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Electrical Distribution Systems Engineer / Electric Utility

Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc.

Location: Big Bear Lake, California US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: Bachelor's Degree
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: August 11, 2022
Reference Code: 5B.22

Performs a variety of Engineering compliance activities including environmental and code compliance / analysis with federal, state and local government agencies.  Develops and integrates the BVES, Inc. capital projects long range plan ensuring compliance with current and future regulatory requirements.  The incumbent will also be responsible for ensuring Engineering and Operations are compliant with Cal/OSHA requirements.  This position requires a strong understanding of electric utility distribution systems, environmental, code compliance, and advance use of spreadsheets, AutoCAD, GIS, and other engineering enterprise systems.  The incumbent interfaces with a variety internal departments and levels of management as well as external government agencies on a regular basis; therefore, good communication skills are essential.



  • Manages and ensure BVES, Inc. equipment (electrical components, etc.) are complaint with federal, state and local regulatory requirements (environmental, safety, licensing, testing, etc.)
  • Recommends projects to improve reliability and availability of the electrical distribution system
  • Performs standard electrical distribution engineering design and planning activities to include overhead and underground systems and substations
  • Performs work site surveillance to ensure compliance with work order and/or contract specifications.  Audits completed work orders to ensure work is accurately documented and that the work performed is compliant with specifications
  • Performs internal audits on compliance with California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) mandated General Orders (GO) 95 and 165
  • Reviews work orders to ensure compliance with electrical engineering design standards
  • Interfaces with and represents BVES, Inc. with applicable federal, state and local agencies regarding compliance issues
  • Establish and execute effective programs to evaluate each project from beginning to end and to ensure that all federal, state, county and city regulatory requirements are met
  • Manage and ensure successful permitting and compliance with requirements from federal agencies including the US Forest Service, the US Bureau of Land Management and the US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Manage and ensure successful permitting and compliance with requirements from state and local government agencies including California Department of Fish and Game, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH, also known as Cal/OSHA), the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the Department of Transportation (DOT),  the State Water Resource Control Board, the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)
  • Manage California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process when required for projects
  • Represents BVES, Inc. at industry related events and conferences
  • Manages schedules and reviews designs prepared by outside contractors to ensure compliance with company standards, safety orders, and governmental regulations
  • Acts in a lead capacity to plan, design, cost estimate, coordinate, and manage, modifications and or additions to company electrical facilities, including financial responsibility of project from onset through completion
  • Timely and professional correspondence with BVES, Inc. customers, stakeholders, and vendors
  • Ability to effectively manage several concurrent projects that vary in complexity and priority
  • Performs other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (preferred), Civil Engineering or closely related field 
  • Professional Engineer’s (PE) license in the California is strongly desired.  Note, that if the applicant does not have a PE in California, the applicant will be required to obtain a California PE license within 12 months of employment at BVES, Inc. in this position
  • Strong experience with overhead and underground distribution and substation design. Knowledge of SCADA and automated grid systems are highly desirable
  • Excellent knowledge and strong experience in working in a highly regulated environment and working with a large number of agencies such as: US Forest Service, US Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game, California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH, also known as Cal/OSHA), California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Department of Transportation (DOT), State Water Resource Control Board, California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)
  • Experience with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process
  • Experience and working knowledge of CPUC General Orders 95, 128, 165 and 174
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent computer software use skills including Word, Excel, Adobe, AutoCAD, and GIS
  • Collaborative/Team oriented
  • Organized with strong attention to detail and time management skills
  • High degree of initiative; self-starter 


About this Employer‍

At Bear Valley Electric, we work hard to provide you, our customers, with superior customer service, and dependable power. We do it each and every day, safely and with confidence. We are there for you, day and night, through the summer and the winter. We are your neighbors, your family, and your friends. You can always count on us.

Bear Valley Electric Service has served the Big Bear Valley since 1929. When Golden State Water Company acquired the company in 1938, we served a total of 147 customers. Today, we provide electric power to approximately 23,000 customers in the community, including:

  • Big Bear Lake
  • Big Bear City
  • Fawnskin
  • Erwin Lake
  • Moonridge
  • Sugarloaf
  • Lake Williams
  • Baldwin Lake

We serve a resort community with a mix of full-time and part-time residents. These 20,000 residents represent more than 87 percent of our customers. We also serve approximately 2,500 commercial, industrial and public authority customers, including the Bear Mountain and Snow Summit ski resorts.

Our employees have more than 300 years of combined experience in the electricity business. In addition to providing excellence in customer service, they are responsible for engineering, system operation and maintenance, planning, meter reading, accounting, and purchasing quality.