The Electrical Project Engineer is a member of the Electrical Engineering (EE) Group, a key component of the University Facilities Engineering and Campus Energy Department, and reports to the Manager, EE Group. The EE Group is responsible for the design, operation, and maintenance of the University electrical distribution infrastructure to insure a reliable and efficient electrical power supply to campus facilities.
The Electrical Project Engineer will be involved in all aspects of electrical systems on campus from high-voltage 69 kVac substation equipment to low-voltage 24 Vdc plant control systems. The engineer will manage electrical projects (typically <$1M) using campus design standards, industry codes and standards, power system analysis software, and project management budgeting/scheduling tools. In addition to project work, this position requires extensive field work to inspect/review large construction project activities, troubleshoot electrical equipment issues, manage equipment maintenance and repairs, and safely perform switching on high and low voltage equipment during routine and emergency operations.
Duties and responsibilities will include, but may not be limited to:
Conduct design reviews of construction plans to insure adherence to University electrical design standards.
Specify and purchase specially-engineered electrical distribution equipment.
Utilize NEC, UL, NEMA, ANSI, and IEEE Standards as related to commercial and industrial power systems.
Utilize power system analysis software for load flow, short circuit, selectivity, and arc flash studies.
Provide assistance, as needed, with state and local authorities for plan approvals, electrical permits and inspections. Also, provide technical assistance on University electrical issues, especially to the Utility Plant, Maintenance, and Construction Departments.
Perform electrical field inspections of new construction, coordinate new main campus electric service testing and start-up.
Perform high voltage testing and switching operations.
Coordinate preventative maintenance electrical outage work with building occupants, shops, and contractors.
Troubleshoot campus electrical problems which can include power cable and distribution equipment failures, circuit breaker and protective relay trips, and equipment problems in high/medium/low voltage substations and cogeneration plant; field evaluate, recommend and implement solutions.
Manage electrical equipment emergency repairs and power restoration plans including nights and weekends.
Supervise the EE Group and be responsible for handling power emergencies when the Manager of the EE Group is not available.
Utilize campus SCADA and metering software for operations, troubleshooting, and energy usage reporting.
Understand and apply safe electrical and other construction work practices.
Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering
Three (3) years minimum design experience
State-issued driver’s license and personally-insured vehicle
Must be able to access all electrical equipment in campus substations and buildings. This includes climbing 24 foot ladders. Must be able to enter confined space areas such as underground electric manholes and transformer vaults. Must be able to operate substation high voltage line disconnect switches, grounding switches, metal-clad switchgear.
Physical requirements include: Availability to work as required by the project schedule or emergencies.
This position is considered “essential” as defined by Human Resources and Facilities policies.
Previous field experience with utility or industrial power plant operations
Experience with SKM or ETAP power systems analysis software
Professional Engineering License in New Jersey
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