New Hires

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​Welcome to Energy Northwest

Congratulations on your new position! We are excited that you have chosen to join the Energy Northwest team and hope that you will enjoy a long and rewarding career here.

This section is designed to provide you with information to help you prepare and acclimate into your new position. We have provided links to important and helpful information for you as you prepare for the transition.

Please read all the information carefully and contact your Human Resources Generalist if you have any questions or concerns. We want to do everything possible to ensure that you have a welcoming and positive new hire experience.

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 Preparing for Your First Day


​Prior to your arrival, you will receive a “welcome” email that contains important information regarding your first day schedule and contacts. Please be sure to bring this information with you on your first day so you can call your contacts once you receive your badge. This email will also include training manual(s) that will help prepare you for the required computer-based training.

The rest of the sections below will provide you with additional information and the required documents you need to bring with you on your first day. Please click on all the links to the documents and follow the instructions thoroughly.


 Required Personal History Questionnaire Form


Personal history questionnaire

IMPORTANT! Depending on the type of badge required for your position, you may need to complete a Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ).  If this form is required for your position, our Access Authorization department will be contacting you directly via email within 1-2 weeks prior to your hire date. Please follow the instructions carefully. It is critical that this form is completed prior to your arrival as it could delay the receiving of your badge.


 Required New Hire Forms


​On your first day, you will attend Onboarding where you will turn in the required completed new hire forms (see below links). You will also meet with our Benefits representative who will go over employee benefits and answer any questions you may have.

REMINDER: Please follow instructions and complete all required forms as much as possible and bring them with you on your first day.   

Important supporting documentation to bring with you on your first day for the Direct Deposit and I-9 forms

Direct Deposit of your paycheck is required.  You will have the choice to have your paycheck directly deposited into your checking or savings account (you have to be on the account in order to use direct deposit).

Please bring the following documentation along with the above Authorization Form for Direct Deposit on your first day to avoid a delay in issuing your paycheck:

  • Bring voided check OR
  • Letter from the bank on the bank's letterhead showing routing and account number.  Direct Deposit slips are NOT accepted.

Please note that you may change your account choice at any time in the future by completing another form and providing it to Payroll.

Documentation for your eligibility to work in the US

Please review the list of acceptable documents. Please bring either one item from List A, OR one item each from List B and C.

Due to regulatory requirements, we can only accept an original Social Security Card (not laminated).  If your card is laminated, please bring a different form of identification from List C or request a new Social Security Card and bring in the notice you receive from the Social Security Administration stating a new card has been requested.

We use the Federal E-Verify system which requires the I-9 information to be entered into their system within the first three days of hire. Therefore, it is very important that the required documents are brought with you on your first day.


 Required Employee Benefits Forms



Temporary ​Employee benefits information


Temporary employees may be eligible for Pension, Medical Insurance &/or accrued personal time.  Please review the 2018 Temporary Employee Benefits Summary for more details about the programs and eligibility requirements.  


Regular ​Employee benefits information


Please review the 2018 Benefits Summary Booklet which provides an overview of our benefit options and the cost structure. For your convenience, near the bottom of this page, we have also provided medical, dental and vision comparison sheets that will assist you with your decisions.


Please review and complete these forms as much as possible. Then, bring them with you on your first day. A Benefits representative will meet with you to provide more information and to answer any questions you may have about your benefit selections.


Public employees retirement system forms


Energy Northwest employees are required to participate in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) pension plan ( Please review the PERS Choice Booklet for detailed information regarding the two available plans, PERS 2 and PERS 3. You are allowed up to 90 days to choose your pension plan. A Benefits representative will meet with you to provide more information and to answer any questions you may have.


Required on first day:


Required within 90 days of hire:


 Computer-Based Training Manuals for Required Training


​Computer-based training manuals

During your first week of employment, you will participate in computer-based training which you will need to pass in order to receive a badge. To help prepare you for this training, we will send you the appropriate manual(s) in your "Welcome" email that will be sent to you within two weeks of your start date.   

Please note that we will be providing these manuals to you prior to the start of employment as an introduction to nuclear-related training. You are not expected to memorize all of the information in these manuals. You will go through several training modules and then will be tested on your knowledge. You will have three (3) chances to pass. You must pass successfully (80%) in order to obtain a badge. Employment with Energy Northwest is dependent on successfully obtaining the type of badge for the specific position for which you were hired for.


 Arrival Instructions


​When you arrive at Energy Northwest on your first day and until you receive your badge, security will need to complete a vehicle security search at the check point in order for you to enter the site. Please plan for approximately 10 to 15 minutes for this process. All you need to do is pull into the far right lane and Security will come to you.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: As part of Energy Northwest's security, visitor's vehicles are searched at the Security Access Point.  You will need to show them photo identification such as your Driver's License to confirm your identity. You will be asked to open the hood and trunk of your car.

PLEASE NOTE: Energy Northwest corporate and most other facilities are located in the vicinity of the Columbia Generating Station nuclear power plant. This is a high-security area with a security checkpoint when entering and leaving. The following items are prohibited in this area: explosives, incendiary devices, alcoholic beverages, marijuana, illegal drugs, controlled substances without prescription, firearms, ammunition, chemical agents, self-defense sprays (such as mace, pepper spray etc.), Tasers and other self-defense items. Violators are subject to criminal prosecution.

Please check your vehicle for any of these prohibited items BEFORE driving to Energy Northwest property.

After the security check is completed, continue on to the Deschutes Building by following the road and park anywhere you can find a spot. The Deschutes entrance is right under the building sign that says "Energy Northwest" (by the flagpole).

Please use the phone provided in the lobby to call your department contact to meet you at the door. If you are unable to reach the person you are calling, you may call the Human Resources general line at ext. 5840.

Driving Directions

From 1-182 West, take exit #4/Wellsian Way/Vantage onto Bypass Hwy (WA-240W) toward Vantage. Continue north on Stevens Drive/Route 4 for approximately 10 miles.

As you are driving north, you will see an Energy Northwest sign with arrows. Continue straight past this sign, following the arrow to Columbia Generating Station.

Keep going straight (about two miles) until you come to another Energy Northwest sign that says Columbia Generating Station. Take this right-hand turn.

Once you turn right, you will be on the main access road. You will see Columbia Generating Station and a security checkpoint directly ahead of you. Proceed to the far right lane at the security checkpoint.

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