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City of Ames Electric Engineer I in 50010, Iowa

Electric Engineer I



Electric Engineer I


$61,348.98 - $89,690.85 Annually


50010, IA

Job Type



Electric Services

Job Number



11/29/2019 5:00 PM Central

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General Information

The City of Ames is conducting a recruitment to establish a Civil Service eligibility list for this classification. The list will be valid for up to one year from the date of certification by the Ames Civil Service Commission and may be used to fill one or more vacancies in this classification. In addition, City of Ames Civil Service employees who have previously held Civil Service status in this classification and are interested in voluntarily demoting or laterally transferring into the current vacancy must submit their application by the deadline.

Under general direction, performs electrical engineering duties related to the City's electric facilities and operations. Will be assigned work primarily in the assigned functional areas of distribution and/or substation design and project management; prepares, reviews and modifies specifications, drawings and construction work packages; works with customers, contractors, staff and other department and agencies in the planning, design, and project management of electrical distribution and/or substation projects; respond to general and/or project-specific inquiries from customers; excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. Performs related work as required.

Examples of Essential Job Functions

Examples of Essential Job Functions: Prepare plans, designs, drawings, maps, reports, cost estimates and work instructions and conducts studies and inspections to support the operation and maintenance of the City's electric system in the assigned functional area; duties include planning, developing and overseeing small projects for facility and system improvements including the preparation of specifications for construction contracts and evaluating bids; coordinates design and construction activities with other City departments, customers and contractors; provides engineering technical support to other City departments; ensures compliance with City operating procedures, safety rules, policies and the rules and regulations of other agencies that apply to City operations

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.


Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from a college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology required with a graduation date of May 2020 or before; and at least three (3) months of engineering experience in the appropriate functional area are required. Related experience obtained in a co-op or internship program may be applied toward the minimum experience requirement.

For candidates who are scheduled to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in 2020 or before, proof of receiving educational degree will be required no later than May 17, 2020.

Licenses and Certificates: Must possess an Engineer in Training (EIT) certificate within twelve months of original appointment; must possess a valid driver's license.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required to Perform Essential Functions:

Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of electrical engineering; knowledge of industry safety rules, operating guidelines, policies and the rules and regulations of the City of Ames and other agencies that apply to City operations; knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations related to electric utility design, construction and operations; knowledge of computer applications pertaining to electrical engineering; knowledge of the principles and practices of computer-aided-design (CAD) and geographical information systems (GIS).

Skill in the application of engineering theory to operational problems.

Ability to perform technical research, evaluate alternatives and develop solutions to resolve technical engineering problems; ability to prepare and interpret engineering plans and specifications; ability to perform advanced complex mathematical computations and analyses; ability to prepare complex design details, estimates, plans, and specifications related to utility engineering projects; ability to prepare clear, concise written reports; ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with citizens, supervisors, co-workers, other City employees, contractors, vendors, and representatives from other governmental organizations and agencies; ability to effectively address the questions, concerns, and complaints of citizens in relation to projects; ability to effectively use standard office computer equipment and software; ability to work independently without supervision; ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Supplemental Information

General Physical Characteristics: The work involves sitting 60 percent of the time; sitting and using arm/leg controls (e.g. driving) 10 percent of the time; standing (but not walking) 10 percent of the time; standing and walking 20 percent of the time; routinely lifting objects up to 25 pounds; occasionally lifting objects from 25 to 50 pounds; and infrequently lifting objects over 50 pounds.

Vision Requirements: The minimum standard for use with those whose work deals largely with preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading, visual inspection involving small defects or parts, use of measurement devices or assembly of parts at distances close to the eyes.

Required Physical Activities: Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.

Environmental Conditions: The work is performed inside and/or outside and includes being exposed to extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, mechanical hazards, electrical hazards, atmospheric conditions that affect the respiratory system or skin, oils.

Examples of Equipment Essential to the Job: Motor vehicle; two-way radio; general office equipment; computers and peripheral equipment; spreadsheet, database, engineering applications, CAD/GIS and communications software; a variety of printed materials; a variety of safety equipment and clothing.

Selection Process:

The selection process consists of an evaluation of education and experience, an interview, and completion of a criminal background check, which includes a sex offender registry check.

All candidates will be notified by email of their application status.

Screening for minimum qualifications: To be considered for this position, candidates must meet the minimum qualifications and fully complete the application including submission of a cover letter and responses to supplemental questions.

Preference may be given to applicants possessing qualifications above the minimum. Preferred candidates will possess an Engineering in Training (EIT) certificate and have at least 3 months of experience in electric distribution and/or substation projects including relevant aspects of design, planning, development or project management (preferably with an electric utility.

Candidates meeting minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in a phone interview. A 70% average score from the phone interview will be considered passing and eligible to complete the Predictive Index profile and then move to the On-Site interview.

Depending on the number of qualified candidates, the City may forego phone interviews.

On-Site Interview Process: Candidates who pass the phone interview step will be invited to take a Predictive Index and participate in an on-site interview process.

The civil service score will be based on the performance on the oral board portion of the on-site interview. A 70% average score from the oral board panel will be considered passing. Passing candidates will be certified to the civil service list for this position, which is effective for up to one year from the date of certification.

E-Verify Process:

The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity on their first day of employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents on your first day of employment. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at:

Veteran's Preference Points

The City of Ames provides Veteran's Preference Points for Civil Service positions. A copy of your DD214 and, if applicable, proof of disability, must be attached with your application (or faxed to 515-239-5297) prior to the close date of the posting in order to receive Veteran's Preference Points.

NOTE: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA testing accommodations to the Human Resources Department prior to the application deadline.

The City of Ames is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Human Resources Department at 515-239-5199.