Substation Engineering Manager - Kiewit Power Delivery


Portland, OR, US

Requisition ID: 170684 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Home District/Group: Kiewit Power Engineering 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: Power 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Kiewit has an immediate opening for a Substation Engineering Manager in our growing Kiewit Power Delivery district. You will be part of our rapidly growing engineering design team serving several major utilities and T&D clients while located out of Portland, OR.    

In this role you will have the opportunity to significantly impact the growth of the Kiewit Power Delivery team by growing, developing and managing Kiewit Engineering staff located in Portland.  Furthermore, you will also have the opportunity to support a variety of substation projects in both Engineering only and Engineer, Procure, Construct (EPC) projects for clients throughout the country. #LI-WJ1

District Overview

Kiewit Power Delivery is a full-service engineering and construction solutions provider operating across North America. Our experience and expertise span all aspects of the transmission and distribution market from high voltage overhead and underground transmission to distribution and automation design and construction capabilities. With these broad capabilities, we operate in the electric utility, renewable energy, industrial, and oil and gas markets.  As part of Kiewit, we are integrated with 135 years of construction and engineering experience that provides holistic solutions, differentiating our team from the rest of the industry.
Our rapidly growing power delivery business has opened new locations across North America to strengthen our market presence while executing work within the communities that we live. We have invested in industry leading design technology and platforms while also expanding our construction equipment fleet with the most advanced, and safest equipment on the market. We are committed to building upon our history as one of the safest companies to work for by equipping our craft with the best tooling and safety programs available.We are an innovative team that prides itself on continuous improvement and always delivering on our commitments to our clients and ourselves.  Our staff collaborates with Kiewit’s vast internal network of resources that span heavy civil and infrastructure, vertical and commercial buildings, mining, as well our oil and gas and power generation markets, to drive safe and cost-effective solutions that achieve client expectations and further Kiewit’s legacy of excellence.
On our team, you’ll have the opportunity to see more, touch more, and do more than you ever imagined. Working hard will not only bring you satisfaction from a job well done, but it will help propel your career forward faster than you might expect. Kiewit’s culture encourages training, developing your skills, and tailoring your experience and knowledge to allow you to take on projects that impact millions across North America. With top-notch health benefits, a wealth-building 401k plan, and unbeatable growth opportunities, by joining Kiewit, you’re ensuring a lifetime of success.


This position is based out of Portland, and typically requires up to 15% travel across North America. 


  • Manage performance of department resources by providing timely feedback, and promote personnel development by assisting each resource in career succession planning and goal development.
  • Facilitate quality management, quality process compliance and technical correctness on assigned projects, acting as Engineer of Record as needed.  
  • Grow, train and develop the Portland office engineering and design resources
  • Ensure project contract compliance and technical deliverable accuracy
  • Actively engage on projects ensuring resource needs are communicated and project schedules and budgets are maintained
  • Support estimating efforts with RFP reviews, proposal responses and engineering fee estimate development
  • Provide overall engineering/design technical leadership and expertise within the discipline.  
  • Establish key relationships with external firms or suppliers for on-call needs, as warranted.
  • Identify hiring needs/gaps and actively manage to fill open roles in collaboration with internal and external recruiting avenues.
  • Coordinate department staffing on/off projects and estimates of Portland based resources and coordinate overflow staffing needs and resourcing sharing with regional offices.


  • 10+ years of experience performing engineering related duties and/or management for substation projects.
  • P.E. license required
  • Knowledge of engineering and construction standards and processes including scheduling, contracts, coordinating and managing all disciplines
  • Ability to work independently with limited direction and oversight
  • Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) or Graduate degree in Engineering or related field from an ABET accredited university
  • Strong attention to detail; strong communication, interpersonal, leadership and team-building skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite (e.g. Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint).
  • Competitive - demonstrating the desire to win the project and grow the team through leadership and teamwork.
  • Must be able to communicate through emails and utilize electronic meeting requests.
  • Must be able to represent Kiewit manner to owners, contractors, vendors and any other contacts outside the Kiewit organization.
  • Ability to work in a growing, adaptive and multi-discipline team environment
  • Legally able to work within the United States for any length of time. Sponsorship will be considered in special circumstances

Other Requirements:
•    Regular, reliable attendance
•    Work productively and meet deadlines timely
•    Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment.
•    Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
•    Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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