Water Agency Electrical Engineer II

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on March 3, 2023
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Requirement: To be considered qualified for this position, possession of a valid certificate as an Engineer-in-Training issued by the State of California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors is required at the time of application submission.

By joining Sonoma Water as an Electrical Engineer II, you will be a part of the Engineering Division and will report to a Water Agency Principal Engineer. You will work closely with Senior Engineers to support capital projects in the planning design, and construction phases as well as the Operations and Maintenance Division by maintaining documentation of technical systems. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Documenting electrical systems 
  • Preparing and revising electrical plans, schematics, schedules, details, and specifications
  • Performing electrical load calculations
  • Modeling and simulating electrical control circuits 
  • Supporting submittal reviews 
  • Preparing PG&E applications coordinating service changes
  • Participating in design reviews at project milestones

The ideal candidate will work well in a collaborative environment with high engagement; can explain complex issues to individuals with varying levels of technical knowledge, and possess experience with:

  • Engineering design and construction related to electrical power systems and motor controls
  • Water or wastewater treatment systems
  • NFPA 70 and NFPA 70E

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:

  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • 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
  • With time and good performance, the opportunity for advancement to the III level (Salary up to $81.68/hour)
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • 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 seven divisions including 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.

Please note: 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. 
*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Western Council of Engineers Memorandum of Understanding and our Employee Benefits directory.

The formal title for this position is Water Agency Engineer II.

We are currently recruiting to fill one Water Agency Electrical Engineer II position. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help 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.




Minimum Qualifications


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, one year of water or wastewater engineering experience at a level comparable to Water Agency Engineer I would provide such opportunity.
Other Requirements
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.
Certification: Possession of a valid certificate as Engineer-in-Training issued by the State of California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Working 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; principles, and practices and techniques of supervision and training.
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 to 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; and write clearly and concisely in order to prepare technical reports, correspondence, and maintain records.
Working Conditions
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.