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Power Production Mechanical Engineer I - IV 

Req Number ENG-19-00007  
Salary $56,721 - $129,500 per year* (DOE)
*salaries are based upon 40 hours per week

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Wanapum Dam, Beverly, WA  
Shift Days  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Number of Openings 1  

Position Summary

This posting is for a Mechanical Engineer Position. This position is posted as Engineer Level I – IV, thus various levels of experience in the desired knowledge and skills will be considered.

The position will be located at Wanapum Dam near Vantage, WA. Location is within commuting distance from Tri-Cities, Yakima, Wenatchee, Moses Lake, Ellensburg, Ephrata, Quincy, and Royal City.

Responsible for engineering activities in the Mechanical Engineering and Asset Management group within the Power Production Engineering Department. Duties include engineering support for of the 2,000 MW Priest Rapids Hydroelectric Project made up of the Wanapum Dam and Priest Rapids Dam developments; as well as the small hydroelectric generating facilities of Quincy Chute and Potholes East Canal Headworks. Engineering tasks include:

- Plant Design Changes

- Plant Improvements Requiring Engineering Expertise or Approval

- Equipment or Material Specification and Procurement

- Oversight of Installations and Quality

- Design and Implementation of Safety Improvements

- Manage Small to Large Complex Projects

- Provide Mentorship to Less Experienced and Developing Engineers

Job Responsibilities

Essential Functions: -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Review engineering work requests to determine scope, cost, and justification for the work request;
  • Prepare technical specifications
  • Build material lists
  • Generating new drawings or revise existing drawings,
  • Inspecting equipment in the field, reviewing technical data outputs of various pieces of equipment, and analyzing variations from original designs
  • Coordinate and conduct engineering and other studies, projects, and systems;
  • Develop, implement, and coordinate procedures, functions, and activities
  • Analyze system requirements; perform calculations required to verify system integrity
  • Specify equipment, work with vendors, and obtain quotes as needed.
  • Research and analyze technical information and data in order to prepare reports.
  • Manage proper documentation, mapping, and safety planning for all aspects of Grant PUD’s infrastructure from hydro-electric facilities, power production infrastructure, or power delivery assets; ensure all documentation is properly stored in Grant PUD’s engineering application databases.
  • Function as main point of contact with various internal and external stakeholders ensuring proper relationship development and communication policies are followed during all interactions; oversee contractors and consultants performing engineering work.
  • Perform site inspections; meet with contract personnel, Grant PUD Employees, and other representatives to resolve problems and concerns and answer questions on issues/projects; assist with field inspections of projects for conformance to approved plans.
  • Perform increasingly more responsible work as the employee gains experience and independently performs engineering duties.
  • Train in the formulation of budgets for projects including planning, design, regulatory, and construction phases.
  • Perform Project Management on small to large/complex projects in accordance with District standards
    • Prepare Project scopes
    • Prepare estimates and project budgets
    • Provide project justifications
    • Access project risks
    • Maintain project schedules

Perform related duties as required or assigned.

Demonstrated commitment to Grant PUD’s mission, vision, values, strategic plan and Vision 2021. The incumbent should be familiar with these organizational priorities and behave in a way that aligns with these expectations.

Understand and adhere to compliance requirements for this position that may include laws, regulations, security guidelines, Grant PUD policies & procedures.

Actively participate in all aspects of our safety program, including but not limited to:

  • Following all safety policies and procedures;
  • Alerting supervisors and coworkers to unsafe or hazardous working conditions;
  • Reporting any safety incidents or close calls within 24 hours to your supervisor; and
  • Accepting feedback from supervisors and coworkers regarding your own safety performance.

Position Requirements

Job Requirements

Educational Requirements

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or B.S. in Mechanical Technology with 2 years applicable mechanical engineering experience. Professional Engineering License (PE) in the State of Washington preferred but not required.

EIT and/or Washington State PE certification preferred.

Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge of –

    • Hydroelectric generation, turbines, generators, governors and appurtenant equipment, (preferred not required).
    • Pumps, compressors, cranes, and spillway gates.
    • Basics for preparation of project budgets, cost estimates, engineering economic analysis and feasibility studies.
    • Safety regulations and requirements associated with powerplant and construction work.
    • Basics for preparation of studies with alternative development and project budget planning and project management (preferred not required).
    • Machine design principles and finite element analysis.
    • Fluids mechanics and design principles for compressible and non-compressible fluid systems.
    • HVAC system design principles, (preferred not required).
    • CAD drawing generation and layout.

Skills in –

    • Demonstrated ability to use District maintenance management system and work management software, Maximo, (strongly preferred).
    • Project scheduling analysis, preparation and use of MS Project software, (preferred not required).
    • Finite element generation and analysis and use of SolidWorks software.
    • System analysis and complex mathematical, analytical equation generation and use of MATLAB, (preferred not required).
    • Use of Microsoft Office suite to aid in budgeting and management of daily tasks.
    • Demonstrated skill in planning, report writing, coordinating and problem solving.
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral.
    • Demonstrated ability to read both civil and mechanical drawings; and ability to read electrical drawings, (preferred not required).
    • Demonstrated ability to organize and conduct meetings.
    • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, schedule and accomplish a variety of tasks concurrently.
    • Demonstrated ability to work in office environment, shop and field/outdoor environments.

Special Requirements

A valid State driver’s license is required. PE license preferred not required.

Physical Requirements

Duties are performed in an office environment and in various field locations including the powerplants. Activities in all areas of the Hydroelectric facilities including working around physical hazards from energized equipment, inside equipment with exposure to loud, heat and cold and exposure to heavy equipment and construction in all areas of the facility. For a full list of requirements, the applicant/incumbent should refer to the Physical Capacity Evaluation, (PCE).

*For a full list of requirements, the applicant/incumbent should refer to the Physical Capacity Evaluation, (PCE).

Position Open Until Filled

First Review of Applications: Monday, July 29, 2019

Excellent Compensation and Benefits Package

Equal Opportunity Employer

References and Background Checks are done as part of our employment process.

About the Organization Employees are our greatest assets at Grant PUD. Our dynamic team of skilled individuals define this utility. We welcome your unique experiences, skills and passion

As an equal opportunity employer, we strive for an environment of mutual respect that values diversity. We recruit, hire, train and promote all job classifications. A variety of exciting challenges and growth opportunities exist at Grant PUD. We offer training, benefits and multiple opportunities to serve the diverse needs of our regional community.

Our Mission:
To efficiently and reliably generate and deliver energy to our customers.

Our Vision:
Excellence in service and leadership
We continually ask how our performance aids in improving service quality, reliability and care for the environment in the most cost-effective manner.

Safety: We believe that employee and public safety is paramount

Innovation: We make decisions that best serve present and future generations

Service: We are committed to excellent customer service

Teamwork: We are one team with the same mission

Respect: We honor the rights and beliefs of those we work with and serve

Integrity: We hold ourselves and others accountable to professionalism in our actions and words

Heritage: We protect, preserve and perpetuate the spirit of the PUD and the Wanapum relationship  

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