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Sacramento Municipal Utility District Associate Electrical Engineer (J), Power Generation in Sacramento, California


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Associate Electrical Engineer (J), Power Generation


Power Generation

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Provides moderate to complex electrical engineering design tasks 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.

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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

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Selection Process:

Initial Review, Qualifications Interview, Follow-Up Interview, Reference Check, Background Check

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Minimum Qualifications:

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

Experience: 3 to 5 years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in performing engineering calculations related to system protection.

Knowledge Of: Electrical theory and electrical engineering design principles; 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; principles and practices of generation and transmission systems operations; SMUD generation and transmission capabilities; federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations governing electrical codes and standards; 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; perform routine and standard relay coordination studies; analyze data pertinent to electrical power systems; analyze power system operations; prepare technical specifications; read and interpret engineering documents and drawings; 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

Position Type:

Regular - Full Time

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.

Position Location:

Sacramento - S Street

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assists in making system modifications to optimize system protection, operation and design and maximize SMUD electric system reliability; develops protection design criteria and philosophy and evaluates current technologies and systems in SMUD’s generation and transmission facilities.

  • Supports initiating and maintaining SMUD’s protection practices and application standards, configuring protection and control schemes, issuing protective device settings, and promoting conformance to established procedures.

  • Assists in evaluating the need for and conducting system protection studies; prepares definitions of study parameters and data requirements; participates in formulating results and recommendations; maintains databases and documentation of studies, findings and recommendations.

  • Supports protection engineers in response to equipment failures in the generation, transmission and certain distribution systems; evaluates failures, prepares reports and recommends courses of action.

  • Assists with system protection projects during the transition from design and construction to operations; prepares schedules and develops project test and acceptance criteria and reports.

  • Supports analysis and evaluation of system protection operation and electrical system configuration to assure maximum reliability; prepares operating criteria and related documentation that includes system protection reliability, safety and economics as factors.

  • Assists in documenting maintenance criteria, schedules and procedures for SMUD protection schemes and devices.

  • Assists in the review, approval and coordination of Design Change Notices (DCNs) for the System Operation & Reliability Department.

  • Assists protection engineers in the training of SMUD staff in system protection schemes, electrical equipment and operations.

  • Performs related duties as required

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 49er's 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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This posting will be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates to fill current and future limited term and full time Associate Electrical Engineer, Journey 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.