Job Description

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$71,000 - $156,000/Year
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

#123089 Project Manager-Electrical, Design & Construction

Extended Deadline: Thu 12/7/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

This position will remain open until filled. Initial application deadline: 6/7/2023.


Under general direction of the Director of Engineering Services, the Project Manager Electrical Engineer is accountable to the campus and health system to provide projects that are on schedule, within budget, high quality, sustainable, cost effective, and appropriate to the client's needs. The Project Manager Electrical Engineer organizes, plans, and controls the design and construction effort for individual projects. This may involve selecting professional design staff; coordinating the activities of clients, design professionals (architects, engineers, etc.), contractors, inspectors, and others associated with the project; monitoring project progress, cost, and quality; resolving problems that arise in the project; and working with state agency officials to ensure compliance and safety. Communicates with project stakeholders regarding program, budget, schedule and construction impact. Completes and warrants the project to department and University specifications.

Provide professional engineering advice and assistance to the entire campus and health system, including the Associate Vice Chancellor, Senior Directors, Director of Engineering Services, Project Managers, Planning, Parking, Facilities Management, and representatives of the Office of the President. Professional assistance may include, but is not limited to, 12kv distribution system, high voltage switchgear, motor-control centers, low voltage security and life safety systems, pneumatic tube systems, SCADA systems, and short circuit and coordination studies. The Project Manager Electrical Engineer will have advanced skills and will be responsible for all aspects of the design and construction process for major and significant building projects, or highly specialized and critical components of these projects. Projects are often characterized by their complexity. Exercises independent judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results, and may oversee, manage, supervise, or provide guidance to other Facilities Project Managers and/or Analysts.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area or an equivalent combination of experience/training. Advanced knowledge of building and construction, design, construction contract administration and California Building Codes, including advanced understanding of industry practices, or deep expertise in a highly specialized and critical discipline.

  • Proven working knowledge of architectural, engineering, and construction practices, with an emphasis on electrical engineering. Knowledge of applicable codes and regulations, and ability to provide technical advice based on sound understanding of construction principles and practice. Ability to perform general plan checks to identify potential design and construction problems. Advanced knowledge of short and long range strategic building plans.

  • Advanced project management skills to effectively manage highly complex projects, or highly specialized and critical project component. Demonstrated working knowledge of standard design and construction sequences and durations necessary to prepare, monitor, and manage detailed project schedule.

  • Advanced knowledge and experience with 12kv electrical distribution system and building power and lighting systems. UC San Diego's campus system includes medium voltage power distribution, both normal and emergency power, switching stations, and electric generation.

  • Working knowledge and experience with medium voltage and building level operations, switching schemes and procedures, and power transfer during emergency. Working knowledge and experience with building telemetry, SCADA, security and alarm systems, telecommunications and data network systems, and complex electrical system relays.

  • Familiarity with California and applicable building codes and regulations, and professional design experience to effectively direct and review the preparation of design and construction documents, review and approve contractor submittals, and to effectively resolve field problems during construction.

  • Thorough working knowledge of California Building Code, Title-24 and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), Division of State Architect (DSA) and State Fire Marshal (SFM) code and policy requirements for hospital construction (Medical Center only).

  • Advanced ability to manage contractors and maintain compliance to the agreed-upon scope of work and budget. Demonstrated construction administration experience and skills to monitor contractor operations for conformance to contract documents and applicable codes, review and negotiate contractor claims, oversee work of inspectors and testing agencies, and actively assist contractor and design team in the resolution of technical and procedural problems.

  • Strong skill to effectively negotiate terms, conditions and costs related to design professional contracts and construction change orders. Proven familiarity with design and construction contracts, contract law, public contracting code, and construction claims procedures. Ability to draft modifications to standard agreements consistent with Regental Policy and in coordination with legal counsel.

  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of various computer software programs including, but not limited to Microsoft Office, Outlook, Capital Project Management software, and Bluebeam.

  • Advanced analytical, organizational and problem recognition, avoidance, and resolution skills.

  • Advanced written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including highly effective negotiation skills and highly developed political acumen. Demonstrated superior written communication skills to prepare clear, concise and professional reports and correspondence. Ability to effectively present project design and status issues to client groups. Ability to work effectively with user departments and be responsive to their needs.


  • Possession of a valid California Professional Engineering (PE) license upon employment, or ability to seek reciprocity and obtain a CA PE within 12 months of employment required. Must maintain a valid California PE throughout the term of employment.

  • Professional Electrical Engineering license preferred.


  • DOJ/FBI and DMV background checks and clearances required prior to hire.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver License.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $71,000 - $160,000 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $34.00 - $76.63

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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