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Low Voltage and Electronic Systems Engineer SME

Department: Facilities Operations Management
Location: El Paso, TX

NIKA is hiring for a Low Voltage and Electronics Systems Engineer to provide continuous on-site SME (subject matter expert) support at the Fort Bliss Replacement Hospital Complex, Central Utility Plant, and Clinical Investigation Building in El Paso, TX!

Named a “Top Workplace” by the Washington Post, NIKA is a well-established company that is focused on growth within an entrepreneurial environment. We work with governments to design, build and manage real property by combining facilities operations management, engineering, and architecture all under one roof.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or related field preferred

Position Requirements

  • Establish full-time presence in Buildings 18511, 18508, and 18509 and assess/survey all Low Voltage and Electronic (LV & E) systems during in-progress construction through and beyond First Patient Day.
  • Review, analyze, and assess USACE design plans for content and/or deficiencies, as-built drawings, and Operations & Maintenance manuals.
  • The LV & E Systems Engineer candidate is to be sustained during on-going construction activities, during start up and commissioning, and during building turnover; then after Hospital Complex is in full operation.
  • Will make field surveys to investigate existing layouts and conditions and have leadership responsibilities for other supporting roles and functional areas.
  • Acquire expert knowledge and sequence of operations of LV & E systems, including but not limited to: electronic access control; camera surveillance; nurse call; infant security; fire alarm/fire protection; public address; interactive television; radio paging; GPS central clock; intercom; panic alarms; building controls; and vertical transport controls.  DOES NOT include telephone systems; information management systems; network and data systems; computer systems. 
  • Collaborate routinely with Commissioning Agent responsible for ensuring overall LV & E systems compliance with design criteria.
  • Witness all LV & E equipment/systems startup and checkout procedures performed by the USACE General Contractor.
  • Review related pre-functional checklists.
  • Participate in and attend all General Contractor Operations & Maintenance (O&M) training related to LV & E systems; and acquire expert institutional knowledge of these systems.
  • Develop RPIE task procedures for all identified LV & E equipment and collaborate/assist RPIE contractor in clearly identifying and locating all related real property and equipment. 
  • Minimum of twenty (20) years of combined experience working as a journeyman electrician, master electrician, electrical supervisor, and/or electrical project manager in major commercial facilities, industrial plants, hospitals, primary care facilities, and similar facilities.  
  • Must possess expert knowledge of applicable electrical codes and requirements associated with the following complex systems:  normal power; emergency power; generators; power monitoring; lighting controls.  Must possess expert knowledge with all devices and components typically found in these systems. 
  • Demonstrated background and knowledge of Electrical system equipment start-up and commissioning activities. 
  • Basic knowledge of Fort Bliss Directorate of Public Works (DPW) processes, where association with privatized DPW Base Operations and Maintenance Electrical Contractor, and local electrical utility service provider is required.
  • Evaluates schedules; works performance quality, safety oversight, and coordination effectiveness; performs documentation reviews for all repair and mechanical systems work in progress or in planning stages
  • Reports to COR or other appropriate Government officials
  • Ensures conformance with NFPA codes, JCAHO standards, safety standards, and other agency criteria
  • Coordinates with facility infection control officers to insure compliance
  • Coordinates with facility safety officers to implement effective safety policies
  • Reports compliance issues to COR or other applicable Government official for action by the Government
  • Monitors mechanical systems contractor quality control activities and makes appropriate recommendations to COR for Government action
  • Is present at utility outages to provide engineering and contractor support
  • Attends and participates in pre-construction, staff, in-progress-reviews, and other project-related meetings, and provides reports to COR or appropriate Government officials
  • Coordinates with various stakeholders to include Facilities, Logistics, Med Maintenance, the construction contractor, Regional Facilities staff, DPW PM staff, and project-related Corps of Engineers staff
  • Provides a written weekly report to government officials in order to apprise them of project status, as necessary

Additional Skills

  • Must have strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Experience using broad conceptual judgment, initiative and ability to deal with complex issues
  • Excellent communication and listening skills and the ability to communicate with various levels within the organization
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and other MS Office suite products required
  • Ability to learn and use company software tools
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work under the pressure of multiple deadlines
  • Extremely high level of attention to detail and the ability to take initiative and adapt quickly to changing requirements

About NIKA

NIKA delivers comprehensive services and solutions to support the full life cycle of facilities. For more than two decades, the Department of Defense and federal civilian agencies, as well as commercial and higher education institutions, have trusted NIKA to design, build, operate, and manage their real property. By combining facilities operations management, engineering, and architecture services, we provide value and expertise for complex and mission critical facilities. Headquartered in Rockville, MD with offices in San Antonio, TX, NIKA helps clients enhance operational excellence in locations around the globe.

NIKA is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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