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Cupertino Electric Commissioning Program Manager in Urbandale, Iowa

Posting Title: Commissioning Program Manager

Reports To: Senior Project Manager

Location: San Jose, CA-Roseville, CA-Urbandale, IA -Traveling

Salary Range: $95,000 to $120,000

Final determination of a successful candidate’s starting pay will vary based on a number of factors, including market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, education and experience. The pay scale listed for this position is generally for candidates that meet the specified qualifications and requirements listed on this specific job description. We provide a competitive compensation package that recognizes your experience, credentials, and education alongside a robust benefits program to meet your needs. Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets.


For nearly 70 years, Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI) has been powered by people who’ve built a reputation for delivering high-profile, complex projects. Real, tangible things that alter the landscape and improve lives. But even more than that, we’ve built a reputation for integrity. We’re problem solvers and innovation seekers. We’re team players and safety fanatics. And we always—always—do the right thing. Even when no one is looking. Because what we do here is important, but how we do it is everything.


Our Energy Group at CEI builds projects from the field to the grid. Whether it’s a solar, battery storage, substation, EV charging, microgrid or converter station project, our skilled project managers, engineers and field employees deliver when it matters most. We work with customers on programs of all sizes—those spanning several smaller sites or spanning several thousand acres. Besides building some of the nation’s largest utility-scale solar plants and installing more EV charging stations in California than any other contractor, we are dedicated to running a business that is environmentally responsible.


We are seeking a highly qualified Commissioning Program Manager to become part of a collaborative team, in our Renewables Group. You will have the challenge of working on multiple Utility Scale Photovoltaic (PV) and Battery Storage (BESS) projects throughout North America. This position is within the program management department but is considered a technical position. Applicants with experience in and understanding of the electrical contracting industry are preferred.

This individual will work closely CEI Project Team(s), Engineers of Record and 3rd party subcontractors to ensure the project commission documentation is completed and transmitted in an effective and efficient manner.

  • Develop standardized document turnover structure/tool

  • Manage document turnover to the Client

  • Background in Photovoltaic and Battery Storage Systems

  • Knowledgeable in the material suppliers and subcontractors within the PV and BESS industry

  • Working knowledge of construction plans and specifications associated with PV, energy storage systems and high voltage substations

  • Familiarity with project lifecycle and contract structures for solar, storage, or renewable project

  • Ability to review technical contract documents work with Clients and Subcontractors to ensure compliance with the contract documents as related to document control and turn over packages

  • Participate in the monitoring of construction and commissioning activities in conjunction with the onsite Foreman and Area Superintendent to ensure that turn over documents can be assembled in a timely manner.

  • Represent CEI in discussions with clients regarding document turn over requirements

  • Review and comment on technical test reports from an administrative perspective.

  • Experience interacting with engineers, suppliers, subcontractors and utilities in the US market.

  • Project management experience in the PV and energy storage industry

  • Field experience deploying Solar/ storage in the US market.

  • Support the team with proactive communications.

  • Ability to multi task and change priorities quickly.

  • Able to convert complex technical requirements into an actionable plan

  • Passionate about solving customers’ problems and focused on product value to the customer

Knowledge: Developing professional expertise, applies company policies and procedures to resolve a variety of issues.

Job Complexity: Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors. Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action. Builds productive internal/external working relationships.

Supervision: Normally receives general instructions on routine work, detailed instructions on new projects or assignments.


  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications

  • Working knowledge of P6 Scheduling

  • Ability to read and interpret specifications and drawings

  • Background in Photovoltaic and Battery Storage Systems

  • Ability to work under time pressure and stressful situations with a positive attitude

  • Ability to interact effectively and professionally with all levels of employees, both management and staff alike, vendors, clients, and others


  • Travel and work at construction project sites within North America approximately 25-50% of the time

  • Mainly office environment

  • Traveling to vendors which may be loud and/or dirty, is possible

  • May be required to sit/stand at desk/computer, and/or drive/walk the project site for extended time

  • Required to work on job site in all kinds of weather

  • Hard Hat, Gloves, Safety Glasses and appropriate foot ware (supplier or job site-Safety toe)


Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: BA/BS required.

Experience: Typically requires a minimum of 2 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 3 years and a Master’s degree; or equivalent work experience.


*Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. This position is not eligible for sponsorship.

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CEI is a place where every single person can—and does—have an impact on the work we do and the communities we serve. Here, you can build your own story and grow to your full potential. You can collaborate and celebrate with amazing people. And you’ll go home every day knowing you helped contribute to important work that shapes people’s lives. Our commercial, data center and energy projects may be complex, but our approach is simple. We build great things and we do it with great people.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department, program or project needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI) is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.

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Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI) is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.