Associate Project Engineer

ID 2024-4287
Position Type
Full-Time Regular
Workplace Type

About Us

Potelco, Inc., a subsidiary of Quanta Services, Inc. (NYSE: PWR), was founded in 1965. We specialize in engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services, which include designing, estimating, material acquisition, project management, construction, emergency power restoration, system maintenance, and similar services. Our expertise is in power, transmission, distribution, and substation projects. We are a leading full-service provider of power infrastructure, construction, and support services in utility and energy contracting throughout the Pacific Northwest and neighboring states.


We are proud to be working with some of the region’s largest energy companies as we continue to modernize their electric systems, move towards de-carbonization, and maintain thousands of miles of overhead and underground lines serving millions of residential and commercial customers. We uphold high safety, productivity, and reliability standards as we work with our customers to provide both current and strategic, forward-thinking energy infrastructure, delivery, and solutions.

About this Role

If you enjoy working with a great group of professionals, are accurate, thrive in a fast-paced environment, and enjoy using your engineering and organizational skills, then we have a role for you! Potelco, Inc. seeks a great Associate Project Engineer to join the team at our office in Tigard, OR and working both in office and in the field.


The Associate Project Engineer is responsible for utility engineering in distribution and transmission teams. This role incorporates utilization of various drafting and design programs (PLS-CADD/AutoCAD) to ensure that work product deliverable meets client standards and specifications.  This position is intended as an introductory position working in the utility engineering industry.


The pay for this role is  $30.00 - $38.00/hour, depending on experience.

What You'll Do

  • Provides electric utility engineering for operation and maintenance projects. This includes interpretation and development of distribution designs congruent with utility standards.
  • CAD analysis on existing or new transmission structures in relation to scope of work. Using CAD to analyze structural integrity of new or existing structures. Using standards and best practices to maintain clearances from existing structures.
  • Calculates and drafts designs, which include an understanding of voltage regulation, electrical load calculations, system protection, and fuse coordination for distribution systems.
  • Provides cost estimates and updates budget for new and existing projects.
  • Manages the project life cycle using work order management systems.
  • Provides assistance to the utility engineering team by performing field visits to gather information, as required.
  • Administrative functions and other tasks as needed.

What You'll Bring

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree (BS, BA) in Engineering, Construction Management or related field from accredited educational institution OR 2-3 years related experience and/or training in lieu of education or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals and information, journals, technical procedures, and data.
  • Ability to write business correspondence and communicate effectively.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from other managers, clients, customers, and local permitting agencies.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts, such as those commonly found in business transactions.
  • Ability to create and explain financial models and forecasts.
  • Ability to apply basic algebra, geometry, and engineering principals.
  • Ability to solve complex problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with PLS-CADD or other CAD software

What You'll Get


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex (including gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and/or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability and protected veteran status. 


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