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Energy Specialist Electrical Engineer

Pottstown, PA
October 27, 2022

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Ben Jones / Renewable Energy Specialist

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Name: David J. O’Connor





Pennsylvania State University LAS Degree GPA 3.57 - University Park Penn State University EE Program - Reading, PA

Career Summary

Safari Energy, LLC, Pottstown, PA

Executive Director of Estimating and Procurement

April 2021 – Present

Mr. O'Connor oversaw 341MW of estimates ($638MM) representing 250 projects. Helped to optimize site design through initial site drawing review. Established commodity indexing to help bid in the current global market, including the volatile steel market. Initiated the Diversity and Inclusion program for on boarding new and existing vendors.

Led procurement adaptation to supply difficulties with modules. Led the procurement of the first battery contract for energy storage. Continue his relationships with Utilities to close out projects in a timely manner maintaining ensuring a $200k grant. He also provided baseline MS Project Schedules and wrote Sub-Contractor Agreements. Sold 133 MW / $40MM of older spare module stock in 4 months freeing up Warehouse space and savings of $3.5MM. PECO / Exelon, Philadelphia, PA

Substation and Transmission Planning Sr. Construction Manager November 2017 – April 2021

Mr. O’Connor provided pre-jobs planning for transmission and Substation Projects. He also used Power BI simplify project milestones from P6 schedules to simple reports for all user to utilize for planning.

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Sr. Project Controls Estimator

Mr. O’Connor provided estimated for Transmission, Distribution, and Substation. Aggregated Project total was over a Billion Dollars. He was The PECO Representative on the Exelon Governance Team for the Implementation of Hard Dollar an estimating program. He was also a SME for estimating on the Exelon UPPM team. Estimates were cost coded by item.

PECO / Exelon, Philadelphia, PA

Senior Consulting Estimator

February 2017 – November 2017

Mr. O’Connor was retained as a Consultant to the regulated distribution utility to provide estimates from crystal ball to fully developed designed projects for Transmission and Substations throughout the PECO territory with a value is appx $120 million.

SunEdison, Bristol, PA

Senior Program Manager & Cost Estimator

July 2015 – December 2016

Mr. O'Connor provided direction to the development team on updating their estimating tools as well as providing support for the common plant estimating model and cost improvement program. Reviewed contracts, estimates, drawings, schedules, Interconnection Agreements, and Utility Tariffs for projects ranging from 350kW to 5MW nationally.

These sites included canopy, ground mount, land fill, and roof top projects. He ran the bi-weekly meeting with NGRID and coordinated efforts for site communications with Verizon. He also interviewed and short-listed EPC Contractors. Mr. O’Connor participated in supporting the bankruptcy process the company went through, including receiving a retention bonus for his efforts in the portfolio sales. RCS Energy, Voorhees, NJ

Project Manager

June 2015 – July 2015

Mr. O'Connor supported operation teams in the Baltimore region in the construction of Solar Projects. Highlight project was the 5MW Solar canopy project at the Baltimore Community College.

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Tecta Solar, Fort Washington, PA

Director of Estimating

2014 – 2015

Mr. O’Connor provided daily direction to the estimating team. He reviewed contracts, RFP’s, Scopes of Work, RFQ’s, interconnection agreements, and utility tariffs. He also provided constructability and value engineering to preliminary designs. He worked with his team to establish engineering, vendor, and construction partners. Pro-Tech Energy Solutions, Mt. Laurel, NJ

Director of Pre-Construction / Estimating - Solar Program Manager 2013 – 2014

Mr. O’Connor provided guidance in engineering design, constructability reviews, vendor partnering, estimating, and contract and Scope of Work writing. He established and vetted contractors for Solar and Energy Management work. The value of the work was in excess of $25 MM with appx 23 MW of installations, and $2 MM of switchgear.

Parkside Site & Utility Company Corporation / InfraSource Telecommunication Services, LLC / Quanta Services, Harleysville, PA

Solar Program Project Manager

2008 – 2013

Mr. O’Connor was the Solar Program Project Manager. His management, construction, installation and project development experience on (19) solar photovoltaic projects / 26 MW installed ranging from system sizes of 61 kW to 10 MW. He has provided project development assistance on projects up to 100 MW.

Interfaced between the parent company Quanta Renewable Energy Services solar PV engineering staff and the field staff to assure the project was on schedule and on budget. He acted as the primary point of contact to the client and is responsible for tracking and reporting of the project progress. Supervised over 150 Union and Staff employees. Projects were open shop, prevailing wage, union, and union prevailing wage. Project list can be provided upon request.

Exelon / PECo Energy / InfraSource Telecommunication Services, LLC 2000 – 2002

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Mr. O’Connor has also managed work for the wireless build out of AT&T Wireless Services and Xm Radio for Exelon sites in the Philadelphia area. Tasks included bidding, supplying and contracting manpower for each site, filing for permits, reporting progress, qualifying vendors and closing out site hand back packages. He also wrote the Safety Plan and Program for this division. Coordinated safety training, held monthly safety meetings, and created training data base. Yoh Contracting Service AirProducts, Allentown, PA Construction Estimator

2005 – 2008

Mr. O’Connor provided estimates and developed scope for Hydrogen Generation Facilities, Air Separation Units, and Chemical Plants throughout the world. These estimates were used for budgetary as well as contractor scope growth comparisons. Estimate size range from $6 -50MM each.

Newberg Perini\Stone & Webster JV Limerick, PA LGS Harrisburg, PA TMI Electrical Field Engineer and Planner - Nuclear Power Plants 2002 – 2004

Mr. O’Connor prepared work packages and coordinated electrical power for the upcoming outages at the both Stations. He wrote the safety plan for working in the 220 and 500 KV yards at Limerick for the auxiliary transformer modification and provided safety oversight for the modification.

