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Senior Electrical Engineer, Power Generation

  • Full Time
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • $124,000-$164,000
  • Posting End Date: December 22, 2022

Website Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

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This posting will be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates to fill current and future limited term and fulltime Senior Electrical Engineer vacancies. This list may also be used to fill Journey Level Associate Electrical Engineer vacancies.

SMUD is recruiting for 2 regular fulltime and 1 limited term (up to 2-year assignment) electrical engineers. These positions will report to SMUD’s East Campus Operations Center (Bradshaw & Kiefer in Sacramento) or Fresh Pond Hydro Generation Facility (approx. 70 miles east of Sacramento) and require strong project management skills along with electrical engineering expertise in support of SMUD’s power generation assets including hydroelectric power plants, gas-fired turbines, natural gas transmission pipeline, wind turbines, batteries, and utility-scale solar.

Ideal candidates will be good communicators comfortable managing projects in the field and like to be hands on in support of skilled craft workers on construction projects.

Provides electrical engineering design expertise and project coordination for major generation plant electrical modifications, equipment testing, repair and installation; provides engineering support for multiple generation units and related equipment, including hydroelectric, photovoltaic, wind and gas turbine units, to ensure reliable and efficient unit operations and meet SMUD power generation requirements.

Nature & Scope:
Serves as an advanced journey level resource in a relevant professional discipline; works independently on projects of moderate complexity; exercises independent judgment and discretion; may serve in a Lead role and assist in planning, coordinating, prioritizing, monitoring and evaluating the work results in assigned area and in selecting, training, motivating, evaluating and developing lower-level personnel.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Conducts analysis of generation plants and operational data to identify system and equipment needs; provides designs to modify existing powerhouse systems; performs detail design and analysis; supervises drafting of designs and modifications; prepares bid proposals and evaluates vendor bids; administers contracts supervises construction work.
  • Plans, designs and specifies electrical protection systems and oversees system procurement, installation and testing; models electrical system protection schemes and recommends system settings; integrates new protection systems with existing systems and coordinates system operation and monitoring with System Protection and Control (SPAC).
  • Provides required engineering data, designs and specifications for procurement, contract award, planning and installation phases of generation plant modification projects; prepares engineering bid packages for new and replacement equipment with detailed specifications; coordinates with SMUD purchasing and vendor representatives to clarify material, equipment and quantity/pricing details; develops plans for installation of project equipment by outside contractors or maintenance personnel; coordinates project work with scheduling/dispatch to minimize the impact of installation and testing procedures on existing unit or power systems.
  • Plans, coordinates, prioritizes, monitors, guides, reviews and conducts work activities associated with department internal/external projects in accordance with established task objectives and schedules as outlined in the project plan/contract.
  • Builds and maintains positive internal work relationships and assists in the coordination of the Power Generation Department’s need for major modifications and equipment replacement or overhauls; interacts with the department engineering group; provides contract administration and construction coordination on modifications and installations designed by the engineering group; develops plans for major overhauls with maintenance staffs.
  • Coordinates engineering and planning of major equipment components scheduled for replacement during annual overhaul periods; oversees preparation of drawings; provides bid packages for equipment vendors to ensure completion of necessary components on schedule; coordinates test and inspection of components to ensure manufacture meets design specifications.
  • Determines the operating limits and efficiencies of electrical generators and other powerhouse subsystems by developing test plans and procedures, including referencing historical data, industry standards and manufacturer specifications, and supervising and coordinating actual testing and data capture with operating personnel.
  • Diagnoses generation unit or subsystem problems and provides engineering support to correct malfunctions and minimize costs of new and replacement equipment; maintains awareness of standard design criteria, including previous generation, existing and state-of-the-art equipment and methods; maintains databases and records on system and equipment performance, tests and past malfunctions to support timely, accurate problem identification; prepares bid packages which utilize state-of-the-art materials and fabrication processes; maintains documentation of procedures and applications for existing equipment repairs.

Provides on-the-job training for department engineering staff on prevailing design methodologies, state-of-the-art equipment, generation unit operating efficiencies, controls, safety codes and proper electrical safeguards and other relevant information; reviews work of other engineers and provides feedback and advice; develops, maintains and orients staff to analytic tools, code requirements and design aids; provides consultation and expert advice.
* As well as other duties as outlined in the full official description available here.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in electrical engineering or a related field.

Experience: 5 to 7 years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in electrical engineering at generating facilities with responsibility for planning and directing electrical maintenance, design and analysis.

Knowledge Of: Advanced electrical theory and electrical engineering design principles; advanced principles and practices involving the design, installation, operation, repair and economic evaluation of electrical features of a power system, including generation, station services, transformers, switchyards, high voltage transmission systems and integrated systems for control, protection systems, protection relays, measurement, regulation and operation; advanced principles and practices of generation and transmission systems operations; SMUD generation and transmission capabilities; inter-tie and interchange features of SMUD generation and transmission system; federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations governing electrical codes and standards; methods and techniques for planning, organizing, directing and controlling work activities; procedures and practices for monitoring and managing projects; techniques and concepts related to team management; principles and practices for motivating, coaching, mentoring, training and developing; basic principles and practices of budget preparation and administration; office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Skill To: Utilize a personal computer and/or computer terminal, systems and software relevant to the job;; collect, analyze and interpret test data; analyze data pertinent to electrical power systems; analyze power system operations; prepare technical specifications; read and interpret engineering documents and drawings; evaluate complex vendor bid submittals; estimate time, material, and labor costs for electrical engineering projects; plan, oversee and review the work of others; analyze and interpret regulatory codes and regulations; work effectively with outside regulatory agencies; establish, manage, monitor and update project budgets; compile and prepare technical, statistical and/or analytical reports and presentations; interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations; operate office equipment including a computer terminal, systems and software relevant to the job; communicate effectively orally and in writing internally/externally; establish and maintain effective working relationships internally/externally.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Registered Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of California
  • Project Management Professional certification
  • Experience with regulatory agency permitting and processes
  • Project Management experience with large and complex utility scale hydroelectric generating plant, thermal generating plant, utility scale renewables, and gas pipeline projects

Physical Requirements:
Applicants must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.

The health and wellbeing of our employees and our community is our top priority. SMUD follows CDC guidance and adheres to all local, county and state orders.

Additional Posting Info for Candidate:

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) – Who We Are

As the nation’s sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we’re proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they’re “Happy, satisfied and engaged” which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers.

Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.

California Equal Pay Act

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are a part of who we are and how we do things. Supporting efforts that promote pay equality is part of that. Salary placement for the selected candidate will be determined in alignment with the California Equal Pay Act or the applicable MOU. Determination for salary placement of internal candidates will be made without respect to current classification or compensation and will be based upon the candidate’s qualifications as compared to those performing substantially similar work. In the event there is a guaranteed pay progression outlined in an applicable MOU, the MOU takes precedence.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

SMUD respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers. Our Board’s policy for Employee Relation sets our commitment to developing and maintaining a high quality, inclusive workplace that engages and inspires employees to commit to SMUD’s purpose, vision and values.

Why Sacramento, California?

The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state’s sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country’s top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49ers aren’t far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater to name a few.

Remote Work

This position may be eligible for SMUD’s remote work employee benefit, the schedule of which will be determined by the successful candidate and the Hiring Manager. SMUD takes pride in powering the Sacramento region community where we live and work. We value the strong working relationships we develop with our colleagues. Our approach to remote work will continue to evolve. Please be aware that should SMUD’s business needs change, emergencies occur, or various other reasons arise, you may be required to report onsite on a part-time or full-time basis

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