Engineer I, II or Senior - Mechanical Project Engineer

Idaho Power Company
Boise, Idaho
Apr 04, 2024
Apr 08, 2024
Position Type
Alternative Fuels
Full Time
Organization Type
Corporate, Other Corporate
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Application Deadline:

04/08/2024 at 11:59 pm Mountain Time

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Pay Range:

$84,115.20 - $146,931.20

Minimum Age Requirement:

Job Description:

Idaho Power - headquartered in vibrant Boise, Idaho - is looking for a Mechanical Project Engineer to join our Planning, Engineering and Construction team.

It's an exciting time to work for Idaho Power. We're working toward our goal of providing 100% clean energy by 2045, and our work plays a critical role in our customers' lives and in communities we serve across Idaho and Oregon. In addition to the meaningful work we do, we offer work-life balance, competitive pay and benefits, an employee incentive plan, and both a 401k employer-match and a pension plan, making Idaho Power one of the best employers in the state.

This position is based at Idaho Power's downtown Boise location.

What does an Engineer do for us?

This Engineer will be responsible for engineering and project management for the Power Production Project Management team. The primary focus of this position is executing betterment projects that support the turbine and generator refurbishment program at Idaho Power's hydroelectric plants. This person will work within a team environment, under limited supervision. Responsibilities include:

Management of large, multi-year, capital projects including budget management and scheduling
Engineering and design support for projects managed
Construction management at our hydroelectric facilities
Executing and managing contracts with multiple suppliers including change orders, shipping arrangements, and payments
Evaluation and testing for equipment condition and performance
Develop cost and power estimates for new/proposed projects
Use engineering knowledge to develop component refurbishment and new equipment technical specifications
Manage resources, both internal and contracted, including: Engineers, Drafters, Electricians, and Mechanics.
Provide support for FERC licensing activities
Position will include extended field projects at power plants in our service territory

Engineer I
Operating under general supervision and with oversight, an Engineer I is developing technical expertise in their field. This role plans and leads assignments and projects, interfaces with internal departments and external organizations, and receives guidance from leaders and other engineers as needed.

Engineer II

Operating under limited supervision, an Engineer II has an intermediate level of technical expertise in their field. This role plans and leads moderately complex assignments and projects, interfaces with internal departments and external organizations, and receives high-level guidance from leaders and other engineers as needed.

Senior Engineer

Operating under minimal supervision and using independent initiative, Senior Engineers have comprehensive technical expertise in their field. This role plans and leads complex assignments and projects, interfaces with internal departments and external organizations, and mentors other engineers and engineering support staff as needed.


Knowledge of:

Engineering principles
Comprehensive, specific, and progressive knowledge related to mechanical engineering
Excellent knowledge of engineering principles as they apply to design and construction of projects including mechanical and electrical elements
Utilities and their business environment
Safety practices and OSHA requirements
Construction methods, materials, standards, and equipment
Power plant operations and maintenance
FEA/CFD and how to interpret results

Skills in:

Strong interdisciplinary skills
Effective oral and written communication
Use of computers and software related to position
Project scheduling software
AutoCAD/3D modeling
Contracting procedures
Testing and data acquisition
Developing and organizing methods of solving problems
Performing technical research to solve problems

Ability to:

Manage and coordinate projects
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other departments
Work both independently and on project teams
Develop alternatives and evaluate their value and potential for meeting company needs
Analyze large and/or complex datasets and databases
Prepare comprehensive written and oral reports of problems, alternatives, and recommendations
Manage and coordinate multiple complex projects to schedule and budget
Applying engineering knowledge to real life plant betterment and repair projects
Rapidly develop solutions to problems as they arise in the field
Break tasks into small components and ensure all details are included in the finished product
Read and understand engineering drawings and diagrams; gather, organize, and analyze engineering project data



Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution


Bachelor's in engineering from a non-ABET accredited institution and a P.E. license


Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering


Engineer I - 0-2 years related experience
Engineer II - 2 or more years of related experience
Senior Engineer - 6 years of related engineering experience OR 5 years of related engineering experience plus PE or advanced engineering degree, and 3 years in the area of expertise


Engineer I/II - Engineer in Training (EIT) designation
Senior Engineer - 3 years in the area of expertise and/or Professional Engineer (PE)
Previous experience in design, maintenance, or plant engineering of hydroelectric power plants
Previous experience refurbishing heavy equipment.
Project and/or construction management experience

Licenses & Certifications:

Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record based on driving requirements for the position


Professional Engineer (PE)
Note: PE licensure in the State of Idaho will be a requirement for long term advancement

This position has both office and field requirements. This position requires working at a desk/computer for extended periods of time. It requires the use of office equipment, fine motor skills including typing on the computer, dialing phones, filing paper, and working in close proximity to other people. It also requires walking on even/uneven surfaces and ascents/descents, up to 5 miles daily, while carrying 14-26 lbs. of equipment. Lifting of up to 36 lbs. and carrying up to 30 lbs., (up to 50 feet), is performed occasionally. Climbing of ladders/racks and work within elevated lifts (up to 40 feet high) with competency in use of safety equipment is required. Squatting, kneeling, crouching, crawling, and lying at ground level is performed to work within confined spaces of power plants/dams/generators, for extended intervals up to a full shift. Driving is required to perform work throughout the IPC territory, (3-7 hours). The above is a summary of the primary essential functions of the position. This job may require the performance of additional tasks assigned by company leaders or management. Questions regarding job requirements or accommodation requests should be directed to Human Resources.


Drive to various generation facilities as needed, with some overnight stays, occasionally multiple nights in a row. This position is based in Corporate Headquarters office in Boise with frequent travel to our generation facilities.
Occasionally work in proximity to hazardous areas, and therefore must have thorough familiarity and strict conformance with all state and federal safety rules as well as Idaho Power's safety procedures.
Must have adequate mobility to frequently climb multiple flights of stairs as well as the agility to crawl into and around complex machinery to access construction and maintenance sites and confined spaces.


Adaptability, Building Partnerships, Communication, Decision Making, Planning and Organizing, Work Standards

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Idaho Power is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We're proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, marital status, and any other status protected by applicable federal and state laws.

Please note: Idaho Power will not provide sponsorship for obtaining an employment visa, such as an H-1B visa.