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Facilities Power Transformer Engineer


SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

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Position Overview

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is one of 17 Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories. Operated by Stanford University on behalf of the DOE, SLAC develops and operates some of the world’s premier science facilities, including the first hard X-ray free-electron laser. Researchers from SLAC and other premier institutions around the world use our facilities to investigate some of the most exciting and important problems facing our society in areas such as clean energy, environmental science, biomedicine, and advanced materials.

The Critical Utilities Infrastructure Revitalization Project (CUIR) presents a rare opportunity to renew the site’s AC power infrastructure including the transformers T-1 and T-2 in the Master Substation (MSS) that receive power from the grid at 230kV and step down to 12.47kV for delivery to a Medium Voltage distribution system. The two existing 50MVA transformers are planned to be replaced with 65MVA unit. These transformers are a key component of SLAC’s electrical system.

The Facilities & Operations (F&O) Division is seeking a Facilities Power Transformer Engineer to ensure that the transformer design meets all technical requirements, is of high quality, and is delivered on schedule. The Facilities Power Transformer Engineer position will serve as an advisor to the CUIR project team, providing support on technical specifications preparation and transformer design reviews.

Note : SLAC is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory operated by Stanford University and based in Menlo Park, CA. Given the nature of this position, SLAC is open to on-site, hybrid, and remote work options.

Your Specific Responsibilities Include

  • Review and comment on SLAC’s technical specification
  • Serve as an advisor during manufacturers’ proposals evaluation and selection process
  • Review and comment on SLAC’s transformer design review procedure
  • Participate in design review at manufacturer’s facilities

Note : This is a non-benefits eligible casual-nonexempt position (work less than 50% full-time equivalent), not to exceed 980 hours in a calendar year.

To Be Successful In This Position You Will Bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a minimum of 15 years’ experience in the design and manufacturing of power transformer of the class planned for CUIR
  • Registered Electrical Engineer in the State of California
  • Knowledge to challenge manufacturers’ assumptions, design parameters, and acceptance testing process to ensure the highest quality upon delivery of equipment.
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience with management, engineering, and planning practices necessary to successful procurement of power transformer of the class planned for CUIR.
  • Ability to define, analyze, and refine transformer technical specifications
  • Experienced in identifying risk and developing mitigation measures associated with transformer manufacturing and delivery.
  • Highly collaborative leader with effective written and oral communication skills to address a wide variety of audiences

SLAC Employee Competencies

  • Effective Decisions: Uses job knowledge and solid judgment to make quality decisions in a timely manner.
  • Self-Development: Pursues a variety of venues and opportunities to continue learning and developing.
  • Dependability: Can be counted on to deliver results with a sense of personal responsibility for expected outcomes.
  • Initiative: Pursues work and interactions proactively with optimism, positive energy, and motivation to move things forward.
  • Adaptability: Flexes as needed when change occurs, maintains an open outlook while adjusting and accommodating changes.
  • Communication: Ensures effective information flow to various audiences and creates and delivers clear, appropriate written, spoken, presented messages.
  • Relationships: Builds relationships to foster trust, collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve common goals.

Physical Requirements And Working Conditions

  • Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
  • May require travelling to non-SLAC manufacturer’s facilities.

Work Standards

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for environment, safety and security; communicates related concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned. Meets the applicable roles and responsibilities as described in the ESH Manual, Chapter 1—General Policy and Responsibilities:
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,
  • As an organization that receives federal funding, SLAC and Stanford University have a COVID-19 vaccination requirement that will apply to all university employees, including those working remotely in the United States and applicable subcontractors. To learn more about COVID policies and guidelines for Stanford University Staff, please visit
  • Classification Title: Casual – Nonexempt
  • Job code: 8945
  • Duration: Temporary