Associate (Electrical) Engineer - Conveyance & Storage Project Management
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA

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Come work for the largest importer and distributor of water in the Western United States, with a proud record of reliably delivering high-quality drinking water to Southern California for over 75 years! Our system conveys, treats and delivers an average of 1.7 billion gallons of water per day to 19 million customers in our service area.

Our employees enjoy highly competitive salaries and excellent retirement, medical, dental, 401K, and other benefits (please see our website).

Associate (Electrical) Engineer - Conveyance & Storage Project Management

The Engineering Services Group, Program Management Section, currently has one (1) opening for an Associate (Electrical) Engineer within the Conveyance & Storage Program Management Team of the Program Management Unit at our Los Angeles Union Station facility.

The Associate (Electrical) Engineer hired through this recruitment will work with engineers, other project managers, construction managers, water system operations staff, and technical specialists in an exciting, challenging environment with broad opportunities for career advancement. The successful candidate will be involved in exciting projects associated with our existing facilities and the design of new facilities required to meet future needs.

Metropolitan currently owns and operates: Five water treatment plants, the largest of which delivers up to 750 million gallons of water per day; the Colorado River Aqueduct, a 242-mile conveyance system designated as a national historic engineering landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers, which conveys 1.7 billion gallons of water per day from Lake Havasu to Southern California; 775 miles of pipelines, ranging up to nearly 20 feet in diameter; and numerous pumping plants, hydroelectric generating stations, and support facilities.

In addition to excellent pay and benefits, the individual hired for this position will have the opportunity to work with other professionals whose knowledge and experience has helped to create and maintain the most renowned organization in the water industry! This position will be located at our Los Angeles headquarters, conveniently located next to Union Station, but there will be ample opportunity to travel to our field facilities throughout Southern California in support of our projects.

This position will be responsible for the management of multiple electrical power system projects within Metropolitan’s Capital Investment Plan (CIP), which includes facility upgrades, repairs and rehabilitation. Facilities include high voltage transmission lines, pumping plants, power distribution lines, auxiliary power systems, switchyards, transformers, standby generators and protection relays.

The work typically includes preparing and/or supervising the preparation of Treatment Plant engineering investigations and economic studies of engineering projects; developing and monitoring project budgets and schedules; developing project work scopes and justifications; developing design criteria and project team staffing requirements; preparing Board letters and PowerPoint presentations for project authorizations and funding by Metropolitan’s Board; providing technical leadership during the conceptual and preliminary design phases; providing project management leadership during preliminary design, final design and construction phases; coordinating with other internal groups to ensure project goals are addressed; identifying and coordinating the need for environmental assessment; delivering presentations on projects to Metropolitan management; preparing regular status reports on assigned projects; utilizing various software to obtain and present project data; preparing project management plans, preliminary design reports, studies and investigations; and reviewing project plans, design drawings, and design specifications for compliance with authorized project scope and for value engineering opportunities .


· Performs the more difficult design phases of major engineering projects; determines procedures; assigns to subordinate engineers the development of plans, specifications and detail drawings of a project.

· Makes engineering studies, prepares plans, specifications, estimates and reports, or directs field engineering activities in connection with maintenance, inspection, and operation of a wide variety of engineering projects for his group.

· Prepares or assists in preparing written reports on above activities.

· Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: 9/80


Education and Experience:

· A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate field of engineering OR successful completion of the California Engineer-In-Training examination;


· Two (2) years’ engineering experience at the level of Assistant Engineer.

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations Requirements:

· A valid driver’s license from state of residency equivalent to a California Class C (passenger car) or higher.

Physical Requirements: Class 2 – Light

· This class includes administrative and clerical positions requiring light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10-pound limit and some bending, stooping, or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.

Selection Procedure:

· The applicant profile, resume, and response to the questionnaire will be used to screen an applicant’s ability to meet the minimums requirements.

· Based on a comparative analysis, only those candidates demonstrating the strongest backgrounds will be invited to participate in a written test and an oral panel interview.

Job Related Selection Criteria:

• 20% Job Preparation (education, experience & training relevant to the position)

• 25% Technical Skills and Knowledge such as:

§ Electrical power design;

§ Public works construction concepts and techniques.

• 25% Project Management, Organization, and Planning Skills and Knowledge such as:

§ Engineering project management concepts and techniques, including scoping, budgeting, benchmarking, scheduling, negotiating, estimating, and planning; status reporting; project controls; project team building; conflict resolution; and leading project staff.

• 15% Oral Communication Skills

• 15% Written Communication Skills

100% Total

This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. To receive a copy of the complete job description, please send an email to .

If the position requires a college/university degree, said degree must have been issued by an educational institution recognized as accredited by the United States Department of Education. Degrees issued by educational institutions outside the United States must include documentation validating the equivalency of that degree to the same degree in the United States to be considered acceptable for Metropolitan purposes.

Reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities may be requested by calling (213) 217-7738 at least 5 working days in advance of the scheduled examination date(s).

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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