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AutoCAD Drafter (Electrical)

La Quinta, California

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Under general supervision, performs a broad range of technical engineering support functions; prepares engineering records, plans, drawing layout, system mapping, and computer-aided design and drafting; prepares engineering calculations; investigates and inspects power construction or alteration projects. Performs other duties as assigned.


Distribution Estimator I is the entry class of the Distribution Estimator series.  Progression to the next level will depend on vacant positions at the higher level.


The examples of essential functions listed below are representative but not necessarily exhaustive or descriptive and incumbent may be assigned other related functions not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment for the position.
  •  Assists in the design of overhead and underground distribution lines. 
  • Assists in the preparation of estimates for materials, equipment and labor cost using SAP. 
  • Assists engineering personnel in the gathering of field data and taking measurements; assists in the preparation of work approvals and customer service proposal for various engineering projects, including maintenance and capital projects as required. 
  • Records the construction of electrical lines, poles, apparatus and materials; prepares or revises drawings on construction projects; and updates poles and transformer database records. 
  • Prepares background drawings for engineers; and updates maps, system drawings, prepares graphs and charts and maintains other department records. 
  • Assists in the preparation of computer-aided and drafting data; develops and inputs basic information into computer system. 
  • Develops, maintains and plots computer-aided design and drafting data of circuit maps and drawings. 
  • Assists with preparation of new power construction jobs. 
  • Calculates and records distances, meets bounds and angles.
  • Assists with street light mapping and tabulating.

  •  Prepares changes in substation drawings or may prepare drawings of substations and related facilities. 
  • Assists with geographical information system updating. 
  • Assists with contract rental mapping. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
High school equivalency with supplemental college courses in engineering, drafting, computer-aided design and drafting, and/or advanced mathematics and;
Two years of appropriate computer-aided design and drafting experience.
A valid driver license issued by the State of California, Department of Motor Vehicles is required.

  • Principles of engineering, electrical distribution systems, computer-aided design and drafting procedures and SAP; related materials and equipment and drafting/design procedure; advance mathematics.
  • National Electrical Code; Cal OSHA title 8 and 24; State of California Electrical Safety Orders; General Orders 95, 128 and 165; building codes and standards; legal land descriptions; procedures and regulations and district's electrical system and service area.
  • Learn engineering procedures; apply electrical engineering concepts; read, analyze and interpret engineering plans, designs, specifications, circuit maps, street light maps, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations; write reports, business correspondence or procedure manual.
  • Understand safety rules and regulations and work safely; understand safety rules and regulations and work safely; apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions; work with mathematical fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.
  • Prepare specifications and instructions regarding the power system; perform computer-aided design and drafting; draft sketches to scale and prepare detailed drawings or designs; estimate materials, equipment and labor costs for installations; operate personal computer and use software including SAP.
  • Perform mathematical computations; inspect completed projects for conformance to design or drawing criteria; works courteously and cooperatively with employees, contractors, consumers, agency representatives and the general public.
Tools and Equipment Used
  • General office equipment, computer, digitizer, drafting table, drafting instruments, transit, survey instruments, measuring wheel, roll-a-tape, hammer, hatchet, wood stakes, manual, reference books, spray paint, markers and vehicle.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to work in a well-lighted office environment with climatically controlled temperatures; the employee occasionally is required to work in outside weather conditions; exposed to hot and humid weather temperatures; and exposed to pesticides and crop dusting or spraying.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk, hear and listen; see; reach forward, upward and downward with hands and arms; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; stand and walk; the employee is occasionally required to stoop, bend, pull and push.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Degree of Physical Effort - 4

An employee in this category will be exposed to physical demands requiring strength, coordination and dexterity from a few times a day to many times a day.


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