Requirement: To be considered qualified for this position, possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Professional Electrical and/or Control System Engineer issued by the State of California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors is required at the time of application submission.
At Sonoma Water, the Water Agency Electrical Engineer III will primarily work with the Engineering, Operation and Maintenance, and Administrative divisions. They will manage technically complex projects, and coordinate with internal stakeholders regarding project objectives, scoping, and scheduling. Additionally, they prepare and review contracts, review project design documents, and support Sonoma Water's strategic plan objectives. Additional responsibilities include:
- Coordinating with consulting engineers regarding design
- Facilitating technical design review at project milestones with non-technical stakeholders
- Providing design review for compliance with Sonoma Water project requirements, and applicable codes and standards
- Performing submittal review of manufacturer shop drawings and equipment data
- Supporting Requests for Information (RFI) development
The ideal candidate for this position will work well in collaborative environments with high engagement, have excellent communication skills with the ability to work with technical and non-technical staff, and possess:
- Significant engineering design experience
- Experience preparing contract documents for construction (drawings and specifications)
- Experience working with water/wastewater treatment systems
- Thorough understanding of NFPA 70 and familiarity with NFPA 70E
- Electrical engineering experience related to motor control and motor protection, 480-volt power systems, and medium voltage systems (such as 4,160-volt, 12,000 volts, etc.)
- The ability to organize and prioritize competing priorities and track multiple processes
- Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills to address engineering challenges
What We Offer
Working at Sonoma Water offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:
- A hybrid telework schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we serve may be available depending on the assignment
- Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
- Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
- County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
- An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $1500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
- County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
- Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
- May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
About Sonoma Water
Sonoma Water is a special district formed by the California State Legislature in 1949 and is responsible for providing a safe and reliable water supply to its customers in Sonoma and Marin counties. Sonoma Water also maintains 75 miles of flood control channels and provides sanitation services. Employing approximately 250 employees, Sonoma Water consists of the following divisions Engineering and Resource Planning, Environmental Resources, Community and Government Affairs, Water and Wastewater Operations, Maintenance, and Administrative Services. Sonoma Water supports the concept of environmental sustainability, focusing on renewable power sources, and strives to be a leader in its water conservation and fishery restoration programs.
Employees of Sonoma Water are employees of a special district and are not subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance of the County of Sonoma. The formal title for this position is Water Agency Engineer III.
This position is being conducted to fill a Water Agency Electrical Engineer III. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.
APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.
Education: Any combination of education and training that would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in mechanical, electrical, or civil engineering with emphasis in water resources, hydraulics, hydrology, or a closely related field would provide such opportunity.
Experience: Any combination of experience that would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, two years of water or wastewater engineering experience at a level comparable to Water Agency Engineer II would provide such opportunity.
Certification: Possession of a valid certificate of registration in one of the specialty areas, depending on assignment.
Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Professional Mechanical Engineer issued by the State of California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.
Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Professional Electrical and/or Control System Engineer issued by the State of California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.
Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Professional Civil Engineer issued by the State of California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.
License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license at the appropriate level, including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Considerable knowledge of: civil, electrical and/or mechanical engineering principles, practices and methods with particular reference to the planning, design, construction and operation of water and wastewater facilities, and the design and construction of flood control projects; methods and techniques of water modeling; principles of ground water management; statistics and advanced mathematics; topographic and construction surveying, stress analysis, analytical mechanics and the strength, properties and uses of construction materials; common methods and equipment utilized in engineering construction and of inspection methods used in reviewing such work; real property descriptions; engineering design, drafting methods, and equipment; and principles of budgeting relative to water and wastewater related projects.
Working knowledge of: principles, practices and techniques of supervision and training; public speaking principles and practices and public relation styles and techniques; CEQA; and the fundamentals of specification writing.
Ability to: organize work, set priorities and exercise independent judgment; prepare designs and make accurate drawings and maps; make accurate mathematical calculations and neat and accurate field notes; apply principles of logic and scientific reasoning to develop and evaluate alternative courses of action and determine appropriate solutions; read, understand and interpret complex technical and legal documents, maps, technical drawings and plans; listen attentively and participate in negotiations by providing required data and information; adjust workload changes and work under stress to meet deadlines; develop and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of representatives from governmental and private agencies, construction and consultant contractors, coworkers and the public; make presentations before public agencies and community groups; and write clearly and concisely in order to prepare technical reports, correspondence, and maintain records.
In addition, knowledge specific to the specialized areas is required as follows:
Considerable knowledge of: the principles, practices and techniques of civil engineering with particular reference to water supply, wastewater collecting/treatment facilities and flood control; statistics and advanced mathematics; ground water modeling; water supply and water reuse planning; topographic and construction surveying, stress analysis, analytical mechanics and the strength, properties and uses of construction materials, common methods and equipment utilized in engineering construction and of inspection methods used in reviewing such work; and real property descriptions.
Considerable knowledge of: electrical engineering principles, practices, and terminology, with particular reference to water supply and wastewater collecting/treatment facilities and flood control; electrical and/or control systems; power; physics and chemistry; communication systems, telemetry, basic electric, electronic, and solid-state circuits; the principles and methods of testing electrical materials and equipment; principles, methods, and systems of corrosion control; computer-based systems, instrumentation and equipment; and local, state, and national electrical codes.
Considerable knowledge of: mechanical engineering principles, practices and terminology with particular reference to water supply and wastewater collecting/treatment facilities and flood control; hydraulics, engineering mechanics and mechanics of materials; pump selection and performance; corrosion control; engineering mathematics and statistical analysis and techniques; and the principles and methods of testing mechanical equipment.
Duties require sitting and standing for prolonged periods. Additionally, walking on level, inclined, uneven, wet and slippery surfaces; reaching, kneeling, bending, stooping and climbing over objects is required in the performance of routine duties when visiting field and equipment sites. The incumbent may, while monitoring projects in the field, be subjected to all weather conditions including wet, hot, and cold. During project inspections and field site visits, incumbents may be exposed to dust, pollen and loud noises. The position also requires both near and far vision when inspecting work. The nature of the work also requires the incumbent to climb ladders and be around mechanical, electrical and/or structural hazards.
Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying
- Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
- You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
- You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
- Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.