Rodney Gunther, P.E.

Principal Engineering Consultant (Electrical)

Rod Gunther specializes in designing and troubleshooting electronic aspects of powerhouses and associated ancillary components. He has expertise in problem solving the unique issues associated with large rotating equipment. Rod’s work experience includes 29 years in the Renewables Department of PacifiCorp working with hydro, wind, and solar generation of electricity. Rod understands the challenges associated with successful integration of new equipment into the generating base.


Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University

Professional Engineer, Oregon


Why did you choose your present profession? 

When I was about four years old, I watched my mother using the sewing machine and observed how she lifted the presser foot and deftly cut the threads attached to the machine. I imitated that move and took the scissors to the electric cord:  big tears, and a bigger surprise because I found an electrifying profession!

Do you have a professional achievement of which you are proudest?

It is a little-known fact that I have an electrical substation named after me: The Rod Gunther Memorial Substation in Ariel, Washington. This was a truly gratifying project, although I said many times that “this project is killing me” (which is why it’s called a “memorial” substation).

What was your favorite TV show when you were growing up?

My favorite TV show was The Three Stooges.

What is your favorite thing about Kleinschmidt? 

I am so touched by the inclusiveness of our company

Name the most famous person you’ve had a face-to-face encounter with:

I met Governor John Kitzhaber on the Orcas Island Ferry after he served two terms as governor of Oregon