Planning & Engineering Division of Tucson Water

Recruitment #2303-2020-001


Tucson Water is the second largest water utility in Arizona, serving over 730,000 customers over a 390 square mile service area. Tucson Water is recognized internationally as a leader in water conservation, sustainability, and service. Our employees are proud stewards of our community’s most precious natural resource, working to embody the utility’s motto of “Pride In Service.”

The Planning and Engineering Division of the Tucson Water Department is seeking a qualified professional for the position of Electrical Engineer to deliver water infrastructure projects that support the Capital Improvement Program and operational needs of the system through hands-on design and management of projects designed by others.  The position will also assist in ensuring projects are constructed to meet the requirements of the plans, specifications, and perform to meet the needs of Tucson Water Divisions.  

This is a professional/supervisory position that requires the exercise of considerable initiative and independent judgement.

Working in this position includes close coordination with all sections of the Water Department and outside agencies.

Currently, this is a hybrid/telecommuting position where approximately 50% of the work is completed in the office or field and 50% of the work is completed virtually. This model may change based on future business needs.

Successful candidates will enjoy the opportunity to work from home while abiding by the terms and guidelines set forth in the City of Tucson’s Telecommuting Administrative Directive 2.01-19 to include:

• Must have a minimum of 50 Mbps to connect to the internet
• Shall designate and maintain a dedicated workspace that is quiet, clean, and safe, with adequate lighting and ventilation

City-Wide Benefits
• Medical: Choice between a high deductible plan (HSA or HRA), or Network plan.
• Dental: Choice between a national dental PPO and a local dental HMO.
• Vision: Coverage for annual eye exam and glasses or contacts, plus LASIK.
• Life: City-paid coverage for you & dependents, plus option to buy more.
• Long-Term Disability: Income replacement of up to 60% of your base salary in the event of a qualifying disability.
• Employee Assistance Program: Enhance your wellbeing when life doesn’t go as planned.
• Flexible Spending: Pay for qualified health and dependent care expenses using pretax dollars.
• Colonial Voluntary Benefits: Financial help in the event of cancer, hospitalization, accident, more.

Your Security and Future
• Pension: Generous pension plans that help both civilian and public safety employees retire more comfortably.
• Deferred Compensation: Save more toward a comfortable retirement with a 457(b) plan.
• Training & Tuition Assistance: Pursue your dream through internal training or financial help toward a degree.
• Education Assistance, Reimbursement, and Qualified Loan Repayment Assistance Program: Get assistance paying off your student loan debt.
• Back-Up Care: Care for your loved ones when your regular care is unavailable.

Your Peace of Mind
• Paid Parental Leave: Six (6) weeks paid leave when you welcome a child, plus other generous leave policies for FML, Medical and USERRA.
• Paid Time Away: New hires enjoy 37 days of paid time off in the first year, with time increasing steadily thereafter (In year one: 13 accrued days of vacation, 13 accrued days of sick leave, and 11 paid holidays).
• Employee Discounts: Generous discounts, ranging from car rentals to computers, gifts to groceries, electronics to entertainment.
• Social Connectedness: Forge connections with the community we serve through paid volunteerism and payroll-deducted charitable giving.

General Description

Manages facility electrical design projects including coordination with other professional disciplines.

Essential Functions

  • Develops the scope of work for the designs of plant instrumentation, water control systems, and electrical power systems
  • Develops and reviews detailed electrical and control system drawings and specifications in compliance with Tucson Water Standards and building code
  • Prepares the budget for projects by identifying scope of project, estimating costs, and time preparing total budget
  • Writes design reports, contract documents, and correspondence related to electrical and control systems for water production facilities
  • Develops and analyzes technical calculations, electrical schematics, ladder logic programs, and piping and instrumentation diagrams related to water production facilities
  • Manages facility electrical projects by coordinating design developments, scheduling projects, developing budgets, and coordinating construction activities. Hires the design team and construction team and reports construction progress
  • Monitors projects to ensure adherence to project budgets and schedule. Coordinates changes as required
  • Monitors the development of the electrical restructuring by managing the projects electrical load, profiling, and procurement of energy services
  • Develops contract documents, analyzes schematics, oversees the incorporation of underground conduit, and represents the City with statewide or regional organizations.
  • Acts as a liaison between City agencies, consultants, contractors, and the public.

This description is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty. They are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this position.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years of electrical engineering experience

An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position may be considered.

Special Job Requirements

Registered as a Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of Arizona

Valid and unrestricted driver's license

If you are registered in another state, please visit the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration at https://btr.az.gov/ for reciprocity requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related engineering discipline
• At least 5 years’ experience in municipal water engineering services
• At least 3 years’ experience in water system electrical design
• Supervisory experience
• Demonstrated construction management experience
• Demonstrated project management experience

Selection Plan

You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.

All applicants will be required to submit a resume under the "Resume" tab as part of the online application, as your resume will be reviewed and scored during the testing process. Please ensure your application contains the required resume prior to submission.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profiles and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an in-person Oral Board Interview.

• In-person Oral Board Interviews will be held March 30, 2023

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on an Eligibility List. An applicant's ranking on the list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

• 10% of your rating for education and work experience
• 90% of your oral board interview

Selection interviews may be conducted post-list by the hiring manager.

This recruitment will establish a Civil Service Eligibility List that will be utilized to fill all vacancies within Tucson Water occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the achieved score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Eligibility List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you may upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to Jocelyn.Maez@tucsonaz.gov. The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates a characterization of service.

If you are in need of an Americans with Disabilities Act related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Jocelyn D. Maez at Jocelyn.Maez@tucsonaz.gov at least 48 hours prior to the particular evaluation.


Communication during this process will be sent via email to the email address on file, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from jobs@tucsonaz.gov and check your email account regularly; this may include your junk box/spam filter. Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.