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Aerotek Electrical Engineer in Vancouver, Washington

This Electrical Engineer performs quality assurance, failure analysis, and safety related testing of high voltage and high current equipment; sixty cycle voltage and current could be as high as 1100kV and 200kA respectively, as well as having the capability to apply impulse level up to 5.6MV. The position works with staff on project and acquisition testing needs, as well as, with utility or other customer partners and may provide guidance on contractual test requirements to vendors.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Design, document, recommend and execute approved test plans through the application of diversified knowledge of complex electrical engineering principles and practices to achieve stated objectives.

  • Provide subject matter expertise, explanations / recommendations and leadership in clearly defining test objectives through technical discussion with stakeholders, which may include internal or external contacts. This work may also include collaborating and communicating with stakeholders in advance of the project; providing a clear detailed report of the test procedure; responding to technical questions as project progresses; as well as, reporting and communicating testing results.

  • Provide creative instrumentations to achieve stated objectives, validating that technical tradeoffs have been considered, decisions conform to and or compliant with existing policies, standards and regulations and are within safety, time and budgetary constraints.

  • Prepare detailed laboratory reports on test results for the distributions to customers (test requesters), stakeholders, universities and technical communities. Examples (not an exhaustive list) of work include:

  • Grid (integrity tests & riser repair)

  • Bucket truck tests

  • Circuit breaker electrical tests

  • Power transformer diagnostic tests

  • Hot line tools test and evaluation

  • Surge suppression resistor failure analysis

  • Maintain knowledge of developments in scientific disciplines applicable to current and future testing applications, which may include extensive research of new testing methods and equipment; attending webinars, training and conferences of test related technology and methods; ongoing recommending potential test equipment acquisitions; developing test plans for the new equipment; and, drafting technical communications and reports.

  • Collaborate with university scientists, research groups, and other members of the scientific community on scientific and technical matters, as requested. Examples of this work include serving as a member of two grounding committees; collaborate with other federal agencies, such as the US Army Corp of Engineers, to perform failure analysis of surge suppression resistors and other similar tests or technical expertise.

  • Perform electrical tests on various types of equipment. Examples of equipment tested include, but are not limited to: Disconnect Switches, Transformer Bushings, Circuit Breakers, Transmission Line Hardware, Insulators, CT, PT, CVT, Tools, Live Line Bucket Truck, Portable Protective Grounds and Power Transformers.

  • The following are some of the common tests and applied test voltage and current levels:

  • 60Hz and 400Hz

  • Indoor up to 1,100kV (wet and dry)

  • Portable up to 750kV

  • Lightning Impulse (wet and dry)

  • Indoor up to 2.0MV

  • Outdoor up to 5.06MV

  • Switching Impulse (wet and dry)

  • Chopped-wave Impulse

  • High Voltage DC, Indoor up to 1MV

  • RIV, Visual Corona, and Partial Discharge

  • RIV testing per NEMA 107 up to 1MV

  • Bridge-type or single-ended partial discharge measurement up to 1MV

  • Visual Corona test using night vision

  • Measurements

  • Ratio Accuracy

  • Current Transformer and Voltage Transformer Ratio Accuracy Measurement

  • Diagnostic test on power transformers

  • Power Factor Diagnostic Testing (transformer insulation)

  • Swept Frequency Response Analysis (SFRA)

  • Grid Resistance (substation grid resistance to remote earth testing)

  • GIS (gas insulated substation conditioning, using mobile 550kV, 60Hz supply)

  • 3-phase measurement of voltage and current transients up to 550kV system


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical or Electronics Engineering from an ABET certified college is required.

  • Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering is highly preferred.

  • Without an applicable Master’s Degree, 5 years of electrical engineering experience is required

  • With an applicable Master’s Degree, 4 years of electrical engineering experience is required.

  • 4 years’ experience and knowledge of electrical engineering concepts, principals, and practices applicable to components and facilities found in solving power system testing.

  • 3 years of practical experience in applying non-traditional power system technology in solving power system testing challenges

  • 3 years of experience using and creating LabView virtual instruments (VI’s).

  • Must have solid knowledge of engineering concepts, principles, and practices applicable to components and facilities found on a regional transmission system.

  • Must be able to analyze, troubleshoot, and resolve un-expected electrical test results on power equipment and/or components.


  • 2 years’ experience in high voltage laboratory testing is highly preferred

  • 1 year experience using and creating LabView virtual instruments (VI’s) is highly preferred.

  • 1 year practical experience in applying non-traditional power system technology in solving power system testing challenges.

  • Experience in solving complex technical problems.

  • Excellent safety record working around high voltage environment is highly preferred

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, sufficient to develop and deliver briefings, status/staff reports, and correspondence to managers to foster understanding and acceptance of findings and recommendations and to represent the organization in contacts with external and internal clients.

About Aerotek:

We know that a company's success starts with its employees. We also know that an individual's success starts with the right career opportunity. As a Best of Staffing® Client and Talent leader, Aerotek's people-focused approach yields competitive advantage for our clients and rewarding careers for our contract employees. Since 1983, Aerotek has grown to become a leader in recruiting and staffing services. With more than 250 non-franchised offices, Aerotek's 8,000 internal employees serve more than 300,000 contract employees and 18,000 clients every year. Aerotek is an Allegis Group company, the global leader in talent solutions. Learn more at

The company is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applications without regards to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any characteristic protected by law.