He also provided the client’s Oversight for this work. He planned all TP&L activities 2R11 outage and security upgrades. Mr. O’Connor also provided the planning, field engineering, supervision, and testing support, for the $2.8MM electrical scope of the security 9 / 11 upgrade at Limerick.

Universal Electrical Service, Inc. Souderton, PA

Electrical Estimator


Mr. O’Connor provided estimates for Industrial and Commercial work. These estimates included office buildings, food process plants, pharmaceutical plants, steel plants, high voltage lines, and wireless sites.

He wrote purchase orders, ordered material, developed client relationships, and provided project management when required. All estimates were done using Bid Winner Plus from AccuBid.

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Landmark Building Systems, Inc. Pottstown, PA

Senior Project Manager


Mr. O’Connor provided oversight to the Project Management Staff for a modular building systems company. Projects included New York Transit Authority Communication Buildings, Multi-unit Apartment Complexes, and Rowan University Dormitories. His responsibilities included writing contracts, hiring, qualifying and monitoring subcontractors, and monitoring shop and field projects. Whalen & CO. Reading, PA Philadelphia, PA

Construction Project Manager

1998 – 1999

Mr. O’Connor provided coordination between Comcast and contractors for digital PCS cellular network.

He designed and developed sites, coordinated leases, contracted labor, filed local permits, and located and coordinated electrical power and telephone services for the equipment. He also performed walk down surveys to develop future customers for Teligent’s new ATT system.

Stone & Webster Construction Corporation Limerick, PA LGS Senior Construction Supervisor- Nuclear Power Plants 1997

Mr. O’Connor prepared bids, constructed work packages, developed schedules and testing requirements, supervised craft, and ordered material for plant modifications. WD Associates, INC Delta PA

Supply Sourcing Specialist- Nuclear Power Plants

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station (PBAPS),

Mr. O’Connor was a Staff Augmented Contractor for PECO Energy in Project Management / Supply Sourcing Services. He provided directions to new contractors on the modification process and represented the contractor as the Lead Installation Representative (LIR) for these modifications until they were trained and on site. He also provided project schedules, estimates, constructability walk downs, and work packages planning, electrical and mechanical, at LGS and PBAPS. Samuel Knight International @SamuelKnightLtd @WeAreSamuelKnight Consultant contact details

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Planned work packages on modifications for the I&C Branch. He provided conceptual designs for plant modifications for PECO Energy Projects (LGS and PBAPS). He was a Core Team Member for the Common Planning Process / Procedure Changes between LGS and PBAPS, including modifications and maintenance. Managed maintenance work during plant outages for Supply Sourcing Services.

As an Investigator, provided root cause analysis for the Performance Evaluation Program, PEP. He wrote Acceptance Test Plans for Modifications and provided the necessary station support as a Lead Station Representative, LSR. Filled in for Project Managers in their absences. Wrote and administered contracts in accordance with the latest procedural requirements. OSHA competent person for excavations. Installation Mentor for Plant Configuration Control Reviews. Major Modifications assigned as LSR:

The Plant Entrance and Radiochemistry Lab, PEARL Building ($10 MM), a new 3 story 21000 sqft building constructed on a fast track 9-month construction schedule.

The Warehouse Improvement Project ($10 MM), renovation of existing three structures to an office area and constructing a new high bay warehouse, 90,000 total sqft. The Roof Replacement Project ($2.5 MM), replaced all the roof s on site. Bechtel Construction Company

Senior Construction Engineer, Construction Coordinator, Field Electrical Engineer, Work Plan Writer / Design Engineer


1996 – 1997

1980 – 1995

Mr. O’Connor provided coordination between AT&T Wireless Services and contractors for new wireless phone services in the Philadelphia Market. This included preparing, controlling, and executing all bids and initial contracts for Bechtel. He also coordinated all Utility Power and Telephone services for all sites, constructability walks downs, electrical design coordination, and training all new Construction Coordinators. Bechtel Construction

Nuclear construction and maintenance at the following plants throughout the United States:

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station (PBAPS), Delta, PA

Limerick Generating Station, Limerick, PA

Hope Creek, Hancock’s Bridge, NJ

Cooper Station, Brownville, NE

Browns Ferry, Athens, AL

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Comanche Peak, Glen Rose, TX

Thomas E. O'Connor Electrical Contractor, Pottstown, PA Electrical Engineer and Master Electrician

1978 – 1980

Mr. O’Connor bid, contracted and installed residential and commercial wiring. Sized heat, air-conditioner, main service feeders, and load centers. Designed and drafted plans as required. Major Projects - Restoration and conversion of the Bramcote Hotel

(32) units, Pottstown, PA. Electrical design and installation of a chemical lab for R.M.C., Pottstown, PA.

License and Certificate

Award – Eagle Scout

License – Master Electrical Contractor for 32 years

Certificate – National Electrical Code, Engineer's Club of Philadelphia

Course – Photovoltaic Installer’s Course (SUNY Ulster)

Certificate – NABCEP PV Certificate of Knowledge

Course – Real Estate Fundamentals

Certificate – OSHA 10-hour course, OSHA

Certificate – OSHA Excavation Standard, Construction Safety Management and Training Institute

Certificate – Contract Management, Bechtel

Certificate – Exelon Management Training Academy

Certificate – First Aid and CPR

Certificate – Medic First Aide Corporate Facilitator – CPR, Blood Borne Pathogens, and Infant / Child

License – Private Pilot

License – Certified SCUBA Diver


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MS Project


Primavera / P3

Hard Dollar


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