Electrical Engineer, Supervisor

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.

The Engineering & Technology Operations Division of Seattle City Light is looking for an Electrical Engineering Supervisor, to join the Wood Pole Utility Design team. This is a working supervisor position which requires strong supervisor skills along with strong engineering skills. The successful candidate will lead a group of engineers working on pole replacement work, assigning work as it comes into the group; offering direction and advice on projects within the group; approving work before it is issued to customers, crews, and contractors; and leading culture change and RSJI principles.

The supervisor also performs all supervisory functions, including conducting team and one-on-one meetings, and tracking and approving time for the group. The supervisor will be heavily involved in the training needs of this team, to include CAD, SCL Standards, NESC IKE4, and SpidaStudio. The supervisor will also PE endorse applicable work packages. This position will report to the Joint Use Engineering & Wood Pole Design Team Manager.
Job Responsibilities
Here is more about what you'll be doing:

  • Supervises or serves as project engineer/coordinator on projects related to wooden pole replacement.
  • Uses PE credentials to endorse work package designs prior to construction.
  • Trains assigned engineers in current or future technology to comply with work practices and procedures, ensuring NESC and standards compliance
  • Supervises highly complex detail design work for equipment installation, station construction or facility projects.
  • Supervises the preparation of preliminary and long-range plans, estimates, budgets, material requirements, detail final plans, specifications, work orders and instructions, customer instructions and schedules, operating and maintenance instructions, special conditions, and agreements.
  • Serves as divisional reviewer of final plans, specifications, and agreements and coordinates the work of contractors, affected public agencies, and utility crews.
  • Provides instructions to field crews and answers questions concerning design issues.
  • Monitors progress of construction projects.
  • Approves contract change orders and payments.
  • Supervises the coordination and review of work submitted by consultants and manufacturers.
  • Supervises the preparation of progress and final reports and estimates.
  • Participates in the selection, hiring, and performance appraisal of subordinates and performs other personnel/administrative tasks.
  • Supervises the preparation of specifications and evaluation of bids for new equipment.
  • Supervises subordinates who draw plans and details manually or with computer-aided drafting and design applications.
  • Supervises the survey of sites, determination of design needs or problems and location of equipment.
  • Makes presentations and acts as team leader on special projects as assigned.
  • Performs other duties of a comparable level/type 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:

This class requires a total of 6 years: Requires three years professional electrical engineering experience equivalent to the Associate Electrical Engineer level, including two years supervisory experience and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering; or other combinations of education and/or experience which provides preparation to do professional electrical engineering work.

  • Current Washington State driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility.
  • Registration as a Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of Washington is required.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment.
  • Field assignments may entail exposure to all types of weather, traffic, hazardous/toxic substances, high voltage energized equipment and work in or near construction sites.
  • May be required to work nights, evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.
  • Overnight travel may be required.

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

  • Experience working with Distribution or Joint Use engineering.
  • Experience with current pole engineering practices and standards.
  • Knowledge of and direct experience with CAD, NESC, SCL Standards, IKE4, and SpidaCalc/Studio.
  • Good interpersonal, technical writing and oral communications skills.
  • Willingness to learn and accept responsibility, comply with safety rules and regulations, work efficiently, effectively, and independently.

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 $62.74to $72.75 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: Careers at Seattle City Light - City Light | seattle.gov

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: Continuous

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