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Mechanical Plant Engineer

Chelan County PUD
Wenatchee, Washington 98801
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The position will be filled at varying levels (level I - principal, based on the incumbent's knowledge, skills and abilities). The incumbent performs mechanical engineering services on a wide variety of projects with varying levels of complexity in the hydroelectric industry. This includes conventional engineering design, and advanced analysis and design; determining methodology and depth. Prepares technical plans and specs of moderate complexity for procurement. Leads interdisciplinary teams to solve problems. Recommends solutions and approaches for unique pump applications, hydraulics, and hydro generation. Supports plant operations in troubleshooting and resolving issues. Supports Asset Management through development of equipment strategies, maintenance and renewal plans. Supports small to large sized projects and maintenance activities. See attached career level guide for specific job duties of varying levels.


JOB FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job satisfactorily. Essential functions are those activities that, if not performed, would significantly and fundamentally alter the position.


# EF % of Time Job Functions

1. EF Field Support: Provide plant operations and maintenance support by answering questions, reviewing options and providing alternatives. Based on level of incumbent may receive technical guidance from other engineers.


2. EF Engineering Design: Perform varying levels of complexity in engineering design, analysis and calculations as assigned determining the methodology and depth needed. Based on level of incumbent, may mentor or lead other team members in proper execution of technical activities.   Provide input to team leads in approach and execution of technical activities to support feasibility studies. Peer review work and provide guidance to other level engineers. Based on level of incumbent, receives technical guidance and/or refers to training & textbooks.


3. EF Asset Management: Performs condition assessments, develops asset strategies.


4. EF Plans & Specifications: Prepare technical plans and specifications of moderate complexity for procurement.


5. EF Codes & Standards: Interpret codes and standards including nuances of application, identifying different possible interpretations. Contribute to the development of company technical standards.


6. EF Project Management: May develop budgets, schedules scope and procurement documents for varying levels of projects and/or programs. May act as a project manager.


7. EF Training: Identify and attend training to maintain and learn new skills.




Chelan County PUD is located in the geographical center of Washington State at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers.   A public power leader, the complex and progressive nature of PUD operations offer a unique mix of challenges and opportunities.




We rely on the mighty Columbia River for much of our hydropower generation and we're proud to take a leadership role in environmental stewardship as related to this great river system. Each year we dedicate millions of dollars and thousands of work hours to protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plant ecosystems. As part of hydropower operations, we've also built 14 parks that serve more than 3 million visitors each year.




Rated by Sunset Magazine as one of the top 20 Western DREAM TOWNS and by Forbes in 2017 as one of the top 25 places to retire, Wenatchee is a recreational paradise with an abundance of adventure. The natural scenic beauty of the Wenatchee Valley provides a vivid backdrop to its thriving economy, where the quality of life is high and the climate is moderate with four distinct seasons, including more than 200 days of sunshine!




Chelan PUD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. M/F/Vet/Disabled






The position will be filled at varying levels based on an applicant's qualifications, skills and abilities. Level I $59,280-$74,100; II $69,600 - $87,000; III $80,720 - $100,900; Senior $86,800 - $127,800; Principal $112,080 - $140,100




In addition to a competitive salary range, Chelan PUD employees also enjoy outstanding benefits which include the option of a zero cost medical plan (medical, dental and vision for all eligible dependents), short and long-term disability, Washington State Public Employee's Retirement System, Deferred Compensation (with company matching funds up to 5%), 11 holidays and initial personal leave accrual at 21 days per year. This is a five-year (full-time) limited assignment position.






Apply direct to our website at http://www.chelanpud.org/about-us/careers. Applicants are required to submit a combined cover letter and resume in one document. Your cover letter must describe your mechanical engineering education, and related experience performing mechanical equipment design, maintenance and troubleshooting in a hydroelectric plant (including gates, cranes, pumps, compressors, hydraulic equipment, etc.).





QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications listed below are representative of those required, but reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


Post-Secondary Education:                      

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering Technology from an accredited university, or the equivalent combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Based on vary levels of hire, an EI, EIT or, PE in the State of Washington strongly preferred (required for principal level).



At a minimum, level I candidates should have up to three years of relevant experience performing mechanical engineering design in a paid, volunteer or college environment. Level III candidates will have six years of progressively responsible experience performing mechanical engineering with a minimum of five (5) years engineering experience in power generation or similar industrial work. At the highest level (principal), the candidate will have 20 years’ experience with a minimum of 10 years in hydro power engineering and a technical specialty in one or more of the following: Turbine-Generator, HVAC, Fluid Mechanics, SolidWorks, Maintenance Engineering, or as a Generalist (machine design calculations, root cause analysis, system optimization or expert knowledge of systems/equipment).



Posted: 2020-11-04 Expires: 2020-12-04

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