Seattle City (spot)Light: Cassondra Dale, Assistant Electrical Engineer

The Basics

How long have you been at City Light? I will have been at City Light for four years this September. 

Division: Engineering and Technology Operations  

Tell us about your role. What does your job entail? I’m an assistant engineer in the Generation Electrical Engineering team. We do design work for capital projects as well as maintenance for the hydroelectric plants. Currently, a small team of my coworkers and I are working on an updated, new human machine interface (HMI) for our Cedar Falls plant and Cedar Falls upcoming switchyard. There’s a lot of moving parts and collaboration with the switchyard project, but I am in an excellent group of team players and hard workers. 

Background

Hometown: Claremont, N.H. 

Alma Mater: Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

Area of study: Electrical and computer engineering 

Tell us about your family: My family lives back in New England. My mother and father will celebrate their 41st wedding anniversary next month, and my older sister is recently engaged. I live here in Seattle with my adorable-yet-troublesome two-year-old dogs: Peanut, a black lab, and Pi, a French bulldog.  

Just for Fun:

What is your motto or personal mantra? “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” 

Which City Light value do you align most with and why? The City Light value I align with is Safe and Engaged Employees. With electrical design work, it’s crucial to take into account the safety of the end users. I also believe in treating each other with kindness and respect, which fosters a great relationship with teams during collaboration. 

What do you like most about your role? What I like most about my role is the opportunity to work with many other groups and individuals from the utility. It’s great to see how other disciplines work together to solve problems. 

What’s your favorite book and why? “Uncommon Grounds” by Mark Pendergrast is my current favorite read. It details the history of coffee and the way it impacts the world. I love reading about history, and I love coffee even more. 

What’s something that has made you smile recently? The recent sunshine!