Engineering and Manufacturing

Product Safety Compliance Engineer


·        This candidate must also provide guidance on relevant NEC, UL, IEC safety testing standards requirements preceding the launch of new products
·        Bachelor’s Science in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Controls/Automation, or related)
·        Excellent communications skills, in both verbal and written formats
·        Excellent organization, time management, and project management skills
·        Foster a Customer-First Mindset


·        The responsibilities of this position will involve product safety compliance activities
·        These activities include, “NPD” New Product Development, “ETO” Engineering to Order as it pertains to safety compliance
·        In addition, this position will also be responsible for sustaining product safety conformance for legacy products, investigation, and validation testing
·        Furthermore, this position shall be able to guide design engineering department on relevant aspect of product design and its minimum requires to satisfy the requirements that are published by the NFPA, UL, IEC
·        In this role you may be asked to participate (directly or indirectly) on standards and regulatory committees
·        Maintain current NRTL (UL, ETL, CSA, etc.) product certification approvals
·        Acquire NRTL certification on new products
·        Compile CE compliance documentation for safety and departmental/company directives
·        Contract and coordinate with outside laboratories for safety and compliance testing
·        Develop and review and approve relevant test plans
·        Develop and review and approve final test reports
·        Signoff on product release readiness thorough the NPD process
·        Keeping up-to-date technically on standards and regulatory requirements
·        Provide guidance to the design engineering or other teams regarding regulatory / compliance requirements
·        When asked, participate directly and/or indirectly on standards and regulatory committees so make certain that division/department objectives are represented
·        Drive Continuous Improvement


·        Bachelor’s Science in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Controls/Automation, or related)
·        2+ years of experience working in product safety or quality desired.
·        Knowledge of IEC/UL product safety standards
·        Excellent communications skills, in both verbal and written formats.
·        Excellent organization, time management, and project management skills.

Position Summary

The responsibilities for this position will include but are not limited to:

  • Fostering relationships with existing clients, while cultivating new relationships to drive organizational growth and strength
  • Leading and mentoring electrical engineers and electrical technicians
  • Leading the process of responding to requests for proposals for professional engineering services from clients (internal and external)
  • Interacting with project teams and clients to understand their needs and following through with design to meet their expectations
  • Overseeing design and peer reviewing:
    • Power one-line diagrams
    • Power distribution interconnection and equipment sizing
    • Lighting/photometrics, control, and low voltage systems design
    • Short circuit and available fault current calculations
    • Project specifications development
  • Ensuring LHB QA/QC processes are followed


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET-accredited program
  • 10+ years’ experience in the design/construction industry
  • Professional Engineer in MN or WI
  • Knowledge of Electrical codes, standards, concepts, and design
  • Ability to evaluate, plan, direct, manage, communicate, engage, and oversee projects with varying degrees of complexity
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Upon receipt of an offer of employment, applicants must be able to successfully complete pre-employment onboarding requirements that will include a criminal/civil background check and drug screen, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.


  • Staff supervision experience
  • Leadership experience and/or aspirations
  • Construction observation experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge/familiarity with Revit and/or BIM software
  • Experience writing and/or modifying Specifications
  • Knowledge of low voltage systems design
  • RCDD certification


  • The position is hybrid home and office and based in our Duluth or Minneapolis locations.
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off
  • Medical and Dental
  • HSA/FSA (Medical, Dependent Care, Parking Transportation)
  • Base Life and AD&D
  • 401(k) with Company Match
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee-Owned Company/Opportunities to become a Shareholder

This firm is an Engineering, Planning and Design firm specializing in commercial projects for a range of markets, including corporate, retail, hospitality and government. We also develop bulk commodity-handling facilities and structures for value-added processing, manufacturing and distribution.

We partner with facility owners, architects and contractors nationwide – and beyond – to bring vision to life and accomplish business objectives. Putting relationships first has established nearly a half century of excellence and an impressive track record of repeat business.

VAA is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, with an office in Sioux Falls, SD. We are professionally licensed in 49 states and 5 Canadian provinces.

Structural Engineering

Not only does the Structural Engineering team help to safeguard the health and welfare of the general public, they also play a key role in helping valued clients achieve their goals by skillfully designing structural systems and foundations. Our project work occurs all over the world, including high-wind and seismically active locations.

