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Electrical Engineer (Senior Engineer) - Department of Architectural/Engineering Services - Division

Position Summary

Responsible for highly technical, professional electrical engineering services which include: major planning and development for repair, modification, and replacement of the University’s electrical systems. Execute assignments and special projects, some with unusual difficulty which require engineering with a high degree of experience, knowledge and skills for planning, analysis, design, preparation of electrical design documents, detailed estimates, and the coordination and administration of major electrical/construction projects.

The individual in this position in consultation with the Director of A/E Services will determine work priorities and methods. This position requires a knowledge and working capability in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project, Autodesk Revit (Building Information Modeling), AutoCAD, (Computer Aided Drawing), Adobe, BlueBeam, building energy modeling programs and other computer aided drawing/analysis programs. The individual will also be responsible for grant writing when opportunities arise in consultation with the Director of A/E Services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Priorities are established in consultation with the Director of A/E Services, although priorities for certain projects may be determined by other considerations, including time constraints, funding limitations and University priorities. Priorities established by the Director of A/E Services will take precedence.

Reference guidelines for job performance are based on standard electrical engineering practices, high professional ethics, engineering reference materials, manufacturer’s published data, estimating manuals, applicable code books and code analysis handbooks. In addition, the Director of Architectural/Engineering Services and other professional staff members are available as resources.

The tasks for this position are generated by the need to provide reliable code compliant electrical services for the University. The individual in this position affects all buildings and personnel on campus. This individual will maintain a close working relationship with the Physical Plant Director and Electrical Foreman, procurement specialists, end user building occupants, and related positions to effectively coordinate a comprehensive strategy for managing campus electrical systems.

30% -
Planning and development for campus wide electrical system repair, improvement and replacement projects.

Establish and maintain long and short range planning for electrical systems, distribution, and related building electrical equipment repair and improvements. Collect and analyze statistical data and prepare recommendations for prioritized repairs, alterations to, or expansion electrical equipment of the institution.

Assist in managing and updating NIU construction standards specific to electrical specifications and other related specifications.

Reference material and guidelines include the “National Electrical Code, International Building Code, NFPA Life Safety Code and NIU Electrical Construction Standards. The Director and assistant directors of Physical Plant, and other professional staff members also serve as resources.

25% -
Management of and assistance with projects prepared by outside consultants.

Meet with departments and building committees, consulting architects and appropriate agencies to assist in developing project scopes, review layouts, concepts, time schedules, and budgets.

Review plans and specifications at various stages of progress. Monitor program compliance and observe ongoing construction and quality of work. Review and give concurrence in approval of payment requests. Review change orders and make recommendations for disposition. Prepare and follow through on punch lists and closeout documentation.

25% -
Provide guidance to Physical Plant Electrical Foreman and Electrical Shop with coordination and completion of various types of repair and maintenance work orders. Review shop drawings for electrical projects and arrange for review of shop drawings by other departmental and Physical Plant personnel.

10% -
Management of and assistance with projects prepared by NIU staff.

Meet with departmental representatives and building committees to establish project scopes. Assist in developing and preparing projects with multiple disciplines. Develop plans, specifications, and cost estimates in support of repair and improvement projects and/or replacement of equipment. Perform electrical code reviews. Monitor and observe construction for design/contract requirement compliance, including the preparation and review of change orders, review and processing of progress payment applications, preparation of punch lists and project closeout oversight. Perform as or assist project manager for overall coordination, scheduling and expenditure control of projects.

5% -
Serve as a member or chair of construction committees, as required, to make engineering recommendations during the development of construction program statements and selection of outside architectural and engineering firms for construction projects. Participant in Physical Plant Safety Committee to assist in reviewing concerns raised related to electrical systems, etc. as they arise.

5% -
Perform other miscellaneous, related duties as assigned.

Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)

Specialty Factors (Civil Service)

Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)

Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)

Additional Requirements (SPS)

Preferred Qualifications (SPS)

Physical demands/requirements

Requires ability to inspect construction sites, climb ladders, and traverse rough terrain and unfinished construction to access building areas and systems for assessment and inspection.

Appointment and Compensation Details

Appointment and Compensation Details

Anticipated Appointment Start Date

Anticipated Appointment End Date

Percent of Staff Year


Standard Hours Per Week



Commensurate with experience and qualifications; position includes a robust benefits package

Hourly or Semi-monthly Pay Rate/Range

$3,750 to $3,855/pay period ($90,000 to $92,520/year)

Earn Type


Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

For full consideration, applicants should submit application materials by September 18, 2022. Applications received after this date are welcome, but will be considered as needed.

Required application materials:
  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • List of 3 professional references
  • Professional Engineer in Illinois license/certification
Special Instructions

Quick Link to Applicant

Is Background Check Required?


EEO Statement Summary

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230

Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity ( AAEO ) at .

Safety Information

NIU provides annual reports on campus security and fire safety. Read the Annual Safety and Security Report. Contact the Ethics and Compliance Office at 815-753-1649 for a hard copy.
Read the Fire Safety Report. Contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 815-753-0404 for a hard copy.
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  4. Certifications/Licensure #1
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts #2 (unofficial with official required at hire)
  2. Other

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