5201 Junior Engineer - Electrical (Power)

Recruitment #TEX-5201-902576


APPOINTMENT TYPE: This is a Temporary-Exempt (TEX), Full-Time position not to exceed (2) years. This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process, is considered “at will” and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco that provides retail drinking water and wastewater services to San Francisco, wholesale water to three Bay Area counties, and green hydroelectric and solar power to San Francisco's municipal departments and select local residential and business communities. The SFPUC is comprised of three essential 24/7 service utilities: Water, Power, and Sewer. The mission of the SFPUC is to provide customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that is inclusive of environmental and community interests, and that sustains the resources entrusted to our care.

The Power Enterprise, within the SFPUC, has two separate power programs, Hetch Hetchy Power and CleanPowerSF. SFPUC owns and operates the Hetch Hetchy hydro-electric power generation system in Moccasin CA, solar arrays throughout San Francisco, and biogas cogeneration facilities, which together produce cost-effective energy with a zero greenhouse gas emission profile. The CleanPowerSF program, which is San Francisco’s Community Choice Aggregator and managed by the SFPUC, provides a cleaner energy option than traditional PG&E service for businesses and residents throughout the SFPUC’s service area.

Position Description
The Junior Engineer of the Power Enterprise Distribution Engineering Group performs entry-level engineering works on distribution engineering issues related to electric and natural gas service connections for new and existing customers within the City and County of San Francisco Service areas. This position is focused on providing good customer service and resolving technical and contractual issues to meet customer needs.

Example of Important and Essential Duties:

·  Prepares planning and engineering design documents, cost estimates, and analysis for City-owned electric distribution system construction and maintenance, applying best practices and developing cost assessments by using AutoCAD and other software tools and databases.

·  Provides construction and operation review and support for the operation, maintenance, and replacement of existing and new secondary and primary service facilities for City Departments and Agencies, and proposed streetlight assets.

·  Assists in providing policy and technical assistance, operational guidance , and engineering support on the maintenance of City-owned high-voltage substation, transmission and distribution systems and other primary and secondary service facilities, including meters.

·  Conducts site assessments to inspect existing infrastructure.

·  Conduct a wide variety of planning, research, evaluation, analysis and studies of distribution technologies. Develop Scopes of work, and support negotiation of scope, budget and timelines with consultants and contractors.

·  Assist in the management for all stages of the contracting process through the various City Departments and Agencies, legal review, permitting, finance, purchasing, and all approvals Assists in the preparation of reports, contract specifications, lists of materials, cost estimates, schedules, and progress payments.

·  Assist in the Management of small-scale distribution projects, including design, procurement of materials, construction, and closeout. Support development and tracking of the project budget and schedule to ensure the project goals and milestones are achieved.

·  Assists in the preparation of departmental reports and reports concerning field conditions, the progress of projects, the results of studies, and other matters.

·  Provides written and oral responses to a variety of inquiries from other agencies, contractors, and the general public.

·  May direct the work of technical and/or clerical staff.

·  Performs specialized duties in the areas of electrical engineering and its related sub-disciplines (Power, Computer, Communications).

Minimum Qualifications

1.    Valid California driver's license

2a.  Possession of a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree that is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) with a major in Electrical Engineering. OR

2b.  Possession of a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree from a non-ABET accredited program with a major in Electrical Engineering AND possession of a valid Engineer-in-Training certificate issued by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). OR

2c.  Possession of a Professional Engineer (PE) license in Electrical Engineering from the California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Janina Villanueva, by telephone at 415-554-1635, or by email at jvillanueva@sfwater.org.


Selection Procedures

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the hiring department will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Conviction History

If you receive a conditional offer of employment, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you were given a conditional offer of employment. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Issued:  January 10, 2018
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: TEX-5201-902576 (01122216)
PUC/JV/ 415.554.1635


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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