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Job Category:
Engineer Electrical
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Job Description

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts. Our water is treated in California and distributed across 6 counties, providing nearly 19 million Californians with high quality water. Metropolitan's success is derived from our talented and diverse workforce whose efforts jointly drive the organization toward excellence. By joining our team, you will be faced with a challenging and exciting work environment allowing opportunities for training and career advancement. We offer excellent benefits and perks. Let's embark on creating a sustainable future together.

ENGINEER (Electrical)

The Engineering Services Group, Facility Development Section, currently has one (1) opening for an Engineer in the Design Unit for the Power Design Team.

This advanced level position will be responsible for the direction of a small group of electrical engineers and designers in the preparation and review of designs, plans, specifications, reports, schedules and cost estimates for complex projects for Metropolitan’s conveyance, treatment, storage and distribution systems. The work requires a high level of technical expertise in the electrical engineering and the exercise of independent judgment.

Responsibilities include, leading and preparing engineering design, calculations, plans, single line diagrams, schematics, specifications, estimates and reports for water treatment, conveyance and distribution systems; providing and leading technical support during construction; overseeing and performing factory acceptance testing and systems start-up; leading and performing investigations of existing facilities, structures, processes and equipment to resolve performance, operation, or reliability issues.

Other responsibilities include, providing specialized expertise in electrical engineering (medium and low voltage) with emphasis on electrical power systems, rotating electrical machinery and controls; performing more difficult phases of electrical engineering design of mid to large size projects; acting as a design manager for mid to large size electrical engineering projects, and coordinates project design with other disciplines; develops project scope, design criteria and staffing requirements for mid to large size electrical engineering projects; establishes schedule and budget, and monitors design progress; reviews project plans, drawings, specifications, studies, schedules and budgets for compliance with District technical standards, codes, procedures and practices; determines procedures and methods for use in the design of mid to large size engineering projects; Assists the Team Manager, Principal Engineer and Senior Engineer with quality assurance/quality control activities; provides electrical engineering support to Water System Operations Group and member agencies; coaches, trains and mentors lower level staff on electrical engineering design methods, procedures and practices; manages the activities of engineering design consultants.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday (Alternate Fridays off)


Education and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and six years of relevant experience, of which two years must have been at the Associate Engineer level; 

• Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and four years of relevant experience, of which two years must have been at the Associate Engineer level.

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. Electrical construction means, methods and equipment; engineering design software ETAP is desirable.

General Required Skills and Abilities to: Estimate; use engineering design software. 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.

Employees in this position are required to obtain and maintain the following certifications, licensing and registrations:

• 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

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.

Selection Procedure:
The applicant profile, resume, and response to the questionnaire will be used to screen an applicant’s ability to meet the minimum requirements. Based on a comparative analysis, only those candidates demonstrating the strongest backgrounds will be invited to participate in a written test and oral panel interview.

Job Related Selection Criteria:
15% Job Preparation (education, experience & training relevant to the position)
35% Technical Skills and Knowledge
30% General Competencies 
20% Oral and Written Communication Skills
100% Total

• Competitive compensation
• Excellent Medical, Dental, Life, Vision, Retirement plans including Pension plan and 401K (with matching employer contribution), tuition reimbursement, and more
• Training and advancement opportunities
• Excellent working environment 
• Public transportation reimbursements and van pools

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 jobs@mwdh2o.com.

Reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities may be requested by calling (213) 217-7738 at least five (5) working days in advance of the scheduled examination date(s).

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in parts of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The mission of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high-quality water to meet present and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan currently delivers an average of 1.7 billion gallons of water per day to a 5,200-square-mile service area.

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