Umatilla Electric Cooperative logo

Umatilla Electric Cooperative

Distribution Designer

Engineering – Hermiston, Oregon
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $40.97/hr

Umatilla Electric Cooperative (UEC), headquartered in Hermiston, Oregon is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Distribution Designer.  UEC is experiencing rapid growth in the commercial and industrial area and has a challenging position for the right candidate. This position will remain open until filled with interviews starting as soon as  January 28th.  


As a Cooperative field representative, the Distribution Designer will, under the direction of the supervisor, be responsible for performing the design and staking of routine distribution line extensions and changes to the Cooperative distribution system in accordance with approved standard engineering practices, RUS and other state and federal regulations, and Cooperative procedures and policies. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES may include other duties as assigned.

  • Provides courteous, prompt and accurate design services that will create good will with the members, contractors/developers and the general public in all daily contacts.  Ensure that members/customers receive and understand the UEC policy and procedures information regarding line extensions prior to beginning the design work.  

  • Maintains current knowledge of the UEC electric system and a thorough knowledge of the UEC approved distribution construction and equipment specification

  • Prepares standard line extensions as assigned based on basic electrical theory and methodology used by UEC.  Prepares, as further directed, distribution and transmission design recommendations for system improvement and system maintenance.  Employee must be familiar with the application of distribution system devices such as over-current protection devices, surge arresters, voltage regulators and capacitors

  • Maintains current knowledge and proficiency of engineering computer programs as required to complete required functions of the job, both desktop and network applications, including file management and operations within the Windows operating system and preparing drawings, as requested, related to materials and equipment used in distribution system design.


JOB DUTIES may include other duties as assigned

  • Provides assistance in keeping engineering data bases such as map files and related records in an up-to-date manner as delegated by the Engineering Department Manager or Supervisor. 

  • Employee must be knowledgeable of basic electrical theory and the methodology used to correctly size transformers and service conductors for standard residential and small commercial loads and be familiar with the basic application of over-current protection devices, surge arresters, voltage regulators and capacitors. 

  • Maintains current knowledge, ensures personal compliance, and reports any observations of non-compliance with all policies and procedures relating to the National Electric Code, the National Electric Safety Code, and the UEC Safety Code. 

  • Prepares cost estimates to be invoiced that reflect the total cost of the work order and the calculated member's contribution in aid of construction that accurately reflect the line extension policy.

  • Secures right-of-way easements and/or permits for standard line extensions. Maintains knowledge of easement law, land ownership rights, title, easement descriptions and the processes required to record easements and obtain permits from various governing agencies operating in the Cooperative’s service territory.

  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.

  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in work with members, customers, or coworkers, including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.

  • Conducts themselves in a manner that reflects well on UEC and contributes to harmonious relations with members and the general public.

  • Respectfully takes direction from supervisor.

  • QUALIFICATIONS Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Ability to accurately utilize in-field staking tools, such as GPS and other survey equipment that may be required to produce electrical engineering designs



Associate's degree in computer aided engineering/drafting or a related field from two-year college or technical school. Demonstrated competency of a comprehensive certification program mutually agreed to by the Cooperative and the Union may be substituted for an Associate Degree. Additional experience in related field may substitute for education.


Three (3) years of electric distribution system design/drafting experience using computer-aided design technology.  Additional education in a related field may substitute for experience. 


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively with members or employees of the organization.


Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


Has advanced specialized computer skills that require mastery of applicable software in such fields as graphic design, electric utility system design software, and web based training.  Must be adept at using various applications including database, spreadsheet, project management, graphics, word processing, and communicate by e-mail.


Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


A valid Drivers’ License is required.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Skills:    

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Must be able to read maps where various colors and depth perception are key indicators. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk, sometimes for great distances; sit; reach with hands and arms; push and/or pull; climb or balance; twist and/or turn; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

 Physical Effort:   

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Occasional exposure to loud noises from farm, industrial or construction equipment is possible when working in the field. May on occasion be required to navigate uneven terrain out doors by foot walking distances that my exceed quarter mile on occasion. 

EOE M/F/Disability/Veteran.

Thank You
Your application was submitted successfully.
Apply for this Job
  • Location
    Hermiston, Oregon
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
  • Powered by