Under immediate supervision, assists in the engineering design of standard and non-standard distribution lines, sub-stations, facilities and related systems in compliance with relevant District, local, state and federal safety and engineering codes, laws, and regulations.
Note: This job classification applies to engineering students in the last semester of their senior year and enables a graduating senior in an accredited undergraduate engineering degree program to work in an engineering capacity prior to graduation. Upon successful fulfillment of degree requirements and satisfactory performance, the Assistant Engineer is eligible a full-time entry-level engineering position offer as described in the Associate Engineer (E) position posting.
Nature and Scope:
This job reflects a bridge classification designed to allow incumbents to acquire and apply the working knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the tasks associated with their engineering discipline while enrolled in their final semester of college. Positions assigned to this classification assist in conducting professional-level work assignments in a major functional or technical area under close general supervision; works independently with guidance on projects of routine to moderate complexity; exercises independent judgment and discretion within established guidelines.
Essential Functions/Duties and Expected Results:
Work includes but is not limited to the following:
- Under general supervision, the Assistant Engineer assists in the design; modification; maintenance; planning; inspection; and data gathering and analysis of District facilities; transmission systems, distribution systems and equipment; power generation units and systems; standards; and other tasks and areas as required. (To support individual skill development, completion of education requirements, and the overall achievement and completion of department projects.)
- Under the close guidance of Associate, Senior and/or Principal level Engineers or others, applies and increases technical knowledge and expertise by learning and performing the following functions/duties: Contributes to the performance of engineering tasks required for District business needs; prepares rough design drawings and diagrams; prepares draft technical specifications for equipment purchases and systems; prepares procedures; conducts technical analysis of existing and proposed equipment and specifications; may inspect and test equipment and materials; collects, computes and compiles engineering data/statistics and similar data; analyzes, interprets, and provides summaries based on data collected; creates spreadsheets and databases to analyze and manage data; utilizes a variety of hardware and software tools to perform design, analysis, and database management tasks; and, prepares written and oral reports and presentations. (To provide SMUD with the level of competency and knowledge required to conduct assigned engineering activities.)
- Maintains working relationships with other departments and work groups that interface with assigned projects by developing and maintaining clear and open channels of communication. (To obtain and dispense information necessary to projects and to confer on situations and problems of mutual concern.)
- Assists in planning, reviewing and conducting work activities and researching required project information associated with department internal/external projects in accordance with established task objectives and schedule as outlined in the project plan/contract. (To support the overall achievement and completion of department projects.)
(Note: While in general all functions/duties are essential, individual positions within this class may not require all. This list is not intended to be complete or exhaustive.)
- Techniques and practices for problem research, statistical analysis, and program management; methods and techniques for report preparation and writing
- Methods and techniques for record keeping; modern office practices and procedures; principles, procedures and practices related to personnel management
- Basic math (for simple computations)
- Principles and practices for contract management
- Public and business administrative practices
- Safety policies, practices and procedures
- Standard operating procedures for modern office equipment including a computer and applicable software
- English grammar, punctuation and vocabulary standards
- Utilize a personal computer and/or computer terminal, systems and software relevant to the job
- Communicate effectively orally and in writing internally/externally
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships internally/externally
- Develop and implement new and revised policies and procedure
- Read and understand complex and/or technical data
- Compile and prepare technical, statistical and/or analytical reports and presentations
- Analyze problems and make recommendations for resolution; analyze situations, documents and data for conformance to established policy and procedures
- Gather data from appropriate sources and identify relevant factors
- Interpret, clarify, understand and analyze verbal/written information and ideas; follow and ensure that others follow safety policies, practices and procedures; establish priorities and coordinate activities
- Schedule and prioritize own work assignments to meet expected timeframes
Education and Experience:
Education: Registration as a full-time student (minimum of 12 units) at one of the following academic institutions: CSU-Sacramento, UC Davis, American River College, Sacramento City College, or Cosumnes River College.
Must be a graduating senior in an engineering curriculum accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology entering or enrolled in the final semester of a baccalaureate or master’s program.
Applicants must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.