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Electrical Engineer
About the Position: The Electrical Engineer serves as Western Washington University’s electrical engineering representative to manage the programming, planning, design, construction, and acceptance of varied and complex, major and minor public works electrical projects and electrical engineering for in-house electrical projects for the University.

This is a professional staff position which offers a generous benefits package including approximately 5 weeks of vacation.

About the College/Department: The Office of Facilities Development and Capital Budget was established in 2011 by consolidating Capital Planning and Development, Facilities Design and Construction Administration and the Capital Budget Office. In collaboration with Facilities Management, the Office of Facilities Development and Capital Budget provides leadership in planning, developing, and budgeting for high value, quality, cost-effective facilities and grounds. We support the mission and strategic vision of Western, embrace our partnership with our community and reinforce our stewardship of the environment. Mission Statement: To bring Western’s strategic plan to physical reality through sustainable planning, budgeting, and development.

Western Washington University is located in beautiful Bellingham, Washington, a vibrant coastal community of approximately 80,000. Bellingham is located 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, with easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast.
Position Responsibilities:
  • Design electrical system projects by working with clients to verify program needs and budget; establishing design criteria which most effectively fits within this context; and preparing design drawings and specifications
  • Provide technical advice and services to University departments concerning their current and future electrical needs
  • Provide technical and program related direction and information regarding electrical issues to the University’s Facilities Management construction and maintenance crews
  • Conduct consultant selection process by issuing the advertisement for proposals, heading a selection committee, facilitating consultant review and interview process, recommending consultant selection, negotiating fees, and preparing the consultant agreement
  • Coordinate the planning, design and construction of large-scale electrical projects by working with University A/E staff, and client building committees to develop project program, resolving client’s questions and concerns, and providing construction management services through final acceptance of the project
  • Oversee work of consultants and contractors retained by the University on assigned design and construction projects
  • Meet with and keep clients and project committees informed of project process
  • Present project status to the Board of Trustees Review pay applications, workmanship, and project compliance of contractors
  • Work with budget authorities
  • Work with public agencies and groups for master planning, neighborhood plans, etc. on behalf of the University Represent the University to Federal, State and local planning and regulatory agencies by preparing the proper documentation required, issuing specific notices required, meeting with representatives of these agencies as required, attending public hearings and/or meetings as required
  • Ensure design and construction compliance with International Building Code, Electrical Code, and Fire Codes, Americans with Disability Act (construction portion) and other codes and regulations
  • Work with other project team members
  • Serve on internal department committees regarding maintenance and upkeep of records of all buildings, grounds, utilities and other built-environment belonging or leased to the University – especially drawings, specifications, studies, surveys, electronic media, database information, etc., located in the Physical Plant and University Archives
  • Participate in interview committees, other campus committees, professional affiliations, and other related activities
Required Qualifications:
  • Licensed electrical engineer in State of Washington OR eligible for licensure in Washington by comity and obtainment of license within 3 months of commencing employment
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously, including managing time well and under pressure
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with employees at all levels of the organization and outside agencies
  • Proficient skill sets in electrical engineering, construction and project management
  • General knowledge of scheduling, budgeting, and hazardous materials used in construction
  • CAD proficient
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Three years of experience with building and site electrical systems
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Electrical engineering project management experience related to a University or similar institutional setting
  • LEED certification
  • BICSI certification
  • Working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, relational databases, and page layout programs
Academic Emphasis: N/A
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Bargaining Union: Not applicable
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please log in below and submit your application via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE). Note: You will need to be using Internet Explorer to utilize our online application system.

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications. You may cut and paste or upload your resume as noted on the EASE application.

Please complete the education and work experience section of the EASE application and submit the names and contact information of three professional references.
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Job Posted: 5/16/2013
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins June 14, 2013; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 130235
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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