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Director of Engineering - Energy / Oil & Gas

Santa Ana , CA

Our client is a nationally recognized provider of Program Management, Construction Management, Design, and Engineering services to the transportation, education and facilities, energy, and water industries. Their portfolio of high profile clients include some of the major utility agencies in California.  They are seeking a Director of Engineering for their energy division to lead activities of engineering and design for gas and electric utility projects.


Essential Functions:

  • Directs engineering personnel in formulating plans, designs, cost estimates, and specifications for construction of electric and gas regulating, metering and compressor facilities, electric transmission lines, gas pipelines and gas distribution systems.

  • Reviews designs for technical accuracy and quality

  • Applies utility knowledge to coordinate work of engineers engaged in gas pipelines, gas and electric utility facilities, pole reloading and replacement

  • Works with internal/external personnel to ensure project status meets deadlines and budgets

  • Adheres to customer requirements, specifications, and codes

  • Responsible for team coordination, project assignments, quality control, development of group policies and procedures, training, and annual performance reviews.

  • Works with the director of projects and the assigned project engineers and project managers to prepare cost estimates and proposals for new work and establish the scope, budget and schedule for each project.

  • Selects and assigns a team of engineers and/or designers that are appropriate for each project.

  • Oversees the engineering and design work to ensure work is completed on schedule and within budget.

  • Ensures that the assigned projects are completed safely, producing a quality product that is in accordance with governing codes, agencies and client requirements, as efficiently and effectively as possible.

  • Ensures compliance with the QA/QC process and consistent completion of a top-quality work product.

  • Interfaces with the assigned project engineer and project manager to complete the assigned work within schedule and budget.

  • Attends meetings with clients, subcontractors, vendors and governing agencies as required. 

  • Contributes to the development and implementation of department and company goals.

  • Identifies and implements improvements in processes and operations to control costs and improve productivity.

  • Prepares and updates department procedures.

  • Participates in special projects or tasks as required.

  • Reports progress in achieving the required work scope to the sector leaders on a regular basis.

  • Tracks and reports schedule and budget status.

  • Initiates trends and submits change orders to the project manager when appropriate.

  • With input from the project manager, project engineer and director of projects, conducts annual performance reviews of the engineering and design team members.

  • Arranges for training and continuing education courses for group members.

Knowledge and Critical Skills/Expertise

  • Bachelor's Degree in electrical, mechanical or related field required

  • P.E. license in the State of California

  • 15 plus years of experience including minimum of 5 years leading utility design teams

  • Must have a strong design background on gas, pipeline, and power/utility projects

  • Extensive experience with Utility projects.

  • Strong knowledge of utility standards and manuals

  • Strong knowledge of 49 CFR, ANSI, ASME, NEC and other governing codes and standards.

  • Understanding of electrical power requirements for gas and electric facilities and interface with utilities

  • Ability to interact successfully and communicate effectively

Job: 5476

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