Your role:

  • Engineer new facilities, expansions and retrofits utilizing proven analytical skills, technical expertise and knowledge of code requirements
  • Efficiently employ both software and manual calculations to develop innovative solutions that are to-code and constructable within project constraints
  • Provide guidance and distribute work to technicians and engineers
  • Prepare proposals and design documents; help estimate project fees
  • Generate preliminary concepts and effectively communicate your approach 

A Senior Engineer will also:

  • Manage client relationships and serve as primary technical client contact on projects
  • Set standards for technical excellence and efficiency through sound engineering judgment, effective problem-solving, as well as thorough engineering analysis, design and detailing
  • Supervise, mentor and train engineers and technical staff to produce high-quality services and deliverables
  • Manage project scope, schedules, budgets and billing for individual projects while coordinating with multidisciplinary teams to ensure successful project delivery
  • Conduct technical document reviews
  • Perform site observations/evaluations (potential for 25% travel to construction sites)

Mid-Level Electrical Engineer (Hybrid/Flex)

Be the foundation for your clients’ success. Engineer the infrastructure that propels commerce, enables a more-sustainable impact, elevates municipal services, and creates impressive gathering spaces. As a Mid-level Electrical Engineer, you’ll have unique opportunities to utilize your talents and experience while flexing your problem-solving muscles. Our growing firm is looking for passionate problem-solvers driven to make a real impact: we’re hiring a Mid-level Electrical Engineer.

This is an Engineering, Planning and Design firm specializing in bulk commodity-handling facilities and structures for value-added processing, manufacturing, distribution, consumer, and institutional use.

We partner with facility owners, architects and contractors nationwide – and beyond – to bring vision to life and accomplish business objectives. Putting relationships first has established nearly a half century of excellence and an impressive track record of repeat business.

We are professionally licensed in 49 states and 5 Canadian provinces.

Electrical Engineering

Our Electrical team is focused on the design of electrical power systems for industrial facilities; ethanol, specialty chemical, grain handling and feed mills. We are also designing green energy solutions (solar) for municipal and industrial clients as they grow their renewable energy portfolios.  Analytical services for new and existing power systems include load flow studies, short circuit analysis, arc flash risk assessment, and power factor correction.

Your role:

  • Perform high quality engineering services.
  • Assist with the preparation of high-quality construction documentation including calculations, drawings and specifications.
  • Perform construction phase site observations on job sites and produce site observation reports as required. (Potential 5% travel to construction job sites.)
  • Efficiently use appropriate software to complete engineering design.
  • Manage time based on project budget and schedule.
  • Communicate with clients/contractors regarding RFI’s and field questions, as requested.

Your resume must include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
  • 5+ years of electrical engineering experience in design and construction OR P.E license
  • Experience with electrical system studies (SKM or ETAP.)
  • Proficient with any of the following software (Revit, Bluebeam, Navisworks and AutoCAD.)
  • PV design experience (preferred.)


Design and engineer a variety of electrical products (lighting cabinets, panelboards, switchboards, switchgear, control panels, etc.) that integrate new and existing hardware/software for complete and functional operation. Field measure and repair customer’s equipment as required. Keeping a working knowledge of companies fabrication methods, machinery, and programming software to improve products and processes.

This is a full-time salaried position.

Specific Duties Include:

·         Reviews project specifications, plans, and requirements to assist sales in the preparation of quotations conveying price, delivery and technical information to customers.

·         Ensure that processes, construction, installation, and operational requirements meet specifications, codes, and end-user expectations.

·         Design equipment from the ground up utilizing 3D modeling software to meet customer’s requirements while adhering to latest codes and standards.

·         Maintain working knowledge of companies laser, turret, press brakes, etc. and associated machine programming software to aide in product improvement.

·         Travel (occasionally overnight and off-hours) as required to support field measurements and maintenance of equipment (approximately 5% of the time).

·         Develop and maintain effective working relationships with shop employees to promote feedback to drive product improvement.

·         Projects a positive, professional image of the company in all communications with customers, vendors and suppliers.

·         Stays current with product updates and code changes.

·         Make recommendations to management on manufacturing processes to promote lean manufacturing.

·         Other duties as assigned by Management.

Skills and Qualifications:

·         Mechanical Engineer with 3+ years’ experience or Electrical System Design expert with 5+ years’ experience.

·         Experience with CAD (SolidWorks, AutoCAD) software is required.

·         Understanding of 3-phase power systems is preferred.

·         Understanding of low voltage and/or medium voltage electrical equipment is preferred.

·         Experience in sheet metal manufacturing and electrical equipment design.

·         Ability to work in a team environment to accomplish daily tasks.

·         Superior problem solving, project management and analytical skills.

·         Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products, including Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint.

·         Demonstrated ability to work independently making sound design/engineering decisions for weeks at a time.

Physical Requirements/Working Environment:

·         This position requires the ability to sit, and bend or stand for extended periods of time.

·         Performance of duties will mostly be in the office. Travel as required (approximately 5% of the time).

·         Initial 3‐6 months of this position will require working in a shop setting fabricating and assembling equipment. During this time, you must be able to sit, kneel, reach, stoop, crouch or crawl. Also will require the ability to move and/or lift objects up to 50 pounds.

An Equal Opportunity Employer