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Substation Project Manager


This is a Full-time position in Spokane, WA posted December 1, 2021.

About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services.

While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that.

We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists.

That’s why we believe diversity is our greatest strength.

HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world.

That ideas inspire positive change.

That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives.

And that small details yield important realizations.

Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward. 

The primary duties of a Substation Project Manager include executing and managing all aspects of substation engineering projects of all sizes and complexity, including scope and/or proposal development, project team development and assignment, project execution, project closeout, and quality control, schedule, and budget management.

Experience with distribution, transmission line, communication, and system projection and planning projects as well as public involvement, environmental permitting, and real estate acquisition would be an added benefit.

Duties also include engaging in business development activities to support existing and new clients in the region and may include growing a local team of engineers and technicians to support projects.

Specific duties of the Substation PM include:

  • Understanding and application of basic project management tools and techniques including the following: project life cycle, client goals and objectives, contract terms and project risk, work breakdown structures, project scope/schedule/budget, project initiation, project planning, financial management and controls, including earned value, internal/external communication, team management, change management, and project closeout.
  • Independently coordinates the work of engineers and the balance of the team throughout an entire project life cycle.
  • May also be responsible for overseeing non-engineering components of projects, including public involvement, environmental permitting, right of way acquisition, construction management, and other services.
  • Leads the QA/QC process on EPC projects and is committed to delivering world class quality.
  • Works independently and may direct, mentor, train, and/or supervise one or more transmission APMs, Project Engineers and/or junior design staff.
  • Performs client management, project management and/or technical support activities.
  • Represents HDR to support marketing and proposal development for new opportunities.
  • Some travel for business development and execution may be required.


  • BSEE required.
  • Professional Engineer (P.E.) license strongly preferred, PMP in lieu of PE.
  • 5+ years of substation design experience required.
  • 2+ years of substation PM experience required.
  • Strong client and project management skills are required.


At HDR, we know work isn’t only about who you work for; it’s also about what you do and how you do it.

Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other’s contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same.

We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way. 

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