Senior Electrical Engineer (PE Required)

Valley Water
San Jose, California 95118
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Senior Electrical Engineer (PE Required)

Valley Water

Salary: $12,414.13 - $15,891.20 Monthly

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 01418-E

Location: CA, CA

Department: Treated Water

Closing: 1/27/2022 11:59 PM Pacific

Utility Electrical & Control Systems Unit (Position Code 0969)

COVID-19 vaccination requirement:
*To protect our most valuable assets, our employees, as well as the communities we serve, Valley Water requires all new hired Valley Water personnel to be fully vaccinated (for COVID -19) or to be formally excused from the requirement through the **reasonable accommodation process (for details, see bottom of job posting)

Valley Water Telework Program: Eligibility for telework will depend on the type of work performed, operational needs, and the ability for the employee to perform the essential functions of their job duties while teleworking. Employment with Valley Water requires employees to work within 150 miles of their primary physical work location located in San Jose, California by their start date.

This position is eligible for a hybrid telework schedule, typically working 40% remote and 60% onsite, after completion of the probationary period (one year).

Do you have 6+ years of professional Electrical Engineering experience in a critical infrastructure environment? Are you a proven leader looking to make a difference in your community? If so, check out the Senior Electrical Engineer position below!

The Senior Electrical Engineer will serve as the team leader of the electrical & control group in the Utility Electrical and Control Systems Engineering unit. This position is responsible to lead and review the work of the team members. This position will monitor and control project schedule and expenditures, ensure work quality and schedule adherence to professional codes, standards, and Valley Water specific actions.
Raw water delivery operations depend on the reliable supply of power and timely and accurate execution commands and control data for ensuring delivery of water to Valley Water's water treatment facilities, streams, and our customers. Water Treatment and treated water delivery operations depend on the reliable supply of power and timely and accurate execution of Process Control Systems command and control data for ensuring delivery of safe, clean water to our customers in the Silicon Valley. This position is essential to ensure these operations are successful.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Organize, direct, lead, plan, and review the work of the section/team members, monitor and control project schedule and expenditures, ensure work quality and schedule, ensure adherence to professional codes, standards, and Valley Water specifications. As assigned, assume responsible charge of the review and preparation of engineering studies, reports, design, and contract documents for compliance with professional engineering standards and principles; stamp and/or sign such work to assume project engineering responsibility
  • Direct and participate in the inspection of work by Valley Water, contract, or consultant personnel for conformance to contract specifications.
  • Coordinate electrical & control engineering services with operations, maintenance, capital project teams, consultants, contractors, utilities, and other agencies; resolve issues with customers and partners as necessary.
  • Participate in the development and administration of assigned budgets; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor expenditures; implement adjustments.
  • Provide project planning and project management services; supervise and participate in project control including progress, schedule, costs forecasts, variances, critical path, change management, annual walk-through, and closeout procedures as assigned; conduct and participate in project review meetings.

Ideal Candidate's Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria as listed below.

Ideal Experience:
Six (6) years of professional engineering experience designing and maintaining industrial electrical systems in an operating environment, preferably in a critical infrastructure environment including at least two (2) years of lead responsibility.

Lead experience should include: supervising, leading and/or overseeing:

  • Planning, designing, and inspecting all phases of industrial electrical distribution engineering projects.
  • Troubleshooting and repairing existing industrial electrical distribution (both hardware and software).
  • Leading, coordinating and implementing full cycle industrial to electrical distribution projects ensuring no disruption of mission critical operations.
  • Collaborating with project teams to ensure that projects in planning, design, and construction phases are abiding by industrial to electrical distribution standards.
  • Developing technical policies and procedures and making recommendations for changes and improvements to existing standards and procedures.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

  • Planning, organizing, monitoring
  • Supervision and leadership
  • Technical capability to quality assurance and quality check of electrical engineering deliverable work product.

Ideal Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive electrical distribution systems including computer-based process monitoring and control systems in the area of water production, treatment and distribution systems.
  • Advanced principles and practices of electrical distribution systems design and installation.
  • Electrical distribution systems engineering theory and design concepts for electrical distribution systems.
  • Expert in industrial electrical distribution.
  • Principles and practices of electrical distribution systems network administration.
  • Hardware and software design development and implementation.

Ideal Training and Education:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in electrical engineering or a related field.

Required License or Certificate

  • Possess and maintain a valid license as a Professional Electrical Engineer issued by the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

To review the Job Description Specification, please click here (Download PDF reader)

Selection Process

(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.

NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.
COVID-19 vaccination requirement:
* Fully vaccinated means (1) it has been at least two weeks since a person has completed the entire recommended series of a COVID-19 vaccine, and (2) the person has provided proof of vaccination in a form consistent with the requirements for verification of vaccine status in the State of California's July 26, 2021 Public Health Officer Order.
**Limited Exemptions to Vaccination Requirement
An individual who has been provided a job offer may request a reasonable accommodation to the vaccination requirement if they:
1. Have a contraindication recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or by the vaccine's manufacturer to every approved COVID-19 vaccine. A contraindication means a condition that makes vaccination inadvisable;
2. Have a disability and are requesting an exception as a reasonable accommodation based upon this disability; or,
3. Object to COVID-19 vaccination based on their sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.
Valley Water's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.

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