Assistant Engineers (Electrical or Control Systems) perform a variety of professional electrical engineering assignments in connection with the operation of a large municipal water supply and wastewater utility. This is the second level position in the engineering series, which may include direction of lower level engineers or technical staff in specific project areas.
Assignments are under the direct supervision of registered engineers and provide qualifying experience for registration. Depending upon the specific division and work section, the ideal Assistant Engineer (Electrical or Control Systems) candidates should possess some of the following:
- Industrial electrical and control engineering work experience.
- Knowledge of up-to-date power and instrumentation and control systems.
- Experience coordinating electrical or control systems engineering activities with others including other discipline engineers/workgroups (e.g., mechanical, civil/structural, commissioning, etc.), consultants, contractors, and representatives of other agencies.
- Experience working collaboratively to provide timely and efficient service, and have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
- Excellent written and communication skills, and experience in conducting meetings and making presentations.
- The ability to explain technical information so that it is easily understood by a non-technical audience
The various divisions and work sections with an opening or openings for Assistant Engineer (Electrical or Control Systems) include the following:
Electrical Engineering – Design Division
The Electrical Engineering (EE) workgroup is part of the multi-disciplinary Design Division that is responsible for preparing electrical engineering studies and designs for capital projects to upgrade or replace power distribution systems, substations, reservoirs, pumping plants, and water treatment facilities. The ideal candidate will have technical expertise in power system engineering and analysis, corrective, predictive, and preventative maintenance standards. They will also possess the ability to learn and develop new areas of expertise as required by the tasks assigned to them.
Electrical engineers in EE workgroup are responsible for preparing construction drawings and specifications including electrical site plans, single lines, conduit and cable schedules, wiring diagrams, instrumentation diagrams, and design details for various electrical systems including mechanical and process equipment, switchboards/switchgears, motor control centers, heating, air conditioning, and lighting. Responsibilities also include providing electrical engineering support and expertise during the planning and construction phase of projects and to other East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) workgroups such as maintenance and construction.
Due to the specialization of work done by the section, the incumbent should have knowledge of electrical engineering principles, codes, standards, practices, and methods as applied to the design, construction, installation and testing of power distribution including medium- and low-voltage systems, motor control, process control, telemetry, automation, and electronically-based systems.
Plant Engineering Services – Operations and Maintenance
Plant Engineering Services (PES) is a multi-disciplinary group that provides engineering support to EBMUD's Operations and Maintenance Department to ensure safe, reliable, and sustainable operation of EBMUD equipment and facilities. PES supports a wide range of EBMUD facilities – large and small pumping plants, hydroelectric power generation plants, water treatment plants, office buildings, and maintenance yards. The ideal candidate will have strong technical expertise in power system engineering and analysis, corrective, predictive, and preventative maintenance standards, and industrial control system (ICS) or building automation system (BAS) programming and support. They will also possess the ability to learn and develop new areas of expertise as required by the tasks assigned to them.
Electrical engineers in PES work collaboratively with Electrical Technicians, Instrument Technicians, and Facilities Specialists to design and execute electrical and building control system modifications and upgrades that address safety and maintenance issues, plan for maintenance activities, create technical specifications for equipment purchases, support testing by EBMUD field forces, and develop maintenance plans and procedures. They also work closely with Electrical Technicians and Hydroelectric Power Plant Operators to monitor, troubleshoot, maintain, and repair EBMUD's Pardee and Camanche Reservoir hydroelectric power plants.
Typical duties include conducting engineering analyses and troubleshooting of electrical issues impacting system operations and maintenance; developing or modifying BAS control logic software; researching and writing technical reports; using power system simulation software to analyze load flow, transient motor starting, and arc flash hazard; specifying equipment and supporting its installation and testing; and investigating electrical system and ICS failures to determine root cause and provide recommendations for remediation.
SCADA Engineering – Water Operations
SCADA Engineering Section provides operation and maintenance technical support for the control systems of the water distribution and treatment operations with more than 300 facilities including water treatment facilities, pumping plants, reservoirs, regulators, and field offices. Control systems include SCADA systems, DCS systems, PLC control systems, single-loop controller typed systems, relay typed control systems, and the centralized security system with access control and video surveillance. The section is also responsible for designing and managing its local-area-networks (LAN) and wide-area-network (WAN) with various types of wired & wireless communication technology and equipment including radios, fiber optic, high-speed data lines, network routers, network switches, and firewalls. Leading cyber security management for its industrial control systems is also another core focus of the section.
The salary range is $9,469 per month increasing to $9,942, $10,439, $10,961 and $11,509 after 6, 18, 30, and 42 months, respectively.
EBMUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital or registered domestic partnership status, age for individuals over forty years of age, national origin, ancestry, disability (mental or physical, including AIDS and HIV), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veterans status, family or medical leave status, pregnancy, pregnancy disability leave status, or any other status protected by federal, state and/or local laws.
1. A bachelor's degree in an ABET-accredited electrical or control systems engineering curriculum OR a California EIT Certificate; and
2. Two years of professional electrical or control systems engineering experience (subsequent to obtaining the degree) at a level comparable to or higher than EBMUD's Junior Engineer classification. An advanced degree in an accredited electrical or control systems engineering curriculum may be substituted for one of the required years of experience.
Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record. Must be willing to work overtime when needed. Must possess the physical characteristics to perform the critical and important duties of the position including both office and field duties.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered. To be considered under the "equivalent combination of education and experience" provision, it is your responsibility to include in your application materials written evidence of employment performed at the level of the typical duties of this position and/or coursework in subject areas directly related to this position. For more information, see our FAQ page at http://www.ebmud.com/jobs/job-resources/job-faqs-frequently-asked-questions/.
The Selection Process:
1. This is an open-continuous process and will close once a sufficient number of qualified applications is received. If you meet the qualifications, please submit a completed EBMUD application and the supplemental information online at www.ebmud.com as soon as possible. Only application materials submitted online will be accepted.
2. Candidates must achieve a passing score on each test part in order to advance to the next step in the selection process.
3. All qualified applications and supplemental information submittals will be competitively evaluated, with those candidates demonstrating the strongest qualifications invited to a panel interview that includes a written work sample project. This step will be scheduled when a sufficient number of qualified applications is received, which is approximately 6 to 8 weeks from the time of application.
4. Successful candidates will be placed on the hiring list, based on rank, for further consideration to fill current regular vacancies, as well as others occurring over the next 12 to 24 months.
5. The probation period for this position is 12 months. For those holding civil service status, the probation period is 6 months.
6. All employment offers are conditional, pending the results of a Live Scan background screening. All selected finalists must participate in the Live Scan background screening process to remain in consideration for EBMUD employment.
As the first step in the selection process, supplemental information must be submitted online with the regular EBMUD application and will be evaluated on a competitive basis. The supplemental information includes attaching a cover letter (no longer than one page) along with your resume highlighting your relevant qualifications for Assistant Engineer (Electrical or Control Systems) positions.