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Sacramento Municipal Utility District Senior Power Generation Mechanical Engineer in Sacramento, California


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Senior Power Generation Mechanical Engineer


Power Generation

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Provides specialized mechanical engineering and project management expertise for the planning, design, modification, construction, maintenance and troubleshooting of mechanical systems at hydro, thermal, wind, battery and utility scale solar generating plants and high pressure transmission gas pipeline; provides design, operations and maintenance engineering, training and procedures development in support of power plant and high pressure natural gas transmission pipeline operations.

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.

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Desirable Qualifications:

  • Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of California

  • Project Management Professional certification

  • Experience with regulatory agency permitting and processes

  • Knowledge of ASME codes and utility codes, guidelines and standards of practice

  • 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 mechanical engineering or closely related field.

Experience: Five plus (5+) years experience in the design, maintenance, testing or construction of power generating mechanical systems, or high pressure gas transmission pipeline operations, engineering and project and maintenance management.

Knowledge Of: Hydroelectric and gas-fired turbines, wind turbines, utility scale solar fields and energy storage batteries and other generating power plant machinery, control systems interface; balance of power plant equipment including cooling water, penstocks, pipelines, flow control, turbine bearings, motors, pumps, lubricating oil systems, speed governors, turbine and generator balancing, heat recovery steam generators, relief valves, turbine shutoff valves; American Society of Mechanical Engineers Boiler & Pressure Vessel and Piping Codes; Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID) functions, Uniform Building Code (UBC); National Electric Code (NEC) as it relates to motors and controllers; National Fire Protection Association Code (NFPA) as it relates to wet and dry fire suppression and detection systems used in generating plants and generator, oil room and transformer enclosures; construction, operating and maintenance principles of high pressure natural gas transmission pipelines; federal, state and local natural gas regulations, guidelines, codes and standards; gas equipment and facilities such as regulators, monitors, actuators, meters and control systems; gas facilities auditing requirements and methods; methods and techniques of data collection and analysis; metallurgy and non-destructive testing techniques; principles and practices of test procedure writing; procedures and practices for monitoring and managing projects; principles and practices for budget administration; office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as equipment monitoring software, word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Skill To: Analyze complex technical problems and apply engineering principles to develop solutions; diagnose operational and design problems in generating plant mechanical systems; interpret drawings, schematics, statistical data and reports; support the start-up of generating plant rotating equipment and balance of plant systems; effectively manage major high pressure natural gas transmission projects and programs; lead professionals in complex projects; interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations; operate office equipment including a computer, systems and software relevant to the job; present technical information in a clear and concise manner; 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. 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.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Performs and provides leadership for mechanical engineering development and integration of new design concepts, system improvements and energy saving measures into SMUD power generation facilities mechanical systems; conducts and/or directs detailed analyses, studies and calculations of operating plant stationary and rotating equipment including turbines and motors; analyzes the impact of proposed system upgrades or improvements; recommends designs and best practices for total system modification.

  • Monitors, analyzes, and interprets federal, state, local and industry standards, codes and regulations; ensures that SMUD construction standards and procedures comply with codes.

  • Provides mechanical design, technical expertise and high-quality engineering support for SMUD power generation facilities by identifying and resolving unique and complex engineering problems related to design, construction and testing of modifications or daily operations; provides solutions that result in minimal impact to scheduled operations of the mechanical system; assures the updating of facility drawings; responds to requests for technical information; acts as liaison for exchange of technical information.

  • Participates in project management for mechanical system modifications; develops, monitors and controls project schedules; provides cost estimates for proposed modification work; reports process in achieving project deliverables and schedules and meeting project budgets through written or oral communications.

  • Participates in the procurement and contract bidding, award, and management process by preparing written specifications of work and equipment; evaluates bid proposals to determine qualifications of consultants, contractors and manufacturers and makes award recommendations; coordinates and directs contractor activities in the development of design and performance of construction; represents SMUD in technical and business meetings on complex contractual obligations.

  • Provides technical guidance and documented standards and procedures for maintenance of mechanical equipment in SMUD power generation facilities; establishes and documents use of test equipment and test procedures; provides training, as necessary, for maintenance procedures; issues drawings, diagrams, instructions, and technical information for maintenance staff.

  • Develops and maintains expertise and knowledge of current industry practices, standards, correct engineering applications and interpretations for the Power Generation department; represents SMUD at meetings, industry committees and professional organizations; attends technical seminars and keeps current with published trade articles and professional journals.

  • Identifies and resolves complex mechanical problems by analyzing and interpreting data from test instruments; researches mechanical related disturbances and their relation to generating facility problems; diagnoses causes and recommends solutions.

  • Provides standards, procedures, and training to ensure that high pressure natural gas pipeline operations and maintenance are conducted safely and are in compliance with all applicable regulations; initiates procedure and/or facility design changes to improve safety, effectiveness or efficiency; conducts ongoing review of new projects adjacent to the pipeline for possible impacts; mitigates harmful effects.

  • Develops and implements high pressure natural gas pipeline’s emergency preparedness and safety management programs; coordinates emergency preparedness simulation activities; conducts public information sessions on pipeline safety, interacting with community groups and agencies.

* As well as other duties as outlined in the full official description available here .

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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.

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.

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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 Senior Power Generation Mechanical Engineer vacancies.

This position is part of SMUD’s East Campus Operations Center engineering team and requires strong project management skills along with mechanical 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.