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Associate Engineer Electrical

Associate Engineer – Electrical positions assign work, give instructions, and approve engineering standards, specifications, and designs for the generation, transmission and use of electricity; supervise field inspection to check on compliance with electrical and safety regulations; write electrical and instrumentation and control specifications and contract documents; perform electrical or electronic design work on lighting, communications, and signal systems; prepare sketches, layouts, material lists, and cost estimates; check construction plans for conformance with contract requirements; conduct studies and prepare revisions and amendments to the electrical code; supervise the administration of the electrical code; and perform other duties as assigned.
Associate Engineer – Electrical positions in the Public Utilities Department prepare design scope of work; plan review for electrical/control system drawings for conformance with contract requirements; perform electrical design work for water and wastewater facilities; perform electrical calculations; perform project management duties for power generation and renewable energy projects; and perform other duties as assigned.

Employees in job classifications represented by Municipal Employees Association (MEA) are scheduled to receive the following general wage increases:

  • 4% effective 7/1/24 
  • 2% effective 1/1/25 
  • 5% effective 7/1/25  



EDUCATION:  You must meet ONE of the following options:

  1. Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering or a closely related engineering field.
  2. Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Certificate issued from a state licensing board.
  3. Registration as a Professional Electrical Engineer with a state licensing board.


EXPERIENCE:  Three years of full-time professional electrical engineering experience which MUST include at least two of the following options:

  1. Electrical design that includes preparation of design, load calculations, specifications, single line diagram, and Title 24 for residential, commercial, industrial, and all other building projects.
  2. Electrical plan checking of residential, commercial or industrial buildings for compliance with California Electrical Code, National Electric Code or equivalent.
  3. Field engineering to inspect and solve complex electrical engineering problems.
  4. Electrical system design, that includes load calculations and preparation of design specifications for public works projects, water or wastewater treatment facilities.
  5. Electrical plan checking of traffic signals, flashing beacons, street lighting, airport electrical systems, interconnect systems, sport and park lighting, and fiber optic cable installation and testing.
  6. Electrical plan checking for public works projects, water or wastewater treatment facilities.
  7. Management of Instrumentation and Control (I&C) system project to design and implement public works projects, industrial or commercial systems, and/or water or wastewater treatment systems.
  8. Control Systems or Instrumentation and Control (I&C) design and plan checking for water and/or wastewater treatment facilities.


LICENSE:  A valid California Class C Driver License is required at the time of hire. 

     • Experience in short circuit and/or arc flash analysis.
     • Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Certificate issued from a state licensing board.
     • Experience in the management of renewable energy and power generation projects. 


For official details and additional information please visit our City of San Diego website.