Engineer - Electrical - OPEN UNTIL FILLED

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 3/25/2024

The City Council has approved a 3.3% cost of living adjustment (COLA) for all eligible employees of the City of Portland for the fiscal year, effective from July 1, 2024. As a result, the salary for this position may increase due to the approved COLA.

Job Appointment: Full Time, Regular.
Work Schedule: 7AM - 4PM Monday - Friday
Work Location: Hybrid/work location: 1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR. Remote work must be performed within Oregon or Washington. For more information, click here.
Benefit: Please check our benefits tab for an overview of benefits for this position
Union Representation: This classification is represented by the Professional Technical Employees, Local 17 (PROTEC17). To view this labor agreement, please click here.

Application Material: Please click APPLY to submit your application via the City of Portland’s online portal. You will need to attach a resume and submit responses to supplemental questions.

Position Summary
The position will perform advanced professional electrical engineering with a focus on instrumentation and control (I&C) engineering. They will be responsible for advancing assigned projects, providing technical support to staff, including consultants and contractors necessary to achieve project goals and objectives. Applicants with experience in water treatment and distribution systems are highly desirable but not required.

For both the internal collaboration work and external partnerships, the bureau needs someone who is engaging and understands how to create and maintain strategic alliances. Our goal is to enhance the bureau’s profile in communities that are underrepresented in the organization.

Duties and responsibilities include:
  • Design electrical and I&C systems for different water service infrastructure installations (i.e. pump stations, wells, buildings, and tanks).
  • Investigate existing conditions/installations for updating of electrical and I&C infrastructure.
  • Review engineering consultant designs and ensure local and state codes and Water Bureau Standards are being met and incorporated within the design.
  • Collaboration with the Operations Group to ensure electrical and I&C designs are providing the expected functionality, capacity and connectivity.
  • Advise on cost effective solutions for alternative design options and review estimates for design projects.
  • Collaborate with the Construction Group to review electrical and I&C submittals, respond to RFIs, and provide input on site as necessary during installation.
  • Perform electrical calculations and reports, including but not limited to short circuit study, arc flash hazard analysis, overcurrent protection coordination study, electrical load calculations, conduit fill, etc.
As a person, you are:
  • Highly collaborative: This position supports a wide range of stakeholders within the PWB, and therefore you are adept at taking direction from and advising program teams simultaneously. You enjoy working with teams from diverse personal and professional backgrounds and are flexible in how you collaborate.
  • Detail Orientated: The position serves as a subject matter expert on design and construction of electrical and I&C systems associated with PWB infrastructure projects. You will have exceptional attention to detail and follow best practices for quality assurance in your work, and support others in projects related to instrumentation and control engineering.
  • Creative: You are creative and skilled in Electrical One-line Diagrams, Electrical Schematics, and Process & Instrumentation Diagrams.
  • Inclusion Focused: You will be providing direction, guidance, and technical support to staff, including consultants and contractors. You have an ability to receive feedback and collaborate with others to ensure their contributions are heard while working to achieve project goals and objectives.
  • Analytical: You can analyze and visualize data into actionable conclusions. You are also able to investigate and problem solve with minimal supervision.
This position is for someone that currently holds a Professional Engineering license. The bureau will consider applicants from EITs that have the necessary qualifications to sit for the PE exam and can obtain licensure within six months of hire.

Interview Information

During the interview phase, candidates will be requested to expand their responses to the supplemental questions and interact with the interview panel to demonstrate their ability to engage with the community and outward-facing customers. The interview will take place in person at 1120 SW 5th Ave Portland, OR 97204. Additional instructions will be provided to the applicants invited to the in-person process.

About the Division
The Water Bureau is hiring an Electrical Engineer in the Design Section of the Engineering Services Group (ESG). The ESG is responsible for planning, designing and constructing the bureau's capital improvement, developer and interagency projects using in-house and a variety of contracting methods.

About the Bureau
The Portland Water Bureau's approximately 600 employees work together to serve almost a million people in the Portland area. The bureau values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public. The City of Portland Water Bureau’s mission is to serve excellent water every minute of every day to almost 1 million customers in the Portland Metropolitan area. We work to uproot systemic inequities and their impacts on our employees and the people we serve. We are committed to the difficult—and essential—work of transforming Water Bureau policies, practices, and culture to better serve historically and currently oppressed communities. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and people with disabilities, are encouraged to apply for this position.
Our mission: We serve excellent water every minute of every day.
Our vision: The water our community loves is safe and abundant for generations to come.
Our equity commitment: We work to uproot systemic inequities and their impacts on our employees and the people we serve. We commit to the difficult—and essential—work of transforming Water Bureau policies, practices, and culture to better serve historically and currently oppressed communities.

