Senior Electrical Engineer, Modesto, California

Created 01/13/2021
Employer Modesto Irrigation District
Reference 393762
Job Type Full Time
Country United States
State California
City Modesto
Salary $58.59 - $75.00 Hourly $4,687.20 - $6,000.00 Biweekly $10,155.60 - $13,000.00 Monthly $121,867.20 - $156,000.00 Annually
The Modesto Irrigation District is currently recruiting to fill one full-time regular position in the Electric Engineering Department, Transmission and Distribution Division to organize, assign and review the work of assigned personnel engaged in professional and technical electrical engineering activities related to the planning, design and construction of generation, transmission, distribution, substation facilities, and renewable projects; to perform duties requiring specialized knowledge; and to provide administrative support to assigned supervisor.

This is the advanced journey level in the Engineer series. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed, complexity of duties assigned, independence of action taken, by the amount of time spent performing the duties, and by the nature of the public contact made. Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series and may provide indirect and/or direct supervision over assigned personnel. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned areas of responsibility and possess registration as a Professional Engineer.

Any qualified individual may apply. This is an exempt position and is allocated to the Professional and Supervisory Bargaining Unit. The list established as a result of this recruitment may be used to fill other Senior Electrical Engineer vacancies that may occur within the District through October 15, 2021.

Examples of Duties:
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Plan, prioritize, and review the work of staff assigned to a variety of professional electrical engineering tasks associated with the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of District transmission and distribution facilities, generation facilities, and renewable projects.
  • Develop schedules and methods to accomplish assignments ensuring work is completed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Participate in evaluating the activities of staff, recommending improvements and modifications.
  • Provide and coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies.
  • Perform detailed and complex analysis of the District's transmission, subtransmission, distribution networks, and generation facilities, and provide power flow studies and recommendations related to the operation of the system.
  • Work with outside utilities and the District's balancing authority to accurately build and supply an updated transmission system model with approved forecasted peak loads.
  • Perform system import limit studies in compliance with NERC/WECC criteria; develop special protection systems to support import limits.
  • Develop the District's Transmission and Distribution 5 - Year Plan and updates to the Plan; assist with determining if new capital projects are needed to meet loading requirements for the District's distribution system electrical system elements.
  • Perform a variety of studies on the District's transmission, substation, generation, and distribution systems; design and specify equipment and settings.
  • Review NERC standards; prepare responses to Compliance Questionnaires and Reliability Standard Audit Worksheets as per NERC standards. Perform duties and responsibilities of Subject Matter Expert (SME) for assigned area(s).
  • Plan, design and oversee the construction of District generation facilities and/or upgrades to existing facilities.
  • Provide engineering support to other departments and divisions, as necessary.
  • Perform and support a variety of interconnection studies with outside utilities; evaluate the effect of new projects on the District's system.
  • Prepare complex engineering studies and reports; prepare a variety of technical reports, documents, and correspondence; prepare technical specifications; oversee and participate in the preparation and revision of design and construction standards.
  • Perform the most difficult work related to the management of electrical engineering projects related to the District's generation, transmission, distribution and substation facilities.
  • Represent the District in meetings with regulatory agencies, Joint Power Agencies, and the public regarding District projects.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other District employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Typical Qualifications:

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of technical, functional and/or direct supervision and training.
  • Principles and practices of electrical engineering as it relates to the operation of the District's electric system.
  • Budgeting techniques.
  • Pertinent local, State, Federal rules, regulations and laws.
  • Advanced project management methodologies.
  • Modern developments, current literature and sources of information regarding the electrical engineering profession.
  • Principles and practices of safety management.
  • Modern office equipment including the use of applicable computer applications.
  • Principles and practices of effective customer service.

Ability to:
  • Provide technical, functional and/or direct supervision over assigned staff; effectively train staff.
  • Perform the most complex electrical engineering duties including the management of complex projects.
  • Understand and interpret local, State, Federal rules, regulations and laws.
  • Participate in evaluating the activities of staff, recommending improvements and modifications.
  • Provide and coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Experience and Training

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Three years of responsible journey experience similar to Associate Electrical Engineer with the District.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Electrical Engineering or a related field.

License and Certificate: Possession of a valid California driver's license. Registration as a Professional Electrical Engineer.

Supplemental Information:
Qualified applicants must submit a completed District application. APPLY IMMEDIATELY. The recruitment will close upon receipt of a sufficient number of qualified applicants. Application screening will begin on or after December 4, 2020. Applications received after this date are not guaranteed consideration.

Applications will be reviewed on a comparative basis and only those most qualified will be invited to continue in the selection process, which will consist of an overall assessment of the individual's skills through (1) oral interview; and (2) contacting of references to include current and former supervisors. The applicant must perform successfully in each phase of the recruitment in order to continue in the selection process.


Applicants requiring necessary accommodations to the application process may contact Human Resources at (209) 526-7341. California Relay Service is available at (800) 735-2922 voice and (800) 735-2929 TDD.

The Modesto Irrigation District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.


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