Senior Electrical Engineer

  • City of Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto, California
  • Oct 19, 2022
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: $155,376.00 - $207,168.00 Annually USD

Job Description


Incumbents are responsible for providing advanced level technical project oversight of utilities engineering projects and supervising lower level utilities engineering staff. Incumbents provide complex technical guidance regarding high voltage electrical utility distribution, transmission, generation and fiber optics to electric operations senior staff, contractors and consultants, including providing guidance on utility and construction safety.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This supervisory classification is at the highest professional electrical engineering level. Incumbents perform management of City and consulting personnel in complex engineering work for an engineering function or section. Duties may include conducting and approving project initiation, preparing budgets, conducting annual and long term work planning, and developing and implementing engineering policies and procedures. Incumbents may represent the City in meetings with consultants, the public, and other agencies. This utility classification provides direct customer service for key customers. Supervising responsibilities include performance evaluations, coaching, training and discipline. Incumbents assume the responsibility of the Engineering Manager during his/her absence.
Essential Duties
Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Supervises professional and technical utilities electrical engineering staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff are trained; and making hiring, termination and disciplinary recommendations.Develops long-range plans to ensure capacities and reliability of applicable utilities.Performs project management for major electric systems projects, including scope of work, budget, contract and code compliance, electric safety, staffing, and public relations.Performs advanced design engineering activities for electric projects, including fiber optics, street lights, traffic signals, and communication projects, which includes identifying, ensuring, and making technical, cost, safety, reliability, functionality, code compliance, and feasibility decisions.Coordinates the design and installation of electric and telecommunication services with customers.Prepares working procedures and support for the division.Performs special utility studies and runs system models related to the operation and maintenance of the electric system, including fault analysis for the purpose of establishing relay and control settings for substations and distribution systems.Reviews, analyzes, and modifies electric engineering, equipment, and materials specifications and standards.Provides technical support and consulting for other internal departments related to electric engineering operational activities; delivers written and oral reports to management, City Council, and external agencies. Performs advanced electric engineering analysis.Participates in the preparation and administration of the Division budget, including capital improvement program budgets; monitors and approves expenditures in accordance with established policies.Analyzes and makes recommendations for revisions to the municipal code, Utility Rules and Regulations, and other applicable utility policy documents.Prepares a variety of complex reports related to electric engineering activities, operations, and projects.Serves as a liaison between the Department, the City, regulatory agencies and other external agencies and individuals.Participates in/on a variety of meetings, committees, forums, and/or other related groups in order to receive and convey information.Manages and oversees the work of contractors to ensure compliance with applicable project specifications and requirements.Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.
Desired Qualifications Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Excellent project management skills and significant experience in Capital Improvement Projects

Minimum Qualifications
Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge and skills, which would typically be acquired through:

BSEE and six years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licensing Requirements:

  • Valid California Driver's License;
  • Registration as a Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of California.

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Vaccination Status: The City of Palo Alto recently implemented a COVID19 vaccination policy, which requires employees reporting to work onsite to be vaccinated or regularly tested. Upon your start date, you will be asked your COVID19 vaccination status. If vaccinated, we will ask to see a copy of your vaccination card. A member of our Benefits team will explain the policy in more detail once onboarded.

The City of Palo Alto is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
This is a Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) position.

The City of Palo Alto offers its employees a generous benefit package, featuring family medical coverage, retirement, life insurance, plus 12 paid holidays per year.

  • Participation in a Governmental 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Fully paid employee and dependent Dental Plan
  • Fully paid employee and dependent Vision Plan
  • Fully paid Life and AD&D insurance equal to annual salary
  • Flat Rate City paid medical contribution which may allow employees to select a fully paid health plan
  • Fully paid Life Insurance equal to one-times annual salary
  • Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability plan
  • 12 annual paid holidays
  • Two to five weeks vacation annually depending on years of service per MOA
  • 96 hours annual sick leave
  • Direct Deposit
  • Flexible Spending Account for Healthcare and Childcare expenses

Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS)
  • 2% at60 formula for Classic Employees
  • One-year final compensation for 2% at 60 employees
  • 2% at 62 formula for New CalPers Members
  • Three-year final compensation for 2% at 62 employees only
  • Retiree Medical benefits for employee and dependents after 10 years of service

Please note: The City does not participate in CA State Disability Insurance (SDI) or Social Security.Since they City does not participate in SDI, City employees are not eligible to claim against the State's Pregnancy Disability Leave or Paid Family Leave programs.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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