Public Utilities Engineer 1 (Electrical) (40 Hour)

Recruitment #230426-6675FE-001


Do you have the desire to make a difference on a new and dynamic team? 
Are you passionate about clean energy and fighting climate change? 
If so, we have the opportunity for you! 

The State of Connecticut, Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) currently has an exciting opportunity for an energy professional to join the Reliability, Security, and Resilience (RSR) unit within the Office of Technical and Regulatory Analysis (TRA) as a Public Utilities Engineer 1 (Electrical) located in New Britain.  The Public Utilities Engineer 1 (Electrical) position will provide technical and engineering expertise to this unit. 

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage
  • Sick and personal leave.
  • We encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees.
Discover the opportunity to: 
  • To work for a Forbes top company: ‘Forbes’ State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule.
  • Engage in a rewarding career.
  • Assist our employees so they can achieve success.
  • Make a difference in the public sector.
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.  
Position Highlights
PURA is seeking a professional with experience in engineering, public utility regulation, energy policy and/or a related field to support the RSR Unit as a Public Utilities Engineer 1 (Electrical). This role will help implement PURA’s Equitable Modern Grid Initiative by performing complex and technical analyses, leading public outreach efforts, participating in working groups, as well as supporting traditional utility ratemaking proceedings and investigations. Most work will focus on electric and telecommunications critical infrastructure sectors, but may also include other energy and utility fields, such as gas and water.

  • For the full range of specific position duties, please see the "Examples of Duties" section below.
  • The position will be located at Ten Franklin Square, New Britain, CT, with an opportunity for a hybrid teleworking arrangement.
  • This position is 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday, between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
About Us
PURA is statutorily charged with regulating the rates and services of Connecticut's investor owned electric, natural gas, water and telecommunication companies and is the franchising authority for the state's cable television companies. Ensuring affordable and reliable service from these sectors is critical to maintaining public health and safety and a thriving economy in the state of Connecticut. 
PURA’s responsibilities for regulating the many aspects of Connecticut's utility sectors can be categorized into three key buckets: 
1.  Accountability  
  • Conducting periodic utility rate cases; 
  • Overseeing service quality, safety, and investment for the state's telecommunication infrastructure; 
  • Implementing federal requirements for natural gas pipeline safety.
2.  Sustainability 
  • Overseeing the deployment of multiple clean energy programs including, renewable energy deployment, electric vehicle charging, battery storage, and innovation pilots in pursuit of Connecticut’s climate and energy policy goals.
3.  Innovation  
  • Pursuing the prudent and innovative modernization of the electric, natural gas, and water systems through regulatory reform. 
The RSR Unit is one of six technical units within PURA’s TRA Office and is responsible for overseeing emergency response, cybersecurity, reliability, and resilience planning of Connecticut’s utility systems. In conjunction with TRA’s Clean and Affordable Energy (CAE) unit, RSR helps support the state’s Equitable Modern Grid Initiative, in addition to having oversight of storm and related investigation, interconnection procedures, and physical security related to the state’s investor-owned utilities.  
Key topics, programs, or decisions overseen by RSR in the recent past include:  
  • Advanced metering infrastructure and smart grid upgrades of the electric grid; 
  • Resilience of critical infrastructure against the impacts of climate change; 
  • Non-wire solutions to traditional system upgrades; 
  • Interconnection standards for distributed renewable energy resources;  
  • Utility preparedness for severe weather and cybersecurity incidents;  
  • Broadband expansion across the state.
For an inside look at what it is like to work as a State of Connecticut employee, check out the video below!

Selection Plan

To Apply
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
Important Information After You Apply
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  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Nick Naples at


In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this class is accountable for performing a full range of tasks involving engineering studies and investigations of plant, equipment, facilities and services of utility companies to ensure customer needs are adequately met and equity is achieved among customer, societal and corporate interests.


  • Conducts technical, policy, and engineering analysis on topics related to the Office of Technical and Regulatory Analysis including, but not limited to, grid modernization, deployment of distributed energy resources, grid resilience, cybersecurity, broadband expansion, and emergency preparedness and response.
  • In performing the above assignments, the Public Utilities Engineer (Electrical) acts a project manager for discrete agency investigations, as assigned, developing procedural schedules for all dockets under their purview in order to ensure that the Authority’s objectives for each proceeding are achieved and all standard practices are followed; 
  • Schedules and performs studies and analyses of various companies under departmental jurisdiction; 
  • Assists in preparation for staff participation in formal hearings before department;
  • Reviews, evaluates and reports on technical papers, actions taken by regulatory or legislative bodies and other developments which have a bearing upon policies and practices of regulated companies; 
  • Participates in drafting recommendations for department decisions; 
  • Documents procedures; 
  • May cross examine witnesses of utility companies; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of principles, practices and engineering standards of utilities operations; 
  • Knowledge of utilities construction budgeting, depreciation and cost of service studies; 
  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills; 
  • Ability to 
    • analyze, interpret and evaluate technical utilities engineering issues; 
    • utilize computer software; 
    • prepare concise technical reports.


Six (6) years of experience in the field of electrical engineering.


  • College training in the respective disciplines outlined under General Experience may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
  • Successful completion of an Engineer Trainee program approved by the Department of Administrative Services may be substituted for the General Experience.


  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering, economics, finance, or environmental studies.
  • An advanced degree in renewable energy, engineering, environmental studies, climate change, or public utility regulation.
  • Experience working on utility regulation, grid modernization initiatives, deployment of clean and renewable energy programs, climate change or energy policy.
  • Experience with prevention, protection, mitigation, response, or recovery for extreme weather events.
  • Experience with cybersecurity.
  • Experience writing technical reports, white papers, position papers, policy papers, or academic articles for a general audience that provide conclusions or recommendations supported by documented evidence.
  • Experience conducting engineering analysis and synthesizing results.
  • Experience with project management, including working independently on 2 or more projects simultaneously, while adhering to deadlines.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office 365 applications.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.

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