Job #: 8484

Title: Engineering Technician 3

Specialty: Cost Estimator

Location: Vancouver

Application Due Date: 4/19/2018


ieSolutions is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). M/F/D/V. Security Clearance Requirement: Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. US Citizenship REQUIRED

Position Overview:

This full-time contract Engineering Technician 3 position is located within our client’s Transmission Asset Management program within the Transmission Asset Management Oversight and Program Support (TPW) organization. The position will provide cost estimates and other capital program support for client’s Capital expansion and sustain engineering and construction projects. This support includes coordinating process improvements, operational excellence efforts, creating and managing granular TPW activities and facilitation coordination between engineering staff, project manager, program (asset) managers and various planning and engineering organizations. This position is located in Vancouver, Washington.

Position Responsibilities include:

Note: all drafts, documents, materials and recommendations, as listed below, must be reviewed, finalized and approved / accepted by appropriate manager/ or other federal personnel with the authority to do so.

· Draft estimates for Capital projects for high voltage substation, line, communication, relay and control projects.

· Draft complex construction take off estimates for bundled high voltage transmission assets.

· Provide input in regards to the full spectrum of estimating needs for integration of cross organizational process improvement and requirements gathering for data driven solutions.

· Provide recommendations to the manager or other federal approving authority regarding:

o Initial components (resources and materials) for development of assemblies and compatible units for improved estimating

o Development of bases for new cost estimate “typicals” (order of magnitude/feasibility) for high voltage substation assets.

· Collaborate and coordinate with various design and/or planning engineers, program managers, project managers, commodity managers, environmental and land representatives, providing input in development of project scope and incorporating their feedback into estimates.

· Prepare detailed design, material and/or procurement specification for equipment, verifying that technical tradeoffs have been considered and that decisions conform to existing policies and standards and are within budgetary constraints.

· Provide planning support, coordinate plans of service with stakeholders and implement plans for assigned projects.

· Perform field research by traveling to remote sites throughout the client service area to collect physical data from transmission assets such as transmission lines, radio stations and substations; use data to factor into numerous estimates

· Prepare preliminary design layouts for estimating costs of High Voltage Substation, Line, and Communication & Control projects.

· Compile technical results in summary form such as tables, reports and graphics to support engineering staff

· Analyze actual vs. estimated costs of projects, monitoring market trends and update the estimating Catalog and “typical” estimates based on findings.

· Provide input and analysis of bids received for turnkey work to explain variances and provide feedback to estimating for improvement of overall work and catalog updates.

· Provide input and recommendations to TPW Management, Project Management teams and other asset management personnel in regards best practices on cost estimation techniques; facilitate training and knowledge sharing throughout TPW to verify consistent, comprehensive and accurate project cost estimates

· Support, develop and maintain databases related to engineering, scientific and administrative applications.

Position Requirements:


· Associates Degree in Engineering Technology, Construction Management, Computer/Information Technology or a directly-related technical field is desirable. (Associates degree in specified or directly-related field may substitute for 2 years related experience – see below).

· Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science or a directly-related technical field is preferred. (Bachelors degree in specified or directly-related field may substitute for 4 years related experience – see below).

· Required Experience: This is a Level 3 position - 10+ years directly-related engineering technician experience, sufficient to enable candidate to translate engineering requirements into design and material specifications and correlating cost estimates, is required without a degree. (6+ years with an applicable Bachelors Degree; 8+ years with an applicable Associate’s Degree).

· Proficiency in technical writing is required.

· Proficiency with MS Office Suite Tools including Outlook, Excel, Word and Microsoft Project is required (MS Office 2010 proficiency is required).

Technical Requirements:

· Prior electric utility work experience is strongly preferred.

· Knowledge of SCADA data / tools strongly preferred.

· Working knowledge of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) is strongly preferred.

· Experience applying engineering principles, techniques, and practices relating to High Voltage Substation, Line, and Communication and Control projects, sufficient to translate engineering requirements for client and customer facilities into conceptual designs and accompanying cost estimation is desirable

· Experience in the design and or construction of High Voltage Substations, Lines, or Communication, Relay and Control projects. Experience in multiple disciplines is highly preferred.

· Knowledge of system project requirements diagrams (PRD), control project diagrams, project authorization requests (PAR), estimate requests (ER), and engineering sketches is preferred

General Requirements:

· Ability to communicate orally and in writing sufficiently to disseminate technical information to individuals both inside and outside of the immediate organization.

· Ability to build and maintain positive and constructive working relationships with customers, coworkers, staff and others in an environment of conflicting/fluctuating priorities.

· Must be a good communicator with excellent people skills; highly engaged, responsive, proactive, and able to multi-task.

· Ability to participate and perform effectively in a project team environment and effectively manage multiple work assignments and changing priorities.

· Must be flexible, able to pay attention to detail, and work under pressure during periods of peak work volume.

· Ability to understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

· Ability to identify, develop and evaluate options for the solution of complex problems and implement solutions.

· Ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

· Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.

· Ensure proper identification of self as a contract worker in all communications, correspondence, etc.

Additional Requirements:

· The selected candidate will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) as a condition of the contract assignment.

· This position may be eligible for situational offsite work, subject to the completion of an Offsite Work Memorandum of Understanding.

· RSA token shall only be utilized when conducting work directly related to the API. Any other work is unauthorized. Contract worker is responsible for the safe-keeping of the issued RSA Token at all times. If the RSA Token is lost or compromised, immediately contact the COTR. All information associated with the work performed offsite must be maintained in the network environment. No client information shall be allowed to be transmitted, stored, and created, etc., on the contract worker’s personal devices. Contract personnel must follow all client and government-wide security, asset management, and cyber security policies and procedures.

· Offsite work may only be performed within the client service area unless approved by the Labor Management Office (client). Contract personnel must keep their employer informed of their work location at all times and must coordinate any changes with their employer and client before the change occurs

· Up to 5% travel for meetings and occasional visits to field sites is anticipated (PPE Required)

· Must possess a valid US Drivers License

· First Aid/AED/CPR Certification required within 30 days of assignment start. The worker/employer is responsible for obtaining current certification.

· Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Required:

o White Hard Hat.

  • ASTM F2413-11, Class 75EH rated footwear with over the ankle lace up and rigid sole and heel. Arc Flash-rated footwear requirements: The exterior of the boot must be made entirely of natural materials - all leather or a leather and rubber combination.

o Electrical and Arc Flash protective clothing and PPE as required by OSHA and consistent with client Safety and Health Policy for work on or near an energized facility (Infrequent user: estimated usage 1-2 days per month)

o Other appropriate/required PPE, as required by State or Federal OSHA for the work to be performed.

Client provided training (internal):

· OpEx Process Mapping

· Arc Flash Work Standards Training (2 hrs)

Note: Attendance at all conferences, workshops, training, etc. must be pre-approved by client. For any such events, requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis; approval is subject to the most current guidance provided by client or DOE and is subject to change. Client reserves the right to negotiate attendance on billable/non-billable hours and reimbursement of travel costs with the supplier. Reimbursable travel costs must adhere to the Federal Travel Regulations and be submitted via an expense sheet.