Electric Utility Engineer I/II/III - City of Tallahassee

Posted By: Garnie Holmes Career Center ,

City of Tallahassee

The City of Tallahassee – Electric & Gas Utility has three immediate engineering openings within its Electric Utility – two within the Power Delivery division and one within the System Planning division.  Applications are being sought for engineering candidates at any level, with a preference for candidates with background in Substation Design Engineering and Distribution Engineering (for Power Delivery openings) or Renewable Energy and/or Computer Modelling/Simulation (for System Planning opening). The minimum requirements for each level are outlined below.


Tallahassee is a vibrant City that is home to Florida’s state government, two major universities – Florida State University and Florida A&M University, as well as one of the largest community colleges in the state – Tallahassee Community College.   Centrally located in the panhandle, Tallahassee is only hours away from white sandy Gulf beaches, Walt Disney World, and the Atlantic Ocean.  Tallahassee has one of the top parks and recreation departments in the country and was named an All America City twice.  Leon County Schools were recognized by the Florida State Board of Education as an Academically High Performing District for the second year in a row.

Tallahassee’s Electric & Gas Utility provides reliable electric service to over 125,000 customers in a 221 square mile service territory that includes both the City of Tallahassee and portions of the unincorporated areas of Leon County.  As a full service, vertically integrated electric utility, Tallahassee has 725 MW of generation located at three sites, 62MW of solar under a Purchase Power Agreement, 224 miles of transmission (115kv & 230 kv), 28 substations with two more in engineering, and 3,631 miles of distribution.  The City’s Electric Utility is registered as a Balancing Authority, Transmission Owner/Operator, and Generation Owner/Operator under the NERC Reliability Standards.

Tallahassee Electric has been recognized nationally and regionally for its strong performance.  These recognitions have included the APWA State Project of the Year Award, APPA E. F. Scattergood Award, three APPA DEED Energy Innovator Awards, FMEA Safety Award, six-time APPA Reliable Public Power Provider at the Gold level, APPA Smart Energy Provider designation, and Power Magazine naming the City’s Hopkins Generating Plant one of the Top Six Gas Fired Power Plants in the World.


These positions provide engineering support for the Power Delivery and System Planning teams independently.  For Power Delivery positions, the engineering support includes the design of transmission, substation, distribution and system protection schemes. It also includes support to Division field personnel by conducting field work in staking poles and lights, checking temporary services for safety and construction requirements and preparing field notes. For the System Planning position, the engineering support includes conducting studies related to planning of generation, transmission, and alternative/renewable energy facilities, and support the City of Tallahassee’s 2035 and 2050 Clean Energy goals. Depending upon the level of engineering experience, the responsibilities for these positions will range from acting as a project manager and lead, including potential supervisory responsibilities (III level) to an entry level engineer (I level).


The ideal candidate will have the following experience:

  • Engineer I: Bachelor’s degree in engineering, preferably electrical engineering.
  • Engineer II: Bachelor’s degree in engineering, preferably electrical engineering, and two years of electric utility experience. A master’s degree in engineering may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
  • Engineer III: Bachelor’s degree in engineering, preferably electrical engineering, and five years of electric utility experience.  A master’s degree in engineering may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

Desirable Skills- Power Delivery

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and their applications.
  • Experience with technical project management, including preparing cost estimates, specifications and bid/RFP documents.
  • Ability to interpret drawings, diagrams and instruction manuals and able to prepare or modify drawings in electronic format.
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical information clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.

Desirable Skills- System Planning

  • Experience with computer models for the simulation of physical operations.
  • Experience with technical project management, including engineering economic analysis of project alternatives.
  • Knowledge of renewable energy technologies, energy storage systems, and electric utility operations.
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical information clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.

Individuals in these classifications are:

  • Considered essential employees during emergency/storm events and must be able to work 16 hours per day for extended periods of time and may be required to be away from their family.
  • Must be available to serve on-call and are subject to having to work outside of their assigned shift/schedule to meet operational needs.
  • Must possess a valid Class E State driver’s license at time of appointment.


A completed City of Tallahassee employment application is required. A resume may be attached to the application but will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applicants must apply on-line via the internet at https://www.talgov.com/employment/employment.aspx. If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Department at (850) 891-8214


The City of Tallahassee offers competitive salary and benefits. In addition to competitive salaries, the City offers a full slate of benefits for its employees including a defined benefit pension plan, City contribution to a 401K plan, cafeteria style benefit offerings including Flexbucks, 12 paid holidays, personal leave, sick leave, and catastrophic leave.

The City of Tallahassee is an Equal Opportunity and Veteran’s Preference Employer.

If you have a disability requiring accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, in the Office of Diversity& Inclusion at (850) 891-8950 or at TLHADA@talgov.com. Preference will be given to veterans and spouses of veterans in accordance with Florida Statues 295.085.