ground, electric distribution system. Work Practices provide step-by-step instructions on how to perform a task.

Position holder will interview field personnel, engineers, manufacturer's representatives and sales engineers, senior standards personnel, and others in the field and the office. National industry standards, national, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations will be studied and applied.

Findings will be compiled, analyzed, and validated. Draft standards will be created and communicated to subject matter experts for review and comment, prior to final approval and publication.

Analyze, organize, and report field audit findings to staff. Meet with staff from other divisions to collect data and information.

Participate in and support Looped Radial and Network Standards Committee meetings.

Perform other related duties of comparable level/type as assigned.

The City Light Standards organization offers a supportive and encouraging environment in which to learn and grow. The process of creating each standard depends more on the enjoyment of systematic learning and analysis than possessing a collection of facts. At the end of the process, the engineer will likely know more about the subject than virtually anyone else in the company, resulting in a very satisfying experience for self-motivated individuals who enjoy constantly learning new material and sharing their newfound knowledge with colleagues.
Required Qualifications: In addition to the skills and experience mentioned below, a successful applicant will have experience that reflects a commitment to creating fair and equitable outcomes and has:

Experience/Education: Requires six years of progressively responsible, difficult and highly complex or visible electrical power systems engineering experience and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or other combinations of education and/or experience which provides preparation to do professional electrical engineering work on major electrical power systems.

Certification/License: Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington

Desired Qualifications- You will be successful if you have the following experience, skills, and abilities:

  • Five years working in an electrical utility environment.
  • One year of standards engineering work: design, construction, work practices, and/or material & equipment.
  • One year of design engineering work: overhead, underground, distribution, network, transmission, and/or stations.
  • Excellent writing, speaking/communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • The ability to work independently and simultaneously manage multiple, highly detailed projects.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. Familiar with Microsoft SharePoint, Adobe Acrobat, and simple image editing programs.
  • A strong interest in learning new subject matter and sharing knowledge with colleagues. Familiarity with industry standards, such as IEEE, ANSI, ASTM, ICEA, AEIC, IEC, UL, NEC, and NESC.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Additional Information

The full salary range for this position is $61.16 - $71.79 per hour.

Application Process

Please submit the following with your online application:

  • A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and qualifications outlined in the job announcement
  • A current resume of your educational and professional work experience.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Who May Apply : This position is open to all candidates that meet the qualifications. Seattle City Light values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Seattle City Light encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process, including the completion of a background check. The background check will involve a criminal history check, which includes conviction and arrest records in compliance with the Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance , SMC 14.17 and the City of Seattle Personnel Rule 10.3 . A driving history review may be conducted in compliance with SMC 4.79.020 . Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at: .

Want to know more about Seattle City Light? Check out our web page: Careers at Seattle City Light - City Light |

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

Closing Date/Time: 9/26/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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