Principal Engineer

    • AECOM Corp. - Worldwide
  • San Diego, CA
  • Posted 32 days ago | Updated 5 hours ago


On Site
USD 141,243.45 - 190,000.00 per year
Full Time


Team management
Quality assurance
Problem solving
Program management office
Quality control
Customer satisfaction
IT strategy
Civil engineering
Electrical engineering
Mechanical engineering
Customer relationship management
Dimensional modeling

Job Details

Company Description

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Job Description

AECOM is seeking a Principal Engineer for a project with a large utility client in California focused on undergrounding of overhead powerlines. This role will be responsible to conduct quality reviews on engineering and design of individual powerline sections and leverage Bluebeam application to mark drawings and plans for designers to correct mistakes or improve design deliverables in various disciplines such as civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical. The reviews must be conducted to make sure engineering and design process meet requirements of the client's standards and procedures, California's policies such as General Order (GO) # 95, as well as industry standards related to civil engineering, electrical engineering, and safety.

The program is adhering to aggressive timelines, supporting achieving undergrounding mileage targets, managing teams, and tracking interdisciplinary coordination to support overall delivery.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Strong working knowledge of utilities' transmission and distribution (T&D) in California

  • Strong working knowledge of design of T&D systems, related standards and best practices

  • Strong working knowledge of the concepts of quality control and quality assurance

  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, creating problem-solving, collaboration and leadership skills

  • Experience working with a multi-disciplinary and diverse team of professionals

  • Experience in engineering large, complex projects in multiple locations

  • Ability to apply acquired expertise and knowledge to solve business challenges

  • Experience successfully coaching peers and team members

Duties of the position include:

  • Conduct design of undergrounding overhead distribution lines, in order to install, remove, or enhance the distribution circuits for regular and complex conditions.

  • Oversee and manage contractors who conduct design of undergrounding OH distribution circuits

  • Communicate all aspects of designs and calculations to the client, other design teams, and Program Management Office (PMO) team.

  • Use appropriate software to create models and conduct all civil, mechanical, and electrical calculations and create drawings.

  • Conduct detailed quality control review of undergrounding designs and civil/mechanical/electrical calculations conducted by other designers and engineers, create clear list of errors, communicate errors and issues with designers, and follow up until comments incorporated and issues resolved.

  • Technically leads engineering, and client satisfaction areas using consistent processes and tools.

  • May include management of small teams across business lines, in remote locations and/or management of subcontractors.

  • Manage projects on a local to regional basis achieving quality outcomes, financial performance, and client satisfaction.

  • Successfully develops technical strategy and execution plan to conduct duties.

  • Experience working and collaborating with a multi-disciplinary project team.


Minimum Requirements:

  • BS in Civil Engineering or Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering from accredited college or university.

  • 10 years of relevant experience, including both engineering and management aspects of projects related to distribution and/or transmission circuits.

  • Experienced with the application of ANSI Standards and NESC rules for overhead and underground electric supply and communications lines.

  • Demonstrated experience delivering complex projects and/or programs with high quality on schedule and within scope and budget.

  • Qualified Designer (overhead, underground, or gas)

  • State of California registered Professional Engineer (P.E.)

  • As a condition of employment, candidates must pass a drug screening.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Project and client management experience including management of multiple projects of significant scope and complexity

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification

  • Experience with regional and national utilities, independent system operators (ISOs) and regulatory agencies.

  • Working knowledge of GO95 and GO128 standards.

  • Working knowledge of Federal, State and local laws, codes, ordinances, regulations and policies pertaining to power infrastructure operation and DOT (Caltrans) standards is desirable.

  • Able to participate in field walks and create field sketches, take dimensions, etc. as necessary.

  • Expertise in AutoCAD and Bluebeam software, with at least 6 years of experience in design of distribution circuits and creating drawings.

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is not available for this role.

  • Sponsorship assistance is available for this role.

Offered compensation will be based on location and individual qualifications. The expected range is $141,243.45 - $190,000.00.


AECOM is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Depending on your employment status, AECOM benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, voluntary benefits, perks, U.S. and global well-being programs, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, service recognition awards, retirement savings plan, and employee stock purchase plan.

AECOM is the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle - from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you're working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion - a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We're the world's trusted global infrastructure firm, and we're in this together - your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you'll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm - access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10110814

Business Line: Energy

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Engineering

Work Location Model: Hybrid
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