Pasadena Careers – Electrical Engineer

Website City of Pasadena

Job Description:

Pasadena Water & Power is seeking a highly qualified Electrical Engineer to manage the staff and projects assigned to the substations engineering section of the Power Delivery Division.
This is a limited term/grant funded position with City Council approved funding to June 2026. Current and future employment is dependent on available funding. If the City Council elects to discontinue this program, this position will be eliminated. This position is not eligible for layoff protection provided in the applicable MOU.
Ideal Candidate
An ideal candidate in the position of Electrical Engineer will perform advanced professional-level/supervisory work. Incumbents require registration as a Professional Electrical Engineer and are responsible for managing assigned capital improvement design, construction and maintenance projects for the department’s power grid, as well as coordinating the work of Public Works, Water Department and third party utilities for an underground utility district. Incumbents perform the most complex professional engineering work requiring a substantial level of professional training and experience. Incumbents are also responsible for planning and directing the work of assigned professional, technical and administrative staff. Assignments require the exercise of independent judgment and initiative in coordinating the work with other units and external customers, contractors, consultants and entities.
An ideal candidate will be comfortable coordinating complex undergrounds utility work with many department and community members. Incumbents will be expected to organize and present materials at public meetings and address customer concerns during underground projects. Incumbents will be required to propose districts to the Pasadena City Council and update them on progress for existing districts.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Plans, assigns, schedules, supervises and evaluates the work of assigned staff; with staff, develops, implements and monitors work plans to achieve unit objectives; plans and recommends engineering project budgets; approves expenditures in accordance with City procedures and monitors performance against project budgets; participates in developing, implementing and evaluating plans, processes and procedures to achieve established goals and objectives in accordance with department standards; prepares and maintains a variety of records and reports.
  • Interviews and participates in selecting new engineering staff; supervises and evaluates assigned staff performance; establishes performance requirements and personal development targets; regularly monitors performance and provides training, coaching and mentoring for performance improvement; recommends performance recognition when warranted; with management concurrence, implements the progressive discipline process to address performance deficiencies, in accordance with City human resources policies and labor contract agreements.
  • Provides day-to-day leadership and works with staff to ensure a high-performance, customer service-oriented work environment that supports achieving City and departmental mission, objectives and service standards; applies best practices and quality assurance processes to assigned areas of responsibility; enforces the maintenance of safe working conditions and ensures safe work practices are followed by staff; provides leadership to ensure a fair and open work environment in accordance with the City’s commitment to equal employment opportunity.

Job Requirements:

  • Oversees, evaluates and monitors assigned capital improvement projects for planning, design and construction, utilizing in-house staff or consulting engineering firms; prepares detailed project cost estimates, schedules and procedures; reviews and evaluates design drawings and specifications for technical accuracy and compliance with City standards; responds to requests for information and clarifies and interprets engineering issues, specifications, regulations, codes and requirements; drafts material and equipment specifications; prepares Requests for Proposal for design and/or construction projects, including participating in bid evaluations, selection of successful bidders and preparation of agenda reports and other materials for approval; reviews and approves contract documents; administers contracts including reviewing change orders and amendments to consulting and construction agreements; prepares and provides regular project status reports to department management; may seal final plans; addresses questions/issues regarding the project from construction inspectors and field staff during construction phase.
  • Designs and prepares engineering drawings and construction packages for power distribution, substation and automation capital projects; conducts research, design and analysis and creates Project Job Orders (PJOs) for distribution system projects; prepares schematic and wiring diagrams of protection, metering and switching devices; ; prepares calculations for transmission and distribution system relay settings and voltage regulation problems; coordinates design and construction of projects with field personnel; prepares technical specifications for equipment, systems and services.
  • Performs power system and protection modeling studies; implements control and protection measures and systems; programs relays and other intelligent electronic devices using various software applications; programs, tests and troubleshoots SCADA devices including communication processors, network terminals and other devices.

Qualification & Experience:

The following list represents the core competencies needed for success in this position.
Attention to Detail-Focusing on the details of work content, work steps, and final work products
Oral Communication- Engaging effectively in dialogue
Writing-Communicating effectively in writing
Relationship Building- Establishing rapport and maintaining mutually productive relationships
ProjectManagement- Ensuring that projects are on-time, on-budget, and achieve their objectives
Teamwork-Collaborating with others to achieve shared goals
Analyzing& Interpreting Data-Drawing meaning and conclusions from quantitative or qualitative data
Professional & Technical Expertise- Applying technical subject matter to the job

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in electrical engineering or a related engineering discipline, and at least four years of progressively responsible substation electrical engineering experience at the level of Associate Electrical Engineer; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
A certificate of registration as a Professional Electrical Engineer issued by the California State Licensing Board is required.
Selection Process
Applicants who appear best qualified based on their application submitted will be invited to any combination of written, performance or oral appraisal to further evaluate their job-related experience, education, knowledge, skills and abilities.

Job Details:

Company: City of Pasadena

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Application Deadline: N/A

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