Power Engineer

  • City of Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto, California
  • Jul 01, 2020
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: $94,889.60 - $145,641.60 Annually USD

Job Description

Description

The Department
Palo Alto is the only city in California that offers a full array of utility services to its citizens and businesses. Because of this, the City has a unique opportunity to partner with the Palo Alto community to enjoy the benefits and achievements of reliable, home-grown, and environmentally-focused utilities. Palo Alto has a tradition of over 100 years of successful public utility operations. It is a tradition that continues to provide the Palo Alto community with safe and reliable utilities service, local decision-making over policies, utility rate-making, environmental programs, and customized services.

The Position
The City of Palo Alto Utilities' (CPAU) Electric Engineering team has an excellent opportunity for an Electrical Engineer with power systems experience. If you enjoy seeing the results of your work for years to come and want to be part of a mission to provide progressive, customer driven utility services to a vibrant community then this is the opportunity for you. You will work with an engineering team dedicated to providing safe, reliable, electric and fiber optic service to customers in the City of Palo Alto. A Power Engineer job with the City of Palo Alto will give you the opportunity to expand your job skills as you will be involved in all aspects of electric and fiber optic system design, construction, and operation (including projects to apply the latest technologies to the Electric utility systems); providing information directly to customers; and coordinating work with other City departments and outside Utility companies.
This position performs advanced electrical design on a wide range of utility projects of a complex nature and may serve in project manager capacity, as required. This position develops electrical engineering designs, specifications, and cost estimates; prepares written reports for electric utility maintenance and construction programs associated with various projects and facilities, works with the public and consultants providing direction and information on specific programs and projects, and works in a fast-paced collaborative, team-oriented office environment. This position is expected to perform these duties with minimal supervision and under the direction of a Senior Electrical Engineer.

Ideal Candidate
CPAU is looking for a responsible candidate who is interested in challenging opportunities and contributing to the vibrancy of our local community of customers through the valuable services that the Utilities Department strives to deliver. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others, able to perform independently with minimal supervision, but also work as an active team-member of a dynamic work group and take initiative to solve problems, knows when to ask for help and ready to help out a team member when needed.

We will also accept applications that meet the minimum qualifications of an Associate Power Engineer or an Assistant Power Engineer.

This position is part of the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU).

Essential Duties

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Prepares plans, specifications, and cost estimates for assigned projects requiring engineering capability in the electric utility.
  • Performs electrical engineering assignments for a wide range of activities.
  • Manages electric utility construction projects, taking responsibility for contract administration, schedule coordination, political liaison, public relations, inter-utility coordination, and quality control. Field decisions and supervision of any and all tests may be required to assure specified results.
  • Develops utilities' materials standards, equipment specifications, and operating procedures.
  • Assists in rate and cost-of-service studies as required and formulates recommendations for electric utilities' rates.
  • Performs load studies and prepares forecasts as required for utilities' system planning and budget preparation.
  • Provides guidance and work supervision to technicians as required by projects, as well as outside consultants on major projects.
  • Assists in the preparation of the utilities' annual budget, capital improvement programs, and quarterly financial and performance reports.
  • Works with and provides guidance for the utilities' customers in establishing utilities' service requirements and efficient usage.
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Minimum Qualifications

Power Engineer
Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities, which would typically be acquired through:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (with power option or equivalent experience). and
  • Four years increasingly responsible electric utility related engineering experience.
Note: Masters degree or registration as a professional engineer may be considered in lieu of one year's experience.

Special Requirements
  • Registration as a professional engineer in the State of California required to attain top salary step.
Associate Power Engineer
Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities, which would typically be acquired through:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (with power option or equivalent experience).
and
  • Two years electric utility engineering experience.
Special requirements:
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.
Assistant Power Engineer Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities, which would typically be acquired through:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (with power option or equivalent experience).
Special Requirements:
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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