Sr Electrical Design Engineer

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Building Maintenance
Pay Grade: 32
Categories: Facilities

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450 acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Under the direction of the Associate Director of Maintenance & Alterations, the Senior Electrical Design Engineer is responsible for project management, design, and preparation of drawings and specifications for a variety of electrical projects.


Essential Functions

  • Develop electrical design standards to ensure efficient and high-quality electrical systems installations and operation.
  • Prepare contract documents, including working drawings and specifications, for new electrical systems and alterations and repairs to existing systems.
  • Coordinate electrical designs as a team member with other designers on multi-discipline projects, and serve as a project leader/coordinator on assigned projects.
  • Manage and/or conduct feasibility studies for design projects. Prepare preliminary total project cost estimates and financial analysis for project planning and budget development, as well as detailed cost estimates. Work with staff engineers, architects, planners, landscape architects, faculty, staff, and students to determine existing conditions and establish project requirements for developing scopes of work for projects.
  • Manage, design, and perform contract administration of multiple projects, including technically complex high and low voltage electrical systems, fire protection and alarm, lighting, power distribution, security, emergency power, energy management, and control systems.
  • If registered as a professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, review, approve, and stamp plans and specifications of in-house work completed by non-licensed electrical engineering professionals.
  • Manage resident engineers assigned to construction projects.
  • Coordinate and manage capital project activities for the University with both in-house and outside consultants, including preparation and administration of consultants' contracts. Review plans and contract documents prepared by outside consultants to ensure compatibility with University standards and requirements.
  • Serve as the University's representative to the State Division of Capital Planning and Operations and other state, federal and local agencies on assigned projects.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of technical developments and new approaches in electrical engineering.
  • Position requires:
    • Working independently and allocating resources consistent with Division goals
    • Ability to access construction sites, including electric pits.
    • Development of design solutions requiring complex analysis and decision-making involving life safety and building code compliance.
  • Design and manage  energy performance projects that qualify for incentives and rebates with utility companies.
  • Prepare written, oral, and graphic presentations.
  • Maintain proficiency in computer-assisted design (CAD) software applications and the various other computer applications used by professional electrical engineering organizations.
  • Promote and assure continuous improvement.
  • Establish and maintain productive relationships with a full range of personnel that reflect a strong commitment to customer service and respect for a diverse campus community.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
  • Five to seven years’ experience in electrical design and construction.
  • Working knowledge of engineering design principles, building systems, code regulations, and construction practices, along with the ability to apply this knowledge to complex problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate and manage the work of engineers and other designers in the electrical engineering design process.
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral, written, and graphic communication.
  • Demonstrated experience in CAD, word processing, and database management systems.
  • Ability to access any portion of a construction/facility site.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Registration as a professional engineer (electrical) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, First Shift


Salary Information

Grade 32

PSU Salary Ranges:


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references by August 30, 2019. The position may remain open until filled. 


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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