Transmission Engineer

Engineering · Hermiston, Oregon
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation DOE

Umatilla Electric Cooperative (UEC) is a progressive Electric Utility Cooperative located in North Eastern Oregon along the beautiful Columbia River, offering a wide variety of activities year-round. UEC is experiencing rapid growth in the commercial and industrial area and has a challenging position for the right candidate.  UEC is seeking a full-time Transmission Engineer to be located at the utility office in Hermiston Oregon. UEC offers a competitive wage and benefits package and a 4 day, 10 hour a day work week. 



The Transmission Engineer (electrical or civil and/or related discipline) independently directs safe and cost-effective engineering for electric system construction and maintenance, while performing design activities and maintaining project schedules to ensure successful project completion. This position will be responsible to maintain working knowledge of the UEC substations, transmission, and distribution systems, including design and equipment specifications and operating principles, preparing technical engineering studies and reports and development of construction work plans. This position will help to lead, mentor and develop lower level engineering staff. May assume staff leadership responsibilities or administrative duties assigned by management.




  • Performs and directs activities associated with creating a construction, system improvement, or maintenance work order package for assigned significant capital projects.
  • Directs electrical protection of the UEC electric system, developing technical studies such as coordination, sectionalizing, voltage, and fault studies. Assists in the planning for long-term and short-term construction work plans within the limits of required approvals and UEC policies and procedures.
  • Independently provides recommendations for designs of new electric plant or improvements to existing electric plant substations, transmission, or distribution lines. Performs design activities and prepares and presents design drawings and project details while maintaining project schedules, ensuring successful project completion.
  • Prepares engineering report computations, cost estimates, specifications or other engineering details as requested.
  • Performs outage Tech On-Call duties on rotation; maintains current knowledge of UEC's SCADA and mapping systems.
  • Independently directs project management for large construction/maintenance projects. Works regularly with consultants and contractors, providing instructions and direction for consulting project managers.
  • Works closely with other departments in development of company procedures and work processes; strategic or department work plan initiatives; and RUS engineering and finance requirements for construction work plans.
  • Prepares routine technical specifications; identifies material needs and issues procurement instructions for routine projects; reviews and prepares recommendations for new materials/ equipment specifications.
  • Serves as lead or committee member on various company committees as directed, promoting teamwork between departments.
  • Provides information and engineering assistance for prospective and/or planned generation or renewal energy projects in UEC service area.
  • Prepares or coordinates with consultants in preparing technical studies such as coordination, voltage, and fault studies; and assists in preparation of construction work plans.
  • Performs all aspects required to complete the design of a transmission distribution line in accordance with all applicable codes and standards.
  • Stays abreast of transmission line engineering, including conductors, hardware, insulation, structures, foundations, electrical principles, and fiber optic hardware.




  • Provides engineering guidance, calculations, analysis, studies, and recommendations for a specialized segment of engineering within schedule and budget of an assigned project.
  • Complete understanding and wide application of technical principles, theories, and concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related disciplines.
  • Keeps well informed of the latest equipment, practices and procedures in the industry regarding automated electric design systems; the operating principles of power transmission and distribution equipment necessary for operation and maintenance of an electric system; and keeps current on new and improved engineering standards and practices.
  • May assume staff leadership responsibilities or administrative duties assigned by manager.
  • Leads, mentors, and helps to develop lower level engineering staff.
  • Complies with UEC policies and procedures.
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues and fosters a spirit of cooperation in the workplace.
  • Conducts themselves in a manner that reflects positively on UEC and contributes to harmonious relations with members and the public.
  • Respectfully takes direction from supervisor.
  • May include other duties as assigned.



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.



This position may have supervisory responsibilities.


Required Qualifications:


Education:     Bachelor's degree (B.S.) from a four-year college or university in Electrical Engineering or related engineering discipline.


Experience:    Ten (10) or more years of directly related experience in electric utility or other related engineering experience.


                        Three (3) years experience with complex capital project implementation and/or three (3) years transmission line design experience preferred.


Preferred Qualifications/Skills:


  • Knowledge of transmission and distribution line construction means and methods a plus.
  • Proficiency in writing and providing support documentation for engineering calculations.
  • Ability to review and design power transmission lines facilities per applicable codes, standards, and specifications.
  • High Voltage transmission line design experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills needed to facilitate project milestones. Must be able to clearly, and concisely, communicate to peers and management.
  • Demonstrated experience managing complex projects on budget and on schedule.
  • Excellent computer skills including experience with applicable software in such fields as graphic design, technical writing, electric system design software, GIS, analytical electric engineering software, statistics, and web-based training.
  • Must be adept at using various applications including database, spreadsheet, report writing, project management, graphics, word processing, presentation creation/editing, and communicate by e-mail.
  • Advanced math skills including the ability to comprehend and apply principles of advanced calculus, modern algebra, and advanced statistical theory. Ability to work with concepts such as limits, rings, quadratic and differential equations, and proofs of theorems.
  • Displays excellent presentation, persuasion and negotiation skills required in working with members, customers, or coworkers and including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Must take prompt action to accomplish assigned objectives and understand/identify issues and opportunities.
  • A valid driver’s license is required for occasional business travel.
  • An Engineer In-Training (EIT) certificate is preferred for this position.
  • A Professional Engineer (PE) license is preferred.


EOE M/F/Disability/Veteran

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