EPSE, Principal

  • City of Seattle, WA
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Aug 31, 2023
Full Time Planning and Development
  • Salary: $63.45 - $74.50 Hourly USD Hourly
  • Salary Top: 74 USD Hourly

Job Description

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.

Seattle City Light is hiring a Principal Electrical Power Systems Engineer as a Substation Supervisor, responsible for mentoring and performing design review for the six employees in the Substation Engineering Production Group. The position is responsible for overseeing the work of one Electrical Engineering Associate, three EE Assistants and two EE Interns. The unit is responsible for MCR Meter, Control and Relay design support for Substation Engineering’s ten Capital Improvement Programs. This position is the lead subject matter expert for Substation Engineering Station Service, Processes, As-builts and CAD work. Work includes transformer, breaker, relay, disconnect, meter, station service and bus work replacements and additions for SCLs sixteen major substations. This position will report to the Substation & Communication Engineering Senior Manager. Initial review of applications will take place on August 1, 2023.
Job Responsibilities
Here is more about what you’ll be doing:
  • Planning, scheduling, assigning, and tracking the daily work of the group;
  • Maintaining quality control by ensuring internal review of the work product of the group, in accordance with state engineering licensing requirements. Contributing technical expertise to this quality-control effort;
  • Reporting work progress to management;
  • Actively seeking feedback from operations and maintenance staff customers, and incorporating customer suggestions to improve work quality;
  • Coordinating work plans with the supervisor of the project engineering group in the substation unit, with the goal of optimizing total engineering unit work flow;
  • Continuing the on-the-job education and professional development of each employee;
  • Reviewing, managing, and counseling employee performance. Promoting staff to advanced employee classifications based on meritorious performance;
  • Working with the supervisors of other engineering groups in the Utility and throughout City government in order to standardize engineering office tools and practices;
  • Maintaining a plan for ensuring state-of-the-art expertise, working techniques, office technology upgrades, safety code updates, and staff engineering expertise;
  • Developing ideas to improve work-group productivity, labor efficiency, and work-product quality. Reviewing work practices and tools used by other similar engineering workgroups, both locally and elsewhere;
  • Supervision of six employees in the Substation Power Engineer group.

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:
Education: A Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering is required. A Master's degree in Electrical Engineering may be substituted for one year of experience.
Experience: This class requires a total of eight years experience: Six years professional electrical power systems engineering experience equivalent to the Electrical Power Systems Engineer level. An additional two years supervisory, lead or project management experience is required to be a supervising Principal Electrical Power Systems Engineer .
Certification/License: Current Washington State driver's license. Registration as a Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of Washington is required .

Desired Qualifications - You will be successful if you have the following experience, skills, and abilities:
  • Utility substation or generation engineering experience and experience with managing projects related to electric utility engineering design and construction.
  • Familiarity with NERC Reliability Compliance, NESC and State regulations.
  • Able to develop and write construction guidelines, material/equipment specifications and operating procedures. Design experience in substation engineering.
  • Computer skills such as AutoCad, Word, Excel, Access, MS Project and Windows.
  • Ability to write clear, understandable, and professional letters, memos and reports.
  • Ability to adapt to shifting and multiple priorities.
  • Ability to work as a team member in a diverse workforce.
  • Knowledge of SCL infrastructure, construction specification and work practices.
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 $63.45to $74.50 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.
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: https://www.seattle.gov/human-resources/benefits/employees-and-covered-family-members/most-employees-plans .

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

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 | seattle.gov

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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