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Title:  Engineering Manager - Power Generation

Department:  PG Engineering 

Sacramento, CA, US, 95827-3824

Category:  Engineering/Technical

Minimum Pay Rate: $148,632.00 

Maximum Pay Rate: $196,920.00 

Apply by Date: 03/31/2023 

Posting Type: Open 

Hiring Manager: Joel Ledesma 


SMUD delivers power to more than 1.4 million customers throughout the Sacramento area. As a community-owned, not-for-profit electric service, we have been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for over 70 years. We are a recognized industry leader and award winner for our innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for our sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. Through the efforts of the 2,200 people that power us, we work 24/7 to keep the lights on and provide our customers with innovative energy solutions. We're one of the region's largest employers, with a reputation for attracting, developing and retaining some of the most talented employees around.


SMUD is a leader in clean energy and carbon reduction. This is an exciting time to join SMUD as key member of the Power Generation team helping reach our ambitious goal of reaching zero carbon emissions in our power supply by 2030 - the most ambitious goal of any large utility in the United States.


Power Generation is seeking a strong, impactful leader to manage our engineering team. As the Engineering Manager, you will lead a team of engineers who support new zero carbon generation and storage projects as well as our existing generation assets (hydro, thermal, gas pipeline, renewable).


Employee Benefits Include:

  • Competitive Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage
  • Retirement through Public Employees Retirement System
  • 457 and 401(k) plans available
  • Flexible Savings Account
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Employee and Spouse Life Insurance


To provide supervision for staff and expertise and leadership over engineering support for the operation, maintenance and modification of SMUD generation facilities to ensure that engineering resources provide for well-staffed, cost-effective and timely completion of all projects in compliance with SMUD standards and all applicable laws, codes and regulations.

Nature and Scope

Assists in the development, implementation and managing of department goals, objectives, policies and priorities in partnership with the department Manager; selects, trains, motivates, evaluates and develops subordinate personnel and ensures that department strategic objectives and priorities are achieved and coordinated with other departments.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides direction and training to subordinates for completion of assigned tasks by administering SMUD policies; planning, coordinating, prioritizing, evaluating and adjusting work functions, practices, and schedules; monitoring daily operations to ensure overall work quality, quantity and efficiency following established procedures and standards; ensuring staff safety and implementation of safety policies and practices in the work unit and environment; assisting subordinates as required; coaching, giving performance feedback, and identifying and resolving staff deficiencies; providing recommendations to management on staffing, discipline and termination actions, and staff training and development; and performing ongoing, assigned operational tasks. To ensure that work functions in area of responsibility comply with SMUD policies, practices and procedures and that operating objectives in area of responsibility are met within expected timing, budgetary, quantity, accuracy, safety and quality standards.
  • Supervises the engineering projects by overseeing the planning of new construction and modifications to generation facilities; assigning staff and/or consulting/contracting resources; overseeing the project schedule; assessing project results against performance measures; and monitoring the project process against budget and against the overall project work plan. To provide SMUD with appropriately staffed and managed projects that enhance existing generation capacity and provide expected return on SMUD investments.
  • Establishes and maintains expected quality levels for engineering projects by supervising the Calibration Lab; establishing and implementing performance indicators for generation engineering process efficiency and effectiveness; developing skill assessment tools; assigning engineering staff to take advantage of staff competencies and expertise; implementing and maintaining the engineering document control process; establishing an effective safety program and monitoring and enforcing compliance with all applicable safety and operating rules and procedures; and developing, implementing and maintaining engineering operating procedures. To ensure the highest quality of engineering services and the safe and efficient conduct of all construction, modification and maintenance projects.

