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Location: Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA Posted: Apr 29, 2020

Job Description

KATERRA is a technology company transforming property development, design, and construction—from start to finish. We are building an entirely new kind of company that brings together expertise in design, technology, material sourcing, manufacturing, and construction as a single integrated offering.

With this unique approach, we have the opportunity to design and build beyond compromise. Beautiful, efficient, sustainable–we can do it all. The era of design concessions is over.

At KATERRA, we lead from every seat. Our ideal team members are self-starters that embrace ambiguity, think big, and bring their own uncompromising standards of excellence.

Sr. Building Engineer - Electrical Specialty

This role will develop complete sets of documents, drawings, calculations, and variations for the electrical scope of KATERRA building products. These products shall incorporate leading edge infrastructure technology and developed to facilitate high degrees of manufacturing (i.e. prefabrication), construct-ability, and cost efficiency. The perfect candidate will also have strong communication skills, experience performing alternative analyses, experience working with cross-functional teams or in integrated project delivery approaches, and most importantly be driven to challenge ‘typical’ approaches.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The Sr. Engineer will be a member of KATERRA's Building Product team. His/her responsibility will include, but is not limited to:

  • Development of Single Line Diagrams, Short Circuit Analyses, Arc Fault/flash assessments, Time Current Coordination, Neher-McGrath calculations, and Voltage Drop adjustments.
  • Development of power and lighting plans and elevations for internal and external spaces.
  • Development of device specifications and Basis of Design documentation.
  • Oversee, review, or participate in detailing, BIM modeling, and high LOD electrical design.
  • Partial/support development and review of Fire Alarm, Integrated Systems, and Telecom system designs.
  • Perform EOR duties for prototype or first-build deployments of new KATERRA Building platforms. Including owning of permit set packages and review of installation sets/models.
  • Perform rigorous value engineering of electrical system designs factoring in costs, construct-ability, and manufacturability (i.e. prefabrication) and working with the product leads and other resources
  • Coordinate with other engineering disciplines, architecture, etc. to develop high quality building products.
  • Develop and support new technology innovations and cost improvements associated with the KATERRA modular development strategy

Required Skills & Experience

  • Bachelors Electrical, Mechanical Engineering, or Power Engineering.
  • Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in at least one U.S. state with the potential for reciprocity in all U.S. states.
  • 5+ years as ‘Engineer of Record’ or ‘Lead Engineer’ for completed building projects
  • 4+ year of experience reviewing submittal packages that included at least the following equipment: transformers, circuit breakers, fuses, panelboards, switchboards/gear, disconnect switches, automatic transfer switches, and lighting packages.
  • 2+ years of experience as an engineer or lead designer on commercial buildings, residential or mixed-used buildings.
  • 2+ years of experience as an engineer or lead designer on mission-critical facilities (i.e. data centers), industrial plants, or health-care facilities.
  • Advanced knowledge and active experience in all the following tools: ETAP or SKM, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Revit, Bluebeam, and Microsoft Office suite.
  • Knowledge of the most current electrical building codes (i.e. NEC) and practices.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Electrical engineering system design and product development experience outside of construction a plus
  • 1+ years of experience as the main point of contact for the electrical discipline in integrated project delivery (IPD) projects.
  • Experience in software or technology product development or engineering
  • Experience working at a company that performs prefabrication for electrical assemblies.
  • Experience in Medium/High Voltage utility connections, substations, relays, and generator systems.
  • Experience with CLT and concrete buildings.
  • Experience in a lead engineering role for OSHPD, CEC-Title24, LEED’
  • Knowledge of specific standards in UL, IEEE, and other standard collections.


Seattle, WA, Scottsdale, AZ, Dallas, TX

May consider strong candidates in other locations

Travel requirements

Fluctuates (10% expected). Domestic travel.

Please note that KATERRA does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, KATERRA will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, KATERRA explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of KATERRA.


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