Engineering Manager

  • City of Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Jan 03, 2019
Administration and Management Engineering Public Works
  • Salary: $120,016.00 - $153,920.00 Annually

Job Description

Position Description

Tacoma Power has an opportunity for a Civil Engineering leader with great communication and technical skills interested in collaborating on diverse and challenging engineering projects to join our dynamic, award winning Plant Engineering & Construction Services Team. This position is based in Tacoma, Washington and supports four hydroelectric projects and utility campus facilities.

The ideal candidate is a professional civil engineer with engineering management and project management experience. This person will support initiatives across a variety of programs in Tacoma Power with a primary focus on fisheries projects including initiatives associated with fish passage, aquaculture facilities, hydraulic structures, habitat improvement, and engineering and construction of other non-fisheries projects.This position will also be responsible for supervising up to three engineers/project managers, and one of those direct reports also managing a group of technicians.

Plant Engineering & Construction Services supports the generation and delivery of electricity to Tacoma Power customers by providing expert engineering, project management and support services to internal and external stakeholders. PE&CS values each customer we serve. With dedicated and passionate employees, we keep our dams safe and build interesting and diverse projects. The Generation department owns and operates many large assets including seven dams and associated reservoirs, eight powerhouses, four large campgrounds and other types recreation facilities, three fish hatcheries, upstream and downstream migratory fish infrastructure, over 250 buildings, just to name the largest. As such, management of these assets along with construction of new assets is an important role fulfilled by the team in PC&ES.

Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.

Tacoma Power's Plant Engineering and Construction Services team (which is a branch of the Generation Section) is led by Terry Ryan (Asst. Section Manager).The foundation of this team's culture is customer service and the team's primary objective is to keep the seven (7) dams owned by Tacoma Power safe while supporting construction of projects.


  • 8+ years of total experience in engineering;
  • 2+ years of project management experience;
  • 3+ years providing work direction;
  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited university, Master's degree is preferred;
  • Professional Engineering license in WA required or ability to obtain by comity;
  • Fisheries experience desired.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
One of the primary goals of the Equity and Empowerment Initiative is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Propelled by significant developments such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of theTheaFossWaterway, the expansions of both theMultiCareand Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the1990s.

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

A magnet for families looking for affordable housing options in the Puget Sound area, Tacoma also draws those who prefer to live in a more urban downtown setting with competitively priced condos and apartments that feature panoramic mountain and water views.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location - just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast - only adds to Tacoma's desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received for interview consideration.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous