Job Details

Requisition Number 16-0110
City Houston
State TX

Position Title: Senior Principal Electrical Engineer


Location: Houston, TX


Gulf Interstate Engineering serves the worldwide pipeline industry providing project management, engineering and design, GIS, procurement and construction management services for hydrocarbon transportation systems - from the wellhead to the export terminal and the burner tip.


Position Description

The Sr. Principal Electrical Engineer handles medium, large and complex projects. He/she has wide latitude of technical authority with full work responsibilities, as well as limited administrative responsibilities, over a group of Electrical Engineers and Designers. He/she may assign and review work of lower level personnel. He/she may also function as the Lead Electrical Engineer, responsible for all discipline technical and scheduling matters pertaining to the assigned project. Work is periodically reviewed by the Chief Electrical Engineer for accomplishment of objectives.


Essential Functions

  • Assists the Chief Electrical Engineer in proposals.
  • Assists the Chief Electrical Engineer in providing training to personnel.
  • Prepares or reviews discipline project specifications.
  • Prepares or reviews requisitions for inquiry in support of purchasing equipment, materials, and subcontracts.
  • Approves technical bid evaluations for equipment, materials, bulk materials and subcontracts in cooperation with Procurement Department.
  • Prepares and reviews/approves switchgear and MCC building layout.
  • Develops or reviews one line diagrams, area classification and layouts as required by the discipline.
  • Directs/observes factory acceptance testing of equipment.
  • Reviews plot plans and facilities for electrical requirements.
  • Coordinates with and provides liaison with client personnel relative to electrical activities.
  • Reviews and approves vendor documents.
  • Prepares or reviews engineering and design status reports, work plans and man-hour estimates.
  • Reviews the discipline scope of work to be executed to ensure it matches project specification and/or the proposal documents as appropriate.
  • Accepts both short and extended term assignments to the site, client’s office, etc. as may be requested by the Chief Electrical Engineer.



  • Typically 15+ years of proven experience focusing on pipeline facilities. 
  • In depth knowledgeable of natural gas industry standards and codes published by IEEE, NEMA, NFPA (NEC), API, AGA, ISA, ANSI, etc. and have the ability to apply the standards to power and control system designs.
  • Knowledge of computer systems in an engineering environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • SKM Software knowledge desirable.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Professional Engineer preferred



  • Results oriented
  • Customer focused
  • Impact and influence
  • Business and people acumen
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work with Multi-Disciplined Team, and Managers
  • Strong organizational skills to handle multiple projects at once
  • Strong communication and networking skills to work with variety of groups and people
Electrical Engineering is a highly specialized group whose function is to provide design-engineering service covering:
·Electrical Distribution System Design – Develop the optimum electrical distribution system based upon desired reliability, maintainability, flexibility and cost.
·System Studies/Calculations – Perform calculations and analysis for the following studies: short circuit, arc flash, load flow, voltage drop, motor starting analysis, power factor correction, arc flash, load calculation, transient analysis, power system harmonics analysis and protective relay coordination.
·Area Classification – Determine the classification of hazardous (classified) locations for the selection and installation of electrical equipment.
·Electrical MCC & SWGR Building – Determine location, size and arrangement of major electrical equipment.
·Standards Specifications – Responsible for technical content of standards and preparation of specification including:
  • Power Transformers
  • Grounding Resistors
  • Switchgear (SWGR) / Motor Control Center (MCC)
  • Reactors and capacitors
  • Uninterruptible Power Systems
  • Variable Speed drives AC &DC
  • Disconnect Power switches
  • Electrical heat tracing
  • Prefabricated electrical buildings
  • Power Generator
·Construction Drawings – Approved for construction drawings and schedules:
  • One line diagrams
  • Building plans and details
  • Area Classification
  • Lighting plan and details
  • Cable Routing
  • Electrical heat tracing
  • Grounding /Lightning protection
  • Raceway and cable schedule
  • Pefabricated electrical buildings




All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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