Dam Safety Engineer

PacifiCorp Published: 2/8/2018
Portland, OR
Job Type
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General Purpose

PacifiCorp is seeking a civil engineer to join our dam safety team which is becoming regionally known as a leader in the dam safety field. In dam safety you will have the opportunity to not only stretch your current engineering knowledge into multiple facets of civil engineering but also regularly interact with national experts on those disciplines. In addition, your work will take you into the remote and scenic areas of our hydroelectric projects in six different states.

PacifiCorp also offers a full benefits package, generous paid time off, flexible scheduling (after six months of employment), and participation in the employee Annual Incentive Plan which for this position can be up to 12% of the salary advertised.

Our ideal candidate will have three to five years of relevant experience and either recently obtained their engineering license or plans to obtain their license soon. So if you are looking to change into an exciting and ever evolving field, have an inquisitive nature, a desire for continuous learning, and are an excellent communicator, please consider applying.


  • 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 hydroelectric projects located in seven western states. This position will have significant involvement in dam safety activities.
  • Perform field inspections on assigned hydroelectric projects.  Hydroelectric projects are generally located in remote areas with rugged unimproved terrain.
  • Communicate in writing and verbally, technical information to regulatory agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  • Determine methods and techniques for obtaining results.
  • Guide and direct associate level engineers, technicians and drafters.
  • Recommend alternative solutions to management in area of specialty on engineering solutions to meet business needs.
  • Deliver on commitments and manage outside engineering services to accomplish the assigned work.
  • Analyze and design engineering methods.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or a related field.
  • A minimum of two years of directly related experience in engineering related field.
  • Knowledge and application of principles in area of engineering specialty.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills involving the ability to work cross-functionally to understand requirements, present alternatives, and recommendations.
  • Ability to perform effectively in high-pressure situations while maintaining focus and calmness.
  • Ability to provide timely assessments with limited information and/or assumptions.
  • Proficient with the use of personal computers and automated tools.
  • Possess a valid drivers license and be able to drive in accordance with Company policies.


  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or related field.
  • Heavy civil infrastructure, hydrology/hydraulic engineering, or other related experience
  • Professional engineer license or ability to achieve within 24 months of start..


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

Additional Information

Primary Location: Portland

Department: 00001027 Pacific Power

Schedule: No Selection

Personnel Subarea: Exempt

Hiring Range: 71,200-91,500

Annual Incentive Plan: Up to 12% of annual salary


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

At PacifiCorp, we encourage everyone to work together. We embrace diversity and value the distinct perspectives of all our employees. We strive to cultivate a workplace that connects each employee to the organization and enables all individuals to participate and contribute to their full potential.

It is PacifiCorp's policy to provide and promote equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants in accordance with local, state and federal laws and regulations governing personnel activities. In accordance with federal guidelines, PacifiCorp is committed to a program of affirmative action. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and drug screening.