Duties and Responsibilities Continued

  • Serves as technical expert to the Power Generation Asset Owners and the Center of Excellence by assessing the feasibility and advisability of operations, developing and maintaining the NDE program; maintenance and facility improvements; identifying and recommending continuous improvement processes for operational activities; assessing resource levels; and recommending purchase of engineering services, tools and equipment. To provide leading edge engineering support services in support of the SMUD's short- and long-term business objectives.
  • Assists in developing and administering the unit budget by monitoring budget expenditures in area of responsibility against plan; participating in identifying and reconciling budget anomalies; monitoring and revising schedules, expenditures and assignments as warranted; reviewing end-of-year budget results; developing area-of-responsibility budget recommendations for the next fiscal year; and participating in the review of preliminary unit budget recommendations. To support the achievement of unit objectives in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Assists in the administration of internal/external projects by assisting in identifying project objectives; identifying internal/external project team within area of responsibility; assisting in the development of Request for Proposals where applicable; participating in developing project plans including schedule, cost, key work products, and milestones; monitoring project progress and completion in area of responsibility against plan/contract; monitoring and revising schedules, scope, expenditures and assignments as warranted; reviewing work products; assisting in resolving conflicts and discrepancies; maintaining project records and files; and participating in the overall review of the completed project results and making recommendations for next steps. To support the overall achievement of department projects by ensuring area of responsibility meets project scope, budget, schedule, quality and SMUD policy standards.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Required Education

  • BS/BA degree from an accredited college or university majoring in Engineering, Architecture or related field.

Required Experience Qualifications

  • Ten (10) or more years of progressively responsible relevant supervisory work experience in engineering, planning design, construction and/or operation and maintenance of power systems and rotating equipment, including large project management experience.

Knowledge Of

Principles, methods and techniques for planning, organizing and overseeing work activities; methods and techniques for training staff; SMUD policies, procedures, applicable MOUs and other special agreements; practices for delegating, assigning and reviewing work assignments; methods and techniques for training staff; policies and procedures for evaluating and recording performance results; policies and procedures for recruiting, screening and hiring; policies and procedures related to supervisory practices and employee rights; principles and practices for motivating, coaching, mentoring, training and developing; principles and practices for taking disciplinary action and conducting terminations; techniques and concepts related to team management; techniques for exercising significant leadership and authority; federal and state laws and regulations related to supervisory practices and employee rights; techniques and concepts related to teamwork; techniques for exercising leadership and authority; principles and practices for budget administration; principles, practices and techniques of various analytical approaches, problem research and resolution; methods and techniques for report preparation and writing; characteristics and operational needs of various organizational units; principles, procedures and practices related to design, construction and maintenance of power generation, transmission, distribution, reservoir and waterway systems; equipment associated with hydro, thermal, renewable and gas pipelines; various types of generators and turbines; methodologies of troubleshooting and problem resolution; local, state and federal codes related to design, safety and construction of generation facilities; safety policies, practices and procedures; standard operating procedures for modern office equipment including a computer and applicable software; English grammar, punctuation and vocabulary standards.

Skills To

Plan, oversee and review the work of others; identify and assess training needs for staff; apply applicable personnel laws, codes and regulations; coordinate the work of the function or unit with other SMUD entities; participate in hiring, training, assigning, scheduling, evaluating and rewarding assigned staff; participate with management in administering disciplinary actions effectively; establish, manage, monitor and update budget; compile and prepare technical, statistical and/or analytical reports and presentations; lead a team in evaluating and resolving complex technical or management issues; coach, mentor, motivate, influence, challenge and develop subordinate staff; develop and implement new and revised policies and procedures to provide for the effective operation of the area of responsibility; oversee disciplinary actions and resolution of employee grievances; monitor and manage projects; interact with others to influence, motivate and challenge; prepare financial statements and/or reports; prepare and implement safety plans, procedures and practices for unit; prepare and take disciplinary actions, including terminating staff; prepare performance plans and evaluations for staff; recruit, select, hire, supervise and evaluate employees; develop approaches for implementing an idea; develop creative ways to solve a problem; analyze procedures/systems and develop/implement operational improvements; analyze situations, documents and data for conformance to established policy and procedures; apply applicable laws, codes and regulations; serve as reference person for other employees; develop complex engineering studies and calculations; analyze, interpret and communicate complex drawings, technical instructions and blueprints; 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.

Desirable Qualifications

  • 15+ years of experience in multi-discipline electric utility projects
  • Licensed Professional Engineer
  • Demonstrated experience working with regulatory and governmental agencies
  • Demonstrated experience with large capital and operations and maintenance budgets
  • Project Management Experience with large & complex utility scale hydroelectric, thermal, renewable and gas pipeline projects
  • Experience with commercially or emerging renewable technologies

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) - Who We Are

As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers. Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.


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.   


Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

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.


Why Sacramento, California?

The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state's sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally-rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country's top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49er's aren't far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater to name a few.


Hybrid Work

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

SMUD provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. SMUD complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

SMUD expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of SMUD employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

Req ID:  216