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Principal Electrical Engineer

Comcast - Reston, VA

Comcast's Technology & Product organization works at the intersection of media and technology. Our innovative teams are continually developing and delivering products that transform the customer experience. From creating apps like TVGo to new features such as the Talking Guide on the X1 platform, we work every day to make a positive impact through innovation in the pursuit of building amazing products that are enjoyable, easy to use and accessible across all platforms. The team also develops and supports our evolving network architecture, including next-generation consumer systems and technologies, infrastructure and engineering, network integration and management tools, and technical standards.


Responsible for acting as the subject matter expert and primary point person for mission critical electrical operations enterprise wide. Directs and develops long-term objectives and plans related to the company's technical vision, and provides technical leadership in delivering design, audit and advisory services to maximize availability of the company's critical facilities. Provides innovative solutions for complex engineering problems that influence industry and company standards.

Core Responsibilities

Implements technical vision and strategies related to Mission Critical Operations, including mission critical facility design, engineering, construction, and major improvements to critical infrastructure elements.

Applies expert engineering methodologies in one or more engineering areas (including mechanical) and performs complex business case analysis to justify technical decisions and presents the justification to senior management.

Recognizes and plans for future technical challenges associated with the pace of evolution of key industry products and elements, and plays an integral role influencing and documenting mission critical facility design standards, equipment specifications, equipment sourcing guidelines, equipment maintenance requirements, monitoring requirements, emergency response procedures, risk mitigation strategies, safety-minded policy development, and process documentation and standardization.

Develops and maintains effective relationships with key customers and stakeholders. Identifies and develops key Regional resources to implement cross-functional knowledge sharing and cultivate the concept of self-auditing program based upon the Critical Infrastructure Basis of Design (CI BOD).

Defines and implements one or more panels of subject matter experts from among the regions to collaboratively develop, implement and enforce rigorous process and control protocols that provide governance, protection and guidance on change management, commissioning and related processes, review and approve highly complex or risky procedures, advise during emergency situations, and provide guidance to all levels of critical infrastructure operations.

Defines and implements mission critical facility monitoring protocols, standards that ensure continued operation, facilitate what-if analyses, prevent potential power problems. Works collaboratively to advise on monitoring applications and methods for monitoring, controlling and analyzing critical power generation and distribution systems for the entire critical facility and makes that information available to regional managers, energy managers, capacity managers, operation centers and other key stakeholders in real time.

Conducts event analysis, trending analysis, capacity planning and compliance auditing, to identify areas of improvement for critical facility key performance measures; deconstructs complex problems into straightforward, actionable and measurable solutions; develops strategic solutions and conceives, initiates, and leads projects with widespread impact on infrastructure design, innovation, and implementation.

Monitors and reports on the progress of the department and all technical projects towards the company's engineering goals and strategies. Communicates feedback and analyses with actionable insight.

Keeps well-informed of industry trends and important emerging technologies and consults on internal projects and initiatives, researching and recommending leading-edge-technology solutions.

Abstracts and applies innovative, technically-sound, cost/energy-effective and safe engineering solutions for critical facility design and engineering that reduce costs while maintaining or improving quality, reliability, or maintainability.

Collaborates with vendors to develop, design and lab test conceptual solutions for a wide range of operating environments to determine suitability of new and emerging technologies, establish equipment load and capacity demands, and/or define appropriate equipment compatibility solutions.

Demonstrates a proven record of effective capacity planning and value engineering.

Demonstrates proficiency with computer aided drafting tools such as AutoCAD and Visio.

Team player who works well with both technical and non-technical resources, mentors team members, builds enthusiasm for change and assists others to adapt to change; focuses on delivering services despite challenges, works co-operatively with others to achieve the best outcomes, and achieves outcomes using good judgement and quick decisions that lead to business success.

Develops, maintains and hosts educational and training programs to raise awareness of critical system engineering solutions and services, including presentations, newsletters, lunch-and-learns and electrical forums to educate project managers, contractors, regional personnel and other relevant stakeholders.

Maintains and hosts technical meetings to provide a collaborative environment for development of mission critical systems.

Excellent written and interpersonal communication, negotiation, and organization skills that show leadership by example and demonstrate consistent exercise of independent judgment and discretion in matters of significance, support for different points of view and respectful treatment of differences, communications tailored to the situation and needs of the team, personal accountability for mistakes and the lessons learned from them, and the pursuit of continuous improvement.

Regular, consistent and punctual attendance. Must be able to work nights and weekends, variable schedule(s) as necessary.

Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Education Level

Bachelors Degree or Equivalent

Field of Study

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Direct experience with the design, construction, operation, or maintenance of mission critical facilities.

Well versed in a variety of applicable Codes and Standards, including but not limited to, IEEE, EIA/TIA NEC, NFPA, BOCA, IBC and OSHA.

Thorough knowledge of critical facility monitoring technologies, including Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems and Building Management Systems (BMS), Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) and Critical Power Management System (CPMS).

Solid understanding of building load calculations, refrigeration cycle and thermodynamics, heat transfer,and instrumentation.

Detailed understanding of industry best practices for a variety of mission critical facility design elements (site selection, facility design, room ready requirements, pre-occupancy requirements) and environmental support infrastructure requirements (architectural, electrical, mechanical, fire detection and suppression, building automation & monitoring, low-voltage voice and data cabling and security)

Experience with power distribution systems, one line diagrams and electrical room equipment layouts; underground and exposed conduit and cable tray runs; calculations for demand load estimates, for sizing major equipment and circuits and selective protection coordination; fire protection and communication systems one line diagrams and physical layout of equipment and devices


Certified Professional Engineer (P.E.) Electrical (Preferred)

Years of Experience

Generally requires 10 years related experience


Comcast is an EEO/AA/Drug Free Workplace.


The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this role. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications

Comcast is an EOE/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT employer

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Principal Electrical Engineer Comcast - Reston, VA, United States


Location: Reston, VA

Company Profile:
Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. The Cable Communications segment offers video, high-speed Internet, and voice services to residential and business customers under the XFINITY brand name. This segment also provides business services, such as cellular backhaul services to mobile network operators; Ethernet network services; and online advertising services. The Cable Networks segment operates national cable networks, which provide entertainment, news and information, and sports content; regional sports and news networks; international channels; and cable television production operations, as well as owns digital media properties. The Broadcast Television segment operates NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, NBC and Telemundo owned local broadcast television stations, and broadcast television production operations, as well as owns digital media properties. The Filmed Entertainment segment produces, acquires, markets, and distributes live-action and animated filmed entertainment under the Universal Pictures, Focus Features, and Illumination names. This segment also develops, produces, and licenses stage plays, as well as owns digital media properties. The Theme Parks segment operates theme parks; studios; Island of adventures; and a dining, retail, and entertainment complex. Comcast Corporation was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.