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Posted: 9/11/2019
Job Reference #: 1835

Job Description


As an Electrical Engineer assigned to the Electrical Engineering Division of OBO/PDCS/DE, the incumbent serves as a senior engineer

and technical expert with overall responsibility for the technical business management of designated major design, construction,

and renovation or alteration projects at embassies, consulates, senior officers' residences, staff quarters, special use structures, and other

facilities at diverse overseas locations, and for collaborating with planning and design managers and OBO construction Project Executives

on the planning, design, and construction of specific projects and ensuring that timely and accurate technical information is

available to top management in OBO. In furtherance of these responsibilities, the incumbent performs tasks and assignments that typically

include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

* Provide professional engineering advice and assistance to OBO staff participating in the formulation and establishment

of electrical and telecommunications design criteria, and facilitates architect/engineer (A/E) contractor design of

the Department's diplomatic and consular office buildings, residences, staff apartments, commissaries, and associated

special use structures based upon this criteria, the use of accepted professional engineering practices, and information

from electrical engineering publications;

* Consult with contract architects, engineers, and others during project design, advising them on the Department's established

electrical design criteria and specific design problems caused by worldwide variations in climatic conditions,

local skill levels in various locations, availability of local utilities, and other major problems inherent in the design and

construction of OBO activities;

* Reviews and revises preliminary drawings and specification relating to electrical work, including design proposals

suggested by tenant agencies as well as other Federal agencies whose requirements impact a facility's electrical system

designs, and coordinates these proposals with contract architect/engineers involved in the design of OBO construction


* Oversee and direct the activities of contract architect/engineers in the development of RF and acoustical engineering

design drawings, test plans, and test reports; assist in the process by providing professional advice to resolve complicated

and critical electrical engineering problems found in a variety of situations and structure throughout the world;

* Provides technical expertise to the Office of Design and Engineering in electrical engineering, power distribution, telecommunications,

RF, and acoustical shielding during the planning and programming phase, and coordinates with the

Cost Management Division in the preparation of budget and construction estimates;

* Provides expert electrical engineering advice and assistance by initiating and directing capital programs for new and

retrofitted buildings; reviewing and approving electrical projects; reviewing electrical engineering aspects of minor improvement

proposals and maintenance and repair programs; developing, designing, and reviewing completed replacement

projects related to energy conservation of buildings; reviewing and consulting regarding electrical engineering

aspects of buildings to be purchased or leased by OBO to ensure compliance with OBO criteria; and representing

OBO regarding electrical matters, interagency committees relating to OBO activities, and policies in the electrical

engineering design field;

* Remain abreast of the latest developments in electrical engineering technology through state-of-the-art conferences

and symposiums, and ensures that new technology in the incumbent's assigned area(s) of expertise are incorporated

into the applications and standards used by OBO;

* Travel to construction sites throughout the world during construction and upon completion of projects, perform detailed

intermediate and final professional inspections of telecommunications cabling, RF and acoustical shielding, and

electrical engineering installations; performs on-site surveys, reviews, respond to emergency situations, and schedule

modifications to projects in countries that do not have sophisticated engineering capability or adequate construction


* Travel domestically to advise architects, engineers, contractors, and suppliers of matters affecting design, fabrication,

and installation of telecommunication cabling, RF and acoustical shielding, and electrical utilities;

* Oversee and direct development of electrical engineering design drawings and specifications to ensure technical adequacy,

suitability to meet conditions found in the locality in which the work is to be accomplished, conformity with

OBO telecommunication and electrical design criteria, and conformity with the U.S. National Electrical Code; provide

consultation and professional representation as the Code Official on the design and construction of government facilities,

ensuring that facilities are safe, secure, and fully functional; and adjudicates discrepancies in Code interpretations

as the final authority on such issues;

* In coordination with the Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM), the Diplomatic Telecommunications

Service - Program Office (DTS-PO), the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (OS), and tenant agencies, participate in initial

surveys for telecommunications cabling, RF and acoustical shielding projects, develop cost estimates, scopes of

work, selects architect/engineers, installation and testing firms or shielding, testing contractors, and develops survey

report and design review/approval, and advises 080 field Project Directors regarding telecommunications cabling, RF

and acoustical shielding, and electrical installations, lighting systems, intent of drawings and specifications, change

order requirements, substitutions for specified equipment, and required quality of work;

* Participate in the initial planning surveys and with the project manager and post officials, negotiates with host country

utilities to obtain commercial power and telecommunications services for new embassy compounds, and participates

with and assist Diplomatic Security Teams in facility accreditation surveys resolving technical problems as they arise;

* Provide expert professional advice on-site at various overseas posts to render technical assistance on engineering

problems including new design work, rehabilitation work, minor improvements, analysis of a wide variety of malfunctioning

equipment, and similar matters;

* Provide advice and assistance regarding the provision of economical electrical systems for OBO during the design of

new facilities, and conducts continuing engineering studies of electrical equipment in existing facilities to determine if

and where economies in operating costs can be achieved;

* Makes technical recommendations on lease or purchase of buildings based on examination of plans and specifications,

or personally perform on-site assessments, and prepares in-house designs and develops contract documents

(drawings and specifications) complete for public bidding;

* Prepares special reports and advises higher level OBO management on complex telecommunications, electrical engineering,

and RF and acoustical shielding problems, accomplishments, and objectives.


* Mastery of and skilled in applying advanced theories, concepts, and principles of professional electrical engineering,

sufficient to serve as a consultant and recognized authority on electrical engineering aspects of proposed and existing

plans, designs, and construction activities for a wide range of overseas Departmental facilities; to investigate and

resolve problems and conditions in electrical systems and equipment impacting costs, efficiency, safety, and performance;

to assess, recommend, and apply business practices (e.g., financial, contracting, administrative) to achieve

timely, economical, and successful completion of projects and objectives; to evaluate, recommend, and incorporate

the latest developments in the fields of electrical engineering, construction, and materials into designs, existing and

proposed facilities, and construction projects; and to inspect and accept work on electrical engineering systems and

equipment during and after completion of construction projects for the 080 worldwide construction program.

* Expert knowledge of project management principles and processes, e.g., budget and resource control, life-cycle costing,

cost/benefits analysis, risk management, value engineering, scheduling, construction methods, materials and

technologies, contracting techniques, contractor resources, and other technical aspects of the construction industry

related to electrical engineering, in order to provide authoritative guidance in these areas.

* Knowledge of building construction techniques, materials, principles, and practices as they relate to the incorporation

of electrical requirements, codes, and standards, and knowledge of related engineering disciplines (mechanical, civil,

structural) and architecture, to provide definitive guidance in relation to electrical engineering systems for OBO construction


* Knowledge of current and emerging electrical engineering technologies and innovations within the federal and private

sectors that might be applicable to OBO programs.

* Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, to serve as a liaison and interface between various offices and

outside agencies and organizations; articulate and defend decisions; represent the Bureau on matters relating to

electrical engineering design; advise officials on policy issues; participate in and conduct briefings and negotiations;

and produce coherent reports, policy recommendations, memoranda, and written proposals that identify and recommend

solutions to problems.


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