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Applicants must include a cover letter, attached as the first page of the resume, explaining how his/her academic and work experiences qualify for the responsibilities of this position.


The University of Michigan Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Department is seeking a Senior Electrical Commissioning Engineer to perform both design-phase and construction-phase building commissioning activities.  This is an exciting opportunity to apply electrical engineering skills to both the design and construction environment.  The selected candidate will have the following major responsibilities:

Guide electrical design teams on major building projects to assure owner's requirements are met:

  • Coordinate with owner's representatives, architects, electrical engineers, code officials and other stake-holders to assure development of Owner's Project Requirements and Basis of Design documents.
  • Lead design meetings.  Clarify University design, cost, schedule and quality requirements.  Assure adherence with University sustainability, energy conservation and LEED certification initiatives.
  • Evaluate construction documents for completeness, correctness, compliance with the design intent, constructability, operability, maintainability, and conformance with applicable codes, standards and University guidelines.
  • Evaluate project studies and calculations on lighting, power, equipment sizing, energy efficiency, and other electrical matters.
  • Evaluate project budgets and propose value engineering ideas.  Review contractor bids, submittals, and test reports for compliance with the design and budget.

Serve as the Commissioning Authority and lead the construction-phase commissioning activities on projects.

  • Review shop drawings for compliance with project specifications and University guidelines.
  • Create the commissioning plan and pre-start, start-up, and functional test procedures.
  • Conduct commissioning meetings, publish minutes and facilitate completion of commissioning action items.
  • Witness and document pre-starts, start-ups and functional testing of building electrical distribution systems and equipment, including substations, generators, lighting controls and auxiliary systems.
  • Investigate problems and identify construction deficiencies.  Participate in resolutions to electrical design, construction, and commissioning issues.

Evaluate new building electrical systems, products and construction methods for incorporation into University design guidelines and specifications.

Perform field surveys of existing electrical systems.  Provide recommendations for system improvements.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field.
  • Five years of progressively responsible technical experience in the design and construction of building lighting, power, telecommunications, fire alarm, and other electrical systems.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for working with electrical and mechanical systems and equipment.
  • Knowledge of the Michigan Building and Electrical Codes, and related industry standards.
  • Knowledge of architectural/engineering firm design practices and building construction management.
  • Willingness to work in both an office and construction site environment.
  • Significant experience creating documents using Microsoft Word or similar software.  Experience with Microsoft Excel and other engineering software related to electrical or mechanical design and commissioning.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Familiarity with the building commissioning process.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer.
  • Experience in the leadership of design and construction personnel.
  • Experience on large capital projects for classroom, laboratory, housing, and assembly occupancies.

Additional Information

**This is a three year term-limited position with a high potential for renewal or conversion into a regular full-time position, depending upon the needs of the department and availability of funding.**

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.