[Eecs-news-links] Career Opportunity with Portland General Electric's Power Supply Engineering

Batten, Tina tina.batten at oregonstate.edu
Wed Nov 27 11:51:14 PST 2013


If interested, please contact:  Ee.Xiong at pgn.com
Ee Xiong
Staffing Specialist
Portland General Electric
503-464-7279 (office)
503-464-7250 (receptionist)



Click here for the Position Description Organization Chart (PGE 766644)<http://pgeweb/hr_dept/HR_Landing/PDFs/PositionDescription/766644_ENABLED.pdf>.

Click here for the Guidelines for Completing Position Descriptions (PGE 695296)<http://pgeweb/hr_dept/HR_Landing/PDFs/PositionDescription/guidelines.pdf>


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POSITION DESCRIPTION


tITLE  Engineer I, Critical Infrastructure Protection



dEPARTMENT nAME  Power supply engineering services









department no.  551









dATE wRITTEN  SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 (HR approved 10/9/2013)




POSITION PURPOSE
This position will oversee operation and cyber security of power generation control system networks.  This position will be a key member of PGE's NERC critical infrastructure protection (CIP) compliance team.  The work consists of broad and complex assignments to maintain and improve the operation, reliability, security, and regulatory compliance of the Company's generating plants.


ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES (functions with percent of time spent performing function)
20%
- Assist in design and configuration of network and security infrastructure for power plant control systems
- Assist in planning, design, research and acquisition of new or upgraded hardware and software systems
- Ensure that engineered solutions to problems meet technical requirements, all applicable codes, regulatory requirements, and that they are cost effective, timely, and follow sound engineering practice.

30%
- Become the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for all power generation related NERC CIP standards
- Develop and implement processes and procedures to meet compliance with all applicable NERC CIP standards
- Act as Power Supply Engineering Services (PSES) interface with corporate IT department on issues of cyber security and network/LAN interfaces
- Assist PSES Compliance Analyst with CIP and other compliance work

40%
- Monitor network traffic to identify problems and security issues
- Maintain and update network security software and hardware as needed.
- Implement and test vendor security patches and other workarounds for security vulnerabilities
- Assist plant personnel and other control system engineers troubleshooting problems with network and security infrastructure, including routers, switches, firewalls, human machine interfaces (HMIs) and VPN, making corrective actions as required

10%
- Provide management with cost-effective and technically accurate alternative solutions to problems.
- Analyze and perform complex technical studies; prepare reports and provide data on complex technical matters to Company personnel and management.
- Ensure that high quality engineering consulting services are provided to internal and external clients.
- Develop a high level of engineering proficiency within the field of specialization.
- Provide field engineering support for construction of engineered solutions.

COMMUNICATIONS (description and reason for contacts)
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Develop strong ability to work with generating plant personnel; including managers, engineers, operators and maintenance personnel
- Customers, contractors, engineers, suppliers - to exchange technical information and resolve problems
- Other utilities' personnel - to share information and provide technical expertise
- Work with IT Security and FERC Compliance groups through written and verbal communications

CHALLENGES (complexity and diversity of actions)
- Manage and perform engineering on several projects at the same time.
- Collaborate with other groups to reach agreement on technical and compliance issues
- Analyze causes and recommend solutions to operational/maintenance problems
- Evaluate and resolve technically complex problems, e.g. broad problems, with numerous variables of uncertain relationship and magnitude
- Coordinate the work of engineers, technicians, and plant personnel working on same project

DECISIONS MADE (this position makes the following decisions)
- This is an entry level position. Most decisions made at this level are reviewed and approved by a more senior engineer.
- Recommends purchase of CIP hardware, software, and vendor services
- Recommends CIP strategies for plants and corporate interfaces
- Decides control system recovery strategies
- Selection of individual training
- Minor project management decisions to support larger projects and senior level engineers

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
- Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering (or Science) or other engineering discipline
- Documented ability to obtain professional engineering license after four years of experience.
- Develop knowledge of network systems and have or be able to obtain certification in networks such as Windows, Cisco, Linux, etc.
- Thorough knowledge of fundamental engineering/economic principles and concepts.
- Proficient human relations skills.
- Ability to develop detailed broad knowledge of power plant control systems such as Allen Bradley Contrologix and Emerson OVATION
- Ability to develop excellent analytical and problem-solving skills to review, evaluate, and analyze technical information, policies, and reports.
- Ability to develop proficient project management and leadership skills.
- Willingness to travel and temporarily work at various power plants and dam sites during betterment, construction or when giving technical assistance to operational personnel.
- Basic knowledge of microprocessor design, digital networking and network security.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL ABILITIES AND PROCESSES (what reasoning and decision-making activities are involved in performing job)
- Recommend procedural changes.
- Interpret design and routine operating policies, procedures, rules, and regulations
- Interpret NERC, NIST, and other industry regulatory information and apply to PGE
- Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle
- Ability to travel to PGE power generation facilities
- Ability to freely move around PGE power generation facilities
- Ability to travel nationally to attend industry meetings and events
- Must have a valid drivers' license with evidence of safe driving habits

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