Control Systems Engineer (Level I - Lead) (Open until filled)

  • Job ID: 11619
  • Location: Wenatchee, WA
  • Full/Part Time: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular


Career Level Guide


Chelan County PUD is located in the geographical center of Washington State at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers.   A public power leader, the complex and progressive nature of PUD operations offer a unique mix of challenges and opportunities.

We rely on the mighty Columbia River for much of our hydropower generation and we're proud to take a leadership role in environmental stewardship as related to this great river system. Each year we dedicate millions of dollars and thousands of work hours to protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plant ecosystems. As part of hydropower operations, we've also built 14 parks that serve more than 3 million visitors each year.

Rated by Sunset Magazine as one of the top 20 Western DREAM TOWNS and by Forbes in 2017 as one of the top 25 places to retire, Wenatchee is a recreational paradise with an abundance of adventure. The natural scenic beauty of the Wenatchee Valley provides a vivid backdrop to its thriving economy, where the quality of life is high and the climate is moderate with four distinct seasons, including more than 200 days of sunshine!

We are a small town to some and big city to others. We invest in our children and believe that education is the key to our future success.

We live a life of abundant choices and enjoy water sports on the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers, hiking, biking, rock climbing and unlimited golfing. Downhill and cross-country skiing are just minutes away. The area is also known for producing quality wines.

Consider Chelan PUD as a career choice today! The community is waiting for you.

Chelan PUD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. M/F/Vet/Disabled


Applicants are required to submit a combined cover letter and resume in one document.  Your cover letter must summarize your directly related education and/or your experience working with SCADA Systems and/or your experience working with NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection standards.  Incomplete materials will not be considered.

To expedite the application process, combine your cover letter and resume into one PDF or WORD document before applying and upload electronically when requested in the online application process.

This position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED and applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. 


In addition to a competitive salary range (based on qualifications, skills and abilities), Chelan PUD employees also enjoy outstanding benefits which include the option of a zero cost medical plan (medical, dental and vision for all eligible dependents), short and long-term disability, Washington State Public Employee's Retirement System, Deferred Compensation (with company matching funds up to 5%), 11 holidays and initial personal leave accrual at 21 days per year. 

The position may be filled at varying levels, salary ranges are as follows (based on qualifications, skills, and abilities): Level I - $60,560 - $75,700; Level II - $74,880 - $93,600; Level III -  $86,160 - $107,700; Level IV-  $98,960 - $123,700; Lead -  $109,360 - $136,700.

Introductory Period: New employees holding regular positions must complete an introductory period of twelve months.


This position may be filled at varying levels, including lead control system engineer. Please see the Career Level Guide for specific job responsibilities (level I-Lead) and requirements of each level.

At varying levels, the Control System Engineer is responsible for the system architecture, engineering, security, and development of control systems for Chelan PUD (District) control networks (such as electrical transmission and distribution systems, power generation systems, water/waste water systems, fish hatchery systems, and other related networks). The incumbent may develop and implement standardized work processes and procedures, mentor junior level staff, assign work, and perform final work reviews in order to assure technical accuracy, safety, security and compliance. Lead and senior level incumbents may lead projects and create and maintain project plans; provide recommendations and input into short and long range plans involving changes or enhancements to control systems, system security, and technical compliance activities.

JOB FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job satisfactorily. Essential functions (EF) are those activities that, if not performed, would significantly and fundamentally alter the position.

# EF Job Functions
1. EF SCADA Perform work of varying levels on networked systems (transmission, distribution, generation, hatcheries, water/wastewater, security and compliance. Lead incumbents are responsible for system engineering, architecture, security, development and deployment of the District's SCADA control systems; lead systems engineering, architecture, security, development and deployment of systems policies; lead procedure design to maintain regulatory compliance with CIP, WECC, NERC, and FERC standards. Develop and maintain standard work instruction and procedures for other control engineers or users of the control systems designed to minimize safety related issues caused by human error, and to improve consistency and efficiency of work performed. Provide ongoing training and mentoring to users and technical staff. Provide ongoing work activity status reports and updates to management.

2. EF CYBER SECURITY Perform work of varying levels on networked systems to define and develop secure architecture and solutions for projects involving cyber security. Lead incumbents are responsible for SCADA and compliance projects that require extensive understanding of control systems and wide degree of creativity. Provide direction to District project teams. Create and maintain detailed project tasks and plans for changes or enhancements to critical systems or processes.

3. EF RELIABILITY COMPLIANCE Perform work of varying levels to create and maintain program documentation and applicable processes in order to meet NERC CIP requirements. Lead incumbents conduct research, perform feasibility studies, and provide technical and/or policy or procedure recommendations to management. Contribute to short and long range business plans and policies related to control system operations, security, or regulatory compliance. May also independently design, develop and/or implement complex technical solutions and initiate enhancements to hardware, programs and displays to ensure optimum system performance, as needed. Represent the District at various industry meetings and/or committees including NERC, FERC, WECC, NWPP and Mid-C.

4. EF PROJECT MANAGEMENT Perform work of varying levels which may include leading project teams, consultants, contractors, legal, procurement and others.

5. EF Ongoing Adhere to policies and procedures to maintain compliance with the regulatory mandates including CIP, WECC, NERC and FERC.

6. EF Ongoing Drive a motorized vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the District.

7. EF Ongoing Maintain regular and predictable attendance. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required. Comply with District policies. Complete all required training. Maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position, and those in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC).

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications listed below are representative of those required, but reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Post-Secondary Education:
Bachelor's degree (B. S., B. A.) in Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering or Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a closely related technical field from a college or university; or equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master's Degree is preferred for senior or lead level incumbents.

The position will be filled at varying levels; although no experience is required for level I, the best applicants will have some experience with control system engineering. Senior and lead incumbents require at least eight (8) years related experience, including examples of implementation of reliability compliance standards, and/or system architecture design.
Please reference the CSE level guide for detailed information on knowledge, skills and abilities. At a minimum, applicants are required to have reasoning, analytical and problem solving skills, ability to communicate logically and clearly, both orally and in writing, and computer programming in one (1) or more object-oriented or script language.
Language Skills:
Must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.

Computers & Equipment: A fully skilled incumbent will have the ability to utilize the following software, hardware, or equipment:

To perform this job successfully, an individual is required to have advanced/expert knowledge of Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Word; Maximo Asset Management; Monarch; Intellution; PI Historian software; Compliance tools; Microsoft Windows server and workstation operating systems; Network equipment operating systems; Microsoft Active Directory; SQL Server; Visual Studio; Visio; Enterprise Security Management software; Servers; Telecommunication software; PLC, RTU, Meter, and IED hardware; C-family and scripting (PowerShell and Unix Shell) programming languages; General Office Equipment and peripherals.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; perform repetitive hand or arm motion; and talk, hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; stoop, and kneel, crouch, crawl or twist torso. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level is usually moderate.



A valid driver's license is required for this position (verified upon hire).  A valid Washington State driver's license is required within 30 days of employment.


Pursuant to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards, Chelan County Public Utility District #1 conducts background screening of personnel who have access to the District's critical physical and/or cyber assets.


The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility. This should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.


Chelan PUD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer (EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled). We value diversity at all levels of the organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any protected classifications as defined by law.

EEO Law Posters can be found on the main Careers page in English and Spanish. 

Chelan PUD will not be offering any work visa sponsorship for this role.

Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-I.35(c)