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WSP USA Lead Electrical Engineer in Tacoma, Washington

This Opportunity

WSP is currently initiating a search for a Lead Electrical Engineer to work out of Washington, DC; Denver, CO; San Diego, CA; Tacoma, WA; or Virginia Beach, VA office. Be involved in projects with our Federal Programs Team and be a part of a growing organization that meets our client’s objectives and solves their challenges.

To learn more about our Federal Programs Team, visit

Your Impact

  • Involved from project inception to completion of design plans and specifications and construction observation of electrical engineering projects coordinating with multi-disciplinary teams.

  • Develop plans, specifications, and cost estimates; preparing phasing plans and updating plans that require coordination with Owners, other disciplines, sub-consultants, and Clients with a focus on Federal Design requirements.

  • Coordinate, review and approve electrical design plans for mid-level and complex projects, ensuring data integrity and work is compliant with all applicable codes, ordinances, regulations, and standards.

  • Provide oversight with collecting, compiling, and analyzing data from the physical work site, surveys, blueprints, GIS data, substation components, equipment specifications for procurement package development and pricing, detailed design and review processes, and IEEE, NESC, ANSI, DOD, and NERC standards and regulations for design work.

  • Perform professional electrical engineering work and conduct more complex/comprehensive investigations and inspections of proposed and existing site conditions, resources, facilities, substation layout and bus arrangement, grounding grid design and lightning protection, and power plants to determine conformance with applicable rules, standards, and construction or operating permits.

  • Apply high-level electrical engineering techniques and processes to identify improvements for various project phases involving more complex engineering work including concept development, preliminary design, final design, procurement, construction, and operation.

  • Lead larger-scale electrical engineering projects ensuring contributors know what they are required to do and by when, preparing and overseeing relevant project budgets, monitoring external events, tracking hours and expenses, ensuring satisfactory performance, and supervising subcontractors, contract work, and employees.

  • Assist with engineering review of permit applications, engineering design plans and specifications, standby plans and engineering contracts, and periodic construction inspections, to ensure that they comply with applicable state and/or federal regulations and sound engineering practice and standards.

  • Collaborates with professionals from a variety of disciplines, other engineers, planners, and infrastructure authorities on Federal, State, regional, and locally funded improvement and development projects, as well as proposal and business development opportunities.

  • Ensure technical reports and presentations explain research, findings, and recommendations to prevent, control, restore, or address electrical, design, and/or construction issues or opportunities.

  • Meet with various public, private or government entities or individuals to discuss issues relating to a variety of electrical/engineering/construction challenges and programs.

  • Oversees the development and implementation of future-ready technologies, monitoring devices, building materials, cabling, conduit and trenching design strategies, electrical design requirements, and operating strategies to account for the safety and functionality or end-users, systems, and infrastructure.

  • Remain current in latest electrical engineering techniques and practices.

  • Mentor staff to support their growth and professional development.

  • Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources and conduct, and adhere to WSP’s Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures.

  • Perform additional responsibilities as required by business need

Who You Are

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology.

  • 7-10 years of relevant post education experience as an electrical engineer providing design deliverables for federal projects in power, lighting, distribution to include building design and site distribution.

  • Engineer license required.

  • Highly proficient with infrastructure and building design within the US and within foreign countries.

  • Strong knowledge of relevant engineering and electrical construction laws, codes, regulations, compliance practices, and record-keeping requirements.

  • Highly proficient with making technical computations and calculations involving the application of engineering principles, understanding plans and specifications, and making factual comparisons to the appropriate regulations along with applying engineering principles, practices, process, and the application to permitting and project work-related issues for Design-Build and Design-Bid-Build projects.

  • Experience with planning and conducting inspections and investigations on various aspects of the construction and design of facilities or structures, applying applicable regulations and policies.

  • Well-developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills required to apply technical knowledge to reach conclusions from testing results, data collation, computations, statistical analysis and arriving at the most effective, economical, and logical solution.

  • Highly effective interpersonal and communication skills when interacting with others, expressing intricate ideas effectively and professionally to an engineering and non-engineering audience.

  • Strong self-leadership and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to effectively, persuasively, and tactfully interact with clients, regulators, project managers, and employees at all levels of the organization.

  • Experienced with providing critical review for documents and preparing technical deliverables and plans with a high degree of complexity.

  • Works independently to provide guidance and leadership to mid-level to senior level team or project members, with strict adherence to QA/QC.

  • Proficiency with technical writing, office automation, discipline-specific design software.

  • Demonstrated effectiveness at coordinating and assertively directing subcontractors and others to consistently complete tasks safely and efficiently.

  • Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP’s health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies.

  • Must be flexible to a variety of schedules to meet business needs and able to prioritize responsibilities and quickly adapt to change in a pressure work environment.

  • Occasional travel may be required depending on project-specific requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Additional certifications such as LEED AP and PMP are preferred, but not required.

  • Ability to obtain a US Government Security Clearance.

WSP Benefits:

WSP provides a comprehensive suite of benefits focused on a providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career. These benefits include coverage related to medical, dental, vision, disability, and life; retirement savings; paid sick leave; paid vacation (or other personal time); paid parental leave; and paid time off for purposes of bereavement, voting, and/or attendance at naturalization proceedings.


Expected Salary (all locations): $104,500-$155,210

WSP USA is providing the compensation range that the company in good faith believes it might pay and offer for this position, based on the successful applicant’s education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities in addition to internal equity and specific geographic location. WSP USA reserves the right to ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and offer additional benefits and other compensation, depending on circumstances not related to an applicant’s sex or other status protected by local, state, and/or federal law.

Expected Salary (Colorado only): $104,500-$155,210

WSP USA is providing the compensation range that the company in good faith believes it might pay and/or offer for this position within the state of Colorado, based on the successful applicant’s education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities in addition to internal equity and specific geographic location. WSP USA reserves the right to ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and offer additional benefits and other compensation, depending on circumstances not related to an applicant’s sex or other status protected by local, state, and/or federal law.


About WSP

WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 15,000 employees in over 300 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.

WSP provides a flexible and agile workplace model while meeting client needs. Employees are also afforded a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be essential in meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?

WSP USA (and all of its U.S. companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status.

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.


WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or other staffing services. Unsolicited resumes include any resume or hiring document sent to WSP in the absence of a signed Service Agreement where WSP has expressly requested recruitment/staffing services specific to the position at hand. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers or other business leaders, will become the property of WSP and WSP will have the right to hire that candidate without reservation – no fee or other compensation will be owed or paid to the recruiter, employment agency, or other staffing service.