Underground Distribution/Transmission Designer - Kiewit Power Delivery


Portland, OR, US Salt Lake City, UT, US

Requisition ID: 170701 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Home District/Group: Kiewit Power Engineering 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: Power 

Employment Type: Full Time 


Position Overview

We don’t just build power stations – we build futures! Our engineers take on some of the most diverse work in the industry; with the opportunity to touch a variety of projects and take on a myriad of responsibilities, you’ll see more and do more than you ever imagined.  Not only will you feel the satisfaction of a job well done, you’ll advance your career faster than you may expect. We work hard and play hard; while our expectations are high, we are never slow to reward. Our team is our family, and hard work never goes unnoticed. If you’re driven by change, love a challenge and want to have a hand in designing some of the biggest projects on the planet, we have a place for you.

District Overview

Kiewit Engineering Group, Inc is a full-service consulting and engineering firm serving the infrastructure and engineering markets. Our combined staff of more than 1,300 engineers and design professionals have expertise that spans all major engineering disciplines to serve transportation, power, water/wastewater, mining, building, and oil, gas & chemical markets. Backed by 130 years of construction experience, our construction-driven engineering focuses on constructability and safety in the earliest phases of projects to ensure on-time and on-budget project delivery.

Our rapidly growing Power district, which includes structural, civil, piping, mechanical, process, process safety, electrical, instrument and control disciplines, is a multi-faceted division of Kiewit with best-in-class technical expertise focused on the EPC delivery model for power facilities. We offer a variety of engineering services, including owner's engineering, project development, detailed engineering and design, construction management and plant services. 



This position is based out of Portland, OR or Salt Lake City, UT.


•    Coordinate with Client to collect and review customer information to determine impact on existing utilities and how to provide new electric service.
•    Review electrical plans to prepare utility load study submittals.
•    Identify potential conflicts with existing utility critical facilities.
•    Work with utility engineering department for load connection, system reliability, sectionalizing and protection coordination.
•    Work with utility construction department for facility verification and construction considerations.
•    Work with utility project management department to determine project responsibility of customer and utility work, approve design drawing per utility requirements and input material and labor data into utility costing system.
•    Create utility designs using AutoCAD or MicroStation.
•    Perform engineering design and prepare design deliverables for underground distribution lines including plan and profiles, trench and conduit design, cable and connector design, cable pole or overhead pole removal design, and material selection in compliance with safety, environmental and client standards and policies. 
•    Perform engineering calculations such as voltage drop/flicker and pulling tension calculations.
•    Prioritize work and manage engineering tasks for multiple projects under budget and time constraints.
•    Understand municipality requirements to submit for permits.
•    Coordinate with utility Planners and Applicant Design Checkers as needed.
•    Coordinate with clients for sequence of events throughout the life of the project.
•    Coordinate with traffic control for major road work.


•    Associate degree in Electrical Engineering/Technology from an accredited college or university required. Management may consider other education and work experience to be acceptable for appointment to this position.
•    5+ years of underground distribution engineering.
•    Working knowledge of utility design/engineering, construction and project management processes and requirements. 
•    Ability to read and interpret civil engineering drawings and landscape plans.
•    Demonstrated ability and/or experience with GIS systems and CADD systems.
•    Ability to handle contacts with clients and other agencies in connection with project design responsibilities.
•    Demonstrated leadership and technical capability to perform to job responsibilities.
•    Problem solving skills, mathematical and writing skills.
•    Microsoft suite (word, excel, outlook, etc.) fluent.
•    PLS-CADD capable preferred.


Working Conditions

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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