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Electrical Engineer (3613)

Electrical Engineer

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: HJ55
  • Class Code: 3613
  • Established: 03/18/1981
  • Revised: 05/09/1990
  • Title Changed: --


Under direction, the Electrical Engineer initially performs the less complex field and office electrical and electronic engineering work; with training, performs electrical designing, drafting, and inspection work of average difficulty; and does other related work.

Typical Tasks

Incumbents prepare or assist in the preparation of designs, plans and specifications for electrical and electronic systems in dams, electric power and pumping plants, substations, radio stations, highways, bridges, tunnels, and institutional and office buildings, including traffic signal systems, power and lighting distribution systems, motor installations, telephone, radio, motion picture, x- ray, and other electrical systems; develop software for related equipment; assist in operation of related equipment; prepare material lists for electrical layouts; prepare requisitions for the purchase of electrical and electronic materials and components; inspect the installation of electrical materials and equipment; check electrical shop plans and details; prepare reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Graduation from a curriculum in electrical or electronic engineering accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, or equivalent qualifications. (Registration as a Senior in such a curriculum will admit applicants to the examination, but they must produce evidence of graduation before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)


Or Possession of equivalent qualifications which may be demonstrated by qualifying in a written examination covering basic electrical engineering and by graduation from college in a curriculum which includes the courses normally included in a standard four-year course either in electrical or electronics engineering. (Registration as a Senior in such a curriculum will admit applicants to the qualifying written examination, but they must produce evidence of graduation before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Computer theory and operation; mathematics related to electrical engineering; electrical and electronic theory and practices; modern electrical apparatus, communications, instrumentation; direct and alternating current circuits; methods, materials, tools and equipment used in electrical and electronic construction work; National Electric Code and Electrical Safety Orders of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health.


Ability to: Do electrical and electronic design work; make neat and accurate drawings and technical sketches; make electrical calculations; inspect electrical installations; specify necessary equipment and materials; accurately interpret drawings, circuit diagrams, and specifications; maintain cooperative relations with employees whose work is being inspected; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; make effective oral and written reports.

Special Personal Characteristics

Willingness and ability to work at considerable heights above the ground.

Alternate Range Criteria 70

When an employee enters State service in the class of Electrical Engineer, he/she shall be appointed to the appropriate range in terms of the following criteria.


When the requirements for the appropriate criteria are met and upon recommendation of the appointing power, the employee shall receive a rate in the new range equivalent to that provided for movement to a class with a higher salary range under the provisions of Department of Personnel Administration regulation 599.676 and a new salary anniversary date will be established.


Range A. This range shall apply to incumbents who do not meet the criteria for Range B.


Range B. This range shall apply to incumbents who have satisfactorily completed either: (1) the equivalent of 12 months in California state service as an Electrical Engineer, Range A; or (2) two years of electrical engineering experience, one year of which shall have been equivalent in level to work performed by an Electrical Engineer, Range A, in the California state service (a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering may be substituted for the required experience); and education equivalent to graduation from college with major work in electrical engineering. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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