Electrical Engineering Technician

City of Lodi , California

Job Information 


Electric Utility

Mid Level


$78,541.32 - $95,447.30 Annually

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


Work Where You Live - The City of Lodi is home to 65,000 residents, ideally located adjacent to Highway 99 and I-5, 34 miles south of Sacramento, 10 miles north of Stockton and 90 miles east of San Francisco.  The City of Lodi is a community surrounded by lush parks, wineries, museums, a lake and open space.  Lodi Electric Utility was founded in 1910. For over 100 years, we have prided ourselves in providing safe and reliable electricity. Lodi Electric strives to anticipate the future needs of our customers and develop a plan to meet those needs as cost-effectively as possible while maintaining excellent service.  We look to continue to provide the community of Lodi with reliable, affordable, clean and safe power for many years to come. 

All applications and supplemental questions must be completed fully and submitted on an official City of Lodi application form. Applications will be accepted and processed until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. This recruitment may close without further notice; interested candidates should apply as soon as possible.

Job descriptions are intended to present a broad and general range of duties which includes, purpose, responsibilities, and scope of work. Job descriptions are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Under general direction performs technical engineering office and field work involving laying out plans for construction and maintenance of electrical facilities, preparing cost estimates, obtaining easements and rights-of-way and performs related work, as required.

This position is distinguished from that of the higher level position of Senior Electrical Engineering Technician in that it performs the less complex phases of cost estimating and construction planning.

This position is expected to work independently with direct supervision from higher level classifications, such as Senior Power Engineer, Electrical Engineer and/or Senior Electrical Engineering Technician. May coordinate field work with the Electric Utility Superintendent, Construction/Maintenance Supervisor and line crews, as required.

Examples of Duties

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Prepares detailed plans of construction, maintenance or removal of electric utility infrastructure for the more simplistic electric utility work orders, including detailed sketches and instructions following City of Lodi construction standards;

Determines proper cable and wire sizes, transformer sizes and combinations for given loads on the distribution system;

Lists material required and determines cost of installing material;

Identifies salvage material from demolition work and coordinates proper treatment/handling of this material;

Compiles data as to the necessity for the proposed work and estimated revenue derived from the project;

Obtains easements and rights-of-way, as required;

Determines proper service point locations;

Communicates, in writing, with the contractor and/or developer regarding construction responsibilities and costs;

May assist in the design of street lighting systems;

Performs field inspection for compliance with Electric Utility construction standards and electric service requirements;

Maintains appropriate records of electric system facilities, including updating CAD/GIS data and drawings to reflect as built condition when work is completed, and

Performs other duties related to the operation of the department and the City including additional duties that enable the department and City to meet the diverse needs of its community.


Knowledge of:
Methods, materials and equipment used in construction and maintenance of electric utility infrastructure for the more simplistic electric utility work orders;

Pertinent laws, codes and safety orders (e.g. G.O. 95 and 128);

Principles of electric theory as applied to circuits, wiring systems, and electrical distribution systems;

Principles of cost estimating;

Mathematics commonly used in electrical systems' calculations including algebra, geometry and trigonometry;

Safety practices, clearances and regulations; and

Drafting techniques, tools and instruments, including geographical information systems, computer-aided design, and various forms of related technology.

Ability to:
Plan, design and estimate costs of electric utility distribution construction and maintenance projects, including project management;

Inspect construction work in progress for conformance with all pertinent regulations;

Maintain accurate records and prepare reports;

Perform mathematical calculations commonly used in electrical estimating;

Draw neatly in pencil;

Follow written and oral instructions;

Interpret laws, rules and regulations;

Negotiate easements and right-of-way;

Communicate clearly in writing; and

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationship with other employees and the public.

Typical Qualifications

Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical combination is:

A minimum of three years of relevant design experience in the electric utility distribution field which includes computer-aided design experience.

Successful completion of college coursework, equivalent to one year, from an accredited college, university or post-secondary institution with a course of study concentrated in math and science, including computer-aided design.

Possession of a valid class C driver's license issued from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Work is generally performed in an office setting with frequent interruptions, multiple deadlines, and peak workload periods. Position may require working with the public and attendance at night and/or weekend meetings, and driving a motor vehicle. May be exposed to safety hazards including, fumes or odors, dust or gases, chemicals, toxic materials, oil, and a variety of mechanical machinery.

