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Electrical Underground Transmission Engineer - Kiewit Power Engineers


San Diego, CA, US

Requisition ID: 128299 

Job Level: Entry Level 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: Power 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

We are an innovative team of engineers and designers that supports projects throughout the company. Our staff leads and collaborates with Kiewit’s module fabrication and construction teams to approach construction-driven engineering with a focus on safe, cost effective, and innovative designs that achieve client expectations and further Kiewit’s legacy of excellence.

District Overview

Kiewit Engineering Group, Inc is a full-service consulting and engineering firm serving the infrastructure and engineering markets. Our combined staff of more than 1,300 engineers and design professionals have expertise that spans all major engineering disciplines to serve transportation, power, water/wastewater, mining, building, and oil, gas & chemical markets. Backed by 130 years of construction experience, our construction-driven engineering focuses on constructability and safety in the earliest phases of projects to ensure on-time and on-budget project delivery.


Our rapidly growing Power district, which includes structural, civil, piping, mechanical, process, process safety, electrical, instrument and control disciplines, is a multi-faceted division of Kiewit with best-in-class technical expertise focused on the EPC delivery model for power facilities. We offer a variety of engineering services, including owner's engineering, project development, detailed engineering and design, construction management and plant services. Our engineering teams bring power projects to life across North America in the following areas:

  • Gas-fired generation
  • Power delivery
  • Environmental retrofits
  • Renewables and new technology
  • Water/wastewater


This position is based out of our San Diego, CA office.


•    Prioritize work and manage engineering tasks for multiple projects under budget and time constraints.
•    Demonstrate a high level of personal initiative and ability to interact with internal and external clients in a positive, collaborative and team-building manner.
•    Ability to be well rounded and work with others, need to be the middle link that connects management, engineering and clients together for successful projects, and office moral. 
•    Perform engineering design and prepare design deliverables for underground transmission lines including plan and profiles, ampacity calculations, pulling calculations, material selection, duct bank design, and construction specifications in compliance with technical, safety and environmental standards and policies. 
•    Review and approve drawings and material lists developed by others. 
•    Develop project estimates and schedules, evaluate design options and criteria for technical merit, and conduct field visits to verify routing conditions and parameters.
•    Review manufacturer’s shop drawings and use pertinent information in the production of engineering design deliverables.
•    Develop construction work packages for the electric underground distribution system using various software systems and construction standards


•    Accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
•    0 - 3 years’ experience in underground transmission engineering
•    Understanding of IEC, ICEA, AEIC, NEC, NESC, IEEE standards
•    Solid understanding of HV/MV Power Systems and Electromagnetic Theory.


Preferred Experience
• Understanding of thermodynamics and able to perform cable ampacity calculations using Cymcap program.
• Understanding of cable laying mechanism and able to perform pulling tension calculations using Pull-Planner program.
• Experience of working or internship with major electrical utility companies.
• Field construction experience in power industry projects.   
• Experience with engineering design software; AutoCAD, MicroStation, Bluebeam, MathCAD etc.
• Worked with several aspects of project execution; client interaction; proposal and cost estimate preparations; subcontract management; feasibility studies; conceptual and detailed design; construction support; manufacturing inspection and factory acceptance test witness; project close-out.
• Basic knowledge of engineering economics, surveying, geographical information systems, electrical engineering, civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, and environmental and legal regulations
• EIT certification strongly preferred.

Additional Requirements:

  • Absent an approved exemption, due to federal, state, local, provincial and/or client-requirements, this position requires an individual to be fully vaccinated by an FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine upon hire and as a condition of continued employment.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll work on at Kiewit. With contracts in different markets and geographic areas, you’ll tackle new challenges all the time. Whether you’re building a facility that can turn water into power or engineering safer infrastructure networks, you’re bound to push the limits of innovation in new and exciting ways.

With Kiewit, you’ll have the potential to work on a variety of projects in seven major markets. From railroads to tunnels, renewable energy to biofuels, you’ll be part of a mission that’s bigger than you can imagine. 

Here, you’ll team up with market experts and gain cross-functional experience — all while helping people across the globe live better.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

Nearest Major Market: San Diego

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