California Energy Commission


$9,757.00 - $12,211.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 8/12/2020

Job Description and Duties

The California Energy Commission seeks a Senior Mechanical Engineer in the Standards Compliance Office of the Efficiency Division.   

Under the general direction of the Energy Resource Specialist III (Managerial) in the Standards Compliance Office of the Efficiency Division, the incumbent serves as a senior member of the Standards Compliance team to implement and administer programs to increase Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Energy Code) compliance in residential and nonresidential newly constructed and existing buildings. The incumbent provides technical leadership, direction, and coordination for interdisciplinary teams and assists with compliance and enforcement program planning and implementation. The incumbent will perform the most difficult and complex engineering work related to estimating energy use, identifying efficiency potential, and serve as the lead technical mechanical engineering resource for energy efficient design, technology, and construction of new and existing residential and nonresidential buildings.

Please review the Minimum Requirements (or minimum qualifications) within the Class Specification and ensure that your application package clearly indicates how you meet the minimum qualifications.  

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You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

Typically, work is performed indoors in an office setting under fluorescent lighting. Regular and consistent attendance is essential to the successful performance in this position. Occasional travel may be required. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the near-term, work is performed in a telework environment and may return to an office environment at some time in the future. It may require standing and walking, as well as sitting for long periods. In the future, some travel may be required to attend off-site meetings or participate in conferences, workshops, and hearings. Additional hours beyond an eight-hour workday or 40-hour workweek may be required. While performing the duties described below, the incumbent will be required to work alone and/or in a team environment, using a personal computer and appropriate CEC remote/telework tools such as Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, SharePoint, Teams), AWS Chime, Zoom, and Internet browsers. Video participation is encouraged.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

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$9,757.00 - $12,211.00
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Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (the formal name for the California Energy Commission) was established by the Legislature in 1974 to address the energy challenges facing the state. The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency, and leading the state to a 100% clean energy future. Come be a part of the action and join our team today!

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Special Requirements

If submitting your completed application packages by mail or in-person, you must include the following: 1) eligibility (list, transfer, reinstatement, SROA/Surplus, etc.), 2) JC 210267 3) RPA 450-028  in the “Explanation Section” of the State Examination/Employment Application (STD. 678), and 4) an original signature. Electronic submittal of application package through CalCareers ( is preferred.

Do not include any confidential information within your application package i.e. Social Security Number (SSN), birthdate, age, exam results/scores, Limited Examination Appointment Program (LEAP) status, disability information, etc.

Include unofficial transcripts and/or degrees within your application package if you are applying for a classification with an educational requirement on which you are basing your eligibility on. If hired, you may be required to provide official transcripts and/or original degree.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a STD. 678. All applications must include: “to” and “from” dates (month/day/year); time base (full-time/part-time/number of hours per week/month); and civil service class titles where applicable.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 8/12/2020

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

California Energy Commission
Attn: RPA 450-028
Personnel Services Office
1516 9th Street, MS-3
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

RPA 450-028
Personnel Services Office
1516 9th Street, MS-3
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
  • Other - Cover Letter - No more than one page in length describing why you are the best candidate for this position.
  • Statement of Qualifications - See below for Statement of Qualification information.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate: • Proficiency in making complete designs, construction drawings, and specifications for mechanical systems in buildings, including but not limited to, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, water systems. • Possess knowledge of materials and maintenance costs in connection with mechanical installations and prepare cost estimates for mechanical installations. • Experience conducting inspections and making independent surveys of installations, repairs and improvements of mechanical systems in buildings. • Familiarity with techniques of project management and a demonstrated ability to get along with individuals whose analysis may represent differing conclusions or contrary opinion. • Extensive knowledge of various codes and safety orders and regulations governing the design and installation of mechanical equipment, including California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards, compliance processes, current field verification programs, and enforcement mechanisms. • Demonstrated ability to provide technical leadership, direction, and coordination for interdisciplinary teams and assists with compliance and enforcement program planning and implementation. • Ability to represent the Division in meetings and/or workshops with agencies, interest groups/public as well as public meetings, conferences and hearings sponsored by assigned Committees/Commission. • Excellent writing, editing, communication, and organizational skills. Knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of building and permitting processes.


New hires to state civil service will be hired at the minimum of the applicable salary range. For more details about employee benefits, visit CalHR’s website.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Personnel Office
(916) 654-4309

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Carousel Gore
(916) 654-5067
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.


When completing the SOQ, be sure to title the page “Statement of Qualifications” and include all relevant experience, education, and training for each question below and explain your answers thoroughly. Please include relevant places of employment, pertinent dates, duties performed, etc. when responding to each question. Responses should be no longer than two pages, single-spaced with no smaller than 12 point font.  

The responses must address the following questions:

1.    Describe your knowledge of and experience with California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards, compliance processes, current field verification programs, and enforcement mechanisms.


2.    Describe your experience with the design, construction, and operation of mechanical systems which may include heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, water systems.

Applications received without the SOQ will not be considered. Resumes, letters, and other materials will not be evaluated or considered in place of responses to the SOQ.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail