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The University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest systems of public higher education in the country, educating approximately 165,000 students each year and employing 40,000 faculty and staff statewide.  With 13 universities across 26 campuses and a statewide extension network with offices in every county, the UW System is a tremendous academic, cultural, and economic resource for Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.

The Office of Capital Planning & Budget provides support to the Board of Regents, the 13 institutions of UW System and, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Administration Division of Facilities Development, the State of Wisconsin Building Commission. The office offers institutional partners guidance and expertise in capital planning, budgeting, administration of the UW Managed design and construction program, architectural/engineering assistance as well as real estate services to support the institutions in developing and maintaining their biggest single physical investment – university facilities.

The office also develops the Board of Regents biennial capital budget request and submits it to the state’s Department of Administration for its recommendation as part of the governor’s biennial state building program

This is an advanced technical and management position responsible for assisting in the development and protection of the over 65 million gross square foot valued at over $10 billion of the University of Wisconsin System facility infrastructure, and reports to the Director of Engineering. This position is an essential part of a team of professionals that work with a high degree of independence within the framework of state laws and university policies.

This position has responsibility for leadership in electrical engineering aspects of master, long-range and biennial facilities planning, and assists in developing engineering and energy related policies and standards for the University of Wisconsin System.  Included are activities in planning, identification and evaluation of alternative concepts and problem solving, cost estimates for a wide variety of facility power supply and distribution, energy management, energy conservation, code compliance, lighting, fire alarm, security and telecommunication issues and projects, and project programming.   It involves representing the university system during project design and providing general engineering consulting and technical assistance to all university system institutions.   There is direct participation in developing the biennial capital budget and agenda materials for monthly Board of Regent and State Building Commission meetings.

By providing strategic and technical planning direction to System executives and other individuals of authority, this position has significant influence in determining the quality and quantity of facilities supporting the academic mission of each institution. This position has authority to settle disputes in electrical engineering and related issues within the university system.

Responsibilities include the following key activities:

  • Biennial capital budget development and implementation, to include providing technical support and services to develop, assist and evaluate project requests to be included in the budget.
  • Electrical systems and energy management technical support, to include providing technical Support to campuses, office staff and UW management; problem solving and troubleshooting as needed during all phases of projects.
  • Long range technical planning, to include promoting ideas, concepts and strategies supporting comprehensive master planning to create quality learning environments serving a total academic process which inspires intellectual pursuit and supports individual UW-System institution missions.
  • Administrative policies, procedures, and program management, including assisting in developing and implementing the administrative and operating structure for capital planning and budgeting in the University of Wisconsin System.


To be considered for this position, applicants must have the following qualifications:

  • Degree in either electrical, architectural engineering or similar
  • Licensed as a professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin.
  • Documented experience in the planning and design of electrical systems, including power distribution systems


  • 5 plus years of experience as an electrical engineer
  • Experience in a government or higher education environment
  • Experience with green or renewable energy projects
  • LEED certified

The UW System is required to conduct a criminal background and sexual harassment check for final candidate(s) prior to employment.  Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e., a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without the need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment

The office location is 780 Regent St., Madison, WI.  This position may be eligible to work a hybrid schedule, which would include a negotiated number of days working in the office and days working remotely.

This position is a full-time, salaried (exempt) Academic Staff position. The official title: Engineering Designer (job code: FP142).  Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary within a range of $90,000 to $118,400, commensurate with the candidate’s education, related experience, and qualifications.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefits package. To learn more about the benefits package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure.

To ensure full consideration, please submit application materials as soon as possible. Applicant screening will begin immediately and be ongoing through Sunday
, June 30, 2022. However, applications may be accepted until the position has been filled.

  1. Go to the UWSA Applicant Portal to submit your materials online and select the appropriate applicant portal, either External Applicants or Internal Applicants  and click on the position title that you want to apply for.
  2. Follow the onscreen instructions and be sure to include your salary expectations when asked in our applicant tracking In addition, please be sure to upload ALL THREE of the required documents: resume, cover letter, and references as PDF files. Failing to include any of these documents may disqualify your application.
    1. Your cover letter MUST specifically address how your education and experience relate to the position and qualifications. Be sure to emphasize the areas outlined under “Minimum Qualifications” and “Preferred Qualifications”.
    2. Your reference page should include the names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers for three professional references with at least one being from a current or previous supervisor.
  3. Submit your application.

The University of Wisconsin System Administration is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, and person with disabilities.

Include a statement of whether you wish to have your application held in confidence or made available to the public upon request. Please note that in the absence of any statement regarding confidentiality, we will assume you do not wish to have your application held in confidence. The UW System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

 Questions may be addressed to: Angie Koppen, UW System Human Resources; at