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Engineer (Electrical - Power System/Protection)

Metropolitan Water District

Los Angeles, CA
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Metropolitan Water District
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The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of twenty six cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan's mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan's facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five conventional water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.6 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 800 miles of pipeline, and 16 hydroelectric power plants.

ENGINEER (Electrical - Power System/Protection)


The Water Systems Operations Group, Operations Support Services Section, Power Equipment and Reliability Unit, Hydroelectric Team currently has (1) opening for an Engineer (Electrical) located at Metropolitan's headquarters in Los Angeles, California

The primary responsibility for this position is protection engineering for Metropolitan's electrical system including low, medium and high voltage systems. The position is responsible for performing power system protection analysis, calculations, and coordination of electrical engineering studies related to all protective relays; ensuring correct and safe operation of all protective relays; oversee and review complex switching on 230kV transmission systems, pumping plants, hydroelectric plants, and water treatment plants; performing detailed analysis and preparing reports to ensure MWD is current with existing regulation governing electrical power distribution and transmission systems, which include standards, permits, or coordination with Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), Independent System Operators (ISO), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the National Energy Commission (NERC).

Successful candidates must have thorough knowledge in the areas of power system engineering and practices; electric power system equipment; industry standards, applicable regulations and codes (including: NEC, NESC, NFPA, WECC, and NERC standards); power system analysis software packages and practices; and the ability to apply advanced engineering principles to identify and resolve complex issues.

Experience using protection systems related software such as SKM, ETAP, GE PSLF or other short circuit and load flow program; setting electromechanical as well as micro-processor based relays, and working knowledge of the principles and applications of high voltage and distribution voltage protective relays and relays system including Special Protection Scheme or Remedial Action Scheme. Must have an understanding of load flow and stability concepts; working knowledge of AC and DC relay circuit elementary drawing; or working level knowledge of developing a relay system commissioning test plan or System Operating Bulletins. Must also be familiar with power test equipment and high voltage switching and related safety practices

1. Leads the planning, coordinating, conducting, and monitoring tests, studies, investigations
2. Represents Metropolitan within area of responsibility with external entities; may negotiate and resolve issues
3. Leads and prepares technical documents and reports; prepares and makes presentations
4. Leads and develops, negotiates and administers contracts and agreements; oversees the work of vendors, consultants and contractors
5. Leads, plans, coordinates, and conducts projects, including monitoring scope, quality, budget, and schedule
6. Provides technical expertise within area of responsibility on projects, programs, and issues
7. Performs special assignments in support of Metropolitan initiatives
8. Leads and performs technical analyses and provides recommendations to support planning, design, construction, infrastructure reliability and/or operational issues
9. Leads and prepares and reviews design criteria, plans, specifications, submittals, cost estimates, and budgets
10. Leads and develops standards, procedures, guidelines, and manuals
11. May execute mathematical, statistical, and other models
12. Leads and performs site and construction inspections
13. May lead or perform emergency response duties
14. Maintains official records, documents, and data
15. Acts as Project Manager; plans, coordinates, and conducts projects within area of responsibility, including monitoring scope, quality, budget, and schedule
16. Performs other related Engineer job duties as required

Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field - defined as Electrical Engineering and six years of relevant experience, of which two years must have been at the Associate Engineer level (four years of relevant experience); or Master's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field - defined as Electrical Engineering and four years of relevant experience, of which two years must have been at the Associate Engineer level.

Relevant experience is defined as Electrical engineering experience in any combination of power distribution system and/or substation design; electrical control system design for motor or generator; power system analysis including short circuit, power flow, transient stability and relay coordination studies; or electrical apparatus testing.

General Required Knowledge of: Engineering principles, practices and applications in specific discipline; project management principles and practices; applicable federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations related to area of responsibility; project management; and current office technology and equipment

General Required Skills and Abilities to: Manage projects; analyze and interpret data; organize; engineering and project scheduling software; prepare and deliver presentations; prepare technical reports and correspondence; use independent judgment and exercise discretion; problem solve; prioritize and multi-task; communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; work independently and in a team environment; lead and train; and operate current office equipment including computers and supporting applications

Required at the time of application:
* Valid California Class C Driver License that allows you to drive in the course of your employment
* License in good standing as a California Professional Engineer (Electrical)

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met or may be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the job duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job duties

Physical Demands: The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; recurring lifting of moderately heavy items such as personal computers and record boxes. The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities such as above-average agility and dexterity

Work Environment: The work involves moderate risks or discomforts that require special safety precautions, e.g., working around moving parts, carts, or machines, or irritant chemicals; etc. Employees may be required to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, gowns, coats, boots, goggles, gloves, or shields

Work Schedule: 9/80, Monday - Friday with alternating Fridays off

40% Technical
15% Job Preparation (education, experience & training relevant to the position)
15% Written communication skills
10% Planning and organizational skills
10% Interpersonal skills
10% Oral communication skills
100% Total

* Competitive compensation
* Excellent medical, dental, life, vision
* Retirement plans, including pension plan and 401k
* Tuition reimbursement
* Training and advancement opportunities
* Excellent working environment
* Public transportation reimbursements and van pools
* On-site fitness center
* Hub of public transportation: Rail, subway, buses and taxis

For more information on MWD benefits, please use the following link:

This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. To receive a copy of the complete job description, please send an email to

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email

MWD is a Federal and State EO employer - Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories

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