City of Seattle Technology Development Engineer (Electrical Engineer, Supervisor) in Seattle, Washington

Position Description

Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation's largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

The Customer Energy Solutions (CES) division of Seattle City Light is the oldest continuously operating municipal energy conservation initiative in the country, beginning in 1977 when the City established the use of energy conservation as its highest-priority, most cost-effective, and most environmentally-friendly energy resource. Since then, City Light has become recognized as a national leader in the field of conservation and environmental stewardship, delivering energy efficiency programs and services to a wide range of customers throughout the City and surrounding communities.

The Lighting Design Lab (LDL) is part of the CES division and is an interactive business-to-business commercial and industrial lighting education and demonstration facility funded by major northwest electric utilities and conservation partners. The LDL provides commercial and industrial lighting tools, validation, and education services to support northwest utility conservations programs.

The LDL is seeking a Technology Development Engineer who will be responsible for the Lab's testing, validation and demonstration activities. As the world sees lighting devices transform into networked computers with unlimited control ability and data potential, there is an increasing need for utility program managers, and other market actors, to stay abreast of the latest potential and limits of this technology. The incumbent will be expected to build and strengthen LDL's professional reputation for technical expertise in lighting systems engineering. This position will play a strong role in the adoption of advanced lighting systems in the Northwest.

This position reports to the Executive Director, Lighting Design Lab.

Job Responsibilities

This position leads a team whose work includes analyzing individual lighting device performance – energy, illumination, form and function characteristics – to planning and designing entire integrated lighting systems – networked with other building systems such as HVAC, security, and the electric grid.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervise and perform electrical and systems engineering work related to the application of lighting and advanced controls technology in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of building systems. Shape the direction, goals, and project plans in line with Seattle City Light Customer Energy Solutions' strategic plan.
  • Oversee a team of energy management and other engineering professionals. Select, train, and supervise assigned staff. Set expectations and review performance. Direct and review work plans; meet with supervisors and staff to identify and resolve problems; assign work activities and priorities; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures.
  • Provide regular formal and informal performance management, review/approve timesheets and leave requests.
  • Research engineering testing procedures for lighting and integrated building systems technologies.
  • Establish performance specifications and application standards to be applied to complex mechanical and electrical systems for commercial, industrial, retail, food service, and residential buildings.
  • Develop and implement methods for measuring and characterizing the performance of connected lighting systems.
  • Identify and negotiate acquisition of emerging technologies relating to lighting and demand-side energy management.
  • Write, support, or oversee the development of engineering testing procedures, technical research papers, reports, white papers and other relevant industry publications.
  • Teach, using both education and training methods, a variety of audiences in classroom, seminar, lab, and in-situ settings. Prepare or oversee the preparation of curriculum and training materials.
  • Act as a technical expert representing Seattle City Light/Lighting Design Lab in both internal and external settings.
  • Advise stakeholders on specifications and policy adoptions related to codes, standards, and program design.
  • Collaborate with regional and national agencies such as the Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council's Regional Technical Forum advisory committee; Bonneville Power Administration's Energy Efficiency Emerging Technologies program Technical Advisory Group; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; and other agencies and organizations, as needed.
  • Track developments in current and new technology; identify opportunities for enhancements in performance, capability, and durability.
  • Supervise the coordination and review of work performed by shop and field crews, manufacturers, and contractors on fabrication, installations, and modifications of electrical equipment related to LDL operations.
  • Manage an annual budget to include development, oversight, and requests for funding.
  • Oversee the development, and then manage operations, of LDL's electrical testing station to be designed to test electrical characteristics and power quality of lighting and related equipment.
  • Perform quantitative, qualitative, and comparative luminaire evaluation and analysis; illumination performance measurements, calculations, and verification using computer simulation handheld techniques.
  • Conduct laboratory-based technical evaluations of lighting products and systems.
  • Perform or oversee facility lighting system designs for commercial, industrial, educational and other spaces, including layout design, computer modeled photometric analysis, system specification, and code compliance. This may include connected/networked lighting system devices and their associated controls.
  • Other duties as assigned. Qualifications

Education:Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering; or other combinations of education and/or experience which provides preparation to do professional electrical engineering work.

*Experience: *Five years of professional electrical engineering experience, including two years of supervisory experience.

Certification/License:Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington. Current Washington State driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility.

*Desired Qualifications: *

  • Master's degree in electrical engineering, computer science, data management, data security, or related technical field
  • Electrical circuit and system design and operation, data network design and operation (hardware and software), solid-state lighting, and lighting or building system controls.
  • Self-starter and strong leader with sound judgment and ability to identify and develop solutions to complex technical problems. Ability to work independently with minimal oversight.
  • Strong electrical or computer engineering and IT/data network background with an understanding of the internet of things and interoperability and compatibility concepts for networked and wireless devices.
  • Strong experience in building electrical systems engineering.
  • Exceptional customer services skills with the ability to translate complex information for a non-technical audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to recognize, develop, and implement methods for technology improvements.
  • Experience coordinating the efforts of multi-discipline, multi-agency project teams to complete work.
  • Experience with developing and delivering classroom training and education, and presenting at conferences.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with experience developing professional papers. Additional Information

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history and driving history review.

Please send all resumes and cover letters to:

Linda Paul The Search Partnership 310 Stag Pond Rd Andover, NJ 07821 (908) 541-0390

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Salary: $54.41 - $63.10 Hourly

Location: Lighting Design Lab - 2915 4th Ave South, WA

Job Type: Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time

Department: Seattle City Light

Job Number: 2018-00374

Closing: 3/27/2018 4:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Seattle

Address: Seattle Municipal Tower 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5500 Seattle, Washington, 98104