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Job Posting: Utilities Engineer

California Energy Commission

Utilities Engineer

$5,849.00 - $10,956.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

The Energy Commission seeks three Utilities Engineers in the Energy Research and Development Division.


The Energy Research and Development Division (ERDD) helps California meet its energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals through research funding programs, including Electric Program Investment Charge, Gas Research & Development Program, and Food Production Investment Program. These programs provide funds to a broad range of research projects.


Under the supervision of the Energy Resources Specialist III (Supervisory), the incumbent supports interdisciplinary teams focused on the development and deployment of technologies for the CEC’s ERDD research programs. The incumbent 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 performs mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering work in the evaluation, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of emerging electrical or gas energy technology systems designed to improve the operations of the California Utility Grid or to assist in the integration of higher concentrations of renewables and distributed energy resources. Conducts investigations and prepares reports involving engineering economics work which includes studies of capital costs, financial structure, depreciation, physical plant inspections, valuations, revenues, and expenses as they pertain to the ensuring the reliability, resiliency and safety of the utility grid and end customer systems that are connected to the utility grid on both the utility side and the customer side of the utility meter. The incumbent manages research projects that may include advanced energy storage technologies, vehicle/grid integration, renewable generation, energy efficiency and other evolving technologies that may support grid decarbonization and reliability. 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.


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

Working Conditions

The California Energy Commission offers a hybrid workplace model that is designed to support a distributed workforce of both office-based and remote-centric workers that relies on a high level of telework. Limited-in person attendance and occasional travel may be required based on the needs of the division. Regular and consistent attendance - whether office-based or remote-centric - is essential to the successful performance in this position. This position is remote centered which means the incumbent works 50 percent or more of their time monthly from an alternate work location (i.e., teleworking).

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Utilities Engineer
$5,849.00 - $6,975.00 A
$6,698.00 - $8,380.00 B
$7,746.00 - $9,692.00 C
$8,756.00 - $10,956.00 D
# 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) 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 is leading the state to a 100% clean energy future. Come be a part of the action and join our team today!


As a State agency serving all Californians, the California Energy Commission is committed to being an organization that embodies diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Energy Commission plays an active and meaningful role in creating an environment that enables each employee to thrive.

The Energy Commission encourages a hybrid workplace model that is designed to support a distributed workforce of both office-based and remote-centric workers. The California Energy Commission headquarters are located in Sacramento, California.

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-304450

3) RPAs 350-283/350-284/350-285 in the “Explanation Section” of the State Examination / Employment Application (STD. 678)

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.


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.


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

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: Until Filled

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. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

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: RPAs 350-283/350-284/350-285 | JC-304450
715 P 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
RPAs 350-283/350-284/350-285 | JC-304450
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 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:
  • Knowledge of engineering fundamentals, terminology, and economics as it pertains to the operations of low and zero carbon emerging and advanced technologies.
  • Ability to maintain cooperative relations with employees whose work is being inspected.
  • Ability to analyze situations accurately and take effective action; make effective oral and written reports.
  • Possesses excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work within a diverse team environment.
  • Ability to review and communicate complicated information in a simple, consumer-friendly manner.
  • Ability to coordinate interdisciplinary projects.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

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