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Electrical Design Engineer

Cyclotron Road

Cyclotron Road

Other Engineering, Design
California, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2024

The Berkeley Lab's Facilities Division is hiring an Electrical Design Engineer to provide comprehensive electrical engineering support across the campus. The role involves overseeing low and medium voltage equipment, conducting fault and load flow studies, performing safety evaluations, reviewing designs, specifying equipment for maintenance and small projects, reviewing construction submittals, responding to RFIs, and ensuring accurate record drawings.

What You Will Do:

  • Lead electrical engineering design activities and deliverables, ensuring new and modified systems enhance overall reliability.
  • Act as the SME for low voltage electrical systems (208V, 240V, and 480V 3 Phase power), representing the Facilities Engineering Department and LBNL.
  • Design systems and modifications that meet lab standards, code requirements, operability, constructability, and project specifications.
  • Prepare original engineering design drawings and calculations, and review those prepared by subcontractor engineers.
  • Determine methods and procedures for new assignments, coordinating interdisciplinary teams as a technical lead.
  • Ensure construction documents, including one-line diagrams, control schematic diagrams, lighting, power, and grounding plans, meet project requirements.
  • Coordinate design reviews, supporting Design Managers and Project Managers to provide cost-effective electrical system designs that meet safety, resilience, and reliability targets.
  • Manage the scope, schedule, and budget of subcontractor engineers, and coordinate with or manage subcontractor design engineers/architects.
  • Maintain and update LBNL Master Specifications and Standard Details for electrical discipline.

What is Required:

Level 3:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in electrical engineering or related discipline and a minimum of five (5) years of relevant electrical engineering experience; or three (3) years of relevant experience and a Master’s degree or equivalent related professional experience.
  • Exhibits behaviors that drive project success, including collaboration, effective communication, innovative problem-solving, and a bias for action.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills to effectively present, explain, and advise line management and science program customers.
  • Able to work well with internal and external contacts at all organizational levels, handling multiple projects with varying priorities and tight deadlines.
  • Skilled in negotiations, coordination, and conflict management, partnering with colleagues and stakeholders to resolve issues creatively and effectively.
  • Thorough knowledge of:
    • Electrical design principles
    • Electrical construction methods and materials for facilities constructability
    • Preparation of construction documents, including specifications, medium and low voltage power distribution, raceway layout, underground duct bank, lighting, grounding, control schematics, and connection diagrams
    • Current industry and regulatory standards, including CBC, NEC, and NFPA standards 70E, 70B, and NETA

Level 4 (in addition to the above):

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in electrical engineering or related discipline and a minimum of eight (8) years of relevant electrical engineering experience; or six (6) years of relevant experience and a Master’s degree or equivalent related professional experience.
  • Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of medium voltage electrical engineering design, including power system analysis (short circuit, voltage drop, power factor, protective relay coordination).
  • Advanced knowledge of electrical construction methods and selection of equipment, including medium/low voltage switchgears and materials for power distribution.
  • Advanced knowledge of DOE Orders and Federal Standards.
  • Hands-on experience with AutoCAD and other computer-aided drafting software.
  • Proficient with electrical design software (ETAP, SKM-PTW, EasyPower, ASPEN, PSLF), database management, cost estimating, and project scheduling.


  • This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • The Electrical Design Engineer Level 3 is expected to pay $150,000 - $165,000 annually, which fits within the full salary range of $113,088 - $190,800 annually for the job classification of G31.3.
  • The Electrical Design Engineer Level 4 is expected to pay $174,000 - $210,000 annually, which fits within the full salary range of $135,732 - $229,032 annually for the job classification of G31.4.
  • Salary for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualifications and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, and certifications, plus also aligned with the internal peer group.
  • It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on the final candidate's qualifications and experience.
  • 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.
  • This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule - a combination of teleworking and performing work on site at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA. Work schedules are dependent on business needs. Individuals working a hybrid schedule must reside within 150 miles of Berkeley Lab.

Learn About Us:

Berkeley Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory managed by the University of California and designated a Federally Funded Research and Development Center. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, we have a close relationship with UC Berkeley, as well as robust partnerships with other academic institutions and industries, including those in Silicon Valley. The Laboratory conducts world-class research that supports clean energy, a healthy planet, and solution-inspired discovery science. Berkeley Lab is defined by our deeply felt sense of stewardship, which we describe as a commitment to taking care of the Laboratory's research, people, and resources that are entrusted to us. Our values of team science, innovation, service, trust, and respect knit us together as a community. We practice these values and prioritize our principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability (IDEA) to build highly effective teams that produce world-class science and technology and where all individuals, regardless of their backgrounds, disciplines, and experiences, can thrive.

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities. To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here.

Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab’s mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

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