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City of Boise Controls/Electrical Engineer II in Boise, Idaho

Controls/Electrical Engineer II

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Controls/Electrical Engineer II


$86,000.00 - $96,000.00 Annually


Boise, ID

Job Type

Full Time Regular


Public Works Admin

Job Number



10/12/2021 5:00 PM Mountain

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Summary Statement

The Department of Public Works is responsible for managing and maintaining all services related to our resources. From compost to water renewal, and waste management to renewable energy, everything done is for the betterment of our community.

This department is currently recruiting for a Controls/Electrical Engineer II , who will manage major programs and projects in the engineering division as department expert and engineer of record, with emphasis on process controls and electric power distribution. In addition, this position will manage advanced, complex engineering projects and studies related to planning, design and construction management for a variety of water renewal (wastewater treatment) facility projects. This position will provide engineering expertise and complex technical assistance to operations staff to achieve optimum operability of facilities and equipment.

If you are interested in a challenging career opportunity, come join us!

Please submit a cover letter and resume with your completed application.

Essential Functions

Administers and updates the City Water Renewal Facilities (WRF) Control Systems Master Plan, WRF Standards for Control Systems, and the West Boise Electric Power Master Plan. Assures compliance by consultants and contractors. Coordinates with city IT and develops CIP budget requests for recommended improvements. (35%)

Serves as project manager/technical leader for water renewal facility process instrumentation and controls systems projects, electrical power distribution and analysis projects, or other large or complex city-initiated projects or programs. Provides quality control review and approval of plans, final design documents and reports prepared by others. Provides guidance and direction during design and construction to engineers, technical staff or project managers. Reviews current needs and makes recommendations to operations and engineering division management concerning upgrades/capital improvements. (35%)

Manages all aspects of procuring and using professional services for public works projects, from preparing solicitations to contract negotiations to managing execution of the professional services work. (10%)

Provides guidance city-wide on general electrical and process controls matters such as developing energized electrical work policies and standards for interfaces between IT communication systems and process control systems. (10%)

Supervisory responsibilities: Employees in this position are authorized to recommend and/or effect the full range of duties (with appropriate managerial review), including hiring, performance evaluations, transferring, promoting, assigning of significant duties, rewarding, disciplining and terminating employment; exercise independent judgment to direct others work and have the authority to take corrective action; and, utilize people skills to communicate, motivate and direct or oversee a person, group, department, or organization. (10%)

Performs other duties as assigned. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. Total Percentage = 100%


Required Knowledge, Experience, And Training

  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering or Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, or a closely related engineering field.

  • Engineering degree must be from an ABET-accredited institution.

  • Seven years of progressively responsible engineering experience including two years supervising

Level of Knowledge

  • Advanced knowledge of theory, principles and practices of engineering design and project management; principles of physics and mathematics applicable to engineering; principles and techniques of management and supervision, including goals and objectives development and work planning and organization;

  • Advanced knowledge of principles and practices of contract administration and project management and evaluation;

  • Advanced knowledge of principles, modern techniques and equipment used in design, construction and maintenance of various public works projects; engineering theory and practice relating to design, operation and maintenance of computer systems, and of analog and digital instrumentation, communication and control systems;

  • Advanced knowledge of engineering theory and practice relating to analysis, planning and design of DC, single-phase AC, and three-phase AC electric power distribution systems, low and medium-voltage AC systems, metering, protective relaying and harmonic analysis and mitigation.


Ability to review, prepare or direct the preparation of complex plans, specifications and legal contracts; prepare and evaluate engineering studies of large or complex projects; perform difficult technical research and analyze complex engineering and mathematical problems, evaluating alternatives and recommending or adopting effective courses of action; perform accurate engineering calculations and cost estimates; motivate and evaluate assigned staff and provide for their training and professional development; plan and manage difficult engineering-related projects; communicate scientific and technical matters to non-technical individuals, including policy makers; interact effectively, engage in problem solving and partner with citizens, community groups and contractors; display an attitude of cooperation and work harmoniously with the media, businesses, contractors, special interest groups, co-workers and all levels of city employees, the general public and other organizations; communicate effectively in the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance; complete assignments in a timely fashion; understand and comply with all rules, policies and regulations; maintain prompt and regular attendance; perform all essential and marginal functions as assigned by an authorized employee, supervisor and/or manager with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Preferred Knowledge, Experience, And Training

  • Ten years’ progressively responsible engineering experience designing, reviewing, and managing complex or large public works construction projects

  • Experience in programming PLCs and variable frequency drives (especially those manufactured by Allen Bradley), along with an in depth working knowledge of interfaces with field control and process monitoring systems including at a minimum Data Highway Plus, Remote IO, ControlNet, and ethernet

  • Experience programming, troubleshooting and documenting HMI software for SCADA systems (especially Wonderware products)

  • Experience with analysis software for electric power distribution (especially SKM Power*Tools)

Licensing And Other Requirements

  • Licensed by the State of Idaho as a Professional Engineer (PE), or if licensed in another state, ability to acquire an Idaho license through the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers within six months of hire date

  • Valid state issued driver’s license

Special Requirements

Applicants must be able to pass:

  • City of Boise background check processes which includes a criminal history check and reference checks in accordance with the City of Boise Hiring Process Regulation

  • Driving Record Check

Working Conditions

The physical effort characteristics and working environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Efforts

While performing the duties of this job the employee is occasionally lifting/carrying up to 10 pounds. The noise level is occasionally moderate. Work includes sensory ability to talk, hear and touch. Work in this position also includes close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and depth perception. Employees will sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, grasp, climb and balance. Position requires hand/finger dexterity.

Working Environment

The work environment will include inside conditions, outdoor weather conditions, with areas of dust, odors, mist and gases or other airborne matter. Employees are exposed to mechanical and electrical hazards. Employees will also drive a vehicle as part of this position. Work includes protected exposure to infectious bacteria, bodily fluids and chemicals. Various hazards associated with construction sites, uneven walkways, etc.

This position works: As projects or emergencies dictate, weekend, shift, and/or holiday work may be required.


Top talent deserves top notch benefits. The City is among the best in the Treasure Valley when it comes to the benefits and perks we offer our employees.

Most positions are eligible for the general benefits listed here; fire fighters, police officers, senior managers, command staff, and directors may be offered other benefit plans.

Healthcare : ZERO premium medical coverage for you and your family!

  • Low cost dental and vision options.

  • Post-employment health savings account.

Retirement and Investment Plans

  • PERSI retirement benefits

  • 401(k) or 457b investment options with employer match.

WellBeing Program

  • Up to $500 cash per year for participants.

  • Alternative transportation incentives.

Paid Leave – City employees receive generous paid leave:

  • 8 hours of vacation per month, and this increases the longer you stay with the City

  • 10 paid holidays every year

  • 8 hours of sick leave per month

  • Six weeks Parental Leave

Life & Long Term Disability-

  • Basic Life insurance at no cost to you

  • Long Term Disability insurance at no cost to you

Other optional benefits –

  • Pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Supplemental Life Insurance

  • Supplemental Disability Insurance

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Free Boise GreenBike membership

  • Free local bus pass

  • Corporate discount programs


  • Employee Assistance Program for short-term counseling on work, family, finances, and personal issues.