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WSP USA Assistant Vice President, Electrical Engineer - Power Generation in Seattle, Washington

This Opportunity

WSP is currently initiating a search for a Full-Time Assistant Vice President, Electrical Engineer in Power Generation for our Seattle office . The following locations will also be considered: Portland, OR. Be involved in projects with our NW Pacific Power and Energy Team and be a part of a part of a rapidly expanding group that provides trusted advisor and engineer of record services to clients in the energy sector throughout the western United States.

This position directly advances local and regional responses to Climate Change by supporting the owners and operators of clean hydro power and other renewable resources. The Candidate will work with a multi-discipline team to efficiently design facilities and systems to support power generation, control, and interconnection services for hydropower, biomass, and thermal power projects. The engineer will also assist the Estimating Team in preparation of estimates and project proposals. The engineer will work with generation owners and operators to advance the field and develop new technologies and solutions for energy generation, storage, and transmission systems. The engineer will serve a subject matter expert locally and globally on the design, operation, and maintenance of cutting-edge generation equipment. This a fantastic chance to work with a dynamic team, with access to a modern office, tools and software; while also traveling to job sites in our beautiful mountains and lush river valleys. You will be joining the premier engineering firm that is leading the field in hydropower, pumped storage hydro, solar and batteries, and wind generation in the West.

Your Impact

  • This position is accountable to provide the design activities in accordance with all applicable codes and standards, including all WSP’s policies and procedures, such as Safety, Environmental, Quality Assurance and Quality Control.

  • Delivery of accurate and thorough designs that will meet industry standards and specifications and meet good engineering practice with excellent constructability.

  • Conduct on-site inspections or desktop analysis to assess existing generation and interconnection systems and to identify and recommend appropriate changes and improvements to operations and/or systems.

  • Design of electrical generation facilities, specifically governor and exciter upgrades, and new turbine installations.

  • Prepare project specifications for material and equipment purchase and installation.

  • Review of internal and external designs for code compliance, good design practice and constructability.

  • Resolving site queries, attending site meetings, and performing site inspections during the construction phase of projects.

  • Maintaining complete project documentation with respect to generation system design and construction, including all completion packages, as-built requirements and return data information.

  • Making and maintaining appropriate commitments to project teams and coordinating design activities with multi-disciplined project team members.

  • Maintaining good working relationships with material suppliers, contractors, and any others that affect the quality, schedule, and cost of projects.

  • Maintaining good working relationships with internal groups that support projects.

  • Mentor staff to support their growth and professional development.

  • Discipline and Task Lead assignments.

  • Develop a client base for providing high level electrical engineering services including identifying additional business development opportunities.

  • Remain current in latest electrical engineering techniques and practices.

  • Remain current with regulatory agencies and other bodies with jurisdiction over electrical power generation facilities - including the Bonneville Power Administration, WECC, CAISO, etc..

  • Collaborates with professionals from a variety of disciplines, other engineers, planners, and hydropower authorities on Tribal, Federal, State, regional, and locally funded projects, as well as proposal and business development opportunities.

  • Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources, and conduct, and adhere to WSP’s Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures.

  • Perform additional responsibilities as required by business needs.

Who You Are

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, or closely related discipline.

  • 10+ years of relevant post education experience in engineering discipline and prior electrical design experience.

  • Engineer license required (Oregon, Washington, or Alaska are preferred).

  • Strong knowledge of modern electric power systems, generators, exciters, and governors; power system protection; and transmission & distribution systems.

  • Strong Knowledge of applicable industry standards including the National Electric Code (NEC), National --- Electric Safety Code (NESC), and IEEE. Ability to perform independently and in a team environment and maintain project ownership.

  • Highly proficient with technical writing, office automation, discipline-specific design software (i.e., CADD, - Aspen, ETAP, WIN IGS or CDEGS), study and modeling software (PSSE, PSLF for RMS powerflow studies and PSCAD for EMT studies), advanced technology, math principles, predictive models, spreadsheets, and other tools.

  • Experienced with providing critical review for documents and preparing technical deliverables and plans with a high degree of complexity.

  • Interpretation of relay documents and Protection & Control design drawings.

  • Strong understanding of SCADA design, IEC61850 and DNP3 protocols .

  • Strong self-leadership and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to interact with clients, regulators, project managers, and employees effectively, persuasively, and tactfully at all levels of the organization.

  • Works independently to provide guidance and leadership to mid-level to senior level team or project members, with strict adherence to QA/QC (may involve Inventor, AutoCADD electrical, Bluebeam Revue, and other software).

  • Well-developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills required to apply technical knowledge to reach conclusions from testing results, data collation, computations, statistical analysis and arriving at the most effective, economical, and logical solution.

  • Demonstrated effectiveness at coordinating and assertively directing subcontractors and others to consistently complete tasks safely and efficiently.

  • Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP’s health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies.

  • Must be flexible to a variety of schedules to meet business needs and able to prioritize responsibilities and quickly adapt to change in a pressure work environment.

  • Occasional travel may be required depending on project-specific requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, or closely related discipline.

  • Experience with hydro, solar, wind, biomass, and thermal projects.

  • 40-Hour OSHA Health & Safety Training (HAZWOPER) (29 CFR 1910.120) preferred.

  • Basic First Aid and Adult CPR training desired.

  • Candidate must undergo pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background investigation.

WSP Benefits:

WSP provides a comprehensive suite of benefits focused on a providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career. These benefits include coverage related to medical, dental, vision, disability, and life; retirement savings; paid sick leave; paid vacation (or other personal time); paid parental leave; and paid time off for purposes of bereavement, voting, and/or attendance at naturalization proceedings.


Expected Salary (all locations): $92,500 - $213,000

WSP USA is providing the compensation range that the company in good faith believes it might pay and offer for this position, based on the successful applicant’s education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities in addition to internal equity and specific geographic location. WSP USA reserves the right to ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and offer additional benefits and other compensation, depending on circumstances not related to an applicant’s sex or other status protected by local, state, and/or federal law.


About WSP

WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 15,000 employees in over 300 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.


WSP provides a flexible and agile workplace model while meeting client needs. Employees are also afforded a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be essential in meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?

WSP USA (and all of its U.S. companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status.

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.


WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or other staffing services. Unsolicited resumes include any resume or hiring document sent to WSP in the absence of a signed Service Agreement where WSP has expressly requested recruitment/staffing services specific to the position at hand. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers or other business leaders, will become the property of WSP and WSP will have the right to hire that candidate without reservation – no fee or other compensation will be owed or paid to the recruiter, employment agency, or other staffing service.