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City of Lakeland Engineer I, II, III, or IV - Lakeland Electric in Lakeland, Florida

Engineer I, II, III, or IV - Lakeland Electric

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Engineer I, II, III, or IV - Lakeland Electric


$89,732.56 - $139,204.64 Annually


Lakeland, FL

Job Type

Full Time Regular

Job Number



Lakeland Electric


ED-Engr-T&D Engineering 2017510000

Opening Date


Closing Date




Bargaining Unit


  • Description

  • Benefits

  • Questions


This is a highly responsible engineering position. An employee in this class is responsible for the performance of difficult and complex engineering design, operation and construction tasks associated with the planning and design of a variety of projects and studies needed to support electric power facilities. Duties will involve directing engineering and task forces engaged in major facility projects and assuming the role of Project Manager or Senior Engineer. Independent judgment and action in planning details of work and in making technical decisions is required. Work is under the general direction of a supervisor and is evaluated upon completion.

This position is for an Engineer IV however, it may be filled at the level of a Engineer I, II, or III.


  • Prepares scope of work for a given project including project management and quality control work to be done by other parties associated with the project.

  • Prepares specifications, engineering plans, diagrams, schematics, required equipment/materials and cost estimates for required aspects of projects and studies.

  • Provides project management and quality control oversight associated with projects and studies.

  • May lead personnel from other divisions and City departments on cross-departmental projects and studies.

  • Leads other engineers and technicians on multi-disciplinary projects and studies.

  • Oversees contract maintenance and repair projects.

  • Investigates and analyzes operation and maintenance problems to determine solutions.

  • Prepares feasibility studies and makes recommendations to improve the performance of systems and equipment.

  • Estimates the cost of construction, including materials, labor and project management.

  • Reviews and ensures compliance with project schedules and budgets.

  • Acts as a representative/liaison with regulatory agencies, other utility and industry organizations.

  • Oversees the design and/or implementation of significant modifications or improvements to electric power facilities.

  • Provides construction management and contract interface with construction crews, as needed, for major construction projects.

  • Develops and produces presentations on projects for department management.

  • Maintains filing and records system from project initiation to project close out.

  • Prepares complex forecasts, studies, technical reports and related tasks.

  • Prepares cost estimates for equipment, materials, labor and preliminary design work in support of the budgeting process.

  • Provides direction for lower-level engineering, technical and trades personnel.

  • Directs others in the operation and testing of equipment and controls, survey work and non-destructive testing programs.

  • Assists various departments within the organization on energy production.

  • Studies and/or implements significant modifications or improvements to the electric power system.

  • Operates various computer aided engineering design and analysis programs or tools and produces work orders or studies to support projects.

  • May be required to attend meetings at locations other than primary work location.

  • May be required to work alternate hours as necessary for the efficient operation of the department.

  • Schedules employee work assignments, develops employee performance appraisals and manages administrative issues for a small work group.

  • Supervises various engineers, technicians and trades personnel in the various phases of project management.

  • Directs contractor personnel and coordinates closely with other City personnel on construction projects.

  • Trains or coordinates cross training for Engineers I through III.

  • Seeks or may be directed to cross train to meet evolving business needs.

  • Function as team leader, assigning, instructing and checking the work of others.

  • Act as a NERC Compliance Standard Coordinator and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) in an appropriate area of expertise to support Lakeland Electric’s compliance with the National Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standards Requirements and Florida Municipal Power Pool (FMPP) Requirements.

  • Position is Mission Critical.


  • Responsible for the design of transmission and distribution power lines and structures, and foundations for the power grid while following established codes and standards.

  • Provides construction management support, field inspections, quality control, and contract interface with construction crews, as needed, for construction projects.

  • Develop and prepare cost estimates for equipment, materials, and labor, along with preliminary design work, in support of the budgeting process and project management.

  • Participate in the development of design standards and materials lists.

