Senior Electrical Engineer

City of Seattle | Seattle, WA

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Posted Date 1/13/2023

Are you an electrical engineer with a strong technical background in designing, and constructing electrical infrastructure? Do you thrive in troubleshooting of electrical systems and working collaboratively with other engineers? Are you interested in working on progressive projects that support infrastructure in Seattle communities? If so, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is looking for an Electrical Engineer professional and we hope you consider applying!

Salary: $57.96 - $67.49 Hourly

SPU's Project Delivery and Engineering Branch is seeking a Senior Electrical Engineer. This position will work as part of a team to deliver new capital projects, and directly support SPU field crews in operating and optimizing our existing infrastructure. The primary focus of the position will be wastewater/water pump station rehabilitation. The position will also support work across all of SPU's lines of business - Water, Drainage and Wastewater, and Solid Waste.

About Seattle Public Utilities: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility whose mission is to foster healthy people, environment, and economy by partnering with our community to equitably manage water and waste resources for today and future generations. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make.

For more information about Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), please visit:

  • SPU Workplace Expectations (Download PDF reader)
  • Strategic Business Plan
  • Shape Our Water Plan
  • SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.

Why join us?
We know work isn't only about what you do it’s also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including:

  • Hybrid work schedule opportunities
  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment
  • Generous benefits package
  • Free public transportation options
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities

Job Responsibilities

  • Works on the most difficult projects in the selection, procurement, installation, testing, and commissioning of electrical equipment and systems as part of a multidisciplinary design team.
  • Performs detailed electrical design work for facility projects including pumping stations, reservoirs, treatment plants, maintenance shops, and solid waste transfer stations.
  • Reviews final plans, specifications, and agreements and coordinates the work of electrical contractors, affected public agencies, and utility crews on SPU facilities.
  • Reviews and designs modifications to existing facility/plant electrical and control systems.
  • Coordinates and reviews work submitted by consultants and manufacturers.
  • Provides instructions to contractors and Utility field crews and answers questions concerning design issues.
  • Works in the field with contractors and SPU crews at new and existing facilities to troubleshoot electrical, mechanical, and control systems.
  • Prepares power system analyses including arc flash studies for existing and new facility power systems.
  • Prepares final plans, specifications, reports, and estimates for cathodic protection systems for buried pipelines and appurtenances.
  • Participates in third party stray current field-testing, third-party documentation review, and mitigation.
  • Provides review of third-party plans for projects that may generate stray current on SPU facilities such as electrified rail.
  • Participates in the selection, hiring, and performance appraisal of subordinate staff.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Five (5) years professional Electrical Engineering experience.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.


  • Other combinations of education and/or experience which provides preparation to do professional electrical engineering work.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

  • Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment.
  • Field assignments may entail exposure to all types of weather, traffic, hazardous/toxic substances, high voltage energized equipment and work in or near construction sites.
  • May be required to work nights, evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.
  • Overnight travel may be required.

License, Certification and Other Requirements

  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington.
  • Current Washington State driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Three (3) or more years of experience in some or all of the following technical areas:
  • Design of low to medium-voltage (1-35 kV) industrial/commercial facility power systems.
  • Design or operation of plant facilities with integrated process controls.
  • Power system analyses using ETAP software.
  • Configuration, commissioning, and optimization of complex process control equipment including variable frequency drives and programmable automation controllers
  • Fundamentals of process instrumentation, control, and SCADA integration.
  • Hands-on troubleshooting of electrical systems, plant equipment, and control systems
  • AutoCAD Civil3D and AutoCAD Electric or equivalent software for mechanical and plant design.
  • Well-developed written and oral communications skills.
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work within the organizational framework of SPU Workplace Expectations including our values on Safety, Respect, Diversity, Trust, Humor, Productivity, Integrity, Innovation, and Partnership.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively within a multi-cultural workforce serving a diverse customer base.
  • Appreciation for the importance of equity in public service and delivery of infrastructure.

Additional Information
Application Requirement(s):

  • An online application including response to the supplemental questionnaire must be fully completed for consideration.
  • Resume, & Cover letter addressing your knowledge and experience, related to this position.

Important Notes

Experience with design, operation, or troubleshooting of cathodic protection systems for pipelines and other utility facilities is desirable but is not required for this position. If hired, SPU will provide training necessary to perform this body of work.

City of Seattle COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
All City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Failure to submit proof of vaccination or qualify for a reasonable accommodation will result in withdrawal of a job offer.

Workplace Environment (Telework Expectation):

Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment; however, due to the ongoing pandemic and Covid-19 state and local restrictions, hybrid telework/office/field assignment work will be available consistent with HR guidelines, and as circumstances dictate. We continue to seek guidance from local public health agencies and will proceed accordingly with any necessary changed or needs regarding "workplace location" expectations.

This position allows for the flexibility of a flexible work schedule. Beginning November 1, 2022, employees will be required to come into the office twice a week. Individual schedules will be agreed upon by the employee and their supervisor.

Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.
More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities at our web page

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