Irvine Ranch Water District

Senior Electrical Engineer

Onsite - Irvine, CA
Application Deadline: 7/31/24


Irvine Ranch Water District is accepting applications for a Senior Electrical Engineer position in the Engineering Department.

Salary: $10,812.87– $15,356.00/monthly

The Position

The Senior Electrical Engineer:

  • Independently plans and oversees the planning, design, plan preparation, specifications, and cost estimates for water, sewage and recycled water systems engineering work, emphasizing design, construction, and operations;
  • Coordinates various planning efforts and may serve as project manager on complex and difficult design and construction projects related to electrical improvement projects;
  • Makes decisions on engineering issues;
  • Supervises the work of engineering personnel. 

The ideal candidate will have the ability to manage working on multiple design and construction projects. They will be able to communicate the assignment of work and ensure clarity of roles and responsibilities to various consultants, contractors, and staff to ensure completion of project assignments and meet deadlines. The ideal candidate will be thorough when providing technical support and will be able to supervise acceptance testing of electrical, instrumentation and control system components. Lastly, the ideal candidate will manage the preparation of designs, plans, specifications, cost estimates, and reports by consultants that are clear and focused on what is expected or needs to be accomplished for the implementation of electrical and instrumentation improvements.


  • Prepare and review designs submitted by consultants, developers, and other entities for compliance with standards.
  • Plan, schedule, assign, monitor, and evaluate the work of technical staff and consultants engaged in preparing designs, plans, specifications, cost estimates, and reports for implementing electrical and instrumentation improvements including power distribution, lighting, instrumentation, control system development and programming, and communication systems.
  • Prepare and review specifications and cost estimates.
  • Review shop drawings and other construction submittals for compliance with the approved plans and specifications.
  • Prepare progress estimates and recommend change orders/variances.
  • Provide technical support of water, sewer, and recycled water system operational requirements.
  • Provide technical support during construction from contract award through startup including supervision of acceptance testing of electrical and instrumentation and control system components and supervision of control system integration efforts.
  • Maintain a variety of records and prepare correspondence and reports in a professional manner complying with District standards.
  • Prepare agenda items and supporting material for Committee and Board action.
  • Prepare Requests for Proposals for retaining consultants on engineering and planning projects.
  • Coordinate projects and maintain good relationships with representatives from other water agencies, city, county, regulatory agencies, and landowners.
  • Review work, give instruction, and evaluate performance of assigned personnel on a periodic basis.
  • Maintain and update the District’s electrical and instrumentation design and construction standards and recommend new standards for development.
  • May supervise lower level staff. May participate in the selection, counseling, and training of employees.
  • Assume the duties of the Engineering Manager as required.
  • Operate personal computers including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, scheduling, email, internet, and database software.
  • May act as Project Manager for large complex planning, design, and construction electrical improvement projects.
  • Comply with District work-related safety practices and attend relevant safety training. 
  • Responsible for all other work-related duties.



  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. A master’s degree in electrical engineering is preferred. For degrees obtained outside of the U.S., an official equivalency evaluation is required.


  • Seven years of electrical engineering experience with the design and construction of equipment and systems commonly used to support treatment, conveyance, and distribution of water including, but not limited to, pumps, motors, motor control centers, variable frequency drives, engine controls, chemical dosing systems, lighting controls, HVAC controls, pneumatic control systems, and 24 VDC and 4-20 mA power and signal circuits.
  • Supervisory experience is highly desirable. 
  • Experience with AVEVA Wonderware System Platform; Schneider Modicon PLCs and the ProWORX NxT, Schneider Electric Control Expert (formerly Unity Pro), and Concept programming environments; and communication systems including radio telemetry systems and industrial control Ethernet networks is desirable.

License/Certifications Required

  • Valid California Class ‘C’ Driver’s License required.
  • Registered Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of California required.