Careers

Michaud Cooley Erickson (MCE) is a consulting engineering firm grounded in producing quality designs across all MEP systems. We value the skills and backgrounds of our staff members; together, we form a diverse, well-rounded team. We are continuously seeking individuals who value client service and have a passion for design. Our projects span a diversity of markets, allowing for unique opportunities for professional growth. MCE offers a competitive benefits package in addition to a supportive working environment. We are located in the central business district of Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you feel that you would be a good fit with MCE, send us your resume.

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Electrical Commissioning Specialist

A Commissioning (Cx) Specialist primarily develops and executes a commissioning plan that effectively authenticates the operation of building systems and equipment in accordance with designer plans, specifications, engineered documents and owners’ requirements. The role also includes troubleshooting, QA/QC of engineered drawings and specification, research/investigation, field survey and report writing for tasks related to design and functionality of various system types.

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Summary

A Commissioning (Cx) Specialist primarily develops and executes a commissioning plan that effectively authenticates the operation of building systems and equipment in accordance with designer plans, specifications, engineered documents and owners’ requirements.  The role also includes troubleshooting, QA/QC of engineered drawings and specification, research/investigation, field survey and report writing for tasks related to design and functionality of various system types.

The electrical designation focuses on electrical power and monitoring systems such as:

  • Life Safety Emergency Power Systems: Generators, ATS’s
  • Critical Power Systems: UPS’s, PDU’s, RPP’s
  • Electrical Distribution: Switchgear, Surge protection, Protective Relaying
  • Building Automation Systems
    • Electrical equipment monitoring
    • Lighting Controls Systems
  • Fire Alarm Systems

Typical Duties

  • Review of pre-design documentation such as an Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR) or Basis of Design (BOD) narrative; documenting errors, omissions, or suggestions for improvement.
  • Maintain coordination with design team and assist in review of shop drawings that impact the Cx process.
  • Development of the project’s Cx plan including identification of all project stakeholders, organizing and leading Cx meetings and communicating roles and responsibilities throughout the Cx process.
  • Creation of the testing scripts that identify the testing procedure for each system component included in the project’s scope.
  • Coordinate and conduct commissioning test procedures including troubleshooting of electrical systems.
  • Creation of the Cx action log including communicating and tracking open items with the applicable project team member.
  • Documenting the Cx process in a comprehensive final report that summarizes the commissioning process and results.
  • Identifying and making recommendations when enhancement opportunities are discovered.
  • Provide feedback to the design staff of problems encountered during the Cx process and how to alleviate those problems in the future.
  • Assist the design staff in identifying single sources of failure for critical systems so those sources can be eliminated or minimized.
  • Review of Operation and Maintenance (O+M) manuals for completeness, accuracy and organization
  • Executing the project’s training plan in collaboration with the design engineer and Owner including documentation and tracking of training events to verify the plan is executed properly.

OTHER DUTIES

  • Providing review of engineered documents and specifications as part of the company’s QA/QC process.
  • Participate in project design, coordination, or construction meetings and report meeting discussions and results to other team members.
  • Understand and stay current with LEED requirements and how they’re used in Cx.
  • Travel locally and out of town, sometimes on limited notice, when required by the project.
  • Be able to work any hours of the day, when required by the project.
  • Be able to demonstrate experience and expertise in the systems included in the scope of work.
  • Field survey and documentation of existing systems.
  • Review of design documents at intervals ranging from pre-design to final construction documents including filling out QA/QC documentation and communicating findings to designers.
  • Assisting the design team with non-routine troubleshooting of installed systems.
  • Construction administration tasks such as:
    • Review of equipment and system submittals/shop drawings.
    • Answer formal Requests for Information (RFI’s).
    • Perform site observations with written report or punch list.

Standards

  • Promote, use and participate in the development of MCE design and production standards.
  • Promote, use and participate in the development of MCE master specifications.
  • Review drawings and documents to ensure compliance with company standards.
  • Maintain a substantial knowledge of applicable building codes and understand updates.
  • Research code issues, engaging code officials if necessary.
  • Follow, research, maintain and update client design standards.
  • Provide document reviews for quality control and coordinate peer reviews for adherence to internal and external design standards.

Communication

  • Communicate all aspects of project document completion within the company and externally with clients and other design professionals.
  • Coordinate internal team meetings and attend client design meetings.
  • Communicate to the Project Manager team staffing needs, work load, changes in scope or additional services.
  • Communicate with the project construction team to aid in clarification and reduce conflicts.
  • Be sensitive to architectural goals and strategies until they compromise the engineering systems.

Administration

  • Complete weekly time sheet.
  • Complete monthly expense reports.
  • Keep information clear and organized.
  • Assist the Project Manager in development of project proposals.
  • Develop an awareness of contracts, fee proposals, budgets, billings, staffing, scope of work and status for active projects.
  • Initiate additional service requests with the Project Manager.

