University of Waterloo

Design Technologist, Electrical

Requisition ID 2021-6740
Job Category
Plant Operations
Employment Type
Time Type
Hiring Range
$63,106 - $78,883


Term: 18 months


Reporting to the Manager, Electrical Engineering within Plant Operations, the Design Technologist, Electrical is responsible for electrical design and drafting, collaboratively determining and meeting University client requirements for cost effective, energy efficient electrical distribution and systems for the University campus infrastructure.


Responsibilities will align with the Plant Operations goal of contributing towards providing a safe and accessible, invitingly clean and comfortable, functionally-enriched and well-maintained campus environment through service excellence.


Technical Design and Project Coordination

  • Provides engineering design and technical support in the analysis, design, and procurement of new electrical installations, renovations and retrofits to existing facilities. Contributes through the development and review of conceptual, schematic and detailed designs in the electrical discipline under senior engineer supervision, ensuring work is designed to meet applicable quality standards, code, regulatory, University and client requirements
  • Surveys existing site conditions, takes measurements and/or records existing information related to equipment specifications and systems

  • Applies fundamentals and engineering tools to design normal and emergency power distribution, communication, life safety, lighting, instrumentation, and building controls systems

  • Coordinates directly with engineers and technologists as part of an integrated multidisciplinary project team at all stages, from concept design to final commissioning

  • Prepares in a timely manner clear electrical drawings, specifications and all necessary contract documentation for requests for quotations, bids, contract awards, and change orders

  • Maintains proficiency in the use of current versions of Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) software used in the department

  • Completes design and CADD drafting for projects where Owner is acting as consultant on internal projects

  • Performs as Owner’s representative when periodically meeting Contractors during bid periods, when resolving problems during construction and performing general conformance reviews

  • Reviews shop drawings prepared/submitted by contractor to ensure compliance with University requirements, standards and the performance set out in the design documents

  • At the completion of a project, oversees and coordinates the updating of relevant CADD record drawings

  • Supports the continuous improvement of, and adherence to campus standards for design, equipment, fixtures, etc.

  • Collaborates with Plant Operations Maintenance Department in resolving operating and maintenance issues and in the improvement of energy efficiency to reduce operating costs and support campus sustainability objectives and goals

  • Undertakes feasibility studies, analysis and reports as directed by supervisor staff

  • Inputs time in Plant Operations electronic timesheet reporting system on a daily basis



  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned and supports departmental initiatives


  • Engineering Degree or Engineering Technologist/Technician (P.Eng, B.Eng, BASc. or CET)

  • The incumbent will be a graduate of a recognized University or College two or three year program in electrical engineering technology

  • The incumbent will have minimum 5 years electrical design experience in power distribution, lighting, fire alarm, emergency power supply and telecommunication systems

  • Physical plant design experience will be considered an asset

  • Must be familiar with applicable electrical codes and building codes, including but not limited to: OESC, CSA, OBC

  • Demonstrated ability to apply working knowledge of applicable design codes and standards related to electrical design; power distribution, lighting, fire alarm, emergency power supply and telecommunication systems

  • Basic understanding of other building design disciplines’ systems, enabling multi-discipline coordination

  • Good understanding of drawing conventions and standards

  • Ability to produce quality deliverables and to monitor project tasks

  • Strong analytic, oral, and written communication skills

  • Experience in institutional projects is preferred

  • Excellent conflict resolution skills

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a deep commitment to customer service, proven innovative approach to problem solving and an aptitude towards service excellence and responsiveness

  • Must be flexible and adaptable to changing requirements, and responsive to client needs

  • Intermediate proficiency utilizing the latest version of the following programs: AutoCAD, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook

  • Some evening/weekend work required

Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.


The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.


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