Utilities Engineering Estimator

  • City of Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Architecture Construction and Skilled Trades Engineering Utilities
  • Salary: $111,924.80 - $137,404.80 Annually USD

Job Description


Utilities Engineering Estimator is a classification found in the Water/Gas/Wastewater and Electrical Divisions of the Utilities Department. This position provides the estimating functions in preparing plans for Electrical Utility Capital Improvement and development service projects and the preparation of work orders indicating labor, material and equipment requirements for construction for a variety of projects. In addition to the responsibility of cost estimating and preparation of work orders, the Engineering Estimator reviews development services plans, processes service connection applications, provides inspection services for construction projects, inter-faces with customers, contractors and consultants to insure in-house and contract work conforms to plans and specifications, and provides inter-utility coordination of project planning.
Essential Duties
  • Reviews development services plans routed by Planning and Development Services or projects routed by other departments.
  • Process customer applications for utility services, determines requirements, performs records search; performs design work, prepares work orders, plans, and material list for field construction.
  • Conducts field review of project site to determine project design constraints.
  • Prepares plans, specifications, and cost estimates for construction, operation, and maintenance of Electrical facilities.
  • Prepares detailed and cost estimates of projects to be constructed by City forces or by contractors.
  • Orders materials not in stock and estimates delivery dates for engineering proposals.
  • Conducts periodic inspections of work in progress to insure compliance with plans and specifications.
  • Approves acceptable work at established stages or indicates revisions necessary to meet specification requirements, works with City personnel, builders, and contractors to achieve required corrections.
  • Makes progress reports and measures actual against estimated costs, maintains appropriate records of inspections, cost estimates, and other related data.

Related Functions:
  • Assists in preparation of utility's annual budget, capital improvement programs and connection fees studies.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Minimum Qualifications
Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the
following knowledge, skills, and abilities which would typically be acquired through:
  • Completion of two years of college level engineering courses in electrical engineering.
  • 3 years or more experience in Electric Utility construction
  • Experience in estimating and field inspection.
Special Requirements:
Possession of a valid California Driver's License

The City of Palo Alto offers its employees a generous benefit package, featuring family medical coverage, retirement, life insurance, plus 12 paid holidays per year.

  • Participation in a Governmental 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Fully paid employee and dependent Dental Plan
  • Fully paid employee and dependent Vision Plan
  • Fully paid Life and AD&D insurance equal to annual salary
  • Flat Rate City paid medical contribution which may allow employees to select a fully paid health plan
  • Fully paid Life Insurance equal to one-times annual salary
  • Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability plan
  • 12 annual paid holidays
  • Two to five weeks vacation annually depending on years of service per MOA
  • 96 hours annual sick leave
  • Direct Deposit
  • Flexible Spending Account for Healthcare and Childcare expenses

Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS)
  • 2% at60 formula for Classic Employees
  • One-year final compensation for 2% at 60 employees
  • 2% at 62 formula for New CalPers Members
  • Three-year final compensation for 2% at 62 employees only
  • Retiree Medical benefits for employee and dependents after 10 years of service

Please note: The City does not participate in CA State Disability Insurance (SDI) or Social Security.Since they City does not participate in SDI, City employees are not eligible to claim against the State's Pregnancy Disability Leave or Paid Family Leave programs.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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