Electrical Engineer Specialist, Senior

City of Seattle, WA
September 1, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


Position Description
Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation's largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

Seattle City Light is hiring two Electrical Engineer Specialist, Sr's to perform engineering duties for the Joint Use Wireline and Wood Pole Design teams. One position will report to the Wood Pole Design Supervisor and one position will report to the Joint Use Wireline Supervisor.
Job Responsibilities
Here is more about what you'll be doing:

  • Evaluate structural loading of power poles and lines using field measurements, hand calculations, and CAD modeling software.
  • Review poles for compliance with SCL standards and the National Electric Safety Code (NESC)
  • Review proposals for new electrical services and new communication lines and determine the type and size of installation for electrical service.
  • Prepare letters to customers with construction requirements, scope of work, estimates, etc.
  • Perform complex, detailed pencil, ink or CAD drafting and preparation of maps, plans, revisions, activating the work order numbers, schematics and drawings of the electrical features of distribution systems and services.
  • Prepare work orders and work instructions, specify construction standards and materials, and estimate hours and costs.
  • Review work submitted by consultants and contractors to make recommendations on its acceptability against scope, budget, and schedule.
  • Coordinate with other departments, engineering and construction personnel, other government agencies, contractors, consultants, and the public to exchange information, coordinate work, answer questions and respond to complaints.
  • Training, technical oversight and occasional supervision of technical employees.
  • Performs other duties and projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications: In addition to the skills and experience mentioned below, a successful applicant will have experience that reflects a commitment to creating fair and equitable outcomes and has:

Experience/Education: Requires the equivalent of four years of electrical engineering experience and either an Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology or two years of college coursework in electrical engineering (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).

Certification/License: Washington State Driver's License or equivalent mobility.

Desired Qualifications - You will be successful if you have the following experience, skills, and abilities:

  • Experience working with power utility line design and construction
  • Field experience inspecting power poles.
  • Experience working with different government bodies on large projects.
  • Experience with public permitting processes.
  • Working knowledge of the NESC for overhead line construction.
  • Familiarity or experience with IKE4 and SPIDACALC/Studio
  • Experience managing projects related to electric utility distribution engineering design and construction.
  • Computer skills such as AutoCAD, Word, Excel, Windows, and WAMS
  • Ability to write clear, understandable and professional letters, memos and reports
  • Ability to give presentations to professional staff, management and government agencies
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to adapt to shifting and multiple priorities
  • Ability to work as a team member in a diverse workforce.
  • Knowledge of SCL infrastructure, construction specification and work practices.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice .
Additional Information
The full salary range for this position is $51.65to $57.87 per hour.

Application Process
Please submit the following with your online application:

  • A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and qualifications outlined in the job announcement
  • A current resume of your educational and professional work experience.

Who May Apply: This position is open to all candidates that meet the qualifications. Seattle City Light values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Seattle City Light encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process, including the completion of a background check. The background check will involve a criminal history check, which includes conviction and arrest records in compliance with the Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance , SMC 14.17 and the City of Seattle Personnel Rule 10.3 . A driving history review may be conducted in compliance with SMC 4.79.020 . Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at: https://www.seattle.gov/human-resources/benefits/employees-and-covered-family-members/most-employees-plans .

Want to know more about Seattle City Light? Check out our web page: http://www.seattle.gov/light/ .

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources | seattle.gov

Closing Date/Time: 9/5/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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