Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's (LBNL) Facilities Division has an opening for an Electrical Compliance Engineer to join the team.
In this exciting role, you will report to the Building Code Official (BCO) serves as the Subject-Matter Expert (SME) for electrical equipment installations and modifications to ensure consistency of compliance with electrical codes and standards. You will work in partnership with electrical engineers, construction subcontractors, field inspectors and customers in day-to-day operations ensuring the reliability of the plant electrical systems; verifying system compliance with codes and standards; and introducing new assessment technologies to deepen our understanding of electrical safety, resilience and reliability. You will collaborate with electrical inspectors to facilitate field validation of equipment and system installations as part of the Electrical Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) program. You will ensure that compliance requirements are achieved on assigned projects, identifies errors in the design and construction of equipment, provides opinions of interpretation on codes and standards, and works with all stakeholders to resolve issues in a timely manner. Reviews energization plans, Electrical Validation and Authorization Packages (EVAP), Methods of Procedure (switching tags) (MOP), and Test and Inspection reports prior to energization.
What You Will Do:
Serve in Subject Matter Expert (SME) role to ensure uniformity of compliance with LBNL policies, procedures and standards in the review, evaluation and enforcement of electrical and fire safety codes, industry standards, DOE Orders, and other safety-related procedures.
Perform plan check and design review on electrical drawings/specifications prior to acceptance of construction documents. Ensure electrical equipment installation designs are in compliance with codes and project specifications.
Work effectively to build cooperative relationships with the Laboratory's Operations Divisions to ensure compliance while maintaining alignment with the Laboratory's mission to make significant investments to repair, maintain, and upgrade existing infrastructure and buildings.
Provide clarification and supporting documentation (i.e. references to applicable sections of codes, standards and or LBNL master specifications) to assist in the timely resolution of design review and inspection comments. Resolve comments with Engineer of Record (EOR), Inspector of Record (IOR), Construction Subcontractors and Construction Managers prior to the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) reviews.
Provide investigation, research and engineering direction as to code and specification compliance when requested. This includes interpretations on regulations and standards, and, where applicable, suggesting alternatives that provide equivalent levels of protection (equivalencies).
Review energization plans, Electrical Validation and Authorization Package (EVAP) submittals, Methods of Procedure (MOP), and Test and Inspection Reports prior to energization.
Review all non-National Recognized Testing Laboratory field examination reports and validate completion of corrections for required labeling.
Develop Inspection Matrices for electrical installation inspections, electrical testing requirements and energization procedures for the safe installation and operation of equipment.
Provide recommendations to improve LBNL master electrical specifications and related LBNL procedures to maintain compliance with the latest codes and standards, and testing and inspection requirements.
Use computer software to conduct collaborative design reviews, develop presentations and communications, and maintain pertinent files for archiving and retrieval.
What is Required:
Bachelor's degree in related area (Preferred) and / or equivalent experience / training.
A minimum of 5 years full-time experience performing electrical design, conducting technical plan reviews, and/or electrical inspection for fire or building code regulations.
Must demonstrate expert level knowledge and experience in the principles and applications of NFPA 70 & NFPA 70E - National Electric Code and Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.
Must have strong demonstrated knowledge and experience in the design of electrical systems, plan review and field evaluation of electrical installations for code and standards compliance of office buildings, research laboratories, building utility centers, and medium & low voltage power distribution systems.
Proven experience working across organizational and institutional boundaries, with the demonstrated ability to work effectively on multiple projects with varying priorities while meeting tight deadlines.
Experience working as part of a team in a diverse work environment within all levels of the organization.
Hands-on experience with computers, proficient with software applications related to engineering and design tasks, design review, document management, and project scheduling.
Knowledgeable on the review, evaluation and enforcement of electrical and fire safety codes related to DOE Orders (Preferred).
Must possess a thorough knowledge of:
Applicable industry and regulatory standards, safety codes, design standards and environmental regulations pertinent to the electrical engineering discipline including those contained in NFPA 70, NFPA 70E, 10 C.F.R. 851, OSHA standards, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers' (IEEE) National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) (IEEE/ANSI C-2), DOE requirements, and other appropriate local, state, and national standards.
Electrical Engineering and design principles including power system analysis involving short circuit, arc-flash calculations, voltage drop, power factor and protective relay coordination.
Electrical construction methods, selection of electrical equipment including medium/low voltage switchgears, and materials for facilities construction.
Ability to read and understand codes and standards with application to plan reviews and issues resolution.
Expert technical and analytical skills with the ability to troubleshoot and solve complex and challenging problems.
Excellent customer service skills and ability to promote customer relations through collaborating with customers and colleagues, including senior internal and external contacts.
Excellent analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills to independently make sound judgments and develop imaginative solutions to extremely complex problems.
Talent for working well under pressure and handling multiple tasks to achieve broadly defined group and institutional goals.
Effective writing, public speaking, presentation and interpersonal communication skills necessary for the role and scope of work performed.
Detail oriented and competent in time management, organization, planning and record-keeping skills.
Ability to achieve and maintain an International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)/ICC Commercial Electrical Inspector E2 Certificate (required within 6 months of date of hire).
Ability to achieve and maintain an International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)/ICC Electrical Plans Examiner E3 Certificate (within 12 months of date of hire)
Ability to achieve Qualified Electrical Worker levels 2 and 3 in accordance with the LBNL PUB 3000 safety training (required within 6 months of date of hire).
Registration as a Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of California.
IAEI/ICC Building Plans Examiner Certification.
This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs and the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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