Senior Engineer (Electrical)
Irvine Ranch Water District - Irvine, CA

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General Description

Independently apply experience and knowledge to perform electrical and instrumentation work on complex and difficult projects. Make decisions on engineering issues and supervise the work of engineering personnel. Plan, organize, coordinate, and lead the activities of electrical staff in the engineering department.

Essential Job Duties:

The following is a non-exclusive list of essential duties and responsibilities. The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar or related as determined by the incumbent’s supervisor.

Act as Project Manager for large complex planning, design, and/or construction projects.

Plan, schedule, assign, monitor, and evaluate the work of technical staff and consultants engaged in preparing designs, plans, specifications, cost estimates, and reports for implementing electrical and instrumentation improvements including power distribution, lighting, instrumentation, control system development and programming, and communication systems.

Provide technical support during construction from contract award through startup including supervision of acceptance testing of electrical and instrumentation and control system components and supervision of control system integration efforts.

Manage the District's electrical and instrumentation design and construction standards and recommend new standards for development.

Prepare correspondence and reports.

Maintain a variety of records.

Provide technical support of water, sewage, and recycled water system operational requirements.

Prepare agenda items and supporting material for Committee and Board action.

Prepare and check contract drawings for correctness.

Review contractor submittals.

Direct preparation of record drawings.

Prepare and review specifications and cost estimates.

Prepare progress estimates and recommend change orders/variances.

Participate in the selection, counseling, and training of employees.

Review and evaluate performance of assigned personnel on a periodic basis.

Recommend salary adjustments, promotions and disciplinary action for assigned staff.

Coordinate projects and maintain good relationships with representatives from other water agencies, city, county, regulatory agencies, Cal Trans and landowners.

Operate personal computers including word processing, spreadsheet, scheduling, email, internet, and database software.

Ensure appropriate safety training for work being performed by your staff. Ensure safety meetings of at least 30 minutes in duration, are held quarterly. Conduct planned visual safety inspections and report findings to the Safety Office quarterly. All employees are required to notify their supervisor and the Safety Office of any sub-standard working conditions.

Responsible for all other work related duties.


Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Master’s degree in electrical engineering preferred.

Seven years of electrical engineering experience with design and construction of motor control centers, variable frequency drives, engine controls, chemical dosing systems, lighting controls, HVAC controls, pneumatic control systems, and 24 VDC and 4-20 mA power and signal circuits. Strong organizational, planning, analytical, and written and oral communication skills are required. Supervisory experience desirable.

Experience with Wonderware System Platform 2012 (ArchestrA); Modicon PLCs and the ProWORX NxT, Unity Pro, and Concept programming environments; and communication systems including radio telemetry systems and industrial control Ethernet networks is desirable.

Licenses/Certifications Required

Valid Class 'C' California Driver's License.

Registered Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of California.

Additional Information: The physical and mental demands described below are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Language Ability and Interpersonal Communication
Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of office/field employees and management. Represent District in a professional manner when dealing with outside professional and vendors. Ability to explain, demonstrate and clarify to others within well established policies, procedures and standards, as well as the ability to follow specific instructions and respond to simple and difficult requests from others.

Mathematical Ability
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide and calculate percentages. Understanding of advanced principles and mathematical reasoning and the ability to successfully apply that knowledge to solve scientific and engineering problems.

Judgment and Situational Reasoning Ability
Ability to use good personal judgment and discretion in performing all job functions. Ability to remain calm in crisis and emergency situations. Ability to use discretion when handling and disseminating sensitive information.

Physical Requirements
Regularly required to sit, walk, bend, stoop and stand. Occasionally required to lift up to 25 lbs.

Environmental Adaptability
Noise level is generally equivalent to typical office environment. Ability to work in an environment which may expose employee to hazardous materials and environment. Occasional visits to construction sites where noise level may be higher than typical office environment.