Power Generation Senior Mechanical Engineer - Hydro
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Location: SACRAMENTO, California
Type: Full Time
Mechanical - Other
Years of Experience:
5 - 10
Minimum Pay Rate: $128,208.00
Maximum Pay Rate: $169,830.00
4 Year Degree
SMUD’s Hydroelectric Power Generation team is seeking a knowledgeable Senior Mechanical Engineer experienced in power generation to support mechanical maintenance and design changes to its hydroelectric facilities in the Crystal Basin area of the Eldorado National Forest. The Senior 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 Senior Mechanical Engineer vacancies. This list may also be used to fill Journey Level Mechanical Engineer vacancies.
Provides specialized mechanical engineering and project management expertise for the planning, design, modification, construction, maintenance and troubleshooting of mechanical systems at hydro, thermal, wind, battery and utility scale solar generating plants and high pressure transmission gas pipeline; provides design, operations and maintenance engineering, training and procedures development in support of power plant and high pressure natural gas transmission pipeline operations.
Nature and Scope
Serves as an advanced journey level resource in a relevant professional discipline; works independently on projects of moderate complexity; exercises independent judgment and discretion; may serve in a Lead role and assist in planning, coordinating, prioritizing, monitoring and evaluating the work results in assigned area and in selecting, training, motivating, evaluating and developing lower-level personnel.
Duties and Responsibilities
Performs and provides leadership for mechanical engineering development and integration of new design concepts, system improvements and energy saving measures into SMUD power generation facilities mechanical systems; conducts and/or directs detailed analyses, studies and calculations of operating plant stationary and rotating equipment including turbines and motors; analyzes the impact of proposed system upgrades or improvements; recommends designs and best practices for total system modification.
Monitors, analyzes, and interprets federal, state, local and industry standards, codes and regulations; ensures that SMUD construction standards and procedures comply with codes.
Provides mechanical design, technical expertise and high-quality engineering support for SMUD power generation facilities by identifying and resolving unique and complex engineering problems related to design, construction and testing of modifications or daily operations; provides solutions that result in minimal impact to scheduled operations of the mechanical system; assures the updating of facility drawings; responds to requests for technical information; acts as liaison for exchange of technical information.
Participates in project management for mechanical system modifications; develops, monitors and controls project schedules; provides cost estimates for proposed modification work; reports process in achieving project deliverables and schedules and meeting project budgets through written or oral communications.
Participates in the procurement and contract bidding, award, and management process by preparing written specifications of work and equipment; evaluates bid proposals to determine qualifications of consultants, contractors and manufacturers and makes award recommendations; coordinates and directs contractor activities in the development of design and performance of construction; represents SMUD in technical and business meetings on complex contractual obligations.
Provides technical guidance and documented standards and procedures for maintenance of mechanical equipment in SMUD power generation facilities; establishes and documents use of test equipment and test procedures; provides training, as necessary, for maintenance procedures; issues drawings, diagrams, instructions, and technical information for maintenance staff.
Develops and maintains expertise and knowledge of current industry practices, standards, correct engineering applications and interpretations for the Power Generation department; represents SMUD at meetings, industry committees and professional organizations; attends technical seminars and keeps current with published trade articles and professional journals.
Identifies and resolves complex mechanical problems by analyzing and interpreting data from test instruments; researches mechanical related disturbances and their relation to generating facility problems; diagnoses causes and recommends solutions.
Provides standards, procedures, and training to ensure that high pressure natural gas pipeline operations and maintenance are conducted safely and are in compliance with all applicable regulations; initiates procedure and/or facility design changes to improve safety, effectiveness or efficiency; conducts ongoing review of new projects adjacent to the pipeline for possible impacts; mitigates harmful effects.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities
Develops and implements high pressure natural gas pipeline’s emergency preparedness and safety management programs; coordinates emergency preparedness simulation activities; conducts public information sessions on pipeline safety, interacting with community groups and agencies.
Develops and implements a comprehensive welding control program; ensures regulatory compliance, integrity of installations, worker safety and availability of qualified workers to meet Department needs.
Plans, coordinates, prioritizes, monitors, guides, reviews, and conducts work activities associated with department internal/external projects in accordance with established task objectives and schedule as outlined in the project plan/contract.
Performs related duties as required.
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in mechanical engineering or closely related field.
Required Experience Qualifications
Five plus (5+) years experience in the design, maintenance, testing or construction of power generating mechanical systems, or high pressure gas transmission pipeline operations, engineering and project and maintenance management.
Hydroelectric and gas-fired turbines, wind turbines, utility scale solar fields and energy storage batteries and other generating power plant machinery, control systems interface; balance of power plant equipment including cooling water, penstocks, pipelines, flow control, turbine bearings, motors, pumps, lubricating oil systems, speed governors, turbine and generator balancing, heat recovery steam generators, relief valves, turbine shutoff valves; American Society of Mechanical Engineers Boiler & Pressure Vessel and Piping Codes; Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID) functions, Uniform Building Code (UBC); National Electric Code (NEC) as it relates to motors and controllers; National Fire Protection Association Code (NFPA) as it relates to wet and dry fire suppression and detection systems used in generating plants and generator, oil room and transformer enclosures; construction, operating and maintenance principles of high pressure natural gas transmission pipelines; federal, state and local natural gas regulations, guidelines, codes and standards; gas equipment and facilities such as regulators, monitors, actuators, meters and control systems; gas facilities auditing requirements and methods; methods and techniques of data collection and analysis; metallurgy and non-destructive testing techniques; principles and practices of test procedure writing; procedures and practices for monitoring and managing projects; principles and practices for budget administration; office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as equipment monitoring software, word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Analyze complex technical problems and apply engineering principles to develop solutions; diagnose operational and design problems in generating plant mechanical systems; interpret drawings, schematics, statistical data and reports; support the start-up of generating plant rotating equipment and balance of plant systems; effectively manage major high pressure natural gas transmission projects and programs; lead professionals in complex projects; interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations; operate office equipment including a computer, systems and software relevant to the job; present technical information in a clear and concise manner; 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 leading design changes or capital improvements to generation plants is highly desirable.
Experience managing contractors and construction contracts is desirable.
Expertise with large rotating equipment, turbomachinery, lubrication, vibration, metallurgy, welding, corrosion protection, and process equipment are all desirable qualifications.
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Why Fresh Pond
Located about 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
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We're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Happy, satisfied and engaged employees create a workplace that best serves our customers. That's one reason we're also first among all California utilities in customer satisfaction.
Our commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion
We respect, value and celebrate the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives of each individual. Diversity, equity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers.