State of Oregon Electrical Engineering Analyst (Utility and Energy Analyst 3) in Salem, Oregon

Electrical Engineering Analyst (Utility and Energy Analyst 3)



Electrical Engineering Analyst (Utility and Energy Analyst 3)


$5,282.00 - $7,752.00 Monthly


Salem, OR

Job Type



Public Utility Commission

Job Number



3/29/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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ATTENTION! Those looking for a career that helps make Oregon's electrical utilities safer, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) has an excellent opportunity you don't want to miss! PUC has an opening for an Electrical Engineering Analyst to join our team in the Utility Safety, Reliability, and Security Division.

Do you have in-depth knowledge and expertise in the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), Electrical Transmission and Distribution System Operations and Reliability, and enjoy working in a team and with the public? If this sounds like you and you desire to become a public steward and make your community a safer place, then apply now!

Duties & Responsibilities

The Electrical Engineering Analyst ensures the safety and reliability of electric utility service through engineering analysis of electric utility transmission and distribution data. This person serves as the Commission's primary subject matter expert to evaluate regulatory issues, policies and system adequacy or performance. This ensures the Commission's decision making and regulatory practices are supported by electrical engineering principles and practices. In addition, the Electrical Engineering Analyst provides theoretical and practical explanations to the public, utility operators, and both internal and external stakeholders, regarding reliability standards, safety standards, National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), industry best practices, and applicable administrative rules.

Major duties include:

System Reliability:

  • Ensures utilities are applying the calculations to determine length and number of interruptions in electricity distribution (e.g. SAIDI, SAIFI, MAIFI, and Major Event Days) correctly.

  • Prepares annual reliability report of the state's Investor Owned Utilities (IOU).

  • Compares IOU reliability metrics with national averages.

  • Tracks the IOU utilities major events. Evaluates the utility provider's response to and recovery from those events.

  • Collaborates with utility providers to ensure utility reliability calculations are correct.

  • Identifies when the utility's reliability metrics indicate system issues (poor design, inadequate maintenance, aging infrastructure, etc.). As directed by the Supervisor, develops and implements a plan(s) to drive improvement.

Electric Transmission and Distribution Theory and Operations:

  • Partners with Utility Analysts in policy- and rates-focused positions to guide policy development regarding renewable generation, distributed energy resources, and storage. Serves as a subject matter expert regarding current hardware, software, and general operating abilities of the state's transmission and distribution systems.

  • Provides operational and theoretical reasoning behind the National Electric Safety Code (NESC), industry best practices, and other related standards.

  • Participates in workshops and forums to increase knowledge and expertise on transmission and distribution issues, particularly with respect to the physical and operational capabilities and limitations of systems.

  • As needed, requests and reviews data from utilities to evaluate system outages and reliability trends.

  • Conclusions from this analysis may result in discussions with utilities regarding maintenance needs, recommendations, or operational changes to specific facilities.

  • Responds to complaints received in the agency's Consumer Services Program regarding power quality and reliability that requires engineering knowledge of operations and theory.

Other professional duties:

  • Conducts research, analysis, and composes reports.

  • Leads the cooperation and joint planning processes with various energy and telecommunications operators, utility associations, other state agencies, and members of the public to get needed programs into operation and ensure that they are functioning effectively.

  • Represents the PUC, to other state or federal agencies, industry associations, utilities, local governments, community organizations, and members of the public. In this role, attends meetings, workshops and conferences; frequently makes topic-specific presentations.

  • Provides professional-level consultative services to the following utility industry organizations and agencies: Oregon Utility Safety Committee (OUSC), Oregon Joint Use Association (OJUA), Oregon Utility Notification Center (OUNC) and Oregon OSHA.

  • On occasion, may prepare formal written testimony, defend findings, or make recommendations in formal Commission administrative hearings.

Working Conditions:

Work is generally performed in a typical office environment with regular use of a personal computer. Employee works a professional workweek, which may entail work during evening or irregular hours to respond to emergencies affecting utility operators in the state, meet deadlines, and complete projects. This position is classified, unrepresented and is not eligible for overtime.

As needed, will inspect operators' facilities on-site throughout the state. Therefore, statewide travel on an occasional basis is required, and may include driving in inclement weather conditions. Must have a valid driver's license and maintain an acceptable driving record, or provide an alternate reasonable method of transportation. On an infrequent basis, may encounter contentious situations with members of the public in remote areas. Must be able to walk in uneven terrain when inspecting facilities, and lift or move up to 25 lbs. for several hundred yards.


