Lead Electrical Engineer (Onsite)

San Jose, California

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The Engineering Team Lead is responsible for providing technical engineering information and assistance to company management to ensure that the project complies with the project requirements and all engineering standards, applicable codes, and specifications. The position would be considered a lead design position overseeing several engineers and designers.


  • Oversee Engineers, Designers and CAD staff assigned to your work or team.

  • Prepare engineering fees appropriate for project requirements.

  • Prepare or oversee work plans for engineering and production resources including the estimation of effort required to complete the work.

  • Review, comment and process equipment and system submittals.

  • Perform coordination between architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing, process, and all electrical trades.

  • Prepare designs, check, and specify power, lighting and auxiliary systems and power system single line diagrams, to include feeder and over current protection sizing, equipment elevations.

  • Conduct, or oversee, short circuit and over current protection device coordination studies, Arc Flash mitigation studies, and distribution analysis including voltage drop, voltage droop, and underground heat effect (Neher-McGrath) calculations.

  • Coordinate your work with the project specifications or equipment buy-out.

  • Visit job sites of remodel projects to field survey existing electrical conditions.

  • Back-check for quality assurance the work of several team members under their supervision.

  • Utilize engineering analysis programs and professional judgment to analyze loads, lighting levels, short circuit currents.

  • Conduct value engineering functions.

  • Attend project design team meetings. Interface with various team members, particularly the client, architect, and mechanical contractor/engineer.

  • Lead internal team design progress meetings to review current project resource allocation as well as fee disposition.

  • Communicate with Operations to accomplish the expected deliverables and support, including developing requests for additional services; to provide preliminary information needed to develop a competitive bid; and to coordinate the design criteria for budgetary issues.

  • Research and resolve drawing interpretation problems, conflicts, interferences, and errors.

  • Generate or oversee project specifications appropriate for the project.

  • Develop complete and accurate sequence of operations for all designed systems.

  • Supports Estimating and Business Development.

  • Perform work involving the application of all conventional aspects of electrical engineering related in the design of high tech, health industry, commercial, industrial, and high rise residential.

  • Review plans and review technical specifications, contract documents, and estimates.

  • Supervise the design and on-going progress of a project, including the coordination of the project with city, state, and county officials, and other outside agencies.

  • Prepare plans and specifications, establish schedules, and coordinate electrical engineering work with the project manager.

  • Assist in Marketing of the firm. This may include attendance at Project Interviews.

  • Prepare documentation for the commissioning of a building.

  • Resolve a variety of complex problems (i.e., conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials, difficult coordination requirements), as well as provide technical problem resolution.

  • Documents and archives work pursuant to the REI standards.

  • The position would be considered a lead design position overseeing several engineers and designers.

  • The duties and responsibilities are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing and other duties will be assigned based on the position's role within the business unit.


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Construction, or related field

  • Minimum 4 years' experience as an Engineer II

  • Must be registered as a Professional Electrical Engineer

  • Must have a LEED AP®

  • Must be registered as a US-based Professional Engineer (P.E.)

  • Can be a combination of education, training, and relevant experience


  • Knowledge of all aspects of electrical engineering including power distribution, lighting, grounding, energy conservation, and value engineering as they relate to designing state-of- the-art, constructible projects. The ability to assume responsibility, interface, and coordinate with others is required

  • Advanced knowledge of all aspects of electrical engineering including power distribution, lighting, grounding, energy conservation, value engineering, applicable codes, and standards, etc. required

  • Assuming responsibility, interfacing, and coordinating with others is essential, as is analyzing and resolving complex engineering problems

  • Fluency in any of the following building types is required: mission-critical, high- rise and high-density housing, hospitality, health care, laboratory, commercial, gaming and high-technology

  • Working knowledge in the current version of AutoCAD Building Systems and AutoCAD 2004 or later.

  • Fluency with the Codes applied in the work

  • Working knowledge of the energy efficiency requirements to include the new Title 24 requirements, LEED Requirements and ANSI 90.1

  • Code acumen and conflict resolutions are vital to this position

  • Working knowledge of equipment and system testing and commissioning

  • Possess engineering management skills for resource allocation, workflow, work planning, fee estimating and independent QA/QC of their team's work

  • Advanced management skills are required, including work planning, resource management, fee development, staff oversight, staff development and advancement planning

  • Capable of supervising a design group of a maximum of 7-10 people

  • Proficient in using a computer and Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.); Oracle preferred

  • Prioritize and manage multiple tasks, changing priorities as necessary

  • Work under pressure and adapt to changing requirements with a positive attitude

  • Oral and written communication skills as required for the position

  • Self-motivated, proactive and an effective team player

  • Interact effectively and professionally with all levels of employees, both management and staff alike, vendors, clients, and others


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  • General work environment - sitting for extended periods, standing, walking, typing, carrying, pushing, bending. Work is conducted primarily indoors with varying environmental conditions, such as fluorescent lighting and air conditioning.

  • Noise level is typically low to medium; it can be loud on a job site.

  • Occasional lifting of up to 30 lbs.

  • We fully comply with the ADA and applicable state law, including considering reasonable accommodation measures that may enable qualified disabled applicants and employees to perform essential functions.

We are committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.? Employment decisions are considered regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, age (over 40), or any other categories protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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