Construction Engineer - Electrical

Location
8100 Professional Place, MD
Posted
Apr 26, 2021
Closes
May 06, 2021
Ref
210313
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
WMATA's Rail and Bus Infrastructure Rehabilitation Office (RBIR) oversees the State-of-Good Repair (SOGR) related to AC Power andTraction Power Programs. These programs maintain and continuously improve the existing electrical infrastructure throughout the WMATA System to ensure they remain in a SOGR and to deliver a safe and reliable Metrorail system service.

The RBIR-Power Office is seeking multiple qualified candidates for the position of Construction Engineer - Electrical. The Construction Engineer will focus on providing expertise and assist in the management of activities encompassing the planning, technical direction, administration, oversight of field commissioning activities related to the complex construction of the Authority's electrical rehabilitation programs. Responsibilities include day-to-day oversight of assigned construction contracts ensuring compliance with Authority plans, specifications and standards; coordinate and monitor construction progress; work to resolve field discrepancies; review project phasing; and field witness of testing and commissioning activities and general support for construction activities. The Construction Engineer conducts regular safety and quality walkthroughs of construction sites and coordinates the contractor's look ahead schedule and construction activities; and provides technical expertise and recommendations to Project Managers and department leadership on the status of assigned projects.

The ideal candidate will have experience in the monitoring of complex construction contracts with extensive technical expertise in the high voltage AC and DC electrical fields. Ideal candidates will have strong organizational, communication, and stakeholder engagement skills . Capability to utilize MS office Suite and Procore preferred . Transit experience is preferred but not required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.
    • In lieu of a Bachelor's Degree, a High School Diploma/GED and 4 years of experience in directing, managing and administering large electrical engineering and construction programs in an operational environment .

Experience
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of extensive, progressively more responsible experience in directing, managing and administering large train control or communications engineering and construction programs in an operational environment

Certification/Licensure

Preferred

Medical Group:

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

SUMMARY

The Electrical Construction Engineer will be assigned to construction projects to provide expertise and assist in the management of activities encompassing the planning, technical direction, administration and construction of assigned rehabilitation programs of the Metro system.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Manages assigned Electrical Construction contracts and ensures that construction of assigned contracts are accomplished in accordance with Authority plans and specifications through frequent site inspections. Perform substantial completion and final inspections of completed work.
  • Represents the Project Manager for specifically designated Rail and Bus projects with the responsibility to ensure that facilities and systems are constructed within schedule and thoroughly coordinated with operational departments to ensure limited impact on revenue operations.
  • Review Electrical plans and specifications for constructability purposes; advises various or required WMATA offices and consultants of required design changes, as applicable. Reviews the inspection procedures for conformance with established procedures. Reviews and recommends approval of requests for payment from contractors and others for work in place.
  • Ensures contract documentation is ready for issuing advance notice and advertisement. Coordinates availability of Real Estate (if necessary) and documentation from Procurement (PRMT) to allow issuance of Notice to Proceed.
  • Supports and assists the Authority's Safety Engineer in the enforcement of safety compliance on contracts assigned.
  • Reviews, with assigned negotiator, contractor proposals and establishes Authority's pre-negotiation position and participates in negotiation of contract modifications, as appropriate. Recommends acceptance or rejection of negotiated settlements as appropriate. Actively participates as required in effecting timely and equitable closeout of assigned contracts.
  • Provides Electrical Engineering technical expertise, as appropriate, in the preparation of final decisions of the Contracting Officer.
  • Prepares progress reports and recommendations to the Project Manager and department leadership teams on the status of assigned projects. Evaluates design and construction problems during the construction period, developing alternative courses of action, determining and implementing the best solution.
  • Testifies in support of the General Counsel (COUN) before courts of law on cases of disputes on Electrical Engineering construction contractual matters.
  • Reviews correspondence to the Contracting Officer, Department Head and General Manager related to assigned contracts and prepares response; provides technical assistance and recommendations in administering change orders and processing claims.
  • Coordinates Electrical Engineering construction progress and interface matters with other offices within the Authority, private organizations and governmental agencies. Maintains public relations contact with citizens and community organizations related to construction activities.
  • Prepares MEADS to secure Board approval to advertise construction contracts. Prepares necessary briefing papers for the Department Head's use before the Board of Directors in justifying MEADS, including MEADS for contract awards and PRMT-negotiated modifications.
  • Develops and maintains contact with contractors in area of general responsibility to promote interest in bidding on Authority projects, thereby enhancing the competitive bidding process and the ability to obtain the best prices possible on construction and construction-related contracts.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report

Closing

WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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