Marketing

  • Interact professionally with Owners, Architects, Contractors and other design professionals through written documentation, email communication, phone calls and meetings.
  • Maintain positive work relationships both internally and externally.
  • Make technical presentations throughout the industry (Design meetings, AIA continuing education seminars, Project presentations, interviews, etc.)

Personnel & Policies

  • Present yourself professionally for the work environment in both dress and conduct.
  • Responsible as requested to complete staff performance reviews.
  • Notify the Project Manager of any personnel issues and work to help resolve them.
  • Follow all MCE Policies and Procedures.

Leadership

  • Provide mentorship, education and development to peers.
  • Act as resource for questions.

Responsibility to others

  • Responsible to communicate to both the Project Team and the Project Manager.
  • Responsible to notify the Project Manager of any recommended changes in project scope.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • 5+ years’ experience.
  • Bachelor of Science from an accredited technical University in electrical engineering OR Technical or associate degree from an accredited technical institution or college in the engineering design areas of electrical systems and demonstrated relevant experience.
  • Professional Certification is encouraged.
    • Cx certifications such as CxA or BCxA are desired but not required.
    • LEED Accreditation desired but not required.
  • Recognized expertise in commissioning building operations systems.
  • Strong skills in communication with contractors, detailed review of building automation graphics, troubleshooting equipment issues and documentation skills.
  • Be able to work as part of a team yet function independently with minimal supervision.
  • Must have a collaborative approach to resolving issues.
  • Highly proficient in:
    • The use of current technology, including hardware and software applications related to Cx and management of Cx (e.g. Office 365, Acrobat/Bluebeam, CxAlloy, and various construction management platforms such as Procore or PlanGrid).
    • The use and application of electrical test equipment such as load banks, breaker test equipment, relay test equipment, power quality meters, insulation test equipment, etc.
    • Electrical power systems.
    • Lighting control Systems desired but not required.
    • Fire alarm systems desired but not required.
    • Design and construction codes.
    • Building Automation Systems (BAS).
    • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Be able to respond quickly to information requests.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be able to frequently perform strenuous physical activity including but not limited to:
    • Stand for eight or more hours at a time.
    • Move in rugged or unstable conditions, work in adverse weather.
    • Handle or feel objects, tools or controls which may not be visible.
    • Reach overhead.
    • Climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP

Contribute to Professional Growth

  • Develop interpersonal skills and contribute a positive attitude to the work environment.
  • Pursue additional relevant certifications (LEED AP, CPD, etc.).
  • Keep current on design concepts through review of periodicals and continuing education (internally and externally).
  • Acquire 12 Personal Development Hours (PDH) pertaining to your discipline per year. Utilize this information to educate and train others within the company.

Personal Leadership

  • Inspire, motivate and coordinate within a Project Team.
  • Contribute to content and participate in internal design meetings.
  • Participate in technical and professional societies.
  • Provide technical guidance to project teams and mentorship to individuals.

Technology Designer / Engineer In Training (EIT)

A Technology Designer / Engineer in Training is an entry level role learning the foundation of designing Technology systems. These systems include telecommunications and networks, audio and visual, security and video surveillance, fire alarm and mass notification, and others.

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SUMMARY

A Technology Systems Designer is engaged in employing and practicing design principles for technology systems such as communications & networking, audio & visual, fire alarm & voice evacuation and security & surveillance systems. This person takes direction for project work from the Project Manager and Lead role.

The designer is involved with all phases of the construction process and works independently as well as with design teams, owner representatives and/or owners directly. They may execute the complete design process, or assist as technical experts on specialized designs. The role also includes QA/QC of engineered drawings and specifications, field survey efforts, research and investigation and commissioning of systems.

TYPICAL DUTIES

  • Develop and maintain knowledge of design and CAD applications.
  • Develop an understanding of the construction process.
  • Assist in the development of Schematic Design information, such as equipment selections, room sizes and space requirements.
  • Research equipment selections and complete equipment schedules under the direction of the project team.
  • Research design options and document findings for the project team.
  • Incorporate design concepts from Schematic Design into Design Development.
  • Work to produce Construction Documents.
  • Document existing conditions.
  • Learn how to layout portions of the technology systems for the project.
  • Learn and assist in the production of calculations such as technology systems capacities, low-voltage power distribution calculations, and equipment and raceway sizing.
  • Provide drafting and documentation for projects, including implementing sketches and design concepts from others
  • Encourage to try solving engineering solutions with the project team using experience, judgment and education.
  • Work to understand and assist in the coordination of ceiling, wall clearances, and structural impacts with design team and other design professionals.
  • Assist in the drafting of specialized diagrams such as block diagrams or technology systems risers.
  • Assist in the gathering specification sections.
  • Assemble details with guidance from the Project Team that will be used on projects.

