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ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

Empower your future. Inland Power is looking for the best and brightest talent. Join a dynamic and fast-paced team committed to safe, reliable service at great rates.

SALARY RANGE: $81,846 - $102,307

LOCATION: FOUR LAKES OFFICE - 10110 W HALLETT RD., SPOKANE, WA 99224

HOURS: 4 - 10s - 7:00 A.M. TO 5:30 P.M.

REPORTS TO: EGINEERING MANAGER

FLSA STATUS: EXEMPT

UNION STATUS: NON-UNION

DEPARTMENT: ENGINEERING

APPLICATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 15, 2023 AT 5:30 p.m.

PURPOSE OF POSITION

The Engineering Technician performs administrative assistance, technical analysis, and data preparation in support of the activities of the system engineers and the Engineering Manager.

CORE COMPETENCIES

1. Quality Work: Produce thorough, high-quality work with minimal errors. Seek feedback, make corrections as needed. Identify problems and solve them. Strive to improve processes. Work collaboratively with all departments and co-workers to implement systematic changes.

2. Productivity: Complete assigned work in a timely fashion. Utilize slow periods productively. Produce amount and volume at expected speed.

3. Technical Skills/Job Knowledge: Demonstrate high level of understanding of technical skills in area of expertise, technology, products and/or processes involved. Duly perform assigned duties. Keep current on changes and be competent with all technology necessary to perform job.

4. Communication: Clearly convey oral and written communication. Keep others informed of activities and problems in timely manner. Listen well; respond appropriately and respectfully.

5. Teamwork/Ability to Work with Others: Demonstrate ability to work in a positive manner with co-workers and/or members with differing backgrounds, opinions, capabilities, etc. Willingly share skills, competencies, and knowledge with others. Establish and maintain strong, effective working relationships. Contribute effectively to group efforts. Promote harmony; agree to disagree without damaging relationships.

6. Accountability: Maintain excellent attendance and provide additional assistance after normal working hours when needed. Be reliable, prepared and accept responsibility for work and actions.

7. Integrity: Demonstrate honesty, high ethical standards, and respect for all co-workers, board of trustees and membership.

8. Professionalism: Address internal and external members with courtesy and respect. Dress in work attire appropriate to the position. Communicate business information in a timely fashion, using means of communication appropriate to the situation.

9. Support of Cooperative Goals: Support cooperative goals and adhere to all policies and procedures. Contribute effectively in support of the cooperative.

10. Problem-Solving: Use sound logic and methodology to solve problems. Explore multiple sources for answers, as required. Be able to identify hidden problems and propose solutions.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Perform engineering administrative assistance duties.

    • Prepare monthly project reports to summarize the activities of the engineering group during that period.

    • Coordinate meetings with outside vendors or manufacturers, representatives and key IPL staff as required.  As required, attend these meetings, take notes, and prepare minutes / summaries.

    • Schedule committee and training meetings, coordinate with other departments to ensure availability for attendance. As required, attend these meetings, take notes, and prepare minutes / summaries.

    • Maintain the substation outages calendar and shared inbox.  Coordinate with Power Supplier, Engineering Manager, Operations Manager, System Engineers, and Substation Foreman the proposed substation outage schedule. Make adjustments to this calendar as needed.

  • Perform technical duties.

    • Under guidance of system engineers, prepare and maintain material specification documentation for purchasing new equipment.

    • Prepare contractual document drafts typically, but not limited to, Requests for Proposal (RFP).

    • Under guidance of system engineers, prepare switching order documentation to support operational activities.  Revise existing switching orders as directed.

    • Prepare and provide load shift reports to power suppliers.

    • Perform data entry tasks in support of GIS as required.

    • Monitor performance of sectionalizing devices, equipment alarms, and SCADA devices.

  • Prepare and maintain project management documentation.

    • Assess capital work plan project progress, assess estimate vs actual costs, provide necessary feedback to system engineers if construction assembly costs need to be adjusted.

    • Prepare overview reports and spreadsheets to assist in organizing, reporting on, and completing the capital work plan.

  • Assist the Engineering Department during major storms or outage events as required.

  • Other duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Education/Experience:

    • Required: High school diploma or its equivalent

    • Preferred (listed in order of increasing preference):

      • Completion of applicable certification program or

      • A minimum of four (4) years’ experience working in a technical capacity for an electrical utility or associated industry or

      • Two-year AAS in Electrical Engineering Technology or

      • Four-year BS in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology.

  • Knowledge and Skills:

    • Required:

      • Experience utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook in a business environment.

      • Strong generalized computer and software skills.

      • Excellent communication skills and professional appearance.

      • Must possess and maintain a safe work record.

      • Must work well with other employees, members, and the business associates.

      • Must have a valid Washington driver’s license and acceptable driving record.

    • Preferred:

      • Extensive experience utilizing Microsoft Office products

      • Familiarity with the operational practices of an electrical utility

      • Previous project management experience

  • Mental Demands/Working Conditions:

    • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance and supervision.

    • Ability to manage diverse work functions while balancing and adjusting priorities in accordance with changing requirements.

    • Ability to respond quickly and effectively to a rapidly changing work environment.

    • Ability to understand personal and departmental role in the bigger organization picture, and to respond as an effective team member.

    • Ability to work under pressure.  Must be able to make decisions with minimal data.

    • Must be able to work in excess of 12 hours during extreme outage situations.  Must be available for unscheduled work as needed.

    • Must be able to travel independently throughout the service territory. Other travel outside the service area may be assigned.

    • Work is performed in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings, including office, warehouse, yard and community settings with employees.

  • Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. 

    • The employee frequently is required to walk, or stand.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb or balance. 

    • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus. 

    • Other specific abilities required are ability to talk using the telephone and hear within normal range. 

The engineering technician shall have full authority to carry out these duties and responsibilities in conformity with established policies and procedures and shall utilize time in such a way as to fulfill the objectives of this position and the cooperative.

APPLICATION PROCESS

If your credentials and interest match this job, please send your completed application, cover letter and resume to: hr@inlandpower.com or mail them to, Inland Power & Light Company, 10110 W. Hallett Rd., Spokane WA 99224-7435, Attn: Human Resources.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMITMENT

Inland Power and Light is committed to equal employment opportunity for all. Just as our commitment to quality motivates us to go the extra mile, we cooperate with the civil rights agencies in government in an effort to ensure equal opportunity in employment through an Affirmative Action Plan. To assure full implementation of this equal employment policy, we will take steps to assure that persons are recruited, hired, assigned and promoted without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status, age, disability or any other classification protected by nondiscrimination law.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION

Inland Power will make reasonable accommodation to assist a qualified person with a disability in the job application, interview process and to perform the essential functions of the job whenever possible. Please contact the HR department at Inland Power if you would like assistance.

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