Controls Engineer – G & P (3 year temporary) – Avista

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Explore endless possibilities at Avista
What do you want to be? At Avista, you’ll find opportunity around every corner. No matter what your area of expertise, we offer you the chance to enrich your career through challenging and meaningful work assignments, ongoing training and development—and all in a supportive environment. Our success lies in hiring talented people and setting them free to pursue great ideas—ideas that engage the imagination, stretch us all and ensure that Avista continues to provide exemplary and cost-effective service to our customers.

Responsibilities and/or Key Result Areas
Designs control, monitoring, and protection systems for Avista’s generating units and their auxiliaries. Provides guidance to other design staff on control and monitoring systems for all systems within the generating stations. Provides programming and settings for turbine generator mechanical protections and equipment limiters. Coordinates these settings with electrical protecting relays and other protection devices. Develops and tests programs for programmable controllers. Prepares project block diagrams, network topologies and control system layouts for other design engineers and checks returned detailed drawings for accuracy and completeness. Provides field engineering support while construction is in progress, and operating procedures when the project is complete.

To apply, and for more information, please: visit the Avista position posting.

Call for 2014 IEEE Spokane Executive Committee Nominations

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The Spokane section is now accepting nominations for the 2014 executive committee. All current IEEE members of the section are welcome to make nominations, this includes self-nominations. The positions to be nominated for are:

  • Section Chair
  • Section Vice Chair
  • Section Treasurer
  • Section Secretary

If you have any questions or if you or someone you know would be interested then please complete the form found here.

Health Information Exchanges – Matt Simpson (Ready Ready Computing)

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One of the most significant applications of healthcare information technology is the exchange of health information among disparate clinical information systems. Around the world, various communities are developing methods for exchanging health information among healthcare providers, patients, and other authorized parties. Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is a standards profiling organization that has developed a collection of profiles which can be leveraged by healthcare communities to provide a standards based, interoperable approach to community and cross-community health information sharing. This presentation will provide an overview of a collection of IHE profiles and how they enable communities to coordinate patient care and share information.

Matt Simpson is a solution architect for Ready Computing and has worked in the Health IT industry for 12 years. Matt has consulted with many different kinds of healthcare organizations around the country to solve their information exchange needs. Most recently Matt has been focused on building and implementing community health information sharing solutions in the state of New York, utilizing the standards and technologies specified in the IHE profiles for health information exchange. Matt has a Master of Science in Health Informatics degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Date: Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Luigi’s Italian Restaurant
Amenities: Food and Drinks for Purchase

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National Electrical Safety Code ® (NESC) Seminar

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Applying the NESC to Day-to-Day Utility Work  – The What

This NESC® seminar is a two-day class focusing on the rules in the National Electrical Safety Code® (NESC®). The class will provide a general overview of each part of the NESC® (Day 1). Applying the Code to day-to-day work will be stressed by focusing on practical NESC® examples and applications (Day 2). The class is intended for engineers, staking technicians, power linemen, communications linemen, safety personnel and inspectors. Prior working knowledge of the NESC® is not required. The class includes ample time for questions and attendees are encouraged to share their NESC® applications with the class. The presentation is rich in graphics.



David J Marne will be the speaker – The who

David J. Marne, P.E. is a registered professional electrical engineer. Mr. Marne is the author of McGraw-Hill’s National Electrical Safety Code® (NESC®) Handbook and is a nationally recognized speaker on the NESC®. He serves on NESC® Subcommittee 4, Overhead Lines – Clearances. He is company president and senior electrical engineer for Marne and Associates, Inc. in Missoula, Montana where he specializes in National Electrical Safety Code® (NESC®) training, OSHA training, engineering design training, and expert witness services related to the NESC®, OSHA, and CA GO95.

Mr. Marne has over 28 years of experience in the utility industry engineering and managing transmission and distribution line projects, substation projects, electrical system planning studies, joint use (power and communication) projects, and providing training and expert witness services.



Holiday Inn Spokane Airport - The Where

The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Spokane Airport.

1616 South Windsor Drive
Spokane,  Washington
United States

December 4-5 – The When

The seminar will be held on December 4th-5th and at 8: 30 am each day and ending at 4:15pm.




The seminar will have the following cost structure with an early bird ending November 20th.