  • Performs field inspections to define project needs, including easements, permits, and tree clearing, and verifies final as-built drawings for completed projects.

  • Assists in the coordination of T&D facility impacting road projects with state and local governmental agencies.

  • Prepares, directs and assists with the preparation of environmental permits.

  • Preparation of bid packages for construction and requests for proposal for outside consulting services.

  • Other duties may include inspection of rebar and foundation forms during construction, reviewing concrete mix designs, specifying and evaluating geotechnical reports, assisting with wetland issues.

  • Uses electric system software models to analysis electric system performance and prepare recommendations for reconfiguration or addition to existing transmission and distribution system facilities.

  • Uses electric system software models and load growth data to forecast need for new substations, transmission lines, and distribution lines.

  • Reviews and updates the annual Energy Delivery 10 Year plan for new substations, transmission lines, distribution lines and other facilities.

  • Calculates voltage regulator set points using electric distribution system software model.

  • Calculates various system performance indices.

  • Makes recommendations for work that may improve system performance.

  • Ensures compliance with local and national planning standards.

  • Develop and confirms that documentation required in the standards is current.


  • Performs related work as required.

This posting reflects the essential functions and knowledge, skills, and abilities for Engineer IV; however, applicants may view the complete job description for Engineer I, II and III on the City of Lakeland's employment page.


Qualifications for Engineer I:

  • Graduation from a regionally accredited four (4) year college or university with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering.

    Qualifications for Engineer II:

  • Master of Science in Engineering from an accredited university or college or Bachelor of Science in Engineering from a regionally accredited four (4) year college or university.

  • Two (2) years of experience in electric utility engineering work.

  • Engineering in Training Certification (E.I.T) preferred.

    Qualifications for Engineer III:

  • Master of Science degree from an accredited college or university with a degree in Engineering.

  • Three (3) years of experience in electric utility engineering work.


  • Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university with a degree in Engineering.

  • Five (5) years of experience in electric utility engineering work.

    Qualifications for Engineer IV:

  • Master of Science degree from an accredited college or university with a degree in Engineering.

  • Four (4) years of experience in electric utility engineering work.


  • Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university with a degree in Engineering.

  • Six (6) years of experience in electric utility engineering work.


  • Professional Engineering (PE) License from the Florida State Board of Professional Engineers preferred.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida driver’s license.

  • Must maintain a valid telephone number.

  • May be required to pass and maintain quality for:

  • Respiratory Protection Physical

  • Pulmonary Function

  • Qualitative and Quantitative Fit Test(s)


  • Extensive knowledge of fundamental and applied engineering sciences, principles and practices.

  • Extensive skill in the use of engineering and mathematical references and tables, charts and computer equipment required in professional engineering work.

  • Extensive knowledge of design and test codes, sources of technical information and safety requirements related to electric power facilities.

  • Considerable knowledge of permitting requirements for City, County, and State agencies.

  • Extensive knowledge of project expenditures and budgetary cost controls.

  • Highly capable of establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with supervisor, co-workers, consultants, other utilities, other City employees and the public.

  • Extensive knowledge in the process of establishing contracts for the procurement of goods and services.

  • Ability to instruct others in the use of various portable test equipment, meters, and survey instruments and to perform engineering and surveying calculations.

  • Ability to read, understand and interpret plans, specifications, technical reports and engineering drawings.

  • Ability to instruct others in the performance of routine technical computations, making estimates, compiling statistical information and performing analysis.

  • Highly capable of understanding, following and/or transmitting complex oral and written instructions.

  • Highly capable self-starter, self-motivated, detail oriented, team player and able to carry out assignments independently with only general oversight.

  • Highly capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously and in a proficient manner, while maintaining schedule flexibility as needed.

  • Ability to plan and direct the work of subordinate engineers and technicians.

  • Ability to direct project development and installation of equipment.

  • Extensive skill in evaluating the cost benefit of modifications and designs.

