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Principal Electrical Engineer (Protection)

City of Anaheim Public Utilities

Location: Anaheim, California US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: Bachelor's Degree
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: July 7, 2021
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The City of Anaheim Public Utilities Department seeks a highly experienced Principal Electrical Engineer for the Electric System Protection section.  The Principal Electrical Engineer will lead, coordinate and perform a variety of advanced level professional duties and responsibilities involved in planning, design and research of various electric utility projects including electric system protection, control/SCADA systems, system automation, communications systems, and substations.  


Candidates must possess at least four years of responsible professional electrical engineering experience including one year of administrative and/or lead supervisory experience supplemented by a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from an accredited college or university with major course work in electrical engineering or a related field. Ideal candidates will possess additional years of professional electrical engineering and administrative and/or lead supervisor experience.  Candidates should possess experience with electric system protection in performing fault studies for relay settings and/or protection coordination.


Essential Functions

The following functions are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed functions and/or may be required to perform additional or different functions from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise, review, and participate in the work of staff responsible for providing electrical engineering services for an assigned section including electric system protection, system automation, substations, control/SCADA systems, and communications systems.

Establish schedules and methods for providing electrical engineering services; identify resource needs; review needs with appropriate management staff; allocate resources accordingly.

Participate in the development and implementation of goals and objectives as well as policies and procedures; make recommendations for changes and improvements to existing standards, policies, and procedures; monitor work activities to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures.

Participate in the selection of electrical engineering staff; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures.

Participate in the preparation and administration of an assigned program budget; submit budget recommendations; monitor expenditures.

Perform the most technical and complex engineering tasks of the work unit.

Answer questions, make presentations, and provide information and recommendations to the public, the City Council, the Public Utilities Board, and various committees; investigate customer complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints.

Manage the preparation of consultant services agreements, requests for proposals, construction bid packages, and related contract documents; evaluate and participate in the selection of outside consultants; negotiate contract agreements; manage the activities of selected consultants.

Manage complex projects for planning, designing and construction; prepare construction contract bid proposals, specifications and related contract documents; evaluate and participate in the selection of contractors; provide technical consultation for selected contractors.

Create, review, and approve electrical engineering and design standards for department projects and activities.

Participate in the acquisition of electrical equipment and electrical systems; prepare specifications and purchase requisitions; evaluate proposals and prepare award recommendations; manage the development of construction standards.

Develop and implement the multiyear plans; direct and participate in the planning of assigned capital improvement projects.

Monitor and ensure compliance with regulatory standards and requirements.

Maintain records concerning operations and programs; prepare technical reports and studies on operations and activities.

Coordinate activities with those of other divisions and outside agencies and organizations; provide staff assistance to assigned higher management staff; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of electrical engineering; incorporate new developments as appropriate into programs.

Perform related duties as required.



Experience and Education: Four years of responsible professional electrical engineering experience including one year of administrative and/or lead supervisory experience supplemented by a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from an accredited college or university with major course work in electrical engineering or a related field. An equivalent combination of experience and education sufficient to perform the essential job functions and provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.

Knowledge of: Operations, services, and activities of an assigned electrical engineering program; principles and practices of electrical engineering; procedures, methods and techniques of electric system protection, system automation, control/SCADA systems,  communication systems, computer systems and systems operations; and City engineering policies and procedures; principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation; computer hardware and software of electrical engineering and control systems such as SCADA and telecommunications equipment; basic principles and practices of budget preparation and administration; principles and procedures of record keeping; principles of business letter writing and report preparation; office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Ability to: Coordinate and direct an assigned electrical engineering program; supervise, organize, and review the work of assigned electrical engineering staff; select, train, and evaluate staff; recommend and implement goals, objectives, policies and procedures for providing engineering services; understand the organization and operation of the organization and of outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities; understand, interpret, and apply general and specific administrative and departmental policies and procedures as well as applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations; prepare clear and concise reports; participate in the preparation and administration of assigned budgets; interpret and explain City electrical engineering policies and procedures; prepare engineering computations; prepare and review engineering plans; perform technical research and solve engineering problems; perform complex analysis and mathematical computations; conduct comprehensive engineering studies and prepare reports and recommendations; plan and organize work to meet changing priorities and deadlines; effectively represent the City to outside individuals and agencies to accomplish the goals and objectives of the unit; work cooperatively with other departments, City officials, and outside agencies; respond tactfully, clearly, concisely, and appropriately to inquiries from the public, City staff, or other agencies on sensitive issues in area of responsibility; operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


License/Certification Required: Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license. Possession of State of California registration as a Professional Electrical Engineer.