Principal Distribution Design Engineer

Company Name: Sacramento Municipal Utility District
City: Sacramento
State/Provence: California
Zip: 95817
Job Title: Principal Distribution Design Engineer
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Engineering
Posting Start Date: June 14, 2018
Salary: $125,709 - $161,667
Salary Per: Per Year
Work Time Type: Hours


To direct and lead projects of a significant and complex nature where an expert level of technical knowledge and expertise is required to design distribution and sub-transmission facilities including the development of design standards, equipment specifications, work methods and procedures, training programs, and the development and revision of District policy, rules, regulations and programs to ensure compliance with District and all other relevant safety and engineering codes, laws and regulations.

This posting may close without notice after Friday, May 11, 2018.

Major Duties & Responsibilities 

The functions/duties performed by the Principal Distribution Design Engineer, work may include, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Directs and leads utility system distribution projects of a very large, complex, difficult, standard or non-standard nature, by planning, directing, coordinating, and overseeing project design, analysis, study, construction and equipment installation; by directing, preparing, and/or overseeing the preparation of, design standards, layout and construction drawings, equipment specifications, and design procedures; by preparing, or directing, overseeing and reporting the results of, system expansion studies, and other power system studies, analyses and calculations; and by reviewing and/or developing project schedules and budgets. To address and resolve issues with significant ramifications to distribution services and the District.
  2. Supports utility system work functions in the areas of distribution, power generation, substation, transmission and telecom.
  3. Contributes to the establishment of general operating procedures, guidelines, and operating manuals for system facilities including substations, transmission, distribution and distributive generation, by overseeing the preparation of, those procedures and documents and making recommendations to appropriate District authority. To ensure that operating procedures, guidelines, and operating manuals are current and effective relative to the operation and maintenance of system facilities and equipment.
  4. Maintains contact with and represents the District on internal and external groups and committees: provides technical representation and guidance to various civil regulatory agencies in matters affecting District policies, programs and practices related to distribution and transmission design; prepares, assists, directs or oversees the preparation of necessary reports to regulatory agencies. Provides information and expertise for the development of industry guidelines and design and application standards to technical and professional engineering committees such as ANSI, IEEE, and regulatory commissions. Ensure that the District is represented in technical discussions with city, county, state and federal regulatory agencies, and in professional organizations developing industry guidelines and standards for electrical safety, distribution design, and/or materials manufacture and application.
  5. Contributes to the construction and operational safety of District facilities by reviewing District safety practices and history and recommending changes to facility design and construction. To improve safety and ensure adherence to applicable codes and regulations.
  6. Performs a variety of other related functions/duties such as the following: Performs technical and economic analysis of projected revisions to rules, regulations; develops equipment specifications and related costs for special facilities agreements for large and critical customers with unique service requirements; reviews contracted and in-house designs for reliability, stability, utility, quality, safety, cost effectiveness, operability and maintainability; presents work progress reports, unique design proposals and significant change proposals to District executives and the Board of Directors.
  7. Evaluate new equipment and design concepts available to the industry. Review and educate ourselves on practices of other utilities and compare to SMUD’s method.
  8. Evaluate equipment failures, accidents, and near misses to determine root cause. Coordinate corrective actions to equipment design and specifications, equipment application, manufacturing changes, operational procedures and training.
Experience Required:

Minimum Qualifications 


A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Electrical Engineering.


7 to l0 years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in the planning, design, and operation of electrical utility distribution systems/facilities including distribution, sub-transmission, transmission and substations.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, procedures, and practices related to distribution overhead and underground line design including statics, strength of materials, sag and tension, pulling tensions, and related items;
  • Specialized equipment including distribution line and transmission/distribution sub-station equipment and materials;
  • Principles, procedures, and practices related to the design basis for distribution line, distribution and transmission sub-station design elements, components, and hardware;
  • Principles, procedures, and practices related to electrical power engineering including circuit analysis, electrical equipment design, short circuit calculations, grounding, protective relaying, and power system analysis;
  • Applicable industry standards such as ANSI, IEEE, NEMA, ICEA, ASTM, ISO 9000, ISO 9001 and ISO 9002; California Public Utility Commission General Orders;
  • Concepts related to evaluating and recording performance results;
  • Methods and techniques for planning, organizing, and overseeing work activities;
  • Methods and techniques for training staff;
  • Practices for delegating, assigning, and reviewing work assignments;
  • Techniques and concepts related to teamwork;
  • Techniques for exercising leadership and authority;
  • Methods and techniques for report preparation and writing;
  • Techniques and practices for negotiating;
  • Techniques and strategies for public speaking;
  • Techniques related to customer relations;
  • Concepts for cost control and project scheduling;
  • Performance management techniques related to project management;
  • Principles and practices for contract management;
  • Procedures and practices for cost control and project scheduling;
  • Procedures and practices for monitoring and managing projects;
  • Procedures and practices for overseeing contractor’s/consultant’s work activities;
  • Procedures and practices for project budget management;
  • Project management software systems;
  • Principles and practices of economic analyses of projects and programs;
  • Principles and practices of program evaluation;
  • Principles and practices of various analytical approaches;
  • Techniques and practices for cost benefit analyses;
  • Safety policies, practices, and procedures;

Skill to:

  • Develop new and revised policies and procedures to provide for the effective operation of the unit;
  • Interact with others to influence and motivate;
  • Interpret SMUD policies, procedures, applicable MOUs and/or other special agreements;
  • Oversee adherence to safety policies and procedures;
  • Plan, oversee, and review the work of others;
  • Provide input to performance evaluations for the work of others;
  • Compile and prepare technical, statistical, and/or analytical reports and presentations;
  • Develop and conduct oral presentations to internal/external audiences;
  • Reconcile significant and/or controversial differences to bring interested parties to consensus;
  • Evaluate and resolve complex technical or management issues;
  • Apply applicable laws, codes, and regulations; appraise situations and people accurately and adopt an effective course of action;
  • Develop approaches for implementing an idea;
  • Develop creative ways to solve a problem;
  • Develop general rules or conclusions based on problems and logically substantiate recommendations and/or explanations;
  • Evaluate and resolve complex technical issues;
  • Gather data from appropriate sources and identify relevant factors; and
  • Generate a number of viable alternatives to problems.


Profession Engineer (PE) registration required for the Principal Distribution Design Engineer

How to Apply:

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Posting End Date: July 13, 2018