Electrical Engineer - Assets

$65,136 - $102,841 yearly
  • City of Naperville
  • 1392 Aurora Avenue, Naperville, Illinois
  • Sep 28, 2021
Full time Engineering

Job Description

Would you like to apply your electric engineering knowledge at a municipal electric utility at the front end of industry technology?  Do you seek a career in power engineering? 


Please consider Naperville if you seek to make an impact with a successful, high-performing team!  The City of Naperville’s Department of Public Utilities - Electric seeks a degreed electrical engineer for the Assets Engineer role in its Utility Assets section.


Naperville is the 4th largest City in Illinois.  The city-owned electric utility maintains 16 substations and 1000 miles of transmission and distribution lines (of which 93% are underground), and a 400 MW peak demand / 1,500,000 MWH annually.  A decade ago, Naperville modernized its electric grid with the installation of 60,000 smart-meters and a wireless & fiber-optic backbone.  A City-wide Smart Grid allows the utility to better analyze electricity consumption and offer an energy portal to its electric customers. Utilizing capabilities of smart meters, the utility deployed conservation voltage reduction tools and other advanced automation equipment integrated with SCADA. The Naperville Electric Grid is monitored and operated 24x7 via a Control Room.


We search now for an Assets Engineer to perform professional engineering work to plan electric utility equipment inspection and testing processes, to execute related equipment & testing processes, and to establish an asset condition grading system to guide asset maintenance & replacement activities.  The engineer will develop a measurement system for business risks.


This role focuses on utility management processes for assets in our “Cityworks” software environment and makes use of other currently-in-use asset systems (i.e., Cascade).  The Assets Engineer ensures the migration of previous asset histories from various other data sources (i.e., Sungard Naviline, Excel spreadsheets, Access databases, SQL server relational databases, and/or the GIS spatial database).


As the Assets Engineer, you will also define, develop and implement required reporting from Cityworks and Cascade to meet departmental needs.


The full salary range for Electrical Engineer is $65,136 – 102,841.  Employment offers

are at levels commensurate with related professional experience.


In a dynamic & challenging work environment, and while reporting to the Utility Asset Manager, the Electrical Engineer - Assets is responsible for reviewing and updating equipment test and inspection procedures, overseeing the scheduling and completion of equipment inspections & tests, reviewing inspection information, and coordinating equipment repair/replacement based on inspection results.

You will assist in the development of repetitive asset inspection and asset prioritization criteria, help investigate new technology for the utility, develop a comprehensive inventory of assets, condition assessments of those assets, and seek to improve coordination and communication within the utility’s operations for the disposition of those assets.

As the Assets Engineer, you will also: 

·          Coordinate all data on physical assets to include inspection history, repairs, and failures.

·          Monitor the identification, location, and condition of utility assets.

·          Coordinate condition assessment reporting and benchmarking.

·          Participate in developing asset management program requirements.

·          Develop and implement a computerized maintenance work order system to consistently & accurately collect data from related utility systems.

·          Implement process and procedure for asset lifecycle management.

·          Work with internal and external stakeholders to explain, interpret, and create asset management requirements and specifications.

·          Coordinate asset installation/removal/tracking in new and replacement utility construction projects and provide professional & technical assistance and project updates.

The Assets Engineer ensures completed projects meet established program goals & standards and keeps current on latest trends in the utility industry (e.g., asset management principles, practices, procedures and technology).  He/she makes recommendations for implementation; and assists in developing operational priorities, goals & objectives related to asset management.


At a minimum, applicants must possess:

·          A Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology  

·          At least one-year professional work experience in a related field (this may include internship experience)

·          A valid State of Illinois Class D Drivers’ License


Preferred candidates may possess demonstrated experience handling projects, and electric utility knowledge/familiarity.


Helpful knowledge includes that of engineering and operations procedures & practices related to the purchase, usage and maintenance of material, supplies and services within an electric utility.  Knowledge of technology & software, such as AutoCAD, GIS and other department-specific technology (e.g., CityWorks, etc.), and Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook), including relational data bases (MS SQL Server), Microsoft Power BI, Crystal Reports.  Knowledge of data modeling and analysis is a plus.


Skills in effective communication (both verbal and written), and in expressing technical functions in non-technical terms are ideal. 


Pertinent abilities include those to use Excel, Access and/or similar products to query, manipulate, and analyze data; to work oftentimes independently while maintaining positive, effective relationships within a cohesive team environment; to function/interact effectively with vendors in order to troubleshoot issues; and to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects.  Abilities to prioritize tasks and manage time effectively to complete work in a timely manner. 


Persons most likely to succeed in the Electric Utility’s engineering roles are those who seek to learn new, position-related skills in a diverse and changing environment.

Additional Information:


The City of Naperville, Illinois is a dynamic community of 148,000 residents, conveniently located 28 miles west of Chicago.  Various publications have named Naperville as one of the best cities in the United States in which to live.  The City has gained national recognition for our family-friendly environment, excellent schools and library system, low crime rate, and vibrant downtown area.  It’s also a great place to work!  Our municipal government employs over 900 dedicated individuals in a wide range of job categories and provides a dynamic & collaborative working environment, a forward-looking leadership team, and a competitive benefits package.






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