More Information about the bureau:

Virtual Zoom Meet & Greet Opportunity

To assist you in understanding this position, a one-hour online information session on the Electrical Engineer (PE) position will be offered at 12PM on Monday April 8, 2024, using Zoom. The Portland Water Bureau’s Affordability Manager, PWB’s Equity and Policy Manager, and a representative from the Portland Bureau of Human Resources will share information about the position and the hiring process. Time will be reserved for a question-and-answer period. Prospective candidates may participate by phone or computer but are not required to use video or their full names to allow for anonymity. You are not required to attend to apply for this job.

Wednesday April 3, 2024

12PM Noon PST

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Meeting ID: 823 0771 4883


Anna Morgan, Senior Recruiter Applicants should specifically address and demonstrate in their resume and answers to supplemental questions how their education, training, and/or experience meet each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Knowledge and experience applying electrical engineering theory, principles, practices, materials, costs, construction techniques, current trends, regulations, standards, and equipment applicable to electrical system design;
  2. Ability to apply sound administrative practices, including the ability to plan, manage, and coordinate the work of field, professional, technical consultants staffing the design of multiple engineering projects;
  3. Ability to perform difficult technical research, analyzing complex electrical engineering and mathematical problems, evaluating alternatives, recommending or adopting effective courses of action, and communicating in both written and verbal format, scientific and technical matters to peers and non-technical individuals, including policymakers and the public;
  4. Experience with Controls Communications Protocols, Radio and Fiber Optic Communications;
  5. Experience in engineering planning, design, construction administration, and project management principles and techniques.
Applicants must also:
  • Possess a valid state driver's license with an acceptable driving record, as they will be required to operate a City vehicle;
  • Possess a license to practice as a registered Professional Electrical Engineer -or-
    Be qualified to obtain Oregon Professional Electrical Engineer license within six months after appointment
Preferred Qualifications (not required)
  • At least 4 years (full time equivalent) electrical design

STEP 1: Apply online between March 25, 2024 and July 15, 2024

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume
  • Answer the Supplemental Questions (click on the Questions tab to preview the questions)

Optional Application Materials:

  • Veteran documents to request for Veteran Preference (ex, DD214-Member 4, VA Benefit Letter, etc.)
Application Tips:
  • The City of Portland has How to Apply Videos and offers How to Apply Classes once per month. If you have questions after watching the videos you are invited to contact the recruiter listed on the announcement.
  • Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training, and/or experience, and where obtained, which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your resume should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions.
  • Salary Range/Equity Pay Analysis: Please note per the Oregon State Pay Equity Law your salary is determined based on the experience and education listed in your resume/application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.
  • Do not attach materials not requested.
  • All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than the closing date and time of this recruitment.
  • All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Step 2: Minimum Qualification Evaluation: Every 2 - 3 weeks beginning April 15, 2024

  • An evaluation of each applicant's training and paid and unpaid experience, as demonstrated in their resume and supplemental questions, weighted 100%.
  • Your resume and responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • You have 14 days from the notice of the minimum qualification evaluation results to let us know if you like to review and discuss your evaluation result. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information.
  • Additional evaluation may be required before the establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

Step 3: Establishment of Eligible List: Every 2 - 3 weeks beginning April 22, 2024

  • Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list.

Step 4: Selection (Interview): TBD

  • The hiring bureau will review and select candidates to interview.
  • Successful applicants will be invited to to deliver an engaging and interactive presentation based on their answers to the supplemental questions with insights gained from this position announcement. The interview will take place in person at 1120 SW 5th Ave Portland, OR 97204. Additional instructions will be provided to the applicants invited to the in-person process.
  • Please note, the selection process may take up to 90 days from the notification of being placed on the eligible list.

Step 5: Offer of Employment: TBD

Step 6: Start Date: TBD

  • A start date will be determined after all conditions of employment have been met.

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change*

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  • Veteran Preference
  • ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations
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  • Equal Employment Opportunity

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