Lead Electrical Engineer

Job Locations US-MN-Minnetonka | US-CO-Westminster | US-WI-Middleton | US-NC-Huntersville | US-TX-Plano
ID 2022-1617
Electrical Engineering


Lead Electrical Engineer

Westwood Professional Services, Inc.


Westwood Professional Services, Inc. is seeking a Lead Electrical Engineer to join our renewables team. The position is for a lead electrical engineer to design solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, which includes:  plant layout, selecting appropriate system hardware, system optimization, determining power generation and interconnection requirements, and being the client and internal leader for the electrical engineering of projects. As Lead Electrical Engineer the individual will coordinate with the Westwood Service Leaders and Director, of Electrical Engineering to maintain firm standards and consistency as well as oversee other electrical designers. This position may also include supervision responsibilities of direct reports for timesheet/expense/PTO approval, annual growth planning, disciplinary actions, and compensation annual adjustments. This position is open in Minneapolis, Denver, Plano, Madison, and Charlotte. Westwood has a highly experienced and dynamic team of individuals dedicated to providing high-level professional services to our clients. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage the electrical engineering of commercial and utility scale solar projects and be responsible managing the electrical design budget for the project to insure budgets are met
  • Responsible for contractual electrical engineering scope, verify incorporation into design, and coordination of change orders with project manager
  • Responsible for insuring project deliverable schedules for electrical engineering scope are met
  • Assist project managers in responding to RFP’s by preparing proposal scope and fees for the electrical engineering
  • Coordinate with other project disciplines including civil engineers, geotechnical/structural engineers, and surveyors
  • Schedule and plan necessary resources needed to support projects weekly
  • Perform and Lead Electrical Engineering design and creation of construction documents for projects as well as be the primary electrical contact for client
  • Oversee project electrical team resources and be responsible for staff performing electrical calculations and studies such as short circuit, load flow calculations and voltage drop.
  • Coordinate with clients, utilities, and code enforcement officers.
  • QA/QC of design work performed on projects for which you are the lead electrical engineer responsible for the project
  • Maintain awareness of currently available equipment and industry best practices
  • Collaborate with and support electrical engineering teams in other offices as projects and workload sharing between offices dictates.
  • Support construction of the projects by responding to contractor and owner requests including RFIs and submittal review
  • Assist Market Directors as needed for marketing efforts and creation of marketing materials surrounding electrical engineering work
  • Supervise, train, and/or mentor graduate engineers, staff engineers, and design technicians

Required Experience

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or Renewable Engineering Program
  • Knowledge of NEC and NESC
  • Knowledge and proficiency in the use of an electrical power system modeling program(s)
  • Approximately 4-10 years of experience in the design of electrical distribution, generation, and or general electrical construction
  • Working knowledge and ability to read and create construction drawings and specifications
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products
  • Professional appearance with excellent written and verbal communications skills, including ability to write detailed technical reports with minimal oversite
  • Experience with writing proposals, managing project budgets, invoices and change order process, progress reports, managing project data and communicating project requirements to client and internal stakeholders.
  • Must have a strong work ethic along with a positive attitude
  • Must be a supportive team member, able to work in a collaborative environment
  • Must be self-motivated with an ability to balance multiple projects under tight deadlines without supervision
  • Ability to use AutoCAD in a limited capacity

About Westwood Professional Services, Inc. (Westwood)

Westwood Professional Services Inc. (Westwood) was established in 1972 and has since become a leader in many of the markets it serves. Westwood is a full-service, multidiscipline professional engineering firm and serves wind, solar, power delivery, residential and commercial development, and public infrastructure clients and their projects from multiple offices across the U.S.


In 2021, Zweig Group ranked Westwood nationally at # 4 and #21 respectively on its Hot Firms and Best Firms to Work for lists. Zweig also awarded Westwood two national 2nd place awards for Marketing Excellence. Westwood also ranked consistently higher four years in a row on the Engineering News Record (ENR) list as a leading design firm in the country. The firm consistently ranks on industry top 25 lists and receives recognition for its involvement on award-wining projects nationwide.


Westwood provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. We believe that diverse backgrounds strengthen our business. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


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