Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation's largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.
Seattle City Light's Generation Operations & Engineering Business Unit (GOE) is seeking a Senior Civil Engineer to join the Structural Engineering (SE) group. This position will work primarily with the Dam Safety team performing structural and civil engineering design for the utility. There is a broad array of technical work the SE group performs, including structural calculations, design, inspections and other activities to ensure the safety of the City of Seattle hydroelectric projects (Skagit, Boundary and Cedar Falls/Tolt). T work for this position will focus on powerhouses, penstocks, dams and gates and may include inspections, structural concrete and steel modeling, vibration testing, seismic analysis, interfacing with FERC, and design engineering. This position will report to the Structural Engineering Supervisor.
Job ResponsibilitiesEngineers in the Structural Engineering group perform a wide range of structural and civil engineering tasks and a wide range of abilities are regularly required. Projects assigned to the SE group run the gamut on size and type. The position will work regularly with the Dam Safety Supervisor and unit, and will regularly coordinate work efforts with other engineering disciplines of other work units include Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Project Management, Environmental Affairs, and Operations. The desired primary focus of this position is to provide structural engineering support for Dam Safety priorities, however, it is expected that there will be involvement in all type of projects that the group performs.
Job responsibilities may include:
Performs senior-level professional civil and structural engineering work for hydroelectric plants, electric transmission, distribution, and substation facilities.
Provide engineering design, dam and power plant betterment project assessment resources as needed for successful identification, selection, development and execution of repair, refurbishment and improvement projects supporting hydroelectric generating facilities.
Ability to apply civil engineering concepts, principles, and practices applicable to civil engineering in the evaluation of facility operations and maintenance. Perform detailed and extensive civil/structural inspections of dams and associated water conveyance systems by maintaining broad civil engineering knowledge in the areas of hydrology and hydraulics, soils and rock structures, concrete and steel structures, material dynamics, structural stability and geotechnical considerations as they relate to dams, power tunnels, penstocks, spillways, and intake structures through on the job training, workshops, conferences, continuing education, and self-study (employee development plan).
Oversees project progress from initial concepts through final design and construction. Serve as a project engineer on capital projects and other programs.
Prepare civil and structural engineering designs as lead or project engineer, including calculations, plans, and technical specifications.
Prepare or review structural calculations, engineering studies, project schedules, budgets, and cost estimates.
Perform project coordination; prepare and/or be accountable for adherence to established project scopes, schedules and budgets.
Prepare construction estimates, construction feasibility reviews, budget documents.
Participate as a structural resource for periodic inspections of dam structures by state and federal inspectors, independent consultants, and internal inspection team. Perform structural inspections and prepare field reports.
Review of monitoring performance data from dam and foundation instrumentation to ensure compliance with plant operating licenses, inspection recommendations, and other dam safety matters.
Review plans, specifications, special conditions, and agreements for work done to be completed by contractors, public agencies, and City Light crews. Review and check work submitted by consultants and contractors to make recommendations on its acceptability against scope, budget, and schedule.
Prepare and administer consultant contracts, monitor contract progress, and review invoices for approval.
Coordinate and review work done by contractors and utility crews.
Perform activities in support of construction, such as reviewing submittals, aiding in resolution of field problems, preparing change order designs.
Prepare preliminary engineering reports, design reports or similar documents.
Other assigned duties may include performing engineering studies, review of studies and analyses performed by engineering consultants, and assisting with hydroelectric plant relicensing efforts.
Oversee and/or prepare CAD drafting work for project designs.
Lead a technical team doing any of the above work, including directing the work of other engineers. Serve as a technical expert in civil and structural engineering specialty areas. Mentor junior engineers.
Make presentations and serve as team leader on special projects or other assignments as required.
Self-manage work load and schedule depending on project requirements.
Must be a self-starter with strong work ethic; able to achieve multiple goals for multiple clients; and, demonstrate effective writing and interpersonal skills in a team environment.
Work Environment / Physical Demands:
Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment.
Field assignments entail exposure to all types of weather, traffic, hazardous/toxic substances and work in or near construction sites.
May be required to lift over 50 pounds.
May be required to stand, walk, or bend for extended periods of time.
May be required to work nights, evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.
Periodically travel overnight to remote project sites in conjunction with project responsibilities.
Requires climbing ladders and steep slopes; traverse uneven and frozen terrain; and, bend, stoop, crawl, squat, and stand for long periods of time depending on the facilities you will be inspecting at various sites, both indoors and outside, including work requiring fall protection and in confined spaces. Weather conditions may be severe at times while performing job responsibilities out in the field.
To be considered for this vacancy, candidates must submit a completed application via this bulletin and attach:
A cover letter describing how your qualifications and experience meet those required and desired for the position.
Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a pre-employment physical and background check which includes criminal history and driving history review.
Requires five years professional civil engineering experience and a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering or Civil Engineering Technology; (or a combinations of education and/or training and/or experience, which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).
Current Washington State Driver's License or evidence of equivalent mobility.
Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington
A highly qualified candidate is expected to have some of the following:
Masters of Science in a Civil Engineering discipline (Structural Engineering preferred).
Ten years or more of professional structural engineering experience.
Structural Professional Engineering License in the State of Washington highly desired (or ability to obtain Structural PE within 6-9 months of hire).
Knowledge of or ability to develop knowledge of industry standards and codes, state and federal governmental regulations (particularly related to Dam Safety regulations), and City of Seattle policies and procedures.
Experience in the structural analysis and design of hydroelectric generation structures, powerhouses, dams, penstocks, gates, and other hydroelectric structures.
Experience in seismic analysis and design.
Experience in the structural design of buildings and foundations.
Experience preparing engineering calculations, drawings, and reports.
Experience as a project engineer coordinating with multiple disciplines.
Experience in construction-related aspects of design, including reviewing submittals, resolving field issues, etc.
Experience supporting field crews engaged in a variety of engineering construction, maintenance, and repair activities on service contracts and projects.
Computer modeling of structures with 3D analysis programs.
Drafting experience with AutoCAD.
Knowledge and proficiency in the use of computer software to assist in the preparation of reports, presentations, schedules, and similar Microsoft products.
Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation's largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. City Light is a recognized leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.