Area-Transmission Planner (Senior/Senior II) Portland, OR

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Area-Transmission Planner (Senior/Senior II) Portland, OR
Date: Jun 1, 2024
Location: PORTLAND, OR, US, 97232
Company: PacifiCorp

PacifiCorp is seeking customer-centric candidates to grow and sustain our commitment to a culture of customer service excellence, environmental sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion.

General Purpose

Contributes to planning and implementation of transmission projects necessary to ensure that the transmission system continues to accommodate customer needs reliably and efficiently. Utilize engineering methods to demonstrate compliance with NERC/WECC Reliability Standards. Develops presentations for senior management and recommends and implements changes to benefit the company. Develops engineering studies, plans, specifications, calculations, evaluations, design documents, and performance assessments associated with the planning, design, licensing, construction, operation, and maintenance of the Company’s generation, transmission facilities/systems.


The responsibilities of the Area Transmission Planner Senior are:

  • Design, develop, modify, and evaluate main grid transmission systems, processes, or facilities to support Company objectives, utilizing engineering methods to demonstrate compliance with NERC/WECC reliability standards.
  • Develop highly complex engineering studies, plans, specifications, calculations, evaluations, design documents, and performance assessments to the main grid.
  • Act as a lead expert in the work group; train and mentor associate and career level planners, engineers, technicians and drafters.
  • Determine methods and techniques for obtaining results.
  • Recommend alternative engineering solutions to management to meet business needs.
  • Deliver on commitments and manage outside engineering services to accomplish the assigned work.
  • Participate in government, industry, collegiate and other applicable associations or work groups which have the ability to influence or set policy impacting the future of our utility.
  • Maintain project timeliness and budgets.
  • Participate in the development of new WECC/NERC standards to influence the successful implementation of clear/concise standards that support improved reliability for the electric system.
  • Coordinate with neighboring utilities on planning studies for interconnected transmission and generation facilities.
  • Prepare the annual screening studies for NERC compliance.
  • Perform main grid power flow stability studies.
  • Coordinate the Local Attachment K Process including planning and conducting quarterly public meetings as outlined in the FERC 100 tariff.
  • Develop the transmission system plan; discuss with stakeholders in public forums and produce a draft Local Transmission System Plan by year’s end. Attend to all Attachment K related inquiries.
  • Develop and implement technical and financial analysis to support Transmission Planning, Policy & Strategy initiatives on all significant projects.
  • Provide Engineering expertise for team in proposals and rulemakings for opportunities to help shape and influence policies that impact the company.
  • Use the GridView production cost simulation model to determine the economic benefits and run optimization models to forecast congestion and analyze results to determine congestion drivers.

In addition to the above the responsibilities of the Area Transmission Planner Senior II are:

  • Serve as the Company expert in the discipline and provide authoritative consultation and recommendations to senior management.

Requirements for this position include the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
  • A minimum of five or more years of directly related experience in transmission modeling, transmission system engineering and/or transmission system planning.
  • Project management and leadership skills including the ability to work as a team member, to maintain project timelines, budgets, and deliver on commitments.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, local laws, regulations, the National Electric Codes, and NERC and WECC reliability standards.
  • Ability to perform effectively in high-pressure situations while maintaining focus and calm.
  • Demonstrated communication (written, verbal and presentation) and interpersonal skills involving the ability to work cross-functionally to understand requirements, present alternatives, and recommendations.
  • Proficient with the use of personal computers including automated tools and software applications including power flow and dynamic analysis, data base management (PI), Visio, Microsoft Office Suite including Access, and use of EMS or SCADA.

In addition to the above the requirements for the Senior Area Transmission Planner II include:

  • A minimum of eight or more years of directly related experience in transmission modeling, transmission system engineering and/or transmission system planning.
  • Advanced technical degree or professional engineer (PE) required.


  • Professional Engineer (PE) certification
  • Power Option (particularly Power System Analysis)
  • Advanced Degree

Additional Information

Req Id: 111901
Company Code: PacifiCorp
Primary Location: PORTLAND
Department: Pacific Power
Schedule: FT
Personnel Subarea: Exempt
Hiring Range: $100,700 – $136,300
This position is eligible for an annual discretionary performance incentive bonus of up to 15% of salary.

Benefits: Health care, retirement, paid time off, tuition assistance, paid short-term and long-term disability, paid bereavement leave. For more information, please visit:

Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without an accommodation.

At PacifiCorp, we celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion. PacifiCorp is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or religious creed, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status (except as required by law), gender (including gender identity and expression), sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran or military status, familial or parental status, marital status or any other category protected by applicable local, state or U.S. federal law.

Unless otherwise required by law, all offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and drug screening including for marijuana. While marijuana is legal in several states, including Oregon, a positive test for positions in Oregon may disqualify a candidate. The company complies with the laws of Washington and California and only obtains and considers positive tests for marijuana in safety-sensitive positions or those covered by U.S. Department of Transportation regulations.

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