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Electric Utility Engineer

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 05/12/2023

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$136,500.00  - $175,272.00  Annually for the TSS.3 level
$163,740.00  - $210,288.00  Annually for the TSS.4 level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We're looking for an Electric Utility Engineer to perform a variety of senior-level engineering, planning, design, protection, maintenance, operations, construction, and modification activities on the transmission, substation, and distribution facilities (115kV, 13.8kV, 12kV, and 4kV) serving the LLNL Main Site and Site 300 (located in Tracy, California). This position is in the Electric Utility Division within the Infrastructure Maintenance and Utilities Department.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

You will 

  • Identify short- and long-range electric utility system capability deficiencies by analyzing complex system component capability and projected load growth.  Provide economic and timely solutions for system reinforcements to eliminate identified system capability deficiencies and to maintain LLNL’s electric utility systems service reliability and quality goals.
  • Conduct electric utility system load-flow studies and economic studies to support engineering recommendations.
  • Analyze electric utility system protection requirements and make protection scheme recommendations for transmission lines, substations, metal-clad switchgear, and distribution circuits.  Set and coordinate all protective relays and provide supporting fault-duty studies.
  • Develop and implement electric utility system equipment maintenance and system operations procedures and standards.
  • Review and approve electric utility system equipment test reports, as-built switchgear drawings, system one-line diagrams, associated system drawings, and switching orders to ensure system load parameters are within limits during abnormal circuit configurations.
  • Monitor existing electric utility system parameters and provide engineering recommendations to maintain the system within allowable limits.
  • Perform electric utility system arc-flash assessments and determine appropriate in-field personal protective equipment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the TSS.4 level

  • Lead technical teams in the development of detailed engineering designs and construction packages for electric utility system equipment upgrades and replacements.
  • Perform project coordination duties and provide construction oversight for Electric Utility Division projects.
  • Lead the review process for site-wide electric utility systems projects from initial concept through construction including design, code conformance (NEC, NESC, IEEE, ANSI, California State General Orders 95 and 128), LLNL safety and environmental standards, equipment specifications, and acceptance testing specifications.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (power systems concentration) or an equivalent combination of education and related experience, and professional registration as an Electrical Engineer in the State of California or reciprocity from another state within 12 months.
  • Advanced knowledge of and significant experience in electric utility substation and distribution system engineering, maintenance, and operations; significant knowledge of electric utility distribution system switchgear; ability to read electric utility system drawings (one-lines, three-lines, schematics, etc.).
  • Significant experience in electric utility system safe work practices in accordance with the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC).
  • Advanced knowledge of California Public Utility Commission General Orders 95 and 128, and other applicable codes and standards (IEEE C37, C57, etc.); knowledge of the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70E, and IEEE 1584.
  • Advanced knowledge of electric utility system analysis software (SKM Power Tools preferred) to perform load-flow, fault-duty, protective device coordination, and arc-flash studies; experience performing engineering economic studies and making recommendations to management and stakeholders.
  • Ability to use AutoCAD to prepare design drawings; demonstrated ability using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment (with engineers, electricians, administrative staff, project management, and construction personnel) and present and explain technical information to management.

Additional qualifications at the TSS.4 level

  • Significant experience preparing engineering designs and construction packages for electric utility system equipment upgrades and replacements.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively interact with all levels of scientific, technical, administrative, and management personnel and present, explain, and advise senior management and external sponsors on electric utility system engineering, maintenance, and operation issues.
  • Significant experience overseeing project coordination and construction oversight of electric utility system projects.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Site 300

Site 300 is an experimental test site operated by LLNL.  Situated on 7,000 acres in rural foothills approximately six miles southwest of downtown Tracy and 15 miles southeast of Livermore, Site 300 hosts approximately 200 employees with expertise in such fields as engineering, chemistry, biology, and environmental restoration. Employees assigned to work at Site 300 may be exposed to the organism that causes San Joaquin Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis).

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Beware of Fraudulent Job Postings. LLNL’s hiring practices:

  • Never requires job applicants to pay an application/training fee or submit personal documents like bank account details, passport number, Social Security number, tax forms or credit card information as part of the application process. 
  • For interviews and to be granted access to a Federal facility, a LLNL employee will contact you directly to collect visa, passport number, and/or Social Security number.  To vet the authenticity of the employee please have them provide you their name and phone number and verify at
  • Involves at least one interview (virtual or in-person) and never interviews job applicants through chat platforms such as Google Hangouts, or via correspondence through text and instant messaging systems.
  • Only sends email communications to job applicants from domain “” or via their applicant tracking system, [email protected]. Occasionally LLNL uses third-party vendors that will contact you about job opportunities.  If a recruiter contacts you to apply, you will always be directed to our career page to apply through our career site.
  • Encourages all applicants to visit LLNL’s careers page at if they saw the job posting on another site prior to applying to ensure the job posting is accurate and valid.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

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