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Utility Engineer

Utility Engineers oversee industrial utility systems and infrastructure deployed at Agency data centers worldwide.
  • Full time
  • Starting salary: $72,965 - $128,956
  • Associate degree

Agency-wide Requirements

All applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens (dual U.S. citizens also eligible)
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Willing to move to the Washington, DC area
  • Able to complete security and medical evaluations
  • Registered for the Selective Service

About the Job

As a Utility Engineer, you will have full-scope responsibility for a variety of industrial utility systems and infrastructure deployed at Agency data centers worldwide. These systems include heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC), three-phase power (120/208/220/380/460) distribution grids, emergency power generators (diesel), automatic transfer switches (ATS), transformers, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), automatic voltage regulators (AVR), and plumbing systems.

Participating in the full project life cycle, you will plan, review, execute, and document the installation of utility systems and supporting infrastructure on both large and small scales. You will also repair, upgrade, modify, configure, and maintain existing utility systems to ensure the highest levels of availability and reliability. Utility Engineers are required to broaden their skills across multiple disciplines (HVAC, electrical, emergency power generators, and diesel technology) and to remain proficient in their principal trade/field.

The capacity and commitment to serve globally is essential. Utility Engineers typically work overseas in a temporary travel status up to 50% of the time. Some assignments may be in difficult, harsh, and challenging environments. Opportunities to live and work overseas are also available, and most Utility Engineers live abroad at some point in their careers. Utility Engineers receive benefits and allowances for travel that positively impact their overall compensation.

Who You’ll Work With

At the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), we recognize our Nation’s strength comes from the diversity of its people. People from a broad range of backgrounds and viewpoints work at CIA, and our diverse teams are the reason we can keep our country safe.

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What You’ll Get

Our benefits support every aspect of a working professional’s life, including health and wellness, time off, family, finances, and continuing education. Our programs include highly sought-after government health benefits, flexible schedules, sick leave, and childcare. In some cases, we also offer sign-on incentives and cover moving expenses if you relocate.

As a CIA employee, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing your work is part of something bigger than yourself. Our work is driven by one mission: to keep our Nation safe. Every day is an opportunity to enhance U.S. national security.

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Minimum Qualifications

  • Associate degree from an accredited university or vocational/trade school plus three (3) years relevant experience in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Applied Science for Electrical Technology
    • HVAC
    • Electrical/Electrician Trades
    • Plumbing
    • Diesel or Diesel Power Generator Technology
    • Or, equivalent civilian or military work experience with a minimum of five (5) years of relevant trades experience (Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, Diesel, or Diesel Power Generator Technology)
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to lift up to 75 pounds when supporting installations or special requirements
  • Ability to climb ladders, stoop, bend, and reach for extended periods of time
  • Dynamic and flexible professional approach
  • Strong desire to learn
  • Accountability for actions
  • Ability to work independently or as a member of a professional team
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a STEM discipline
  • Journeyman license or equivalent certification in at least one trade (Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, Diesel or Diesel Power Generator Technology)
  • OSHA certification