Job Posting: Electrical Engineer

California Energy Commission

Electrical Engineer

$5,540.00 - $7,937.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 6/20/2021

Job Description and Duties

The California Energy Commission seeks an Electrical Engineer in the Energy Research and Development Division/Energy Systems Research Office/Natural Gas Safety Unit.


Under the direction of the Energy Resources Specialist III (Supervisory), the incumbent supports interdisciplinary teams focused on the development and deployment of technologies for the CEC’s Energy Research & Development Division’s (ERDD) research programs by performing the less complex field and office electrical and electronic engineering work. The incumbent works under the guidance of the Senior Electrical Engineer Technical Lead and is part of an integrated technical team that is evaluating and managing new and emerging technologies that will help California meet the future carbon neutral energy system goals while maintaining reliability while also remaining resilient to climate variations and threats such as wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and other challenges to the energy infrastructure. The incumbent manages research projects that may include advanced energy storage technologies, vehicle/grid integration, clean energy microgrids, and other evolving technologies that may support grid reliability given increased renewable penetration and ensure energy services to critical facilities. The incumbent may also manage projects that address the future needs of the electric grid. The incumbent may also manage research efforts in the decarbonization of the California gas pipeline system and oversee efforts to evaluate and develop solutions that will result in a carbon neutral system by 2045. The incumbent helps the CEC complete time critical research that will help ensure the future energy systems are clean, reliable, equitable and safe. The incumbent may also conduct analysis on the data collected through these research grants to inform future research grant investments.


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 as this will be verified prior to interview and/or appointment.


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

Working Conditions

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of the duties will be performed in a telework environment but may return to an office environment in the future. Regular and consistent attendance is essential to the successful performance in this position. Occasional travel may be required to conduct project site visits. While performing the duties described above, the incumbent will be required to work alone and/or in a team environment; utilize a personal computer and appropriate Energy Commission software such as Microsoft suite of software, electronic mail, Internet and analytical models. The incumbent will be required to plan, organize, assist and/or participate in meetings with other Energy Commission staff, staff from other federal and state agencies, consultants, contractors, and other parties active in energy-related research and development.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Electrical Engineer
$5,540.00 - $6,606.00 A

(plus an additional recruitment and retention pay of $300 per month)

$6,344.00 - $7,937.00 B

(plus an additional recruitment and retention pay of $300 per month)

# of Positions:
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 (CEC)) 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!

Department Website:

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-252727, 3) RPA 330-304 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: 6/20/2021

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: JC-252727 | RPA 330-304
California Energy Commission
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:

California Energy Commission
JC-252727 | RPA 330-304
California Energy Commission
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 required and must be included.
  • Other - Cover Letter - Include a cover letter of no more than one page in length describing why you are the best candidate for this position.
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:
  • Electrical and electronic theory and practices
  • Power system and power electronics
  • General understand of the operation of the California electrical grid
  • General understanding of emerging energy storage technologies
  • General understanding of the electrical configuration of microgrids
  • Modern electrical apparatus, direct and alternating current circuits; communications and instrumentation
  • National Electric Code and Electrical Safety Orders of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Ability to do electrical and electronic design work
  • Mathematics related to electrical engineering
  • Inspect electrical installations; specify necessary equipment and materials
  • Accurately interpret drawings, circuit diagrams, and specifications
  • Maintain cooperative relations with employees whose work is being inspected; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; make effective oral and written reports
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and expected to work within a large team environment
  • Ability to communicate complicated information in a simple, consumer-friendly manner
  • Ability to coordinate interdisciplinary projects


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.

General State Employment Benefits and Protections

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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) 661-8122
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.

Salary Reduction Notice

Salaries do not reflect the reduction of pay. Effective July 1, 2020, in response to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) implemented the Personal Leave Program 2020 (PLP 2020). For Fiscal Years 2020-21 through 2021-22, employees will participate in the PLP 2020 and be credited (16) hours per month of PLP hours in return for reduction of pay equal to 9.23%. Part time employees shall be subject to the same conditions as stated above, on a pro-rated basis.

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