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AECOM Underground Distribution Design Manager in Oakland, California

Company Description

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed. You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients. We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business. We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career. When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Description

AECOM is seeking an Underground Distribution Design Manager to serve as CAD lead for engineering and design projects under a strategic underground program in California. Our team works on a variety of energy efficiency, resilience, and decarbonization initiatives for municipal, utility, and commercial and industrial clients.

This position will perform technical tasks on a variety of projects including energy efficiency, distributed generation, renewable energy, energy master planning, district energy systems, net-zero buildings, monitoring base commissioning, grid-interactive buildings, and building decarbonization.

The successful candidate will have an understanding and significant experience in engineering and technology principles and is very familiar with the design and construction of underground distribution infrastructure. She/he will be expected to lead and work successfully within a team environment and be able to communicate effectively with other project team members and customers. He/she will have a high level of initiative, motivation, and displays drive, energy and enthusiasm for getting things done. The successful candidate will be expected to support in the delivery of distribution infrastructure to customers and should have a working knowledge of electrical and civil systems.

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive. Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

The responsibilities of this role also include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Day to Day design and preparation of civil and electrical deliverables, documentation, packages and reports

  • Manage program design group (including remote staff) with workload planning, task estimating and budgeting, mentorship and performance management

  • Creating, enforcing, updating, and implementing program specific standards

  • Develop and maintain programmatic quality assurance program with respect to data management and deliverable execution

  • Contributes to a complete and integrated set of digital project content which includes identification of utility clashes, creation of relocation alignments and required documents by working co-operatively with team members to resolve issues

  • Perform constructability reviews to internal and external teams

  • Assist with preparation of project specification and contract documents

  • Reviews, checks and signs off work prepared by group

  • Applies strong knowledge of utility standards, guides, specifications, and procedures specific to working in California

  • Ensure that the technical and safety standards are maintained in all aspects of design work


AECOM’s Energy practice provides a wide range of services from consulting and engineering design to energy engineering, energy procurement and construction (EPC) for power, energy efficiency, and renewable energy clients. Our understanding of the big picture – and the interconnection between generation, distribution, storage, and the demand side of the meter – allows us to deliver holistic strategies that improve and modernize next generation energy infrastructure. We connect knowledge and experience across our global framework to bring together a unique combination of engineers, planners, scientists, and project managers who advance cleaner, secure, and more sustainable energy solutions



  • BA/BS + 8 years of relevant experience or AA/AS + 10 years of relevant experience

  • Extensive experience in the production of underground utility designs

  • Demonstrated experience in managing complex programs/projects and CAD teams

  • Demonstrated experience with California utilities

  • High level design and CAD skills, with thorough knowledge of data transfer between key software packages

  • Expertise in MicroStation (2D and 3D) platform (current and minimum 5yrs)


  • Confidence and expertise utilizing Autodesk packages (e.g. Civil 3D, Adv Steel) as well as Navisworks

  • Experience in the management of Common Data Environments including ProjectWise, BIM 360Experience leveraging laser scan or other data sets to inform design development

  • Interest in developing training presentations and drive talent development

  • Excellent attention to detail

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is not available for this role

  • Sponsorship is available for this role

  • All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

With infrastructure investment accelerating worldwide, our services are in great demand, and there’s never been a better time to be at AECOM! Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Join us and let’s get started.

ReqID: J10069499

Business Line: Energy

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Digital & Engineering Technology