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Assistant Engineer I/II - Electrical

companyValley Water
locationSan Jose, CA 95118, USA
PublishedPublished: 1/7/2023

Assistant Engineer I/II - Electrical

Valley Water

Salary: See Position Description

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 01568-E

Location: CA, CA

Department: Treated Water

Closing: 1/17/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Assistant Engineer - Electrical I: $108,576.00 - $139,048.00 annually
Assistant Engineer - Electrical II: $119,870.40 - $153,441.60 annually

Overview: Are you a recent Electrical Engineering graduate with 1-2 years of school project or work experience? Are you interested in gaining hands on experience and working on projects with an immediate impact on your community? If so, check out the Assistant Electrical Engineer position at Valley Water!

Valley Water is seeking an Assistant Electrical Engineer to join our Utility Electrical and Control Systems Engineering unit. This Assistant Electrical Engineer will support, under direct or general supervision, the peaking capital project need by providing critical electrical engineering support to various projects.

Raw water delivery operations depend on the reliable supply of electrical power for ensuring delivery of water to Valley Water treatment facilities, streams, and our customers. Water treatment and treated water delivery operations depend on the reliable supply of electrical power for ensuring delivery of safe, clean water to our customers in the Silicon Valley.

The Assistant Electrical Engineer will support 24 x 7 continuous Water Utility raw, treated and purified water operations, annual maintenance work plan, asset management plans. They will be responsible for the planning, design, development, implementation, modification, installation and maintenance of the Water Utility's critical electrical distribution systems in the area of water pumping, conveyance and treatment while ensuring work quality and adherence to professional codes, standards, and Valley Water specifications.

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

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in preparing electrical engineering schematics, specifications, drawings, wiring diagrams, power, lighting, and floor plans, conduit and wire schedules, electrical details, and other supporting documentation for commercial and industrial applications.
  • Assist in performing economic and financial analysis of projects; provide cost estimates and cost benefit analysis for comparison.
  • Assist in reviewing and commenting on drawings, plans, and other work submitted by external consultants, engineers, contractors, and developers for conformance with professional codes, standards, and Valley Water specifications.
  • Assist in preparing technical and administrative correspondence and reports.
  • Assist in conducting engineering studies, investigations, and analyses, such as conditional assessments, feasibility reports, event incident/root cause analysis reports, and engineering evaluations in support of a planned project/improvement, system deficiencies, non-code compliant conditions, and electrical system and process anomalies.
  • Assist in performing engineering calculations such as voltage drop, load studies, arc flash analysis, and short circuit and overcurrent protection. Prepare technical reports documentation regarding electrical engineering-related issues.

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:
Assistant Engineer I - Electrical
Experience: One year of Electrical engineering is desirable.

Assistant Engineer II - Electrical
Two (2) years of professional control system engineering experience.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

  • Apply electrical engineering principles, practices, concepts, and standards to engineering problems.
  • Prepare, understand, and interpret construction plans, schematics, specifications, drawings, and other electrical engineering documents.
  • Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present technical electrical engineering information and data in an effective manner.
  • Learn, interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations, and District engineering policies and procedures.

Ideal Knowledge:
Assistant Engineer I - Electrical

  • Principles, practices, concepts, and standards of electrical engineering.
  • Principles and practices of power distribution.
  • Operational characteristics of low and medium voltage electrical equipment.
  • Principles of mathematics and its application to electrical engineering work.
  • Practices of researching electrical engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective and technical reports.
  • Office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Principles and techniques for providing customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and District staff.

Assistant Engineer II - Electrical
In addition to the knowledge for Assistant Engineer I - Electrical:

  • Principles and practices of project budgeting, cost estimation, funding, project management, and contract administration.
  • Recent and on-going electrical engineering related developments, including information technology, current literature, and sources of information related to the operations of assigned area of responsibility.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility.

Ideal Training and Education:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in electrical engineering or a field related to assigned functional area(s).
Possession of a valid California Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Certificate with two (2) years of associated paraprofessional engineering experience

Required License or Certificate
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.

Engineer-In-Training (EIT) certification is desirable.

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

Utility Electrical & Control Systems Unit (Position Code 481)

COVID-19 vaccination requirement:
*To protect our most valuable assets, our employees, as well as the communities we serve, Valley Water requires all newly 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 live within 150 miles of their primary physical work location located in San Jose, California by their start date.

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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