AECOM Electrical Engineer in Durban, South Africa

Requisition/Vacancy No. 155289BR

Position Title Electrical Engineer

Job Category Engineering - Electrical / Electronic

Business Line Building Engineering

Country South Africa

State/Province/Region ZA - KwaZulu-Natal

City Durban

Why Choose AECOM? AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

About the Business Line

Building Engineering

We deliver creative solutions for building projects for industry, government, commercial and leisure sectors. Our building engineering specialists have expertise in structural and building services engineering, fire engineering, acoustics, facades and seismic design. We embed sustainability principles in every design.

Job Summary

We are looking to fill the position of Electrical Engineer to join our electrical engineering unit, forming part of a multi-disciplinary consulting engineering team based in Durban.

The company undertakes large capital projects for various clients, across many sectors, however the primary responsibility of the Durban team is Buildings and Industrial Projects.

Primary responsibilities will include the following:

  • Preparation and management of schedules, estimates, progress reports, meetings, procurement etc.

  • Electrical engineering and design during all project phases according to client, national and international standards.

  • Assessing of Client / Project Electrical Engineering Requirements.

  • Prepare concept design and the ability to objectively evaluate both technically and commercially, different options based upon project objectives / requirements.

  • Cost Estimation of electrical Engineering scope of work, including equipment and construction costs.

Detailed Electrical Engineering of LV and MV (up to 132kV) including the development and checking of :

  • Load Lists

  • Single Line Diagrams

  • Network Diagrams

  • Electrical Schematic Diagrams

  • Hazardous Area Classification

  • Diversification and Load factors.

  • Electrical Network Design

  • Fault Level Calculations

  • Motor start-up and Protection Schemes (MV and LV)

  • Protection Schemes modelling of protection schemes and definition of Protection settings.

  • CT Specification.

  • Power Metering specification and interface to Energy / Building Management Systems.

  • Cable Routing Design

  • Cable Sizing Calculations

  • Lighting Calculations, modelling and layouts.

  • Earthing Risk Assessments, Earthing system design, Earthing layouts.

  • Specification of Electrical Equipment including, Switchgear, Distribution Boards, Motor Control Centres, Transformers, Motors, VSD’s, Soft starters, UPS’s, Power Factor Correction, Filters, Cables, Lighting, BMS and communication systems.

  • Fire detection Systems layouts and Specification.

  • Specification of Construction Standards of installation.

  • Interface with PLC’s, DCS systems and Building Management Systems and design the interface Control Systems.

  • Interface with Energy Efficiency and providing energy efficient electrical solutions.

  • Interface and Familiar with Quality of Power Supply requirements and evaluation.

  • Sustainable Engineering including documentation and design in accordance with GBCSA, LEED, BREEAM

  • Design schemes to reduce Electromagnetic interference and specify EMC requirements.

  • Design and specify communications systems with Electrical equipment / systems including Serial Communications using Profibus / fieldbus, Ethernet etc.

  • Perform and check system studies (e.g. short circuit; load flow and protection coordination).

  • Utilise vendor data and work with other disciplines as required for engineering and design.

  • Participate and Perform squad checks of vendor data and drawings from other disciplines.

  • Develop and check equipment purchase specification and develop RFQ’s (e.g. MV and LV switchboards; D/B.s, MCC’s, power transformers, Power factor Correction motors, VSDs, UPSs Filters, Cables, Lighting, BMS and communication systems).

  • Develop technical scope of work and tender documentation and bills of quantities for construction contracts.

  • Develop tender documentation, adjudicate tenders, provide re-measurement of works and approve contract claims.

  • Prepare Project Scheduling and Planning, developing basic Bar charts for Electrical Engineering input to project management team.

  • Manage progress & quality control activities for equipment manufacture.

  • Conduct vendor inspections and factory acceptance testing of equipment.

  • Manage switchgear and specialist equipment contractors.

  • Provide field engineering support to construction and commissioning teams.

  • Project handover and closeout documentation.

  • Provide guidance and mentorship to less experienced engineers.

  • Assist in the setting up of standard engineering documentation and methodology for the electrical engineering unit.

  • Develop Client relations and extend the client base.

  • Assist in the preparation of tenders for Electrical unit workload

Minimum Requirements


  • 4-8 years electrical project engineering experience, with significant experience in a heavy industrial environments as well as industrial / commercial building infrastructure experience.

The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated team player with:

  • Sound electrical engineering knowledge and experience in LV and MV (up to 132kV) environment

  • An intimate knowledge of local standards and codes.

  • Be able to develop engineering documentation from first principles.

  • Be able to work within a disciplined engineering environment.

  • Conversant with Digi silent (or other equivalent package) electrical power systems modelling and analysis software.

  • An intimate working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, Access and Microsoft Project.

  • Professional registration and membership in external technical societies.

  • Experience with Green Building Design and accreditation.

  • Be well acquainted with local equipment, manufacturers, suppliers and installation contractors.

  • A thorough knowledge of the OHS Act, pertinent SANS and IEC codes and standards and industry practices.

  • Good communication andpeople management skillsfor effective interface with other engineering disciplines, the client and contractors.

  • The ability to work independently.

  • An awareness and appreciation for health, safety and environmental issues.

Preferred Qualifications

BTech / BSc - Minimum of 4 years experience in Electrical Engineering with Professional Registration Pr Eng or Pr Tech Eng - Preference Pr Eng.

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.