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Electrical Design Technologist/Engineer

Department: Plant Operations, Design and Construction Services Effective Date: August, 2012

USG 10

35 hr/wk

Reports to:

General Accountability

This position is accountable to the Director Design and Construction Services/University Architect, for provision of estimates and cost effective electrical designs meeting client requirements, current  codes and regulations, engineering practices and University standards; for timely preparation of drawings and documents for  purchases or bidding, awards and construction of alterations, renovations, replacement, upgrading to existing buildings, structures, site services, utilities, roads, walks and landscaping.

Nature and Scope

The Design and Construction section of Plant Operations consists of three groups; Architectural/Furnishings, Engineering and Construction Co-ordination/Inspection, each staffed with several personnel and led by the Director Design and Construction Services/University Architect. The incumbent is expected to work with little supervision. The Registered Electrical Engineer on staff will review the incumbent’s work when necessary.

Projects are received by the Design Section as work requests from numerous academic, administrative, student and Plant Operations clients with whom the incumbent must communicate. In work with electrical content, the incumbent determines project requirements, inspects the affected area and furnishes proposed solutions or alternatives with target completion dates and an  accurate construction estimate for the client’s budget. Co-ordination with other design groups is necessary. All work is to be done in a safe manner.


This position prepares designs, sketches, layouts, final drawings and specifies materials, capacities, tolerances, finishes, strengths, production and construction methods. Selects products from catalogues, technical literature and experience for suitability, availability and cost. Prepares tender documents, job instructions, requests for quotations and purchase requisitions  with minor guidance.

Prepares electrical working drawings for building permit applications when necessary.

Recommends capable bidders from a qualified contractor list which he/she helps maintain. Meets with contractors and suppliers on site during tender periods. Issues addendums, receives and reviews tenders under the guidance of the Director Design and Construction Services/University Architect or the Manager Design Services and obtains client and financial approvals before preparing documents for award or purchase where applicable.

Resolves problems during construction when assistance is requested by the Construction Co-ordinator/Inspectors. Prepares change notices and change orders under the guidance of the Director Design and Construction Services/University Architect or the Manager Design Services. Does reviews and inspections of projects as warranted and reviews shop drawings and proposals submitted by contractors and suppliers.

At the completion of a work request, works at updating CADD electrical building drawings before the file is closed.

When outside consultants  are  retained,  this position  will  assist the Director Design and Construction Services/University Architect or the Manager Design Services in  providing information as to availability of existing services and  reviewing drawings and specifications to ensure compliance with University requirements and standards.

Completes building or campus services  shutdown documentation for the appropriate services that need to be interrupted during an installation.

Assists the Director Design and Construction Services or the Manager Design Services with studies, reports and data recording as well as general office duties.

Assists the operating sections in solving operating and maintenance problems and in improving energy efficiency to reduce operating costs.

This position has a direct effect on the safety, morale and working environment of the University community and on the energy efficiency and operating costs of the buildings and utilities through the design of effective lighting and clean reliable power.

Numerous projects are underway at any time, the incumbent must therefore be well organized and have strong communication skills to be successful.

Statistical Data

Approximately 400 work requests, with a total construction value of over five million dollars, are processed annually by the Design and Construction Services section. This does not include special projects ie. additions to or new buildings which are administered by Plant Operations and designed by outside consultants.

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