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Sacramento Municipal Utility District Distribution Operations Engineering Entry/ Journey in Sacramento, California


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Distribution Operations Engineering Entry/ Journey


Grid Strategy & Operations

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Performs engineering analysis of SMUD’s distribution system including monitoring system and component operations, identifying deficiencies, aiding in the development and implementation of solutions, and justifying and prioritizing required work; provides technical support to engineering, design, construction, maintenance, operations and other stakeholder groups; and assists in developing short, medium and long range maintenance and capital investment plans and annual operational plans to ensure a safe, reliable, and efficient distribution system. Performs various engineering functions to support the maintenance of SMUD's transmission and distribution system.

To provide real-time engineering support for the operati on of the distribution system including troubleshootng,testing and maintenance support of Advanced Distributi on Management System (ADMS) and Distributed EnergyResource Management System (DERMS).

Under general supervision, designs standard and non-standard electrical distribution sub-stations, lines, and facilities in compliance with relevant SMUD, local, state, and federal safety and engineering codes, laws, and regulations.

Nature and Scope

This classification is comprised of two levels: Level "E" is the entry-level where incumbents are provided formal training and/or certification for progression to the journey-level of the classification. The incumbent is promoted/progressed to the journey level "J" upon successful completion of all training and/or certification requirements for the classification. Incumbents hired at the entry-level are required to successfully progress to the journey-level within 18 to 60 months, depending on the length of the training and/or certification program. If an employee is unsuccessful with progressing to the journey-level they will return to last class held or separate from SMUD.

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Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience and experti se with SCADA and Distributi on Automation

  • Experience and experti se with Distributi on System Modeling and Analytics

  • Experience with Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS)

  • Experience and understanding of operati onal issues related to Distributed Energy Resources

  • Possession of an Engineer-in-Training Certificate

  • Registration as a Professional Electrical Engineer (PE) with the State of California may be substituted for the degree requirement

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Base Salary Annual High:


Selection Process:

Qualifications Interview, Follow-Up Interview

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Minimum Qualifications:


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

Accepting Fall graduates



1+ years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in the planning, design, and operation of electric utility distribution systems.


3+ years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in the planning, design, and operation of electric

utility distribution systems.

Knowledge of:

Concepts and principles relating to distribution system construction, planning, and operation; circuit analysis; short circuit calculations; load flow; grounding; protective relaying and its application to distribution systems; electrical power planning, theory; and practice including steady state and transient circuit analysis, electrical equipment design and application, grounding, protection and coordination; electric distribution system planning, theory. and practice; electric system analysis and forecasting methodologies; data analysis and forecasting methodologies; computer aided modeling and analysis; techniques and practices for problem research and resolution; techniques and practices for cost benefit analyses; scientific methods and approaches to problem solving; principles and practices of economic analyses of projects and programs; principles of statistics; principles of complex mathematics including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus; federal, state, and local laws governing power distribution; techniques relating to customer relations; safety policies, practices, and procedures; standard operating procedures for modern office equipment including a computer and applicable software; English grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary standards.

Skill to:

Solve complex mathematical problems; analyze complex issues and develop alternative resolutions; conduct effective meetings; manage several assignments simultaneously with changing priorities; develop and conductoral presentations to internal/external audiences; express ideas/facts clearly and concisely to individual or groups,taking into account the audience and nature of information; respond to and resolve customer issues, concerns, and needs; utilize state-of-the-art computer-aided modeling and analysis tools; perform complex distributionengineering analysis and forecasting; anticipate problems and apply innovative and creative techniques to resolveproblems; perform economic analysis; compile and prepare technical, statistical, and/or analytical reports and presentations; develop preliminary cost estimates for project proposals; set work priorities; communicate effectively orally and in writing internally/externally; establish and maintain effective working relationshipsinternally/externally.


Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License (CDL) and a satisfactory driving record.

Position Type:

Regular - Full Time

Physical Requirements:

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

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Ensures the safe, reliable, and economical delivery of power to customers; develops real time operating solutions and produces cost- effective plans and project proposals for the distribution of electrical power to customers; obtains, analyzes, and applies data from multiple sources such as system operating and outage reports, customer information, feeder and substation load reports, test reports, community growth plans, commercial, industrial and residential development proposals, and observing development activity in the service area.

  • Assist in developing short-, mid-, and long-range distribution system plans for an assigned area by incorporating SMUD policies, goals and objectives, community agreements, analyzing system performance data, including load, reliability, voltage, power factor, and protection coordination, reviewing and evaluating impacts of load growth , Environmental Impact Reports, Tentative Development maps, public works projects and programs, commercial and residential development proposals, quit claim requests and right-of-way abatement requests, and evaluating system improvement proposals from internal and external stakeholders.

  • Supports the overall achievement and completion of department projects; assists in planning, reviewing, and conducting work activities and researching required project information associated with department internal/external projects in accordance with established task objectives and schedules as outlined in the project plan/contract.

  • Aids in determining optimum system configuration and utilization requirements based on current and projected future system needs; monitors and analyzes SMUD’s distribution system to ensure sufficient distribution system capacity to serve current and projected load growth in a safe, reliable and cost-effective manner

  • Ensures that new developments and programs meet applicable standards and regulations; may serve as liaison with community planning agencies, developers, customers, and the public to coordinate the development of infrastructure plans, negotiate new electric services or modify existing electric services, establish electric infrastructure requirements for commercial and residential commercial developments, define and discuss operating and reliability issues, and provide other key information.

  • Analyzes and solves technical operations and field problems, assesses system performance under normal and abnormal operating conditions, and ensures system design integrity; provides technical support to operations, design, and field personnel including collaborating on major load addition projects and primary service additions; performs power flow analysis and fault and protection coordination studies.

  • Develops multi-year transmission and distribution system maintenance and capital improvement plans to meet reliability and regulatory compliance requirements. Development of these plans requires extensive analytical skills utilizing various tools such as Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), Outage Management System (OMS) and Geographical Information System (GIS). Assists in the development of transmission and distribution (TandD) asset management strategies that balances capital investments and OandM expenses. Development of the strategy requires knowledge of TandD equipment and condition assessment. Performs engineering analysis to evaluate alternatives including a cost/benefit analysis, and develops recommendations on a course of action.

  • Performs related duties as required.

Additional Posting Info for Candidate:

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 dynamic engineering position provides engineering and technical support, troubleshoots, tests, and maintains ADMS and DERMS and advanced applications such as Fault Locations Isolation and Service Restoration, Volt VAr Optimization, Distributon Power Flow and State Estimation, Feeder Reconfiguration, Operator Training Simulator,and Switch Order Management.

  • Configures and maintains realtime communication datalinks to Energy Management System (EMS) as well as develops and maintains imaging of Remote Terminal Units (RTUS).

  • Supports lab testing, commissioning of new substations and monitoring, maintaining and troubleshooting issues, and day-to-day communication with D-SCADA and Distribution Automation devices.

  • Supports commissioning of substations, and develops one-line diagrams in ADMS/D-SCADA. Develops functional and technical requirements of DERs for grid management and optimization.

  • Performs detailed analysis of power quality data and recommends solutions to improve customer experience and resolve power quality related.

This position will be filled at either the entry or journey level depending on candidate pool.


Journey: $107,847-$142,911

* Note: This position requires on-call availability and onsite work is required.

Fall Graduates will be considered