Electrical Manager
University of Alberta, Maintenance Division
Canada

The Electrical Manager will oversee collaborative work that involves any of the University’s building electrical systems, such as normal and emergency power distribution and components, terminal equipment, generators, alarm systems, security systems, elevator power supply, data cabling, building automation systems, lighting, and electronic hardware. The electrical group’s main objective is to keep the University building electrical systems operating smoothly through effective maintenance strategies but they also play a strong and important role across multiple UofA campuses in new construction on smaller projects and cabling work. They will oversee electrical foremen and electricians who participate in designing, building, testing, and calibrating electrical systems and its components. The Electrical Manager will also oversee the equipment repair shop, which is a steward of tools and equipment used by all the trades within O&M.

This position will provide oversight and insight on job costs for the purpose of leading the development of estimates for time, labor, and materials to achieve the best efficiencies. They will monitor and control factors within their area of responsibility that affect key performance indicators established by their directors. The Electrical Manager will work collaboratively with their directors to develop and refine maintenance strategies.

Duties:

Supervision

The Electrical Manager leads a team of up to approximately 60 electrical journeymen, apprentices, and occasionally high school RAP students. The groups they supervise include maintenance, new construction projects, cabling, the repair shop, and any specialty groups such as preventive maintenance teams, cross-training teams, elevator teams, and commissioning teams. They will oversee the planning and execution of effective workflow strategies that align with established maintenance goals.

Work and Trades Project Management 

The Electrical Manager must demonstrate leadership in overseeing the execution of the management directed safety program within their electrical group, which will include safety training, awareness, and investigations. They will provide oversight of established shut down procedures. They will oversee the development of productive teams that are comprised of both full-time and temporary workers. The electrical manager shall be a leader of a team, which strives to build upon the ideas of the electrical group and the safety program advisors to create a physically and psychologically safe work environment as prescribed by the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act and its Regulations. The electrical manager needs to have excellent practical working knowledge of all current Codes and CSA standards relevant to the work undertaken by their electrical group. 

The electrical manager shall oversee the implementation of University facilities maintenance plan. They will participate in electrical equipment and system condition assessments for the purposes of refining management’s understanding of backlogged deferred maintenance values. The Manager will assign foremen to fill in for other foremen or for themselves during periods of absence of the person they fill in. The electrical manager will collaborate with third-party investigators and inspection groups when required and manage the successful completion of remedial actions required by these groups. They will provide leadership and direction in the management and execution of specialty maintenance contracts for electrical equipment such as elevators and generators in collaboration with other F&O contract management stakeholders. They will collaborate with supply management services in evaluating and creating contract agreements and conducting performance appraisals of contractors and service providers. 

The electrical manager will from time to time be required to hire external single trade contractors to assist with the completion of electrical work to meet O&M maintenance objectives. The electrical manager will possess excellent computer skills and computer literacy to be able to quickly become competent in the various forms of business process control applications and methods that Facilities & Operations employs to streamline operations within the trade’s team, such as asset management software, planning/scheduling tools, mobile devices for field input, time entry, for example. They will possess excellent writing competencies to be able to produce reports and effective communique.

Cross Training

Due to the variety of mechanical and electrical systems found in the University building environment, there is a wide-ranging variety of systems that the Electrical Manager may have the opportunity to be cross-trained on. From time to time, they may be required to attend skills training courses to supplement on the job training or to take upgrading courses to maintain system specific qualifications/certifications. Cross training may include, but not be limited to, the following areas:

  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Motor control centers
  • Emergency power systems
  • Lighting systems (interior and exterior)
  • Street lighting
  • Building automation controls systems
  • Security system maintenance
  • Switchgear
  • Air circuit breakers
  • Main-tie-mains
  • Elevator power supply
  • Fiber optics
  • Wi-Fi and cell phone booster components
  • Centralized clock systems
  • Modification of taps to vary transformer voltage
  • Design and modification of Faculty owned equipment
  • Variable frequency drives
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Fire suppression systems and more.

Qualifications:

The Manager will demonstrate adaptive leadership while empowering all members of their electrical group to contribute to the team and demonstrate leadership as well. They shall be excellent at delegating for the purpose of building a strong and versatile team. The electrical manager shall provide oversight of developing shift teams, hours, and rotation. They shall also manage on-call rotation and responsibilities. The electrical manager should have the ability to direct and develop in-house training material and establishing external skills training opportunities for their foremen and electricians.

This role requires a degree in Electrical Engineering with professional designation combined with education and/or related experience in an area such as building maintenance and operations. Must be eligible for membership in a related professional organization such as APEGA and should be involved with local electrical associations and have:

  • Professional Engineer with Alberta license
  • Minimum 10 plus years of progressively more responsible operational management experience that includes experience in management of trades related activities, maintenance, and project work
  • Previous electrical engineering management experience an asset
  • Thorough understanding of commercial building electrical systems including power distribution systems.
  • Industrial facility management experience would be considered an asset.
  • Post-secondary educational institution facility management experience would be considered an asset.
  • Thorough understanding of fire alarm systems, verification, and trouble-shooting.
  • Working knowledge of SKM Systems Analysis arc flash evaluation software (or comparable).
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD.
  • Experience with lighting systems programming and trouble-shooting.
  • Experience with a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) applications.
  • Understanding of BIM would be considered an asset.
  • Thorough understanding of programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
  • A thorough understanding of Safety Management and an excellent working knowledge of OHS standards and CSA Z462-18 Workplace Electrical Safety.
  • Have the ability to pay attention to detail, conceptual skills, a good understanding of Supply Management and or Leadership experience partnered with experience in Facilities Management Systems
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with operations management, leadership principles, practices and approaches
  • A good understanding and experience of human relations skills, mediation and consultation skills
  • Persuasion influencing skills, networking and articulation skills, coordination, organizational, and conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrated background/understanding of performance management and organizational change within a unionized environment
  • Have full working knowledge of electrical codes
  • Strong leadership skills that are necessary for collaborating with technical staff and the ability for creating a positive and productive work culture within the organization
  • Ability to remain current and up to date on best practices, technical specifications, and requirements
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with experience in public speaking or leadership committees considered an asset
  • Have a proficient communication skills: listen with full attention to employees’ concerns, adapt their communication based on each employee’s personality style, and manage conflict in a way that all parties experience a satisfactory outcome
  • Experience establishing technical standards in reviews, documentation, and designs
  • Experience in managing skilled trades electrician teams and other technical and non-technical staff members

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement, this full-time continuing positions offer a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty and Staff Benefits and offers an annual salary range of $67,304 to $112,168. 

Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications.  The review of applications will start on June 10, 2019; however, the competition will remain open until filled.


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