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Associate Distribution Design Engineer (Journey)


Posted: 10/13/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 447889
Keywords: electrical

Job Description

Posting/Working Title
Associate Distribution Design Engineer (Journey)

Distribution System Operations

No. of Openings

To perform professional technical and analytical functions in distribution and transmission facilities including the development and administration of design and construction standards, specifications, and procedures to ensure compliance with all relevant safety and engineering codes, laws and regulations.To perform professional technical and analytical functions in distribution and transmission facilities including the development and administration of design and construction standards, specifications, and procedures to ensure compliance with all relevant safety and engineering codes, laws and regulations.

This position is a Civil Service position with a salary range of: $98,219 - $130,155

Job Code

Desirable Qualifications
  • EIT Certified is highly desired

Base Salary Annual Low

Base Salary Annual High

Selection Process
Initial Review, Qualifications Interview, Hiring Interview

Pay Scale Group

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

Experience: Three (3) to five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the planning, design, construction 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.
  • Valid CA Driver's License

Position Type
Regular - Full Time

Position Location
Sacramento - Bradshaw

Major Duties & Responsibilities
  • Assists in the development and administration of construction and design standards pertaining to electrical transmission and distribution, including equipment specifications and procedures designed to meet SMUD requirements as well as local, state, and federal safety and engineering codes, laws, and regulations; contributes to the development and construction of utility power system projects by preparing designs of electrical facilities such as distribution sub-stations, distribution lines, and standard and non-standard service facilities; prepares draft technical specifications for equipment purchases and electrical systems; coordinates with all internal and external stakeholders to solicit their input and feedback into standard design.
  • Ensures the selection and performance of vendors in accordance with SMUD requirements, writes specifications for equipment and material bid requests; develop and execute equipment trials or pilot projects to evaluate material and equipment; perform technical evaluation of bids;  reviews vendor designs, material submittals and drawings; inspects and reports on contractors’ manufacturing and testing procedures; performs final inspection of received equipment and materials.
  • Ensures that materials and equipment utilized in the design, construction and maintenance of SMUD power distribution and transmission facilities meet established standards, specifications, and quality requirements; performs source inspections of manufacturing facilities for pre-qualification and during production; prepares receipt inspection procedures; conducts receiving inspection on critical items; works with the test laboratory to conduct electrical and mechanical tests on new materials to determine suitability for intended use and compliance with specifications; communicate with suppliers and manufacturers to resolve equipment related problems including failures, warranty issues and non-compliance; work with SMUD Supply Chain and Warehouse to monitor vendor performance and inventory related issues.
  • Maintains working relationships with vendors, suppliers, distributors, other internal departments and work groups that interface with assigned projects; develops and maintains clear and open channels of communication; obtains and dispenses information necessary to projects; confers on situations and problems of mutual concern.
  • Under the close guidance of Senior and/or Principal level Distribution Design Engineers, increases technical knowledge and expertise by learning and performing the following functions/duties: develops distribution line design and construction standards; evaluates new distribution line materials and equipment; coordinates trial material and equipment installations and performs comprehensive review of application, construction issues, test results, and performance; initiates stock material specifications for new material purchases, modifications, or deletion of obsolete equipment to maintain supply of safe, high quality equipment to build SMUD’s distribution overhead and underground lines and facilities; inspects manufacturers’ plant facilities to evaluate their production procedures and capabilities; determines quality control measures and test material methods to improve uninterrupted flow, quality, and cost reduction of SMUD stock distribution materials; analyzes failed distribution equipment/materials and recommends corrective actions; designs transmission sub-stations.
  • Performs a variety of duties to support the overall achievement and completion of department project; 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 schedule as outlined in the project plan/contract.
  • 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.

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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