Distribution Designer II

Posted Date 4 months ago(11/18/2022 1:03 PM)
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US-OR-Portland | US-WA-Seattle
Regular Full-Time


NV5 (NASDAQ:NVEE)  is a provider of engineering and consulting services to public and private sector clients, delivering solutions through six business verticals: Testing, Inspection & Consulting; Infrastructure; Utility Services; Environmental Health Sciences; Buildings & Program Management; and Geospatial Technology. With offices nationwide and abroad, NV5 helps clients plan, design, build, test, certify, and operate projects that improve the communities where we live and work.


As engineers, architects, construction/program managers, environmental professionals and beyond, we play a significant role in shaping our communities through the services we provide. We are looking for passionate, driven individuals to join our team focused on Delivering Solutions and Improving Lives.


At this level, Distribution Designers are still learning how to be responsible for the projects assigned to them. They leverage their experience in preparing construction drawings and other documents to design portions of projects, as assigned. Designers are part of project teams working on electric projects such as underground and overhead circuits.
Incumbents support multiple projects among remote offices and prioritize work tasks. Solid written and verbal communication skills are essential. Designers are expected to use their education, experience, intelligence and common sense to resolve engineering issues and complete assigned tasks with increasing acuity. At this level, designers also begin to participate in proposal work for the firm.


  • Use computer-aided drafting tools such as AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Revit, MicroStation, AutoCAD Inventor, Bentley Substation, and Solidworks or CADWorx, as well as technical handbooks, utility standards, tables, and calculators to create relevant drawings and 3D models of facilities
  • Confer with other staff members to resolve problems and create construction documents
  • Create designs of underground and overhead circuits for multiple projects, for electric distribution roles
  • Prepare increasingly complex deliverables in a professional and organized manner
  • Prepare drawings accurately and in conformance with the applicable standards and regulations, and review all work for completeness before submitting for engineering review
  • Work under the direction of senior designers and engineers
  • Meet client and NV5’s requirements and standards
  • Manage and maintain design records and files
  • Complete as-built drawings
  • Create various permit and HDD drawings
  • Begin learning how to calculate costs and time schedules for proposed work
  • Able to fulfill assignments that require independent judgment and evaluation
  • Able to work independently with minimal or no supervision
  • Provide leadership, guidance, and instruction for less-experienced staff
  • Regularly meet and correspond with clients or outside personnel
  • Specify portions of the engineering system from catalogs or other resources. This typically involves the application of special knowledge to design effective engineering solutions
  • Some travel to client sites as needed (expected to be no more than 30% of time)
  • Assist in preparation of technical papers for submittal to regional/national publications
  • Build an increasingly robust working knowledge of electric/gas utility safe work practices



  • At least 6 years of AutoCAD, Revit, MicroStation, and/or AutoCAD Civil 3D experience

  • Associate’s Degree or Trade School Certification in Engineering, Architectural or Design Technologies, Mechanical or Electrical Technology or relevant field, or equivalent training and experience

  • Positive attitude, able to collaboratively work with others

  • Proficient using MS Office Suite and other relevant software

  • 2-6 years of experience in utility design

  • Able to demonstrate at least basic knowledge of utility safe work practices

  • Willing to work in and around underground environments with a utility-authorized Qualified Worker and be willing to work in high-vehicle-traffic areas as needed

  • Knowledgeable of relevant industry standards for design and construction

  • Valid driver’s license

  • Experience preparing bills of materials and construction units with software such as SAP or Maximo
    Desirable Qualifications:

  • Some knowledge of relevant business and technical applications, such as Adobe Creative Suite, Primavera P6 or Microsoft Project, PLS-CADD, and O-Calc

  • At least 3 years of experience, including direct design and drafting work in the power-delivery field is strongly preferred

  • A background as an electrical designer or planner with SDG&E or comparable large utility

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Architectural or Design Technologies, Mechanical or Electrical Technology or relevant field

  • Participate in technical and professional societies

  • Proficient knowledge of design programs


  • Performance metrics include accurate completion of work in a timely manner

  • Attends in-house seminars and educational opportunities outside of the offices

Physical Demands:

  • This position requires sitting for extensive periods of time

  • Must be able to visually interpret complex drawings

  • This position may require field work, such as hiking and working with utility linemen. Hikes for pole reviews can be as long as 5 miles


NV5 offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, PTO, 401(k) and professional development/advancement opportunities.


NV5 provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, creed, citizenship status, ancestry, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NV5 complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.




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