Power Generation Associate Mechanical Engineer Journey Level - Hydro
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Location: SACRAMENTO, California
Type: Full Time
Minimum Pay Rate: $107,848.00
Maximum Pay Rate: $142,911.00
SMUD’s Hydroelectric Power Generation team is seeking a knowledgeable Associate Mechanical Engineer with power generation or industrial experience to support mechanical maintenance and design changes to its hydroelectric facilities in the Crystal Basin area of the Eldorado National Forest. The Associate Mechanical Engineer will have the opportunity to lead both maintenance and capital projects within SMUD’s hydroelectric system of 18 dams, 9 hydroelectric powerhouses and interconnecting penstocks, tunnels and support structures. This position reports to a satellite office near Pollock Pines, CA (Fresh Pond) and will give the successful candidate the opportunity to work in both the field and the office.
This posting will be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates to fill current and future limited term and full time Journey level Mechanical Engineer vacancies.
Under general supervision, performs minor to moderately complex mechanical design and inspection tasks for new construction, modification, and maintenance of SMUD various power generating units and supporting infrastructure assets hydro, thermal, wind, photovoltaic, gas pipeline, etc., and prepares Design Change Notice DCN packages for this work to ensure generation operations for SMUD that are reliable and efficient, and that comply with regulatory requirements and restrictions.
Duties and Responsibilities
Performs minor to moderately complex engineering design on the mechanical systems of SMUD various generation assets; applies State and National codes and regulations, SMUD policies, maintenance or construction standards and other guidelines to the development of engineering designs; may be requested to provide design alternatives for any one design issue.
Prepares mechanical project documentation; prepares Design Change Notification DCN packages from engineering designs for construction and other fieldwork; utilizes the Generation Design document control system to manage the development and revision of drawings and maps; produces as-built drawings from field data.
Assists in ensuring that project designs are carried out in the field; assists during the transition of projects from design and construction to operations by preparing schedules and developing project test and acceptance criteria ad reports; produces reports from field data collection in support of regulatory reporting requirements.
Assists in developing related bid package specifications necessary for bidding and procurement of materials and services related to assigned mechanical projects; for less complex projects, may assume primary responsibility for coordinating with supply chain services department on procurement of services and materials necessary to complete projects.
Performs a broad range of drafting and graphic assignments utilizing Computer Aided Design CAD software to create and revise drawings and maps associated with engineering design changes and new engineering designs on various SMUD generation assets.
Utilizes Geographic Information System GIS drafting software to create specialized drawings and maps for SMUD gas pipeline and other assets; develops construction drawings, including equipment/facilities drawings, wiring diagrams, job instructions/notes, etc.; utilizes digital imaging devices for use with CAD and mapping software, works with digital images in varying image formats.
Performs field investigations to take measurements and collect data for assigned projects; verifies existing configurations and conditions against documentation; produces as-built drawings from field visits and measurements; conducts on-site visits to verify proper facility installations by contractors or SMUD personnel and to ensure conformity with applicable codes and design requirements; conducts site visits and inspections with contractors and other outside personnel.
May be assigned primary design and coordination role for generation projects with lower levels of mechanical engineering design and construction/installation complexity; uses basic project management skills to function as the primary contact from job initiation to job completion, coordinating and communicating with outside agencies and consulting with field crews and contractors during the course of the project.
Performs related duties as required.
A Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in mechanical engineering.
Required Experience Qualifications
Three (3) to five (5) years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in the design, installation, and maintenance of mechanical systems for thermal, hydro, wind, and photovoltaic power generating resources and pipelines.
Theory, principles and practices of mechanical engineering design for thermal, hydro, wind, and photovoltaic power generating resources and pipelines; machine design principles; machine shop practices; methods and techniques of stress analysis; piping systems; air conditioning systems; vibration and noise control practices; hydraulics and flow measurements methods; federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations governing safety and construction of mechanical systems; principles, procedures and practices related to construction/fabrication/installation methods, equipment and materials; computer aided drafting and design software such as AutoCAD; principles, procedures and practices related to engineering mathematics and statistical analysis techniques; principles, procedures and practices related to engineering economics; principles and practices of economic analyses of projects and programs; techniques and practices of cost benefit analyses; methods and techniques of report preparation and writing; procedures and practices for overseeing contractors work activities; techniques and practices for problem research and resolution; safety policies, practices and procedures; office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Utilize a personal computer and/or computer terminal, systems and software relevant to the job; use state of the art computer software to design mechanical systems; maintain computer databases for collection, interpretation and reporting of data; read and interpret engineering documents and drawings, plans, diagrams and specifications; assist in planning and implementing system protection enhancements and upgrades; analyze situations, documents and data for conformance to established policy and procedures; gather data from appropriate sources and identify relevant factors; identify the key elements that must be modified to achieve a goal; interpret, analyze and apply pertinent policies, procedures, regulations and requirements; interpret, clarify, understand and analyze verbal written information and ideas; utilize logic and analysis to identify the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches; ensure adherence to established safety policies, practices and procedures; schedule and prioritize own work assignments to meeting expected timeframes; compile and prepare technical, statistical and/or analytical reports and presentations; operate office equipment including a 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.
Registered professional mechanical engineer
Engineering experience supporting hydroelectric generating plants is highly desirable.
Engineering experience with thermal generation facilities is desirable
Experience contributing to design changes or capital improvements to generation plants is highly desirable.
Experience managing contractors and construction contracts is desirable.
Experience with large rotating equipment, turbomachinery, lubrication, vibration, metallurgy, welding, corrosion protection, and process equipment are all desirable qualifications.
Incumbent should have successfully passed the Engineer in Training EIT test. In lieu of having passed the EIT, incumbent will be expected to pass the EIT prior to completion of the first year of employment as a condition of probation.
California Equal Pay Act
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are a part of who we are and how we do things. Supporting efforts that promote pay equality is part of that. Salary placement for the selected candidate will be determined in alignment with the California Equal Pay Act or the applicable MOU. Determination for salary placement of internal candidates will be made without respect to current classification or compensation, and will be based upon the candidate's qualifications as compared to those performing substantially similar work. In the event there is a guaranteed pay progression outlined in an applicable MOU, the MOU takes precedence.
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SMUD respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers. Our Board's policy for Employee Relation sets our commitment to developing and maintaining a high quality, inclusive workplace that engages and inspires employees to commit to SMUD's purpose, vision and values.
This position is located at SMUD's Hydro Generation Operation Facility (Fresh Pond) located approximately an hour east of downtown Sacramento, SMUD’s Fresh Pond campus near Pollock Pines houses the shops, warehouses and engineering offices to operate and maintain the hydroelectric system. Located in the Crystal Basin Recreation Area, the Upper American River Project’s (UARP) nine powerhouses, eleven reservoirs, and eighteen dams are located on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains between Placerville, CA and the Desolation Wilderness. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the recreational opportunities as well as the opportunity to work on projects within the Crystal Basin.
This position may be eligible for SMUD's hybrid (office/home) work employee benefit, the schedule of which will be determined by the successful candidate and the Hiring Manager. SMUD takes pride in powering the Sacramento region community where we live and work. We value the strong working relationships we develop with our colleagues. Our approach to hybrid work will continue to evolve. Please be aware that should SMUD’s business needs change, emergencies occur, or various other reasons arise, you may be required to report onsite on a part-time or full-time basis