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Power Engineers Physical Designer in Portland, Oregon

Physical Designer

Location: Portland

State/Territory: Oregon

Department: Power Delivery Portland Substation Dept


Physical Designer

Job Summary of Roles and Responsibilities

POWER Engineers is currently seeking a Physical Designer to work in the Power Delivery Substation Department. This position reports to our Portland office (located in Lake Oswego, Oregon). Flexibility is available for a hybrid work environment (employee will need to live within driving distance of the office).


The position includes working within a team to complete complex and technically challenging aspects of physical design and understanding and adhering to client standards.

  • Perform the detailed Physical drafting & design of utility substations. Typical designs include but are not limited to:

  • Physical layouts

  • Equipment selection

  • General arrangement plans, sections, and elevations

  • Control building design and details

  • Cable and conduit plans and details

  • Ground grid design and details

  • Lightning protection design and details

  • Yard lighting design and details

  • Material lists

  • One-line diagrams

  • Work with engineers to develop drawing packages.

  • Coordinate designs with other disciplines such as Substation Protection & Control, Structural, and Civil.

  • Participate in quality assurance and quality control programs.

  • Contribute to engineering project scheduling and budget management.

Required Education/Experience

  • Associate's degree or equivalent technical education.

  • Experience with AutoCAD or MicroStation; experience with both is preferred.

  • Understanding of electric utility substation design.

  • Electrical and mechanical reasoning skills and attention to detail.

  • Good command of the Microsoft Office Suite, with an emphasis on Outlook, Excel and Word.

  • The candidate must have strong command of the English language with good written and oral communication skills to work effectively with internal team members and external client personnel.

  • Candidate must be legally authorized to work permanently in the U.S. without the need for work sponsorship.

Desired Education/Experience

  • Three (3) or more years of experience in electric utility substation design is preferred.

  • Familiarity with Raster Design and/or Bentley Descartes.

  • Ability to produce applicable drawings from rough sketches, notes, client examples, vendor drawings, and such.

  • Ability to select materials based on technical requirements.

At POWER Engineers, Inc. you can have a rewarding career on every level. In addition to challenging and meaningful work, you’ll have the chance to make a positive impact on the environment, participate in a range of diverse and unique initiatives, and find the support, coaching, and training it takes to advance your career. We encourage new ideas and fresh approaches and most importantly, we strive to be our clients’ first choice. These traits – and deep technical skill – account for our success.

Have fun, do good, build success. As an employee-owned company, we strive to make POWER Engineers an appealing place to work, where we perform projects that we find challenging and in which we excel. We provide competitive compensation, a full benefit package, professional development, and an appealing work environment. POWER Engineers is a unique and fun engineering firm, which may be contradictory to some, but it works well for us.

EOE, including disability/vets