Principal Principal Electrical Engineer – Operations and Maintenance, Environmental Services Department (ESD)

San José - Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility | San Jose, CA

Salary Range: $124,241.37 - $151,068.98 Annually
Open Date: 03/27/2018
Close Date: 04/26/2018

Position Description

Job ID#1800565

About the Department

The San José Environmental Services Department (ESD) is responsible for the management of solid waste collection and recycling; watershed protection and pollution prevention; municipal drinking water and recycled water; community sustainability initiatives, and the operation and infrastructure improvements of the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF). ESD’s mission is to deliver world class utility services and programs to improve our health, environment, and economy. ESD is comprised of a staff of over 530 with a diverse set of skills and specialties among our team. ESD staff demonstrates a strong commitment to teamwork, environmental protection, and building good partnerships.

The RWF is one of the largest wastewater treatment plants on the west coast and serves approximately 1.3 million residents and a 300-square mile service area. The RWF has been in continuous operations for more than 60 years old and in need of a significant rehabilitation and upgrade.

For more information about the Environmental Services Department, please visit @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram; or watch the following video: “Day in the Life”

Positions & Duties

ESD is seeking a Principal Engineer with primarily electrical engineering and with knowledge of mechanical engineering to join the RWF Operations and Maintenance (O&M) division. The position will be responsible for providing technical leadership on the long-term issues of Electrical, Instrumentation, Power and Air, HVAC, Power and Distribution along with Relay coordination. This position requires a very responsible individual with strong design and maintenance background, working experience with electrical generation and distribution systems, and experience in managing complex electrical design projects. Responsibilities will include a leadership role in implementing and ensuring reliability of the Facilities’ aging electrical infrastructure which consists of Primary Volts 115KV to 4160-volts distribution system, 4160-volt switchgear, 480-volt switchgear/ MCC’s, 4160-volt generators working in parallel with the emergency diesel generators and PG&E utility grid. The Principal Engineer will also participate in the establishment of the as-built electrical drawing project as well as coordinating engineering, construction and maintenance project with various engineers, consultants, contractors and operations and maintenance personnel.

This position reports to a Division Manager and works closely with the various trades and maintenance groups. The Principle Engineer will participate and provide O&M oversight for projects within the current adopted Capital Improvement Program masterplan including but are not limited to: Cogeneration Facility, New Headworks, HVAC Improvements, Clarifier Rehabilitation, Blower Rehabilitation, Filter Rehabilitation, Digested Sludge Dewatering Facility, Advanced Control and Meter Replacement, and Various Infrastructure Decommissioning.

The capital improvement group is co-located at the RWF and supported by a team of program management consultants and construction management staff from the Department of Public Works. The Division is responsible for maintaining and supporting a 10-year capital improvement program estimated at $1.4 billion at the RWF. This capital improvement program is an exciting opportunity that stands among one of the largest public improvement efforts in the South Bay.

The Principal Engineer is primarily responsible for performing duties and responsibilities as follows:

Subject Matter Expertise

The Principal Engineer provides subject matter technical expertise in the areas of electrical design, construction and operations. He/she will participate in the development, review, and/or approval of engineering studies, design guidelines and standards, design criteria, equipment specifications, technology selection, plans and specifications development for various Capital Improvement Projects, and participate in design workshops, etc. Strong working knowledge of the practices and principle with hands-on design experience in the areas of cogeneration, electrical distribution system, advanced automation and controls, and relay coordination.


The Principal Engineer represents the Division at key meetings including but not limited to executive leadership meetings, stakeholder group meetings, professional association meetings, and other meetings as required. Level of participation may involve preparation and delivery of staff reports, technical reports, budget proposals, and responding to questions from executive leadership. The Principal Engineer provides regular updates to the ESD leadership team on activities and progress related to RWF’s operation and maintenance of electrical generation and distribution systems, various maintenance repairs projects, and Capital Improvement Projects. The Principal Engineer also needs to stay current with the latest developments in the RWF to identify opportunities and challenges.

Operation and Maintenance (O&M) oversight for Capital Improvement Projects

The Principal Engineer provides technical direction and leadership through all phases of project planning and implementation from preliminary engineering/conceptual planning through start-up and commissioning. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to developing project work plans, scopes of work, analyzing project alternatives, providing technical direction to staff and designers, reviewing technical documents, plans, specifications, and estimates, developing recommendations and council memos, etc. The Principal Engineer also provides technical oversight and leadership for the RWF’s electrical cogeneration and distribution, various preventative maintenance activities, troubleshoot electrical equipment and instrument breakdowns and repairs, and coordinates stakeholder interactions with other ESD divisions, City departments, regulatory agencies, and other external stakeholders as required.

Position Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Electrical Engineering or closely related field. A Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or in a closely related field is desirable.

Experience: Eight (8) years of progressively responsible, directly related professional electrical engineering experience, including at least three (3) years of experience at a level equivalent to Senior Engineer.

Licenses or Certificates: California P.E. certification in Electrical Engineering. If candidate has P.E. certification from another state, California P.E. certification must be obtained within one year of date of hire. Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California Driver License.

Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

How to Apply

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