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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 532E
Category: Science & Engineering


Serves as a senior-level Electrical Engineering Specialist who may direct other professional engineers.

Typical Work

Lays out, assigns and supervises such design, engineering, construction and maintenance projects as fish migration facilities at hydroelectric power facilities on lower Columbia River; supervises professional and sub-professional engineers in gathering initial design data, preparation of plans, and specifications, and coordination of engineering work with Research, Hatcheries and Reimbursable Contracts Divisions; furnishes engineering advice to construction personnel on such projects;  

Acts as electrical and mechanical expert in furnishing advice to professional and sub-professional engineers, fisheries biologist, and other personnel in design problems, operations difficulties, and wide variety of other instances;  

Has responsible charge of fisheries operation and maintenance crews at all fishways on the lower Columbia River; coordinates such activities with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service programs; checks developments with other governmental agencies; coordinates and supervises engineering design, and supervises construction of such fishways and other facilities;  

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  engineering principles, practices and methods with emphasis on electrical and mechanical design; efficient use of construction equipment; arithmetic, geometry, calculus and engineering formulas; hydraulics and hydraulic structures; surveying and mapping.   

Ability to:  exercise sound and independent professional judgment in making decisions and rendering advice to other professional engineers on difficult  mechanical and electrical engineering problems; analyze and prepare engineering plans and reports; do complicated mathematic computations; plan, supervise and coordinate engineering work going beyond scope of ordinary electrical engineering; negotiate with officials of other governmental agencies.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Registration as a professional engineer in the branch of either electrical or mechanical engineering in the State of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington.   

NOTE:  Requirements for professional registration as an engineer in the State of Washington are eight years of professional experience (which may include up to four years of college-level engineering education) and successful completion of sixteen hours of professional licensing exams.  Applicants qualifying through the licensing equivalency option must achieve professional registration as an engineer in the branch of either electrical or mechanical engineering in the State of Washington within six months of appointment to this class.

Class Specification History

Revised definition: 12-12-80
Revised minimum qualifications: 5-9-86
Revised minimum qualifications: 11-15-91
Revised minimum qualifications: 7-9-99
New class code: (formerly 60300) effective July 1, 2007