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Principal Electrical Engineer

OUTSOURCE Consulting Services, Inc. (
Oakland, California, United States
December 26, 2018


Opened Date:11/2/18

Seeking a full time permanent Principal Electrical Engineer to join our client’s Electrical and Traction Power Engineering Divisions of Maintenance and Engineering (M&E) Department in Oakland, CA.


Principal Electrical Engineer is a supervisory level of Engineering responsible for technical and project leadership.

The scope of the Electrical and Traction Power Engineering Divisions includes the development and modification of client’s facilities and systems such as:

Electrical Division (Lower Voltage – 4 KVAC and below)

Responsible for complete electrical design and calculations for assets including: facility electrical power; cathodic protection; fire alarm systems; emergency lighting; power distribution, conversion, control, and storage systems; lighting; battery uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and backup generators.

Traction Power Division (Higher Voltage – 35 KV AC and above)

Responsible for complete electrical design and calculations for assets including: substations, switchgear, rectifiers, traction power distribution, utility power, protective relays and PLCs, grounding, transformers, and cables.

Education and experience preferred in the Electrical branch of Engineering. Desirable skills, capabilities, and experience are described, as follows:

Beyond the minimum qualifications, Senior Electrical Engineers must have experience demonstrating Electrical Engineering skills with a minimum of 10 years work experience in the field and office

Oversee work of outside contractors and consultants.

Supervise, assign, review, and approve preparation of Electrical Engineering designs, drawings, and specifications; coordinate work with other divisions and departments.

Initiate and evaluate design and field engineering changes during construction.

Provide expert technical advice to management. Principal Electrical Engineers interact with other groups to reach common understanding and policy decisions.

Mentor and supervise lower level engineers within the division, and conduct performance appraisals.

Prepare required Executive Decision Documents and make Board Meeting presentations.

Lead project budget and schedule preparation activities.


Environmental Conditions: Office environment; field environment; construction site environment; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, gases, heat, cold, and inclement weather conditions when conducting field inspections and investigations.

Physical Conditions: Requires maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time.

Candidates with a P.E. in a state other than California may be considered if a California P.E. is achieved within 6 months of hire date. Candidates without a P.E. may apply to Engineer openings to be considered.

Essential Job Functions

Incumbents in these positions will receive assignments on a variety of ongoing projects, including planning, design, procurement, and engineering support during construction, commissioning, operations, and maintenance of assets.

Day-to-day support of, and coordination with, maintenance personnel, including trouble-shooting, system repair and upgrades, asset management (operating and maintenance procedures, spare part inventory planning).

Develop and stamp detailed designs, with testing and commissioning plans suitable for execution by contractors.

Recommend and implement new technology to enhance functionality, simplify designs, and reduce lifecycle costs with the objective of improving system performance and reliability.

Use appropriate test and evaluation methods to evaluate alternatives and present case for recommendations, including sustainable design principals when applicable.

Perform and oversee failure analysis and approve corrective actions.

Conduct design reviews, incorporate lessons learned, and update documentation, including design criteria and standards.

Oversee gathering and data analysis on operating equipment and systems. Architect and implement proactive solutions to avoid service interruptions.

Prepare preventive maintenance procedures for new equipment and systems.

Direct the analysis of preventive maintenance, repair history, and production data to identify critical assets/equipment.

Oversee the reverse engineering of obsolete parts and design replacements for continued operation.

Perform and oversee risk and alternatives analyses, including cost estimating and scheduling.

Perform and oversee electrical calculations - such as short-circuit, voltage drop, and lighting - with the use of software.

Perform and oversee analysis or simulations of Traction Power facilities.

Oversee the inspection of electrical facilities and develop punch lists for corrective action. Analyze and recommend engineering solutions for repair, modification, maintenance, and changes in contractor's scope of work, etc.

Evaluate and approve existing engineering processes and recommend improvements.

Understand electrical power distribution and controls design, write and approve specifications, analyze, evaluate, test, execute field tasks, and resolve field problems.

Collaborate with multiple functional groups, including Mechanical Engineering, Reliability Engineering, Civil, Structural and Construction Engineering, Systems Engineering, as well as Operations and Maintenance personnel.

Must have the ability to work and interact in a maintenance shop environment.

NOTE: Because some projects are based on capital work, some of the positions are capital positions and are subject to time and funding limitations.


Ideal incumbents will demonstrate the following skills beyond the minimum qualifications:

Strong Electrical Engineering skills and experience

Excellent problem solving ability

Excellent communication skills, including the ability to make clear presentations, produce concise technical reports, and explain complex/technical issues to management and leaders

Ability to work with multidisciplinary teams

Ability to handle such diverse aspects of the work as project scoping, planning, budgeting, requirements analysis, conceptual engineering, detailed design, implementation planning, installation coordination, performance measurement, and analysis

Understanding of Critical path method scheduling

Understanding of the different approaches to electrical equipment maintenance

Willingness to be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days at a time (in rotation with others), to work occasionally during overnight and weekend maintenance windows, and to work occasionally in noisy and dirty environments or in foul weather and in close proximity to moving trains

An understanding of electrical, mechanical, physical, and mathematical principles applicable to the train control, traction power, ventilation, HVAC, and other miscellaneous support systems and a keen interest in keeping up to date with emerging technology, developments, and trends in these areas.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: A Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Four (4) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable professional electrical engineering experience, which must have included at least one (1) year of administrative and supervisory experience. Electrical Engineering skills with a minimum of 10 years work experience in the field and office.

License or Certificate: Registration as a professional electrical engineer in the State of California.

Other Requirements:

Must possess a valid California driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record.

Must be physically able to conduct field inspections and testing as assigned.

Knowledge of:

Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive electrical engineering program.

Principles and practices of electrical engineering design and construction.

Principles and practices of project scheduling and management.

Methods and techniques of field measuring and testing.

Methods and techniques of conducting construction site inspection and investigation.

Principles and practices of contract administration and management.

Principles and practices of engineering cost estimating.

Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Current office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.

Specialized computer programs or systems utilized in electrical engineering design and construction including CADD.

Related building codes, regulations and provisions.

Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.

Skill in:

Supervising, organizing and reviewing the work of lower level staff.

Selecting, supervising, training and evaluating staff.

Analyzing complex engineering problems, evaluating alternatives and recommending solutions.

Interpreting and explaining District policies and procedures.

Directing and coordinating electrical engineering projects.

Negotiating consultant design and construction contracts.

Managing and administering consultant engineering contracts.

Interpreting and preparing revisions to engineering plans, drawings, and specifications.

Conducting and overseeing field inspections, investigations, measurements, and testing.

Preparing clear and concise reports.

Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Additional Information: is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, arrest and conviction records, or any other characteristic protected by law. is a participant in the U.S. Federal E-Verify program. Women, minorities, disabled and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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