Senior Engineer - Electrical: Plant Technical Services

Puget Sound Energy
US - Washington - Bellevue
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  • Post Date: Aug 29, 2019
  • Job Reference: #313
  • Job Type: Full time

Job Description

Puget Sound Energy’s Plant Technical Services (PTS) department is looking for an Electrical Engineer with experience in Industrial Processes and Controls, or in closely related fields, to join our team. PTS is a centralized group providing engineering support for all PSE owned generating facilities including hydro, gas turbine, and wind. This support includes professional engineering services in the planning, construction, operation, and maintenance of these facilities.

The successful candidate will prepare complex engineering plans, designs, drawings, specifications, standards, evaluations, and studies utilizing specialized analytical skills and be proficient in writing and debugging software. The candidate should possess or must be able to learn plant electrical and mechanical systems such as gas turbines, steam turbines, and ancillary equipment to these systems. They must be able to communicate successfully with personnel possessing a wide variety of educational and employment backgrounds, and be able to ensure compliance with codes, standards, and design, operation, and maintenance requirements and ensure that problem solutions are tailored to PSE’s business environment. In addition, they will need to provide quick, professional response to assist the generating plant staff with troubleshooting operational problems on complex plant control systems as well as a variety of power generation equipment.

The ideal candidate would have significant power plant controls experience with heavy emphasis on turbine control and Distributed Control Systems (DCS). Additional Allen Bradley PLC and hydroelectric machine controls experience is a significant advantage. Tasks for this position include but are not limited to the following:

1. Troubleshoot operational issues related to instrumentation, PLCs, DCSs, and turbine control systems.
2. Propose recommendations for control system upgrades, component replacements and design improvements.
3. Manage projects from inception to project close-out
construction and installation phases
4. Prepare specifications and request-for-proposals as well as evaluate proposals from vendors.
5. Design instrumentation and actuator systems, including creating or modifying P&IDs, loop drawings, schematics and wiring diagrams.
6. Design and/or modify HMIs, PLC, DCS and Turbine Control System logic using various programming methods, including ladder logic, structured text and function block “languages”.
7. Evaluate the condition of critical electrical components; specify new and replacement components as required.
8. Mentor and train other engineers and technicians.
9. Support emergency response work as requested including immediate and extended restoration efforts driven by weather or other system failures.

The work will consist of a mix of field and office responsibilities. The field work typically ranges from 40-60 percent of the total depending upon assignments and takes place at the various PSE


Minimum Qualifications
•Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Civil or other appropriate engineering field
•Substantial experience in planning, design, specification preparation, maintenance, project cost estimating and scheduling (typically achieved after 8 years’ practice as a degreed engineer).
•Demonstrated organization, documentation, prioritization, and project management skills.
•Strong interpersonal and communication skills.


Desired Qualifications
•Experience working in thermal and/or hydro-electric plants
•Experience with turbine control systems such as GE MarkVIe
•Experience with ABB DCSs
•Experience in Allen Bradley PLCs
•Experience with Low and Medium Voltage electrical systems
•Knowledge of power industry standards and best practices (e.g. NERC, WECC)
•Possession of, or ability to acquire a Professional Engineering license

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