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Sacramento Municipal Utility District Senior Distribution Design Engineer in Sacramento, California


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Senior Distribution Design Engineer


Substations, Telecomm & Metering Assets

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Provides senior level skills involved in the design of complex standard and non-standard electrical distribution substations, lines, and facilities and for the development of distribution line and substation design and construction standards.

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Minimum Qualifications:

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

Experience: Five (5) to seven (7) years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in the planning, design, and operation of electric utility distribution systems


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

Position Type:

Regular - Full Time

Physical Requirements:

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. To this end, if you are scheduled to come on a SMUD campus, you will need to monitor your health (ensuring your temperature is below 100.4° and you’re free of COVID-19 symptoms), wear a face covering, and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Thank you for your support! Stay safe and well.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Ensures that electrical transmission and distribution facilities are adequately designed to meet SMUD customer requirements on a reliable basis; contributes to the development, maintenance, and reliability of SMUD power distribution and transmission facilities by managing and performing the design and construction of complex standard and non-standard projects that include the design and modification of transmission substations, the development of distribution line and substation construction and design standards, and the development of plans that define the scope, budget, schedule, and resources for assigned projects.

  • Ensures the selection and performance of contractors in accordance with project needs, requirements, and contract agreements; prepares and/or includes bid proposals, specifications, and related contract documents; evaluates and participates in the selection of contractors; negotiates with selected contractors; manages contractors on assigned projects including to monitor and direct contractor activities in accordance with contract documents.

  • Performs a variety of duties to maintain and improve the functioning of the distribution system; responds to equipment failures in the distribution system by evaluating failures, preparing reports, recommending courses of action, and, where complex repairs are required, directing and overseeing the repair and/or installation of equipment.

  • Ensures that materials and equipment utilized in SMUD power distribution and transmission facilities meet established specification and quality requirements to facilitate proper functioning and achieve life cycle requirements; develops and maintains materials, equipment, and construction standards specifications and quality control by evaluating new materials, developing construction design standards, writing equipment specifications, coordinating trial equipment installations, evaluating technical bids of equipment for application on SMUD’s distribution system, conducting source inspections of manufacturing facilities for pre-qualification and during project production on SMUD orders, performing receiving inspection on critical items, and providing technical expertise and guidance to the test laboratory engaged in the examination and acceptance testing of received materials, the examination and failure analysis on failed materials, and instrument repair and calibration in support of other work groups.

  • Maintains a current knowledge of industry practices, standards, and procedures of electrical power distribution design, construction, materials, and equipment through contact with industry peers, professional journals, membership in professional associations, contact with materials and equipment suppliers, and evaluation of new products.

  • Informs SMUD executive management, Board of Directors, and Board committees of project status through informational presentations and periodic written and oral reports.

  • Provides leadership and participates in assigned tasks of a work unit in order to meet defined unit goals and schedules and comply with SMUD schedule, quality, quantity, safety and performance standards; plans, coordinates, prioritizes, monitors, and guides work activities with work-unit employees to meet established task objectives and deadlines by following established policies and precedents; communicates with team members and incorporates their input to processes and techniques; provides staff training; promotes staff safety and a safe work environment; assists in selecting and orienting new personnel; assists in evaluating work performance results; participates as a team member in accomplishing objectives; refers problems to supervisory staff when solutions are not readily achievable.

  • Assists in administering the department budget; participates in planning, monitoring, and revising schedules, work plans, expenditures, and assignments to support unit objectives in a fiscally responsible manner.

  • Other related duties as required.

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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.

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.

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