OTHER DUTIES

Standards

  • Promote, use and participate in the development of MCE design and production standards.
  • Review drawings and documents to ensure compliance with company standards.
  • Develop an understanding of applicable codes and updates.
  • Research and follow client design standards.
  • Provide document reviews for quality control and participate in peer reviews for adherence to internal and external design standards.

Communication

  • Communicate status of work internally and help with coordination outside of the company.
  • Participate in internal team meetings.
  • Communicate to the Project Manager personal work load and changes in scope.
  • Constant communication with project team on expectations of deliverables, progress and time spent.
  • Communicate questions and opportunities for learning to the design team.
  • Be sensitive to architectural goals and strategies until they compromise the engineering systems.

Administration

  • Complete weekly time sheet.
  • Complete monthly expense reports.
  • Keep information clear and organized.
  • Maintain an awareness of scope of work and status for active projects.

Marketing

  • Interact professionally with Owners, Architects, Contractors, and other design professionals through, email communication, phone calls and meetings.
  • Maintain positive work relationships both internally and externally.
  • Personnel and Policies
    • Present yourself professionally for the work environment in both dress and conduct.
    • Responsible as requested to complete staff performance reviews.
    • Answer questions and coordinate daily with Project Team.
    • Follow all MCE Policies and Procedures.

Leadership

  • Lead by example through attitude, work ethic and results

Responsibility To Others

  • Work to make decisions on design aspects of a project with the Project Team.
  • Responsible to notify the Project Manager of any major changes in project scope.
  • Responsible to coordinate design work with other internal disciplines.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor of Science from an accredited technical University in electrical engineering OR Technical or associate degree from an accredited technical institution or college in the engineering design areas of electrical systems and demonstrated relevant experience.
  • Proficient in the use of current technology, including hardware and software applications.

Preferred candidates will possess one or more of the following credentials:

  • BICSI Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC).
  • BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD).
  • InfoComm Certified Technical Specialist – Design (CTS-D).
  • ASIS Physical Security Professional (PSP).

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP

Contribute to Professional Growth

  • Develop interpersonal skills and contribute a positive attitude to the work environment.
  • Learn new design concepts through review of periodicals and continuing education (internally and externally).
  • Acquire 2 Personal Development Hours (PDH) pertaining to your discipline per year.

Personal Leadership

  • Encouraged to inspire, motivate, and coordinate with others.
  • Contribute to content and participate in internal design meetings.
  • Encouraged to participate in technical and professional societies.

Electrical Staff Engineer / Designer

A Staff role is a designer with a strong foundation of design. This person should be able to take on independent tasks for design up to full design of small projects to be reviewed by others. This person still takes direction for most tasks and works closely with the Project Manager and Lead role.

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SUMMARY

A Staff role is a designer with a strong foundation of design. This person should be able to take on independent tasks for design up to full design of small projects to be reviewed by others. This person still takes direction for most tasks and works closely with the Project Manager and Lead role.

TYPICAL DUTIES

  • Develop, maintain, and master a knowledge of design and CAD applications
  • Develop and maintain an understanding of the construction process
  • Assist in the development of Schematic Design information, such as equipment selections, room sizes, space requirements, and assist in writing a scope narrative
  • Research equipment, assist in making selections, and complete equipment schedules
  • Research design options and document findings for the project team
  • Incorporate design concepts from Schematic Design into Design Development
  • Work to produce Construction Documents
  • Document existing conditions
  • Lay out portions of the electrical systems for the project
  • Assist in the production of calculations such as building energy calculations, technology systems capacities, lighting and power distribution calculations and equipment sizing
  • Provide drafting and documentation for projects, including implementing sketches and design concepts from others
  • Encourage to try solving engineering solutions with the project team using experience, judgment and education
  • Assist in the coordination of ceiling, wall clearances, and structural impacts with design team and other design professionals
  • Assist in the drafting of specialized diagrams such as electrical risers
  • Assist in gathering specification sections, and providing project specific information for specifications
  • Select and modify details with guidance from the Project Team that will be used on projects
  • Assist in value engineering, by providing input on opportunities for cost reductions
  • Review shop drawings and coordinate with project team for further review
  • Assist in responding to construction Requests for Information (RFI)

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • 2+ years experience
  • Proficient in the use of current technology, including hardware and software applications
  • General knowledge of mechanical or electrical systems

Staff Engineer

  • Bachelor of Science from an accredited technical University in electrical engineering and the completion of the Professional Engineering License exam

Staff Designer

  • Bachelor of Science from an accredited technical University in electrical engineering OR Technical or associate degree from an accredited technical institution or college in the engineering design area of electricity