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Utilities Engineer

Job Description and Duties

Individuals interested in applying for this vacancy must have eligibility. If you are new to state service or need to gain eligibility to this classification, please Click here to open the examination bulletin and follow the instructions on “How to apply”.  

The examination is a separate process from applying for this vacancy. Please be sure to follow all instructions for each process.

Virtual interviews via web portals or phone may be offered as deemed appropriate and feasible by the hiring manager – standard in-person interviews will still be offered if conditions permit. 

The Water Branch within the Public Advocates Office is seeking a Utilities Engineer to join its San Francisco Section #2 team. Under supervision of the Program and Project Supervisor, the incumbent performs engineering analysis and develops advocacy recommendations in written and oral testimony on a broad range of water utility related matters such as utility ownership transfers, sales of utilities’ properties, conservation programs and rate design, district consolidations, affiliate transactions, cost of capital investment, water supply and quality issues, and groundwater contamination. The incumbent will also present findings, conclusions and recommendations in written testimony and testify orally as an expert witness in formal proceedings.

The incumbent will also review, develop studies and make appropriate recommendations relating to operations and maintenance of water utilities and their facilities; such issues may include feasibility studies on plant additions, plant cost, plant depreciation, chemical use, sales of utility properties, and ground water pollution. In addition, the incumbent will prepare reports and assist the project leader in General Rate Case proceedings in reviewing the proposed application for deficiencies, drafting deficiency letters, identifying key issue areas, planning and organizing meetings, field investigations, publication and distribution of staff reports. The incumbent prepares reports and responses to sensitive and controversial inquiries related to water utility regulation. The incumbent reviews Class A utilities’ advice letters and, if necessary, files protests on issues that have potential adverse effects on utility ratepayers. The position requires an ability to work well in a team environment as well as independently under tight time schedules.

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You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

Positions at the CPUC may be eligible for telework based on the operational needs of the position.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

 Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #: JC-312335

Position #(s): 680-255-3518-014

Working Title: Utilities Engineer


$5,849.00 – $10,956.00

Effective July 1, 2021, all Bargaining Unit 9 and Excluded state employees with 23 or more years of state service will be eligible to receive five and one half (5.5) percent of base salary as longevity pay.

Effective July 1, 2019, all Bargaining Unit 9 and Excluded state employees with 21 or more years of state service will be eligible to receive three (3) percent of base salary as longevity pay.

Range D requires a current valid California Professional Engineer license.

Effective July 1, 2020, all Bargaining Unit 9 and Excluded state employees with 22 or more years of state service will be eligible to receive four (4) percent of base salary as longevity pay.

Bargaining Unit 9 and Excluded state employees with 20 or more years of state service will be eligible to receive two (2) percent of base salary as longevity pay. In addition, a geographic pay differential of $250 per month is given to employees whose worksite is located in San Francisco.


# of Positions: 1

Work Location: San Francisco County

Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

 Department Information

Public Advocates Office, San Francisco Section #2 / Water Branch:

The Public Advocates Office is the independent consumer advocate within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The Public Advocates Office’s mandate is to obtain the lowest possible rates for utility services consistent with reliable and safe service levels, and the state’s environmental goals. The Public Advocates Office represents residential and small business ratepayer interests in Commission proceedings and processes (e.g. workshops, rulemakings, investigations, utility applications, hearings, advice letters, committee and stakeholder meetings, and other forums). These proceedings and processes set rates, rules, policies, and regulations.

Special Requirements

A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must be submitted with your application. A SOQ is a narrative description of how your training, experience, and education qualifies you for the position. The SOQ must be 11-point Arial font, single-spaced, and no more than two pages. Writing that exceeds this page limit will not be scored. 

The SOQ should provide specific details and examples that clearly demonstrate your qualifications. SOQs will be evaluated based on the content and writing ability, using standardized rating criteria. Competitive applicants will be invited to attend an interview. Applicants who do not submit a completed SOQ will not be considered. 

All information in the Statement is subject to verification.  

Please write your SOQ to address the following five questions:

  1. Describe your experience with conducting engineering analyses and technical investigations.
  2. Describe your experience analyzing regulations and data, identify issues and make appropriate recommendations.
  3. Describe your experience handling multiple tasks with accuracy, prioritize and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
  4. Describe your experience establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with others to complete projects.
  5. Describe your experience in written and verbal communication skills and high level of proficiency in Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

Resume and SOQ are required, and each SOQ question must be answered specifically and completely. If these instructions are not followed, you will be automatically disqualified and ineligible to be hired for the position.

It is strongly encouraged to apply through your CalCareer Account at

Electronic applications submitted through your CalCareer Account are highly recommended and will be received/processed faster than other methods of filing.

If you are using education to meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must submit a copy of your transcript or diploma. An official transcript will be required prior to appointment. 

Applicants who completed their education outside the United States (with foreign degrees/transcripts) must obtain and submit verification of United States course/degree equivalency by the application deadline.

Employment information on the STD 678 state application MUST be complete with dates, duties and responsibilities, and contact names and phone numbers of supervisors. Resumes, or referring to resumes, will not be accepted in place of the completed STD 678. Applicants who fail to submit a completed STD 678 will not be considered. 

Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview.

Per CCR 249.3, this job control may be used to fill subsequent vacancies.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 6/23/2022

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

 Public Utilities Commission

Attn: Human Resources Division

505 Van Ness Ave, Room 3008

San Francisco, CA 94102

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

 Public Utilities Commission

Human Resources Division

505 Van Ness Ave, Room 3008

San Francisco, CA 94102

Monday to Friday Except Holidays.

08:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Statement of Qualifications – A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required. Please see “Special Requirements” for instructions.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.


Hiring Unit Contact:

Syreeta Gibbs

(415) 703-1622