Engineer I, II or Senior-Transmission Line Engineering

Boise, Idaho
$74,796.80 - $130,665.60
Dec 28, 2021
Jan 16, 2022
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Idaho Power — headquartered in vibrant Boise, Idaho — is looking for a Transmission Line Engineer to join our Planning, Engineering and Construction team.

It’s an exciting time to work for Idaho Power. We’re working toward our goal of providing 100% clean energy by 2045, and our work plays a critical role in our customers’ lives and in communities we serve across Idaho and Oregon.

What does a Transmission Line Engineer do for us? They design, analyze and model new transmission lines and the repair and rebuild of existing transmission lines including siting, foundations, wood and steel structures, electrical insulation and grounding, and wire systems. They also: Perform detailed transmission line design tasks including permitting and right-of-way support, geotechnical analysis and foundation design, development of structure loading, structural analysis, selection of structure material, selection of insulation and system grounding, selection of wire components and hardware, specification development, and creation of construction documents

  • Plan and lead projects, assignments, and technical investigations
  • Act as a liaison between other departments and organizations
  • Evaluate progress and results, recommending changes in procedures
  • Exercise moderate technical judgment in decision-making and independent action
  • Are responsible for budgeting, financial accountability, and timelines on assigned projects
  • Utilize industry and discipline related knowledge to interpret and comply with regulations as required by NERC, FERC, WECC, EPA, NESC, OSHA, FCC, etc.
  • Assure that civil/structural designs meet the requirements dictated by ASCE, AISC, ACI, PCA, and ASTM
  • Coordinate and confirm that transmission line designs mesh with the needs of IPC distribution, substations  and communications organizations, and external customers
  • Support customer and regional requests for structural analysis and clearances
  • Provide construction support and create record documents
  • Emergency restoration design, analysis and construction documents for transmission lines compromised by vehicle impact, weather, fire, and other natural disasters

Engineer I:

Operating under general supervision and with oversight, an Engineer I is developing technical expertise in their field.  This role plans and leads assignments and projects, may interface with internal departments and external organizations, and receives guidance from leaders and other engineers as needed.

Engineer II:
Operating under limited supervision, an Engineer II has an intermediate level of technical expertise in their field.  This role plans and leads moderately complex assignments and projects, interfaces with internal departments and external organizations, and receives high-level guidance from leaders and other engineers as needed.

Senior Engineer:

Operating under minimal supervision and using independent initiative, Senior Engineers have comprehensive technical expertise in their field.  This role plans and leads complex assignments and projects, interfaces with internal departments and external organizations, and mentors other engineers and engineering support staff as needed.

In addition to the meaningful work we do, we offer work-life balance, competitive pay and benefits, and both a 401k employer-match and a pension plan, making Idaho Power one of the best employers in the state. 


Knowledge of:

  • General engineering principles
  • Utilities and their business environment
  • Right-of-way and environmental permitting
  • Construction techniques
  • Civil, structural, geotechnical, and survey principles
  • General electrical and mechanical engineering principles

Skills in:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication, both oral and written
  • Computers and software use
  • Producing technical reports

Ability to:

  • Manage and coordinate projects
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Work both independently and on project teams
  • Develop alternatives and work with others to evaluate their value and potential for meeting company needs
  • Analyze datasets and databases
  • Draft written and oral reports of problems, alternatives, and recommendations



  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution


  • Engineer I – 0-2 years related experience
  • Engineer II - 2 or more years of related experience
  • Senior Engineer – 6 years of related engineering experience OR 5 years of related engineering experience plus PE or advanced engineering degree, and 3 years in the area of expertise


  • Specific civil, structural, and/or transmission line engineering experience
  • Engineering software experience (PLS-CADD, LPile, AutoCAD)
  • Engineer I/II– Engineer in Training (EIT) designation
  • Senior Engineer – 3 years in the area of expertise at IPC and/or Professional Engineer (PE)

Licenses & Certifications:

  • Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record based on driving requirements for the position


  • Travel with out-of-town stays may be required
  • Senior Engineer: Must have 6 months or greater at Engineer II level, Step 13


This position is generally a sedentary job requiring working at a desk/computer for extended periods of time. It requires the use of office equipment, fine motor skills including typing on the computer, dialing phones, filing paper, and working in close proximity to other people. Ergonomic accommodations including sit to stand desks are available and installed as needed. This job also requires periodic field visits involving walking on even/uneven surfaces and ascents/descents, while carrying up to 14-26 lbs. Driving is required to perform these field visits throughout the IPC territory (3-7 hours). The above is a summary of the primary essential functions of the position. Questions regarding job requirements or accommodation requests should be directed to Human Resources.