Job: Civil Engineer (I, II, or III), Chelan County PUD, Wenatchee, WA

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Job title:
Civil Engineer (I, II, or III)
Job location:
Wenatchee, WA  98807 United States
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Job category:
Civil Engineering

Job Description

Chelan County PUD is located in the geographical center of Washington State at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers. A public power leader, the complex and progressive nature of PUD operations offer a unique mix of challenges and opportunities.

We rely on the mighty Columbia River for much of our hydropower generation and we're proud to take a leadership role in environmental stewardship as related to this great river system. Each year we dedicate millions of dollars and thousands of work hours to protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plant ecosystems. As part of hydropower operations, we've also built 14 parks that serve more than 3 million visitors each year.

Rated by Forbes in 2017 and 2019 as one of the top 25 places to retire, Wenatchee is a recreational paradise with an abundance of adventure. The natural scenic beauty of the Wenatchee Valley provides a vivid backdrop to its thriving economy, where the quality of life is high and the climate is moderate with four distinct seasons, including more than 200 days of sunshine!

We are a small town to some and big city to others. We invest in our children and believe that education is the key to our future success.

We live a life of abundant choices and enjoy water sports on the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers, hiking, biking, rock climbing and unlimited golfing. Downhill and cross-country skiing are just minutes away. The area is also known for producing quality wines.
Consider Chelan PUD as a career choice today! The community is waiting for you.
Chelan PUD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. M/F/Vet/Disabled

Applicants are required to submit a combined cover letter and resume in one document. Your cover letter must summarize your interest, education and experience relative to this position. Incomplete materials will not be considered.

To expedite the application process, combine your cover letter and resume into one PDF or WORD document before applying and upload electronically when requested in the online application process.

This position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED and applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The first review date for application materials is scheduled for April 25, 2022.

Interested parties are also invited to contact Human Resources at to discuss the position.

In addition to a competitive starting salary range of $64,720 – 80,900 (Civil Engineer I); $73,200 - $91,500 (Civil Engineer II); $84,320 - $105,400 (Civil Engineer III) (based on qualifications, skills and abilities), Chelan PUD employees also enjoy outstanding benefits which include the option of a zero cost medical plan (medical, dental and vision for all eligible dependents), short and long-term disability, Washington State Public Employee's Retirement System, Deferred Compensation (with company matching funds up to 5%), 11 holidays and initial personal leave accrual at 21 days per year.

Introductory Period: New employees holding regular positions must complete an introductory period of twelve months.

This position will be filled at either the Civil Engineer I, II or III level, contingent upon the skills and experience of the selected candidate.

The Civil Engineer (I-III) working in Engineering & Project Management performs basic to advanced (at higher levels) calculations, analysis, design, and construction support in the competency areas of geotechnical, hydraulic, structural, water resource and dam safety and assists with project management activities related to operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of hydroelectric generation facilities, switchyards, substations, parks, hatcheries, water and waste water systems and treatment plants. Depending on level, the position requires entry-level to independent judgement/knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures, including materials, equipment, and techniques, used in professional level work in the field of civil engineering and project management. At level I, the position works under close or continuing supervision and requires limited exercise of judgment when developing designs and design criteria, determining methodology and developing alternatives. At level II, the position will prepare scopes of work and cost estimates. Work is performed with technical guidance with review from supervisor or higher level engineers. At level III, the position will act as the design engineer and/or project manager for moderately complex projects. Additional responsibilities will include directing consultants, crew superintendents, foreman and contractors to troubleshoot and resolve problems.


1. Design Engineering - Perform civil engineering design, analysis, and calculations for projects. Prepare plans, specifications, and cost estimates for procurement; prepare material and/or labor bid document packages. Follow engineering quality procedures. Level I: Review submittals and respond to requests for information during construction. Develop inspection and testing plans. Inspect fabrication and construction activities, materials, work products and troubleshoot construction problems. Prepare start-up and training plans for operation and maintenance of projects. Level II: Write technical purchase and construction specifications. Inspect fabrication and construction activities, materials, and work products. Peer review work. Level III: Prepare materials and/or labor bid document packages. Prepare cost estimates and technical construction specifications.
2. Perform technical inspections and field verifications to help learn about the design process and construction practices. Operations and Maintenance Troubleshooting and Technical Assistance Clarify and pinpoint problems. Develop testing methods and alternatives. Participates in investigations, collects data, and performs research. Provide alternative problem solutions. Write brief reports describing possible solutions and recommendations. Receives daily technical guidance from higher level engineers.
3. Planning and Preliminary Engineering - Perform basic engineering planning, feasibility studies (including technical report writing), cost estimating, economic analyses and develop alternatives to help determine solutions to operational problems, regulatory concerns, efficiency improvements, asset management issues, etc.
4. Project Management - Develop and assist with implementation of scopes, schedules and budgets for basic projects or less complex portions of more difficult projects. Levels II and III do the same for projects with more complexity. Oversee and monitor project activities from concept to close out. Communicate project progress to internal clients, supervision, and management. Write status and tracking reports. Give presentations including project recommendations to teams, management groups and the Commission. Procure materials. Participate in the selection of consultants and assist with management of consultant contracts. Ensure compliance with quality requirements.
5. Process Improvement Efforts - Participate in work process improvement efforts primarily as a member of interdisciplinary work teams. Level III: Contribute to the development of District technical standards.
6. Training - Identify and attend training to maintain and learn new skills. Level III: Responsible for instructing others in the safe diagnosis, repair, and maintenance or operation of plan equipment and systems.

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications listed below are representative of those required, but reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Post-Secondary Education:
Bachelor's degree (B. S., B. A.) in Civil Engineering or equivalent combination of education and experience. EIT (Engineer in Training) certificate achieved by passing the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) exam, preferred.

Level I: Entry Level. No experience required. Candidates with experience in water/wastewater and/or with an electric utility are preferred.

Level II: Requires a minimum of two (2) years’ experience performing civil engineering related to hydropower generation, power distribution, and water resources fields of increasing complexity. Experience must include examples of successful application of basic civil engineering in the form of reports, calculations, specification, and drawings, participation in data collection and field research or inspections.

Level III: Requires a minimum of four (4) years’ experience performing civil engineering related to power generation, dam safety, power distribution, and water resources of increasing complexity. Experience must include examples of successful application of fundamental civil engineering in the form of reports, specifications, and drawings; knowledge of construction means and methods including cost and schedule estimates; development of design alternatives.

Specific KSA's: A fully skilled incumbent will have the following specific knowledge, skills, and abilities:
• Basic knowledge of the application of engineering practices, principles, tools, software, and methods in civil engineering and may require regular referral to training & textbooks
• Basic knowledge of industry codes & standards in civil engineering
Skills & Abilities
• Ability to continuously learn and apply engineering principles
• Ability to interpret basic applicable codes and standards
• Problem Solving - able to perform analysis and solve problems using flow charts and written examples
• Uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to basic engineering problems.
• Ability to collect, and present data and evidence in a clear, and accurate manner.
• Able to prioritize daily work.
• Able to communicate clearly and effectively orally and in writing with other engineers
• Ability to create schematic drawings and diagrams to serve as the basis for construction drawings

A valid driver's license is required for this position (verified upon hire). A valid Washington State driver's license is required within 30 days of employment.

Chelan PUD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer (EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled). We value diversity at all levels of the organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any protected classifications as defined by law.

EEO Law Posters can be found on the main Careers page in English and Spanish. 

Chelan PUD will not be offering any work visa sponsorship for this role.

Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-I.35(c)

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