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AECOM Distributed Energy Resources Lead in Chicago, Illinois

Job Summary

AECOM has a position available for a Distributed Energy Resources Lead to oversee our talented team of solar engineers and microgrid solutions architects within the Energy practice Engineering Center of Excellence. For this role, AECOM offers the freedom and flexibility to work remotely and/or be located at a variety of Energy offices located in multiple locations across the United States.

Our team provides a wide range of electrical engineering services across markets sectors including transmission (substations, overhead and underground transmission systems, generator interconnections, interconnection strategy), renewable generation (Solar PV, Battery Energy Storage Systems, Wind), power distribution (overhead and underground power systems, substations, EV charging networks, microgrid design, etc.), and next generation energy (hydrogen, fuel cells, electrolyzers, etc.).

We are looking for a leader with a technical diverse background in distributed energy solutions to promote our skills to new clients and maintain our deep existing client base.

Qualified candidates will have a strong background in engineering coupled with experience supervising teams and leading tasks on projects.

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

The responsibilities include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Support Director of Engineering strategic resourcing initiatives

  • Supervise a team of diverse engineers in the completion of utility scale renewable projects, microgrid solutions and other distributed energy pursuits

  • Develop dynamic culture fostering creative thinking and technical development

  • Lead by example in engineering execution functioning as technical lead and engineer of record on all size projects

  • Perform engineering calculations to support and direct construction deliverables (specifications, reports, drawings)

  • Supporting projects through complete life cycle including the feasibility phase, preliminary and detailed design, issue-for-bid, construction, start-up, and commissioning

  • Participating in and presenting engineering work at client meetings including those requiring occasional travel

  • Collaborate with multi-discipline technical leads to integrate mechanical energy generation assets for full spectrum distributed energy client solutions

  • Working with Project Engineers and Project Managers on developing design schedules and budgets for engineering work activities

  • Supporting company business development activities as it relates to renewable and decentralized energy projects

  • Providing input to management on project resourcing and staff forecasting needs

  • Monitoring your teams project progress to ensure quality, on-time and on-budget delivery of projects

Level specific responsibilities:

  • Serves as lead engineer and Engineer of Record on mid- to large size projects

  • Provides specialized technical input to studies and design for staff's specific area of expertise

  • Approves and signs off on work

  • Provides technical expertise and able to present complex technical solutions to clients

  • Performs quality control reviews of work developed by others.

  • Participates in development of technical proposals.

  • Provides estimates for the engineering budget and schedule DCS—Energy AECOM’s Energy practice provides a wide range of services from consulting and engineering design to energy engineering, energy procurement and construction (EPC) for power, energy efficiency, and renewable energy clients. Our understanding of the big picture – and the interconnection between generation, distribution, storage, and the demand side of the meter – allows us to deliver holistic strategies that improve and modernize next generation energy infrastructure. We connect knowledge and experience across our global framework to bring together a unique combination of engineers, planners, scientists, and project managers who advance cleaner, secure, and more sustainable energy solutions​​​​​​

Minimum Requirements

  • BA/BS (Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering preferred) from ABET accredited university

  • 8+ years of relevant experience

  • Experience must include design of utility-scale renewable and battery storage systems coupled with leadership experience

  • Current professional engineering license (PE)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum four (4) years of leadership/supervisory experience preferred

  • 12+ years of relevant experience preferred

  • Highly Proficient in AutoCAD, PVsyst, and Microsoft Excel desired

  • Experience with other software in the industry such as NREL SAM, ForgeSolar, Helioscope, Homer, ETAP, WindPRO,

  • Capable of system financial estimation (Capex, Opex), PPA recommendation and calculating ROI

  • MV AC Collection System Design Experience

  • High voltage DC (HVDC) design experience

  • Special design experience: floating PV, offshore wind

  • Proficient with the NEC, as well as related codes such as IBC and NFPA 855

  • Deep knowledge of utility practices, industry codes and standards (NESC, IEEE, PIP etc.).

  • Interest in developing talented technical teams

  • Able to lead engineering tasks with strong communication skills (written and verbal)

  • Experience on full EPC, Design/Build projects from start to finish.

  • Field construction and commissioning experience

  • Offered rate of compensation (Colorado locations only) will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is $103,690 - $191,826 annually exempt.

  • ​​​​​​​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 and disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, retirement benefits, voluntary benefits, perks, wellness and global well-being, and global EAP, Business Travel and Service Awards programs.

Additional Information:

  • Relocation not available for this role

  • Sponsorship is available for this role

  • AECOM encourages, but does not require, its employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. However, this position is on a project or a worksite, which requires workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination or an approved accommodation must be received in order to enter an AECOM or worksite location in New York City, NY.

What We Offer

We will give you 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.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Engineering - Electrical / Electronic

Business Line Energy

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 270798BR

Additional Locations US - Boston, MA - One Federal St, US - Chicago, IL - 303 E Wacker Drive, US - Denver, CO - 7595 East Technology Way, US - Germantown, MD - 12420 Milestone Center Drive, US - New Orleans, LA - 1555 Poydras St, US - New York, NY - 125 Broad Street, US - Oakland, CA - 300 Lakeside Drive, US - Orange, CA - 999 Town & Country Rd

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.