The PUC offices are located in downtown Salem, in close proximity to the State Capitol. PUC prides itself in being a great place to have a career. As a mid-size State of Oregon agency, we provide opportunity for employees to get to know each other in a comfortable and friendly environment. We offer benefit plans that pay up to 99% of the health care premiums for coverage of employees and dependents, membership in the Public Employee Retirement System; 11 paid holidays per year; 24 hours of personal leave per year; vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month, and sick leave earned at a rate of 8 hours per month; and many other benefits. PUC receives no General or Lottery funds. Commission responsibilities are funded through a per month fee on regulated natural gas, electric, telecommunication, and water utility bills.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Qualified applicants will clearly demonstrate in the "Work Experience" and/or "Education" section of their electronic application that they meet the minimum qualifications for the position.


A Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering (Electric Power and Energy Systems) or a closely related degree AND four years of professional-level work experience applying electrical engineering principles to the design and operations of utility Transmission and Distribution systems.


Seven years of work experience applying electrical engineering principles to the design and operations of utility Transmission and Distribution systems; four of which must have been at the professional-level.

A Master's degree in Electrical Engineering (Electric Power and Energy Systems) or a closely related degree will substitute for one year of the professional-level work experience.

A Doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering (Electric Power and Energy Systems) or a closely related degree will substitute for two years of the professional-level work experience.


  • Currently licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) by the State of Oregon.

  • Professional-level work experience assessing electric utility reliability.

  • Work experience with National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) standards (or utility specific construction standards based on the NESC) and inspections as it applies to both electric and telecommunication facilities.

  • Work experience conducting field audits, inspections, or other troubleshooting related activities for electric utility facilities.

  • Work experience investigating the cause(s) of utility facility incidents (i.e. outages, accidents, etc.).

  • Work experience, or advanced education that provided opportunity for, presenting technical information about electrical utility operations to individuals or groups who may not have a strong technical background.

  • Work experience interacting with different levels of utility management in a diplomatic and respectful manner to resolve technical issues.

  • Work experience developing written comments and delivering verbal recommendations, or proposals to inform or influence the decision makers of an organization.

  • Work experience where the position required working in a remote area, private property, rights of way, or with property owners.

  • Professional-level work experience leading or managing technical projects.

Only candidates who meet the above "Minimum Qualifications" for the position and whose work experience most closely matches the requested skills of this position will be invited to an interview.

Additional Information


Click the "Apply" button above to complete the online State of Oregon employment application. Only complete applications submitted by the closing date/time posted on this announcement will be considered. The PUC does NOT accept paper applications, email applications or supplemental information/attachments not submitted as an attachment to the online application. Updates regarding candidates' application status will be provided via email only.

Your application must clearly show how you meet the minimum qualifications and requested skills for this position. Be sure to complete the following sections: "Work Experience" and, if applicable, "Education." The "Work Experience" section must include the specific position(s) you have held, organizations for which you have worked, complete start and end dates of your employment (month and year), and a detailed description of your duties and level of responsibility. Minimum Qualifications will be determined based on the information provided in the "Work Experience" and/or "Education" section(s) of your application. If your description in the "Work Experience" section is too brief and/or insufficient to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position your application will not be considered in the next step of the recruitment and selection process.

Note: Grammar, clarity, conciseness, and professionalism of application materials will be considered as part of the evaluation process.

A resume is not required to apply for this position and it will not replace the completed "Work Experience" section.

Transcripts should be attached to your online application if you are using education or coursework to meet the minimum qualifications. Transcripts must be from an accredited institution and clearly show your name, coursework completed with a passing grade, degree received, and institution name. The PUC will accept scanned electronic copies of official or unofficial transcripts.

If you require an alternate format in order to complete the application process, please call PUC Human Resources at (503) 378-6265 Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM (PST).

The pay and benefits on all announcements may change without notice. If you are hired, you may be required to provide facts about past employment and present financial interests if they could be connected with the businesses regulated by the PUC.

This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates; this list will be used to fill the current opening and may be used to fill other openings as they occur.

The PUC does not offer VISA sponsorships. Within three-days of hire, you will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States.


Eligible veterans who meet the minimum qualifications of the position will be given veterans' preference. To receive preference you MUST attach to your electronic application the following documentation:


A copy of your DD214 or DD215;


A letter from the US Department of Veterans' Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension.

Disabled Veteran

A copy of your DD214 or DD215;


A copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the US Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Additional information on veterans' preference in employment may be obtained from the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs website at: or by calling 1-800-692-9666.

The Oregon Public Utility Commission is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.

Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

  • $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

  • Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

  • Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

  • Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

  • 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

  • Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

  • Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

  • Long-term and short-term disability

  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment

  • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.