Essential functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary to see well enough to read, write and make observations; hear well enough to converse on the radio, telephone and in person; bodily mobility to occasionally walk, bend, kneel, reach, stand, crouch or climb ladder; operate assigned equipment and vehicles; operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to verbally communicate to exchange information; and intermittently sit while working and operating vehicles and/or equipment. On occasion will be required to open and view electrical equipment. Stamina to work additional hours to meet deadlines. May be required to work nights or weekends for emergency work.


Supplemental Information

Interested applicants must submit an online application at www.lodi.gov.  No paper applications will be accepted.  For technical difficulties with your online application, please call the Neogov helpline at 855-524-5627.

Telephone: 209-333-6704.  Persons with hearing impairment, please call the California Relay Service 7-1-1.

Evaluation of Qualifications: Application materials and resumes will be screened to determine if applicants are considered to be among the most qualified as outlined on the job announcement. Only applicants who are among the most qualified will be invited to participate in the testing process. Resumes may not be substituted for a completed application.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER - The City of Lodi is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of fair employment practices regardless of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex or sexual orientation, marital status, age, mental or physical disability or perceived disability, medical condition, pregnancy, political affiliation or belief, or other unlawful discrimination.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT - In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the City of Lodi provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations must contact the Human Resources Division upon application submittal to confirm the request.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION - City of Lodi is authorized and required by the state of California to access Local, State, and/or Federal criminal history as part of the testing process. This process can be completed by initial fingerprinting and/or a full Background investigation pursuant to Penal Code §11105(b)(10), §11105.3, §13300(b)(10); Education Code §10911.5; Public Resources Code §5164) and in compliance with the City of Lodi's Fingerprinting Policy ad Procedure. As a future employee or volunteer, you are required to be fingerprinted and processed through the Department of Justice and cleared before you can start. All information obtained will be kept in strict confidentiality.

HIRING PROCEDURE - Applicants must possess the minimum qualifications by the final filing date. Eligible lists are established upon successful completion of the selection process. The candidates must be successful in each part of the testing. To fill each vacancy the hiring department will request names to be certified from the eligible list and will make a selection from this certification list.

CONDITIONAL JOB OFFERS - Conditional job offers are subject to successful completion of a medical drug screen and/or physical. Candidates should not quit or give notice to their current employer until final notification has been awarded by the Human Resources Division.

MEDICAL-DRUG SCREENING – All positions may be subject to a physical or drug screen issued by a qualified medical physician assigned by the Human Resources Division. Under the requirements of the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, the City of Lodi has been designated as a drug-free workplace.

APPOINTMENT - At the time of appointment all candidates will be required to execute an oath of allegiance and complete Form I-9 - Employment Eligibility Verification in compliance with the Immigration and Naturalization Act. United States citizenship is not required. All new appointees are required to successfully complete a probationary period of twelve months.


SALARY - The starting salary is the first rate shown on the job announcement. Advancement to the higher steps of the salary range is based upon merit in accordance with the Salary Ordinance and Rules for Personnel Administration. Eligibility for the first merit increase is effective after 12 months and for additional merit increases after one year intervals until the employee has reached the maximum step.

HOLIDAY, VACATION, SICK, AND ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE - Holiday - An average of 13 paid holidays per year. Vacation - 2 weeks paid vacation annually, increasing with length of service depending upon the appropriate labor agreement. Sick Leave - 10 days per year depending upon the appropriate labor agreement. Administrative Leave - Management/Mid-Management positions receive 80 hours per fiscal year, and specified professional/technical positions receive 40 hours per fiscal year (Pro-Rated).

HEALTH INSURANCE - Medical, Dental and Vision plans are available for employee and dependents. A portion of the premiums may be the employee's responsibility.

LIFE INSURANCE AND LONG TERM DISABILITY - The City pays the full premium for employee and dependent life insurance, and offers a long-term disability plan that provides up to approximately 2/3 of an employee's salary.

RETIREMENT AND DEFERRED COMPENSATION - The City of Lodi is a member of the Public Employees' Retirement System (P.E.R.S.). Lodi is not a member of the Social Security System except for the required medical contribution. Employees may participate in a 457 Deferred Compensation program.

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT - Employees may participate in a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This bulletin does not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions or job duties contained in this bulletin may include modifications pending labor agreements and/or council approval.


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