  • Ability to read, understand, interpret and implement process and procedures to comply with NERC Reliability Standards.


  • The job may require some physical work that involves walking, standing, exerting up to thirty (30) pounds of force on a recurring basis, routine keyboard operations and operation of City vehicle.

  • Some job duties may be performed in an office environment while other duties may require field work at various outdoor job sites.

  • The job risks occasional exposure to electrical, mechanical or chemical hazardous conditions, extreme noise levels, dusts, pollen, bright/dim lights, extreme hot/cold, wet/humid conditions, fumes, noxious odors and heights.

  • The job requires normal visual acuity, field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, depth perception, texture perception and sense of smell.

    All City of Lakeland positions are subject to testing (e.g. written, oral, performance, computerized, interview and/or any combination). Candidates selected for testing will be notified via email or telephone. Please check your email and telephone messages regularly, including "junk" folders. Test times and locations to be announced.


    City of Lakeland

Summary Sheet

Annual Leave

Annual leave is accumulated bi-weekly and based upon years of service as follows:

Sick Leave

Sick rate is accrued biweekly based upon years of service and standard hour classification. Eligible for use as soon as earned. Regular part-time employees who work at least 20 hours per week accrue sick leave at the rate of 4 hours per month.

*NOTE: REGULAR employees with a working day other than 8 hours, please contact your supervisor regarding these policies.

Sick Leave Pool

Allows employees to receive sick leave benefits in cases involving catastrophic or long-term illnesses or injuries after all personal leave time has been depleted. Regular full-time employees contribute 8 hours and Regular part-time employees contribute 4 hours on an annual basis. Employees must have completed one full year of service on or before December 31st of the calendar year enrollment, and have accumulated at least 40 hours of sick time (20 hours for Regular part-time employees). Participation in this program is voluntary.

Family & Medical Leave

Federal legislation guarantees up to 12 weeks per year off work under certain circumstances outlined in the policy manual. The employees must have been employed by the City for at least 12 months and have at least 1,250 hours of service during the 12-month period before the requested leave. The City will continue its group life and health insurance for an employee on leave at the same level and under the same conditions that existed while the employee was working.

For more information, contact Lynnette Larmouth at 834-8793.

Pension Plan

Provision for retirement income requiring mandatory participation for full-time regular employees.

Defined Benefit Plan :

Plan C Employee 5.81%

Employer 19.33%


Defined Contribution Plan:

Executive and new hires over age 52 Employee 8.5% or 10.73% per election upon hire Employer 15.39%

Deferred Compensation 457 Plan:

A voluntary plan that is invested in mutual funds. The Employees' Pension Board performs the due diligence on the mutual funds. Employees may reallocate their account at any time.

Maximum contribution for 2022 is $20,500; employees age 50 or older can also add a "catch-up" amount of $6,500. Additionally, a match of up to 5% of salary is offered by the City in Plan C.


Eleven (11) holidays, includes one personal floating holiday to be used at any time after three months of employment and prior to the end of the calendar year.

Funeral Leave

Up to three days off with pay due to death of an immediate family member (as defined in the policy manual). Up to four hours off with pay may be obtained through supervisor approval to attend local funeral services of persons other than immediate family.

Jury/Witness Duty

Employees required to serve on jury duty will be relieved of responsibility for their regular work shift or portion thereof and receive full pay while serving. All fees received for such service may be retained by the employee. Employees subpoenaed to any civil or criminal court proceeding, which employee is not personally or monetarily interested, shall be paid as if engaged in regular work activities.

Military Leave

Allows for up to 240 hours in any one calendar year for annual military training without loss of pay or benefits for any employee in some type of reserve status for the United States Armed Forces. (see policy manual for additional information).

Maternity Leave

Refer to Family & Medical Leave for those employees who qualify. Others may take up to three months leave of absence available upon approval of the Department Head. Employees may opt to utilize any combination of paid (sick or annual leave) or unpaid leave.

