Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Associate Electrical Engineer (#20003452)

General Statement

Under general supervision, performs ordinary electrical engineering work in connection with electrical design, construction, maintenance and operations.

Essential Job Functions

Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Prepares or assists in the writing of electrical specifications; plans, designs and prepares conduit layouts, single line, schematic and wiring diagrams for electrical power and lighting systems; designs and revises process control diagrams and systems; makes electrical calculations on short circuits, wire sizes, loads and electrical engineering systems.
  • Performs electrical drafting and prepares contract drawings using a computer aided design system; utilizes computer programs and data processing.
  • Prepares electrical estimates for design, repair and construction; assists in making economic evaluations concerning installation and replacement of electrical equipment.
  • Acts as resident engineer on small or moderate size projects; reviews submitted proposals; supervises field inspection and control of electrical installations, removal, alterations and additions and ensures compliance to plans and specifications; makes preliminary and special investigations of electrical construction or maintenance problems as necessary.
  • Inspects electrical equipment operation at District facilities; plans, schedules and supervises the work of electrical engineers and others engaged in the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical equipment; presents recommendations for system upgrades.
  • Assists in the coordination of electrical engineering projects; provides technical advice to other engineers, designers and contractors regarding construction, operation, design and records requirements and in determining effective and safe procedure.
  • Supervises technical employees in taking field measurements and maintaining records of electrical work; reviews contractor record drawings; verifies and approves progress estimates and all other field records on electrical equipment and construction work under contract.
  • Prepares correspondence regarding submittals and related matters.
  • Plans and maintains an inventory of needed parts for facilities equipment and engineering projects.

Other Job Functions

  • Instructs, trains and assists subordinate electrical engineers and others; assists in scheduling assignments; takes necessary action or makes recommendations regarding work performance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Conditions

Work is performed in a typical office environment and requires the use of standard office equipment including computers. Some duties may require field work that involves exposure to a variety of operating mechanical equipment and loud noise and/or noxious odors.  Field work may include working in all types of weather conditions, including extreme heat or cold, throughout the plant facility and collection system and may involve working in close proximity to or in conjunction with construction activities and heavy equipment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of electrical engineering.
  • Considerable knowledge of recent developments, current literature and sources of information in electrical engineering.
  • Some knowledge of electrical codes and regulations controlling the installation of electrical materials and equipment.
  • Knowledge of Computer Aided Design (CAD) operations, techniques, and practices in the preparation of engineering plans and designs.
  • Knowledge of computer control of industrial processes, and the ability to use personal computers in applications including spreadsheets, databases and word processing.
  • Ability to coordinate electrical work with operation, maintenance and construction activities.
  • Ability to supervise the field inspection and control of electrical installations done on contract and to check installations against plans and specifications.
  • Ability to prepare conduit layouts, single line, schematic and wiring diagrams for electrical power and lighting systems.
  • Ability to prepare electrical estimates for design and construction.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from a four-year accredited college or university majoring in electrical engineering and two years of full- time, post-degree electrical engineering experience related to the District's activities.


Full-time graduate study in the designated fields of engineering may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Promotional Requirement

  • One year of service with the District as an Assistant Electrical Engineer; or possession of a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and one year of service with the District as an Assistant Civil Engineer, Assistant Mechanical Engineer, Assistant Structural Engineer, Treatment Plant Operator II, Engineering Technician V, Operating Engineer II or Engineering Draftsman III.
  • Civil service status in one of the foregoing classifications.

CLASS: 20003452; EST: 7/1/2016; REV: 3/29/2023;