EPSE, Principal (Generation Engineering Supervisor)

  • City of Seattle, WA
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Aug 31, 2023
Full Time Administrative Analysis and Research Clerical and Administrative Support Engineering 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.

The Generation Electrical Engineering Team is looking for an energetic and collaborative leader with strong supervisory skills and a strong engineering background in electrical generation. The successful candidate will lead a group of engineers working on Capital Improvement Projects and will respond to Operation and Maintenance requests from City Light generation facilities. These positions are also responsible for several NERC reliability standards. A strong background and knowledge of Hydro Generation, Plant Automation, Relay Protection and High Voltage Equipment is highly desired.

The Electrical Power Systems Engineering Supervisor position oversees the engineering work of his/her team in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of electrical equipment, controls and protections systems for electrical generating plants and transmission equipment at Seattle’s hydroelectric facilities. These positions are overtime eligible, and the City of Seattle offers a generous benefits package.

The successful candidate must be willing and able to travel to beautiful and scenic hydro generating facilities in the State of Washington. This position will report to the Manager of Electrical Engineering.
Job Responsibilities
Here is more about what you’ll be doing:
Supervise electrical engineers, specialists and other professionals responsible for performing complex and difficult professional electrical engineering work in the planning, design, construction, commissioning, operating and maintenance of hydroelectric generation facilities, general plant facilities, and other comparable projects. This includes:
  • Working cohesively with other engineering supervisors and the unit manager to establish priorities and manage both O&M and Capital project activities.
  • Coordinating the technical functions of various generation projects assigned to this work group.
  • Participating in studies to determine the need and feasibility of proposed projects.
  • Developing and presenting proposals for generation projects to gain approval.
  • Cooperating with Project Managers to prepare budgets and schedules.
  • Serving as a mentor to other electrical engineers providing guidance and support.
  • Managing personnel matters, such as leave schedules, performance appraisals, hiring, and other administrative tasks.
  • Managing NERC compliance with reliability standards, both Operation and Protection Standards and Cyber Security Standards that apply to Generating Plants.
  • Making presentations and acting as team leader on special projects as assigned.
  • Performing other duties of a comparable level as assigned.


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:

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 . To perform the technical expert work of this classification requires an additional two years advanced experience with defining, interpreting and organizing major system-wide transmission or distribution projects that involve multiple jurisdictions and complex engineering circumstances. A Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering is also required. A Master's degree in Electrical Engineering may be substituted for one year of experience.

  • Current Washington State driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington.
Work Environment/Physical Demands:
  • Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment.
  • Field assignments may entail exposure to all types of weather, traffic, hazardous/toxic substances, high voltage energized equipment and work in or near construction sites.
  • May be required to work nights, evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.
  • Overnight travel may be required.
Desired Qualifications - You will be successful if you have the following experience, skills, and abilities:
  • Experience working with hydroelectric generators and associated equipment, Supervisory Control, and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, protective relaying schemes, and high voltage equipment.
  • Experience working on Plant Automation Systems, PLC programming and HMI development.
  • The ability to perform relay coordination studies and design relay protection schemes for generators and transmission systems is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of and direct experience with the NERC Reliability Standards is desirable.
  • Experience with and an understanding of good customer service standards.
  • Good interpersonal, technical writing and oral communications skills.
  • Willingness to learn and accept responsibility, comply with safety rules and regulations, work efficiently, effectively and independently.
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
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 full salary range for this position is $63.45 - $74.50 per hour.

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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