Leave of Absence Without Pay

Written requests are subject to approval by Department Head and City Manager or designee for less than 90 days. Requests for more than 90 days also require Civil Service Board approval for employees in a Civil Service classification.

Longevity Pay

Tuition Reimbursement

Eligible after one year of employment. The program provides employees up to $2,000 per fiscal year (October 1 through September 30) for reimbursement of tuition of approved college, university, vocational, or c orrespondence classes upon completion with a grade of "C" or better in credit courses only. Full reimbursement is given for courses and fees, upon approval. The program does not include reimbursement for the cost of books, supplies or other related expenses.

For more information, contact Sue Cook at 834-6844.

Suggestion Awards

A program designed to provide a consistent and organized method for employees to submit and be rewarded for constructive ideas for improvement. The maximum award is $1000.

For additional information, contact Kathy McNelis at 834-6348.

Direct Deposit of Paycheck (refer to handout in new employee folder)

An account must be established with the institution of your choice prior to signing up for direct deposit.


Uniforms are issued at no cost to employees for those job classifications which require them. Equipment is given to employees at either no cost or discounted cost depending upon job classification.

Break Periods

Employees may be permitted two 15-minute breaks during the work day. The time shall be at the discretion of the supervisor.

For Information on Health Insurance, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance please contact Benefits at 834-6797.

For Information on Retirement Benefits, contact the Retirement Services Department at 834-8784 or 834-8794.

For Information on Firefighter and Police Officer Retirement Benefits, contact Foster & Foster at 239-333-4872.


Do you have a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or Master of Science degree in Engineering?

  • Yes

  • No


    Please indicate your years of experience in electric utility engineering work.

  • No experience

  • Some experience, but less than 1 year

  • At least 1 year, but less than 2 years

  • At least 2 years, but less then 3 years

  • At least 3 years, but less than 4 years

  • At least 4 years, but less than 5 years

  • At least 5 years, but less than 6 years

  • 6 years or more


    Please provide a narrative supporting your answer to the above question. Be sure to include specific job title(s), job duties, organization(s) and the dates where the work was performed. Note: The employers and dates of employment you list here must also be included in the "Work Experience" section of this job application.


    Do you have experience with Esri's (Aeronautical Reconnaissance Coverage Geographic Information System (ArcGIS) software?

  • Yes

  • No


    If yes to the question above, how many years of experience do you have? If no, please put N/A.


    Do you have experience with Schneider's Designer software?

  • Yes

  • No


    If yes to the question above, how many years of experience do you have? If no, please put N/A.


    Do you have experience with IBM Maximo?

  • Yes

  • No


    If yes to the question above, how many years of experience do you have? If no, please put N/A.


    Do you have experience with Power Lines System – Computer Aided Design and Drafting (PLS-CADD)?

  • Yes

  • No


    If yes to the question above, how many years of experience do you have? If no, please put N/A.


    Do you have experience with Siemen's Power System Simulator for Engineering (PSS/E) Application?

  • Yes

  • No


    If yes to the question above, how many years of experience do you have? If no, please put N/A.


    Do you have experience with PowerGEM's Transmission Adequacy & Reliability Assessment (TARA) software?

  • Yes

  • No


    If yes to the question above, how many years of experience do you have? If no, please put N/A.


    Do you have experience with DNV's Synergi Electric software?

  • Yes

  • No


    If yes to the question above, how many years of experience do you have? If no, please put N/A.


    By clicking "Yes" below, I understand that all relevant work experience MUST be entered in the "Work Experience" section on my application. In addition, all current City of Lakeland employees must list all previous City of Lakeland work experience in the "Work Experience" section of the application. Failure to complete the "Work Experience" section will disqualify you from the application process.

  • Yes

  • No

    Required Question


City of Lakeland, Civil Service


500 N Lake Parker Avenue Lakeland, Florida, 33801