City of Los Angeles - Class Specification Bulletin (2023)


$0.00 Annually



$100,265 to $146,598 and $111,436 to $162,947


  1. Candidates from the eligible list are normally appointed to vacancies in the lower pay grade positions.
  2. Annual salary is at the start of the pay range. The current salary range is subject to change. Please confirm the starting salary with the hiring department before accepting a job offer.


A Building Electrical Engineer supervises and participates in the preparation of plans, specifications and drawings for facilities, high and low voltage electrical systems such as power distribution systems, lighting, communication, control and instrumentation systems; supervises the checking of such plans for feasibility, constructability and conformance to good engineering practices and code requirements; may supervise a unit engaged in electrical testing of electrical appliances and equipment; or may supervise a section engaged in facility construction and commissioning.




  1. Two years of full-time paid experience with the City of Los Angeles in a position at the level of Electrical Engineering Associate II performing building electrical design, construction and maintenance; or

Possession of an Engineer in Training Certificate


four years of full-time paid professional electrical engineering experience in facilities electrical systems design, construction and maintenance, plan checking of electrical systems for compliance with code and safety requirements, or testing of electrical equipment. Two years of the required experience must have been as a lead or supervisor of engineering professionals.




  1. Applicants who lack six months or less of the required experience may file for this examination. However, they cannot be appointed until the full experience requirement is met.
  2. Applicants filing under Requirement 1 must indicate the appropriate pay grade for each City engineering position listed in the application.
  3. Applicants filing under Requirement 2 must list their lead or supervisory experience separately in the application.
  4. For qualifying work experience gained outside of the City of Los Angeles, the term “professional experience” applies to positions that require possession of a degree from an accredited four-year college or university or an Engineer in Training (EIT) Certificate in order to obtain that position. Therefore, to be considered “professional,” non-City qualifying experience must be gained in a position after obtaining a four-year degree or EIT Certificate.
  5. Please note that qualifying education must be from a college or university accredited by a City of Los Angeles recognized agency. A list of approved accrediting agencies can be found at
  6. Candidates completing the examination process will be contacted by the Personnel Department to provide required proof of qualifying degree. Applicants who wish to expedite this process may attach a copy of their qualifying degree in the Attachments section of the on-line application at the time of filing.
  7. Registration as an Electrical Engineer with the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists is required prior to appointment.
  8. A valid California driver’s license is required. Applicants will be disqualified and not eligible for hire if their record within the last 36 months reflects three or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents, or a conviction of a major moving violation (such as DUI).




Applications must be received by THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2020.

In accordance with Civil Service Rule 4.2, all applicants who apply may not be tested in this examination. To meet anticipated hiring needs, only a limited number of qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the selection process in the following order: 1) Los Angeles City promotional applicants who meet the minimum requirements. You must have received a regular appointment to a City position or be on a reserve list to apply for this examination as a promotional candidate; 2) Applicants currently employed by the City of Los Angeles on a part-time or exempt basis who meet the minimum requirements; 3) Remaining applicants who meet the minimum requirements in sufficient numbers to meet hiring needs based on a random sampling of those qualified candidates. Applications submitted during the filing period may be kept on file in the event that additional applicants need to be tested to meet hiring needs.


Examination Weights: Essay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Advisory

Interview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100%

The examination will consist entirely of an evaluation of personal and professional qualifications by interview. In the interview, emphasis may be placed on the candidate's experience, training, and background as they have provided knowledge of: principles and practices of electrical engineering as applied to the design, layout, construction, construction administration, maintenance, installation, alteration and repair of building electrical systems, electric distribution systems, lighting systems, electrical vehicle charging stations, solar photovoltaic systems, electrical equipment and electric power circuits for heating, refrigeration units, air conditioning units, elevators, and escalators as used in major facilities; materials and equipment used in various types of building electrical systems; current electrical codes, standards, and regulations as required by the California Electrical Code, California Green Building Code, Title 24 - State of California Energy Regulation, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), including those related to architectural and structural facilities design requirements; safety principles and practices that must be adhered to while performing or overseeing employees engaged in the performance of electrical engineering work; supervisory principles and practices, including Equal Employment Opportunity; the ability to: interpret, analyze, review, and comment on architectural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and structural plans and specifications; plan, direct, coordinate and review the work of groups of professional and sub-professional employees engaged in a variety of electrical engineering activities; deal tactfully and effectively with private architects and engineers, fellow employees, and the public; effectively communicate orally and in writing; and other necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Prior to the interview, candidates will be required to prepare some written material related to the duties and responsibilities of a Building Electrical Engineer. This essay material will not be separately scored, but will be presented to the interview board for discussion with the candidate and for consideration in the overall evaluation of the candidate. Those who do not complete the advisory essay will not be invited to the interview and will be considered to have failed the entire examination. To be considered complete, the advisory essay must include a substantive response for each question or problem included in the advisory essay for which a candidate is required to provide an answer. Please note that candidates must complete the advisory essay and meet the minimum qualifications as stated on this bulletin in order to be considered further in the examination process.

The advisory essay will be administered on-line. Candidates invited to participate in the examination will receive an e-mail from the City of Los Angeles outlining the specific steps needed to complete the on-line advisory essay. Candidates will be required to complete the on-line advisory essay between JANUARY 19, 2021 and JANUARY 26, 2021. Candidates who fail to complete the advisory essay as instructed may be disqualified.

Candidates will be notified later by e-mail of the date, time, and location of the interview, which may be held in Los Angeles or on-line. It is anticipated that interviews will begin during the period of FEBRUARY 15, 2021 to FEBRUARY 26, 2021.


Test dates may be postponed in order to help protect the safety of our candidates and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Candidates will receive an e-mail from the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department if the anticipated test dates are postponed.


  1. As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To request a disability accommodation, please complete the Disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at
  2. Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.
  3. In conjunction with Civil Service Rules, applicants who have received a regular appointment to a City position or are on a reserve list will be considered Promotional candidates while all other applicants will be considered Open candidates.
  4. The promotional list will ordinarily be used ahead of the open competitive list. However, if open competitive candidates receive a higher score, without military credits, than the highest available promotional candidate, after adding seniority credit at the rate of 0.25 of a point for each year of continuous classified City service, the Civil Service Commission, upon request of the appointing authority, may approve certification of such open competitive candidates ahead of the promotional candidates.
  5. A final average score of 70% or higher is required to be placed on the eligible list.
  6. In accordance with Civil Service Rule, Sec. 4.24, review periods may be combined. Candidates in the examination process may file protests as provided in Sec. 4.20, 4.22 and 4.23 as applicable and within the required time frame; however, the Personnel Department may respond to and resolve protests prior to the establishment of the eligible list.
  7. If in accordance with the Rule of Three Whole Scores all candidates are eligible for appointment consideration, the examination will consist entirely of an evaluation of the candidates’ City employment applications by Personnel Department staff to ensure that the minimum requirements are met.


If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental coverage as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original regular appointment. Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position. All City employees are required to be Disaster Service Workers.


The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.


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