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Sacramento Municipal Utility District Hydro Generation Electrical Designer II in Sacramento, California


Posting/Working Title:

Hydro Generation Electrical Designer II


Power Generation

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Under general supervision, performs the design of less complex generation facilities resulting in the release of a Design Change Notice (DCN) package for construction or other fieldwork. Performs all necessary field investigations, drafting, calculations, standards applications, inspections and other design responsibilities associated with the DCN packages. Coordinates with agencies, office and field personnel during the process.

Nature and Scope: This is the first level in the Generation Designer classification series to perform the full scope of the design process to produce DCNs. This is a learning level in the Generation Designer series and guidance is available from team members and lead positions. Incumbents are required to advance to the Generation Designer III level by learning design maintenance and construction practices and processes necessary to perform higher-level design work. Also, incumbents are required to complete training and educational requirements, prove knowledge and abilities through testing and performance measurement, and exhibit proficiency in skills required at the higher level.

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Desirable Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering or a related field.

  • Experience with electrical design.

  • Prior electrical utility experience.

Base Salary Hourly High:


Selection Process:

Initial Review, Qualifications Interview, Follow-Up Interview

Pay Scale Group:


Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge of: Basic electrical generation facilities design, operating principles, maintenance and construction standards, terminology and symbols; basic electrical generations systems calculations of electrical, mechanical and civil quantities and clearances; materials, apparatus, equipment and tools used in the electrical generation industry; materials, methods, and equipment used in mechanical, freehand and AutoCAD drawing and lettering; the Work Management System, GIS and other databases and generation facilities tools utilized within SMUD; and powerhouse locations for frequent field trips.

Skill To: Efficiently design DCN packages for the less complex generation facilities modifications or additions; accurately and efficiently develop/revise work sketches, facilities maps and other engineering drawings both manually and with AutoCAD; operate digital equipment and accessories; negotiate, coordinate and deal effectively with contractors, engineers, utilities, public agencies and other SMUD employees; interpret maps, construction plans, DCN packages and associated documents; and, safely perform technical work in a field environment.


Must possess and maintain a valid California Drivers License and a satisfactory Driving record (not more than two moving violations in the last two years).

Position Type:

Limited Term

Physical Requirements:

This position is located at SMUD's hydro generation facility at Fresh Pond, approximately 70 miles east of Sacramento.

Work Schedule is Monday through Thursday, 10 hours per day (6am - 4:30pm).

Position Location:

Fresh Pond

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Performs design work principally for the less complex generation projects; ensures all necessary approvals are obtained and scheduling is accomplished; serves as a primary contact from job initiation through completion; coordinates and communicates work status with outside agencies; consults with field crews and contractors regarding the application of SMUD requirements.

  • Makes site visits to gather and/or verify information, convey requirements or coordinate tasks with field workers.

  • Conducts on-site field inspections to verify proper facility installations by contractors or SMUD field forces to ensure conformity with applicable codes and design requirements.

  • Reviews maps, drawings, plans and other data sources to extract information necessary for design; develops construction drawings, including equipment/facilities drawings, wiring diagrams and job instructions/notes.

  • Applies SMUD rules, regulations, maintenance or construction standards and other guidelines to develop design alternatives and define the work scope; incorporates safety code requirements and SMUD safety requirements in all designs; applies local and government agency rules and regulations.

  • Interprets DCN packages and associated documents; develops and revises engineering drawings, using CAD and manual drafting skills as required.

  • Evaluates and analyzes data and prepares reports; makes routine engineering calculations associated with piezometer and inclinometer field readings.

  • Assists Generation Designer IIIs and IVs with the physical tracing of wiring in control panels, switchboards and distribution panels.

  • Assists in training and coaching Generation Designer I incumbents.

Base Salary Hourly Low:


Additional Posting Info for Candidate:

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) - Who We Are

As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers.

Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.

California Equal Pay Act

SMUD is committed to ensuring we're a workplace where diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), are part of who we are and how we do things. Supporting efforts that promote pay equality is part of that. Salary placement for the selected candidate will be determined in alignment with the California Equal Pay Act.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

SMUD respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers. Our Board's policy for Employee Relation sets our commitment to developing and maintaining a high quality, inclusive workplace that engages and inspires employees to commit to SMUD's purpose, vision and values.

Why Sacramento, California?

The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state's sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally-rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country's top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49er's aren't far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater to name a few.

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Exciting limited term opportunity to join SMUD's hydro generation team supporting the Upper American River Project (UARP), a hydroelectric system consisting of 11 dams and 8 powerhouses with total installed capacity of approximately 687 MW.

This position is located at SMUD's Fresh Pond facility that is located 70 miles east of Sacramento.

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