Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Electrical Engineer position at UW Capital Projects

To apply for this position, go to the UW's employment site and search for job #76901:

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Capital Projects Office is responsible for the planning, design, budgeting, scheduling and construction of public works projects at all of the University's campuses. We have an opportunity for a part-time (50% FTE), 6-12 month project appointment for an Electrical Engineer. The Electrical Engineer provides professional engineering design and completes complex engineering tasks for a wide range of University-wide building and system modification projects. Project examples include renovation to general office space, classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories, libraries, residence halls and hospitals with particular emphasis on special design issues involving prototypical research facilities.

The Electrical Engineer position is responsible for applying current methods, materials, codes, standards and practices in the planning and conducting of engineering assignments, and for stamping and signing as a Registered Professional Engineer for completed work projects. The Electrical Engineer will independently evaluate, select and apply standard engineering techniques, procedures and criteria in making adaptations and modifications as required.

Specific responsibilities include the following:

Technical Direction and Programming
·  Work with and provide direct service to clients, including development of project program, resolution of client questions and concerns, and provision of project status updates to the client.
·  Investigate and analyze existing building systems, with particular attention to legacy systems, to specify and achieve appropriate designs that minimize present and future facility modification, operation and maintenance costs.
·  Consult with colleagues to assure a consistent design approach across campus facilities.
·  Provide written technical direction/programming where required.

·  Prepare project designs.
·  Perform site examinations, which involves monitoring and investigation of electrical systems and taking field notes and sketches.
·  Prepare purchase order bills of materials and technical specifications.
·  Prepare working drawings using computer-aided design (CAD) and manual techniques.

Project Management
·  Act as project lead for projects that have an electrical engineering emphasis. Develop a project plan, communicate and coordinate design issues with other disciplines, and complete projects within established budgets and schedules.
·  Work with and provide direct service to clients, resolve client questions and concerns, and keep clients informed of project status.

Project Support
·  Review and approve engineering documents such as construction submittals and change orders.
·  Review and approve payments for contract completion.
·  Investigate and solve problems related to the addition, alterations, or repair of University facilities, and prepare technical reports as required. Mediate disputes or disagreements between clients, contractors, consultants or other persons involved in projects.
·  Inspect construction progress to resolve problems, verify conformity to project plans and specifications, and approve construction.
·  Confer and consult with colleagues regarding technical aspects of large capital projects, which may be related by type, location, and/or schedule to Design Services projects.

Records and Standards Support
·  Investigate existing conditions during the design process and prepare, and/or update as-built records of engineering documents.

Core Competencies

The Capital Projects Office has adopted a set of core competencies that are central to the fulfillment of our mission: assessment and analysis, problem solving, flexibility, teamwork and collaboration, managing oneself, communication, organizational awareness, and personal character. For this position, key examples of core competency behaviors include:
·  Creating and maintaining productive working relationships with customers and CPO team members.
·  Exhibiting attention to detail and thoroughness in completing tasks and deliverables.
·  Managing and prioritizing workload independently.
·  Expressing ideas clearly and concisely in verbal and written form.
·  Working under pressure to meet internal and external deadlines.
·  Understanding and complying with relevant external procedures and regulations (University and State).
·  Employing functional expertise to generate innovative solutions to complex problems.

·  This position requires a Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering AND five years experience. Certification as a registered professional electrical engineer in the State of Washington is required.
·  Broad experience in coordinating other design disciplines, such as construction and building design.
·  Comprehensive knowledge of public works contract documents.
·  Knowledge of relevant codes, such as building, fire and access.
·  A demonstrated ability to work with regulatory agencies.