IEEE Member

Early Bird – $575
After Nov 20th – $625

Non-IEEE Member

Early Bird – $650
After Nov 20th - $700


2014 IEEE Region 6 Award Nominations

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The 2014 IEEE Region 6 Awards are now accepting nominations at the section level. The Spokane Section will be accepting nominations for awards through Nov 16, 2013. Any active Spokane IEEE member is welcome and encouraged to send in nominations. The awards are:

  • Outstanding Engineer
  • Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service
  • Outstanding Large Section (501+ Active IEEE Members)
  • Outstanding Small Section (<501 Active IEEE Members)
  • Outstanding Large Student Branch (26+ Active IEEE Members)
  • Outstanding Small Student Branch (<26 Active IEEE Members)
  • Outstanding Educator
  • Outstanding Chapter
  • Outstanding Engineering Manager

Please download the nomination form here.

IEEE Spokane 100th Anniversary Reception

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Please join us for a Celebration of 100 years of IEEE Spokane Chapter history, sponsored by the state’s newest engineering school, the EWU School of Computing and Engineering Sciences. The celebration will feature foods, beverages and historic exhibits in a party atmosphere, in honor of the 100 years since the founding of the Spokane IEEE Chapter by John B Fisken in 1913.

Date: Thursday, Nov 21st, 2013
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Computer and Engineering Building (CEB) Eastern Washington University, Cheney Campus
Amenities: Food and Beverages

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Celebrate IEEE Day With the Spokane Section

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IEEE Day 2013 is the 4th time in history when engineers worldwide will celebrate the anniversary of the first time IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884. In Spokane, we’ll be gathering at the NoLi Brewhouse, and IEEE will be providing appetizers!

In addition professional members who joined on IEEE Day will receive a US $30 discount off of their 2014 IEEE membership for 2014 by entering promotion code IEEEDAY13.

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Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: NoLi Brewhouse – 1003 E Trent Ave
Amenities: Appetizers provided, Beverages for purchase

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IEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Workshop: Seattle

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IEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Workshop series is coming to Seattle 1-2 November 2013. The two-day intensive workshop will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton Seattle Airport. Receive two days of instruction, plus meals, for only US$139 for members* and US$189 for non-members when you register by 20 September. CEUs will be awarded for all workshops. Smart Tech Workshops offer parallel, all-day, and half-day track sessions that allow attendees to immerse themselves in a given technology. Below you will find the agenda and course description for each track.

See The Details of Smart Tech Workshop

Register now for IEEE Smart Tech Workshop in Seattle

Join IEEE now to save US$50 on your registration

As a special incentive for non-members, if you choose to wait and join IEEE on site at the workshop, you will receive a US$50 credit toward your first-year membership dues in lieu of the member discount on your registration fee.

Energy Storage & Self-Healing – Don Dumich (S&C Electric Company)

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Energy Storage & Self-Healing Unlock The Maximum Benefits of a Microgrid

The term microgrid has been attached to a wide variety of systems, and the definitions are numerous and confusing. This presentation will attempt to offer a universal definition and explain its components, advantages and the goals that the designers are trying to achieve. The paper will go a step further and demonstrate how energy storage and self-healing attributes are keys in maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of microgrids. This includes improved integration of renewable sources, frequency control, faster fault isolation, quicker service restoration, etc.

Don Dumich is a Commercial & Industrial Application Director for S&C Electric Company. He has worked in the electrical industry since 1973. After starting his career with the Power Systems division of Westinghouse, he has been with S&C since 1978. He has experience with domestic and international markets focusing primarily on utilities, major industrials, universities and hospitals, along with institutional and commercial customers.
He has experience developing and applying solutions at transmission and distribution voltage levels for overhead and underground switching and protection. In his current position, he has responsibility for the application of S&C products and services in government, commercial and industrial markets within the United States.

Mr. Dumich is a member of IEEE and has a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He also has a Master’s degree in Business from Central Michigan University.

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Luigi’s Italian Restaurant
Amenities: Food and Drinks for Purchase

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CL-7 Voltage Regulator Controls– Paulo Albuquerque (Cooper Power Systems )

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The Cooper Power Systems CL-7 Voltage Regulator Controls is designed in both the single and multi-phase versions. This reliable, easy-to-use and flexible device can readily integrate into an existing system, while providing monitoring communications, and voltage regulation of all three phases without requiring the expense of additional controls.

Paulo holds a B.S.E.E. in Power Systems from the California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, California. He has over 30 years of experience in a wide range of advanced and conventional power technologies. Mr. Albuquerque previously served as Supervisory Engineering Manager / District Engineer for the Utility and Industrial Segments. He has held the Westinghouse Electric Corporation position as Senior Project Engineer on field installation and commissioning of co-generation facilities, hydroelectric plants, transmission, and sub-transmission and distribution substations. Paulo is now the Senior Apparatus Engineer for the Western Region for Eaton’s Cooper Power Systems Business.

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Conley’s Restaurant
Amenities: Menu items for purchase

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