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Electrical Instrumentation & Controls Engineer 

Non-Union Position; Up to 3 positions
Pipeline IS Gas Management; Portland, Oregon (US-OR)  

Hybrid schedule available for Oregon & Washington residents. 
Regular FT 
Posting # 4764  


About Us:


At NW Natural, we offer more than rewarding career opportunities and a vibrant, inclusive work culture. We invite you to join us in providing safe and reliable utility services and renewable energy to better the lives of the communities we serve. Our vision is to be the leader in service excellence, innovation and environmental stewardship for our customers, while building on our strengths as a trusted energy provider and environmental leader for our industry.  


In addition to environmental stewardship, We’re also deeply committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at NW Natural. Our DEI Council started 21 years ago, and today we continue to foster a culture where all employees can experience a sense of belonging, shared purpose and possibility.

The Role:


Leads, engineers, designs, tests and commissions field instrumentation, pipeline control systems, and telemetry in support of gas control operations. Works closely with pipeline engineering department, gas control, SCADA development team, and instrumentation technicians. Responsible for engineering, planning, organizing and implementing field SCADA instrumentation and telemetry and leads field commissioning of new and/or improved pipeline controls with cross department team members. 


IT&S Cultural Pillars 
Our Core Values are in everything we do, we expect everyone to embody the Information Technology & Services department’s four cultural pillars…


Accountability & Integrity 
We hold ourselves to a high standard and follow through on our commitments.  Our transparency, and ability to deliver on our promises make us a trusted and respected business partner.

Customer Focus 
We understand our customers’ needs and advocate for them.  Our relationship with our customers ensures the technical needs of the business are met.

Growth & Learning 
We embrace new technology and skills to better meet the company’s needs.  Our passion for new technology keeps us ahead of future opportunities for the business.

We relate with inclusion, kindness, curiosity, and humility.  Respect for differences leads to innovation and collaboration.

Day to Day:


  • Develops engineering studies, plans, specifications, calculations, evaluations, design documents, and performance assessments associated with the planning, design, licensing, construction, operation, and maintenance of company SCADA systems used for the monitoring and control of gas control operations.
  • Leads engineering design, testing and commissioning of field instrumentation and pipeline control systems.
  • Perform engineering tasks using established procedures, these include but are not limited to, field transducer and equipment selection, schematic design, system layout, cost estimation, permitting and system documentation.
  • Leads telemetry and SCADA project planning, scheduling and budgeting based upon project commissioning and start-up schedules.
  • Insure accuracy and reliability of instrumentation, SCADA, pipeline control and safety of systems.  
  • Generate system architecture and piping and instrumentation design and field network drawings.
  • Participates in architecture decisions affecting SCADA instrumentation and controls.
  • System testing and troubleshooting of instrumentation and control systems to resolve scheduled and unscheduled outages.
  • Work closely with company personnel to optimize instrumentation and pipeline control efficiency and reliability. 
  • Provide guidance and training assistance to field instrumentation technicians and SCADA HMI developers.
  • Establishes standardized field documentation, responsible for instrumentation design as-builts and provides engineering support services to field technicians.
  • Position requires frequent field site visits throughout the NW Natural operational region to lead on-site instrumentation engineering, design, and commissioning.
  • Position requires the ability and willingness to be available for on-call response, and off-hours site commissioning or upgrade activities.
  • Supports Company’s commitment to a culture of safe work practices.

Come on your first day with:


  • BS in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited college or university, with specialty in Telemetry Control Systems, Instrumentation or related field. P. E. license preferred for Level 3, required for Level 4.
  • Minimum of 7 years working experience in similar position required for Level 3.  Additional years of experience for Level 4.   
  • Strong Rockwell ControlLogix PLC programming, FactoryTalk, and PlantPAx experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to read and understand schematic diagrams, P&ID prints, blue prints and control systems loop diagrams.
  • Must have working knowledge of a wide variety of transducers and equipment related to control and instrumentation.
  • Proven ability to effectively lead and manage priorities while working with various types of people.
  • Self-motivated and self-directed with good communications and collaboration skills.
  • Demonstrated strong oral, written, and presentation skills, including the ability to explain complex technological concepts to a non-technical audience.
  • Proven ability to organize/prioritize workload effectively and manage conflicting priorities.
  • Must have the ability to take initiative and be assertive in a professional environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn very quickly and adapt to any situation that might arise.  
  • Proven ability to function in a highly cohesive team environment to achieve department goals and to act independently to accomplish responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with employees at all organizational levels, including the ability to work in partnership with departmental and process managers in a union environment.  
  • Skill in training key business partners on pipeline instrumentation and control system architecture. 
  • Requires travel within NWN service territory and frequent field work.
  • Requires evening and weekend work hours to accommodate resolution of system outages and scheduled maintenance.
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver's license and satisfactory driving record.  Must obtain a valid Oregon/Washington driver's license within 90 days if current valid license is from another state.   
  • Subject to random drug testing.


What we offer:

Health & Wellness –

  • Rich health insurance benefits with competitive employer contribution
  • Free access to an online wellness resources platform 


Work Life Balance -

  • Up to 23 Vacation Days 
  • 80 Hours of Sick Time 
  • 10 paid holidays and 3 floating holidays
  • Flexible work arrangements 
  • 3 weeks paid parental leave
  • Green Team / Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council / Safety Team / Women’s Network and many other Employee Resource Groups
  • 1500 sq foot exercise facility and secure bike room  


Financial -

  • Meaningful annual incentive bonus opportunity in addition to base salary
  • Competitive 401K company contribution and match 
  • 15% discount on NW Natural stock through Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Up to $5250 a year in tuition reimbursement  
  • Wellness incentive program  


Discounts -

  • 20% off natural gas service 
  • Up to 30% discount at NW Natural Appliance Center
  • TriMet Pass for all HQ employees
  • Generous discounts with Verizon & AT&T Wireless  


Base salary range: $104,250.00 - $148,550.00 (Level 3) or $116,750.00 - $166,400.00 (Level 4) per year, depending on qualifications

Annual Target Incentive: Level 3, 12.0% target

                                           Level 4, 12.0% target
Targets are calculated using eligible earnings during plan year participation. Payout, if earned, is based on company and individual performance for each plan year and may range from 0% – 200% of target. Targets are subject to change in subsequent plan years. Must be employed by September 30 in order to receive any prorated payout.    


Application Process: To be considered for this position, submit a complete electronic application including cover letter and resume via our website.


Deadline: 4/24/2024


Disclosure: We are a drug free workplace and we comply with Federal Drug Free Workplace Act and Department of Transportation regulations. 


All applications must be submitted through NW Natural’s Electronic Application System. Resumes submitted via email, fax or mail will not be accepted in lieu of an electronic application.


NW Natural is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and embrace our candidates’ diversity and take affirmative action to employ and advance individuals without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions), national origin, marital status, genetic information, and all other legally protected characteristics. We forbid discrimination and harassment in the workplace based on any protected status or characteristic. A criminal history is not an automatic bar to employment with NW Natural. Instead, we make individualized assessments regarding qualifications and backgrounds. NW Natural is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation as part of the application process, please contact us at or  (971) 979-6341.


NW Natural does not accept unsolicited submissions or assistance from search firms for posted positions. Resumes submitted by search firms working under a valid and current written contract with NW Natural valid written Statement of Work in place for this position from NW Natural HR/Employment will be deemed the sole property of NW Natural. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by NW Natural as a result of the referral or through other means.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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