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El Centro, California
United States
Engineering - Electrical
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Engineer I (Energy Department)

Imperial Irrigation District

ENGINEER I (Energy Department)


Under general direction, plans, coordinates and performs activities in the areas of planning, engineering design; maintenance of electrical systems; operations regarding electrical engineering functions; and oversees electrical engineering projects. Performs other duties as assigned.


The Engineer I is distinguished from the Engineer, Assistant in that incumbent is required to have an EIT certification. Progression to the next level will depend vacant positions at the higher level.

This classification requires a degree in engineering; and certification as an Engineer-In-Training (EIT) or Professional Engineer (PE) exam with a minimum of four years professional engineering experience.

May be consulted on a 24-hour basis regarding engineering problems of an emergency nature, or may be required to supervise emergency repair work.


The examples of essential functions listed below are representative but not necessarily exhaustive or descriptive and may be assigned other related functions not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment for the position.

1. Prepares, reviews and approves engineering designs and plans and project specifications; prepares estimates for projects and systems; investigates problems and recommends solutions; performs systems analysis; prepares engineering calculations, conducts analysis and performs studies and submits results and recommendations for planning or various purposes.

2. Performs economic feasibility studies; prepares and evaluates requests for proposals relating to projects requiring engineering work; coordinates projects with other sections, outside agencies, contractors and consultants.

3. Participates in the preparation of project budgets, estimates project costs and provides cost justifications; monitors and ensures cost control of projects within budget and time constraints.

4. Directs, prepares, reviews and approves contract documents and specifications, makes modifications and recommends alternatives; oversees contractors; reviews and inspects work in progress to ensure compliance with standards and specifications; performs performance tests and evaluates results; prepares and submits reports.

5. May lead and direct small to medium size engineering projects; oversees and reviews schedules and project progress.

6. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with contractors, vendors, outside agencies, the public and employees; represents the district at meetings; makes presentations.

7. Gathers data required for planning a wide variety of engineering projects; evaluates programs and systems for performance and recommends appropriate solutions; provides technical expertise to others on major projects and programs.

8. Reviews plans; evaluates compliance with laws, ordinances, and acceptable engineering standards and recommends corrections or improvements; may be required to stamp drawing plans and submittals.

9. Compiles and analyzes statistical data and prepares technical reports relating to protection coordination, system planning and load forecasting.


1. May evaluate employee job performance and recommends personnel actions such as promotions, merit increases, and disciplinary actions.

2. May participate or assist in the selection of employees in conformance to district policy and procedure.

3. Performs special studies or duties as assigned.


May be consulted on a 24-hour basis regarding engineering problems of an emergency nature, or may be required to supervise emergency repair work. May be assigned technical support staff on a project or routine basis as needed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or related to assigned area and;


Four years’ of professional engineering experience with a power utility.


A valid driver’s license issued by the State of California, Department of Motor Vehicles is required.

Engineer-In-Training Certificate (EIT) is required.



Engineering principles and practices; heat transfer, energy line loss, materials, static, dynamics, mechanics, and electricity; design, operation, for electric distribution systems and metering equipment; negotiation methods; General Order 95 and 128; National Electrical codes; Cal OSHA Title 8 and 24; State of California Electrical Safety Orders; federal, state, and local, policies and procedures, laws and regulations; legal land descriptions; conductor, fuses, transformer, regulator, and recloser studies and recommendations; principles of supervision;


Conceptualize engineering problems and design effective solutions; exercise sound judgment in both routine and emergency situations; read, analyze, and interpret scope of work, contracts, technical procedures, and governmental regulations; maintain effective relations with employees and public/private agencies; write clear, concise reports; conduct major distribution system studies and prepare recommendation set priorities; apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, and quadratic equations; assume responsibility for engineering projects; supervise the work of others; understand safety rules and regulations and work safely; be prompt and regular in attendance; and work courteously and cooperatively with employee, public and/private agency representatives, vendor and manufacturer representatives, regulatory agency representatives and municipal representatives.

Tools and Equipment Used

General office equipment, computer, copier, telephone, audio/visual equipment, reference books, electrical/mechanical test equipment, diagnostic equipment, and vehicle.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently work in a well-lighted office environment with climatically controlled temperatures; the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions including direct sunlight; fumes, smoke, dust and airborne particles; walking over rough terrain; and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk, hear; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; the employee is occasionally required to reach forward, downward and upward with hands and arms; walk, stand, climb stairs, and must maintain balance during this activity.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Degree of Physical Effort – 3

An employee in this category will be exposed to physical demands requiring strength, coordinating and dexterity only on occasion.

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