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Associate Electrical Engineer or Electrical Engineer
The City of Pasadena Water & Power Department is seeking a highly qualified Professional Electrical Engineer to manage the staff and projects assigned to the substations engineering section of the Power Delivery division.

Appointment will be made at the Associate Electrical Engineer or Electrical Engineer level depending on experience and qualifications.


Electrical Engineer is the advanced professional-level/supervisory class in the electrical engineering class series. Staffing for the class is found in the Department of Water and Power. 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, substations and for new and upgraded electrical services for customers. 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 are either general or project-focused, requiring the exercise of independent judgment and initiative in coordinating the work with other units and external customers, contractors, consultants and entities.
Electrical Engineer is distinguished from Associate Electrical Engineer in that incumbents in the former class are expected to perform routine to difficult professional electrical engineering work, only requiring an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Certificate and a lesser degree of engineering experience.

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Position: Associate Electrical Engineer or Electrical Engineer
Organization: City of Pasadena Water & Power
Location: Pasadena,  CA 
United States
Salary: See job description for specific salary information
Posting Start Date: 1/20/2021
Date Posted: 1/20/2021

The major responsibilities of this position are listed below. For more detailed information, please review the Associate Electrical Engineer and/or Electrical Engineerjob descriptions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Works with Utility Service Planning staff to identify customer needs for new and upgraded electrical services and provide timely, efficient and cost effective solutions; reviews and approves or develops electrical engineering design drawings, detailed engineering construction plans and service plans to ensure conformance with department standards; develops project schedules and cost estimates for labor and materials; prepares PJOs for approval and serves as project manager through their completion; develops plans and cost estimates for private property vault repairs and replacements.

  • Participates in system load analysis to identify peak loads and load profiles; prepares load projections; performs system load flow, stability and short circuit studies; prepares mitigation plans to address potential circuit overloading condition.

  • Trains subordinates in a wide variety of tasks.

  • Prepares a variety of correspondence and reports on technical engineering issues; may prepare City Council agenda items.

  • Regular attendance is an essential function of this classification.



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
  • Learning Agility - Seeking learning opportunities and applying the lessons to one's work
  • Oral Communication- Engaging effectively in dialogue
  • Writing-Communicating effectively in writing
  • Relationship Building- Establishing rapport and maintaining mutually productive relationships Project Management- 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


Associate Electrical Engineer
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in electrical engineering or a related engineering discipline, and at least two years of progressively responsible electrical engineering experience at the level of Assistant Electrical Engineer; or equivalent combination of training and experience.
An Engineer-in-Training certificate issued by the California State Licensing Board is required
Electrical Engineer
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. Probationary work test period is one year.


There is currently one vacancy in the Power Delivery division of the Water and Power Department.
A valid California Class C driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the City's vehicle insurance program.

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Status: This listing expires on: 5/30/2021
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Organization Information
City of Pasadena Water & Power
PO Box 7115

Pasadena,  CA 91109
United States
(626) 744-4366
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