Harvard University - Senior Electrical Engineer

By District Energy posted 09-29-2020 13:30


Harvard University

Senior Electrical Engineer         

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Senior Electrical Engineer
Campus Services

Duties & Responsibilities
This position provides electrical engineering at a senior level for the planning, design, operation, maintenance, and repair of the University's utility infrastructure which includes electric, steam, and chilled water as well as energy management and utility metering systems. This position shall also perform special short and long-range projects as directed.

  1. Plan, develop, and implement the installation and modification of campus utility systems. Coordinate with the plans and needs of the University's Schools and Units. Engineer and oversee the installation and relocation of underground utility infrastructure with minimum impact to the University's community and its activities. Assume complete engineering responsibility for utility distribution systems to ensure system capability, flexibility, reliability, safety, economic operation, and consideration for expansion. Formulate and balance long and short-range plans and budgets with respect to utility distribution upgrades. Develop distribution system statistics, records, and drawings, and assist in the documentation of utility infrastructure for record purposes.
  2. Maintain communications and relationships with governmental agencies/departments to ensure that the University's interests are served in a safe, reliable, economical, and least disruptive manner. Stay current with pertinent government standards relative to employee environmental, health, and safety. Maintain knowledge of federal, state, municipal, industry, and University codes, regulations, practices, trends, and/or guidelines as well as stay current with the latest information on electrical design and equipment.
  3. Provide technical assistance to Campus Services operating and maintenance personnel and technical support for the operation and maintenance of central utility distribution systems and building systems as necessary. Evaluate and provide recommendations for preventive maintenance programs for the University's electrical distribution systems, the central chilled water and steam plants, and other electrical systems and equipment. Identify and develop cost control opportunities and system cost planning.
  4. Interface with local utility suppliers. Assist in the University's utility metering, accounting, and billing activities. Perform utility rate analyses and evaluate impacts upon the University. Evaluate and recommend appropriate action to provide alternative utility sources to or within the University whenever economically feasible or otherwise justified. Evaluate energy management system operations for improvement and enhancement possibilities for control and monitoring of the campus utility distribution system and building distribution systems.
  5. Coordinate with other Campus Services divisions to formulate the best delivery of services to the University's Schools and Units. Explore with the other Campus Services divisions possible new business opportunities within the University and help formulate business strategies. Assist in the formulation and implementation of new departmental policies and procedures to improve the delivery of engineering, operational, utility accounting, and maintenance services and planning.
  6. Develop, negotiate, and manage the delivery of engineering and project management services for various projects relative to the utility infrastructure. Prepare and review technical and legal portions of bid and contract documents. Interface with architects, engineers, contractors, consultants and University representatives to coordinate and manage projects for best implementation and minimum disruption to the University's community and its activities. Responsible for budgeting and monitoring the function and expenditures for the various utility projects for the Schools and Units.

Basic Qualifications

  • BS in Electrical Engineering
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer
  • Minimum of ten years of professional level experience
  • Experience in master planning, design, installation, and operation of central utility systems
  • Experience managing capital construction projects

Technology Skills Required:

  • Computer skills including word-processing, spreadsheets, and databases
  • Ability to access and modify data in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) systems including AutoCAD
  • Familiarity with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems
  • Ability to access Internet applications and use electronic mail

Additional Qualifications

  • Institutional, industrial, or utility company experience
  • Experience working underground electric distribution and medium-voltage substations
  • Familiarity with small scale power generation
  • Knowledge of electrical systems in complex buildings and labs
  • Familiarity with electrical safety regulations including OSHA Subpart S and NFPA 70E
  • Experience in developing, evaluating, and managing energy conservation projects
  • Experience working in a customer-oriented business unit
  • Ability to work well as a team member
  • Ability to respond to off-hour storm contingencies and utility emergencies
  • Ability to work extended hours when necessary
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Special Requirements: Must possess a valid driver's license.

Physical Requirements: Must be physically fit and mentally alert at all times. Must be able to frequently walk up and down stairs, ladders, etc. on an on-going basis, in an industrial plant and/or construction site setting. Must be able to utilize ladders, scaffolds, high-lifts, and enter/work in confined spaces. Required to wear personal protective equipment where necessary.

Emergency Status Designation: Critical Operations Personnel

Additional Information

Responsibilities (continued): 

7. Study and evaluate electrical building systems for all Harvard facilities and departments. Involvement includes but is not limited to the installation, operation, and maintenance of normal and emergency lighting, distribution systems, fire alarm, specialized research and test equipment, and HVAC controls. Interface with representatives from the Schools and Units to coordinate their projects with campus-wide utility projects. Incorporate the impacts of projects for the Schools and Units into the budgets and work scope of the University's utility capital plan. 

8. Review and upgrade project specifications and drawings for electrical construction work. Work with representatives, architects, and consultant engineers for the Schools and Units to develop optimum cost and benefits to the campus utility and building systems for new construction and renovation projects. 

9. Develop an appropriate and effective utility conservation program to reduce the University's energy consumption in support of the University's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Examine, evaluate, and make recommendations on conservation proposals and products for the Schools and Units. 

10. Perform and interpret system short circuit, coordination, and arc flash studies for the University's electrical distribution systems. Recommend settings for electronic and electromechanical system protective relaying. Evaluate and develop system and equipment protective schemes.

Job Function 

Sub Unit
Energy & Facilities

USA - MA - Cambridge


Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening
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EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.