Standards Project Engineer

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At UL, we know why we come to work.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Standards Project Engineer at Underwriters Laboratories.


The UL Standards & Engagement organization is currently seeking a Project Engineer to join our Engineering team.    In this role, you will work across a variety of functional groups that are directly involved in the development and maintenance of UL and ULC standards in support of our public safety mission and to accomplish strategic and operational goals.  You will have the opportunity to be directly involved in the development of new safety requirements in response to emerging technologies and services.  Additionally, you will support the growth and development of our engineering team to advance UL’s mission by collaborating across the Standards division to drive the technical rigor of our standards and documents.  A successful team member is someone who is results-oriented, can manage multiple projects, is successful in a fast-paced environment, and has excellent organizational and communication skills.  


Underwriters Laboratories


At Underwriters Laboratories, we wake up every day with a common purpose: to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. Science is in our DNA; we are endlessly curious and passionate about seeking and speaking the truth. We take delight in knowing that our work makes a meaningful contribution to society, and we are proud that our culture is centered on integrity, collaboration, inclusion and excellence. Underwriters Laboratories stands at the forefront of technological advancement, and we are continually challenged to find new ways to foster innovation and positive change. Satisfying? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely!

What you’ll learn & achieve:

As the Standards Project Engineer, you will play a key role in the rapid growth of Underwriters Laboratories as you:

  • Recognizes and supports Standards response to new and emerging technologies.
  • Supports the adoption of cross-cutting component safety standards and requirements in all relevant end product and service standards.
  • Assist with the incorporation of up-to-date referenced standards in UL Standards.
  • Assist in monitoring technical trends, developments (including but not limited to code and regulatory), and advancements in areas of expertise.
  • Organize and present technical information to stakeholder groups in support of selected standards development initiatives.
  • Assists with the dissemination and gathering of related technical information with our domestic and international partners.
  • Contributes to the development of training and educational programs for stakeholders through webinars, presentations, seminars, tradeshows, articles, and public speaking events.
  • Represent UL at industry-related functions such as seminars and trade shows.
  • Successfully executes complex project issues with limited guidance.
  • Applies a strategic approach to project and initiative management.
  • Significantly contributes to complex special assignments at the direction of Standards Management.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

What makes you a great fit:

The ideal candidate will bring several qualities to the team, including:

  • You are deep. You can use your in-depth understanding and technical knowledge to interpret and build standards content.
  • Expert knowledge of professional concepts within own function; applies knowledge to conduct complex work assignments and large-scale projects; interprets internal and external business issues and recommends solutions.
  • Details…details…details. You have strong project planning, prioritizing, and organizational skills along with a strong focus on timelines, deadlines, and deliverables on multiple concurrent projects.
  • As a skilled communicator, you aren’t afraid to ask critical questions and resolve complex issues. You are respectful and diplomatic in your approach. You have a unique ability to connect with internal and external constituents and you can effectively present, write and otherwise expertly convey information across constituents.
  • Speaking in front of others is no problem for you. You are a fantastic presenter and facilitator! You enjoy connecting with people and are an engaging speaker and influencer. You have flourished in this arena and have examples to share with us.
  • A demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
  • You are STRONG! You have strong project management skills. From covering all the details, prioritizing, organizational skills along with a strong focus on timelines, adhering to strict deadlines, and defined deliverables.
  • Decisions, decisions, decisions. You think things through before you implement. As a subject matter expert, you take pride in troubleshooting and proposing solutions based on your experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • You believe in UL’s public safety mission and want to actively contribute independently and on your team. You understand the immense value of working together as a unit. On the other hand, you are not afraid to ask questions and request help when needed.
  • “Collaboration is key” is your motto. Your strong ability to work collaboratively alongside others on projects to meet (and beat) challenging and changing deadlines along with a resilient ability to adjust when changes occur.
  • You are accountable. Your role, output, follow-through, mistakes, initiatives, responsibilities – you own all of it.
  • When it comes to highly technical information, you have a way with words. You identify with your audience and write, apply, communicate and interpret content and context to non-technical constituents.

Professional education and experience requirements for the role include:

  • Bachelor of Science (preferably Master of Science) degree in Engineering is required in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, or similar with a minimum of 5 years of engineering experience.
  • Experience with batteries and energy storage systems desired.
  • Experience working with lithium-ion cells and batteries or other forms of energy or demonstrated knowledge and experience creating software solutions.
  • Technical experience in applying and interpreting standards requirements.  
  • Demonstrated experience with US and Canadian Standards and Codes, as well as national, regional, and international standardization bodies.
  • Desired knowledge in relevant UL, ASTM, NFPA, CSA, and IEC standards.
  • Includes the ability to apply these standards/documents to new and innovative products.
  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate technical information with industry and other stakeholders.
  • Proven experience in interpreting, supporting, and executing directives under minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated proficiencies in common business applications (Word-processing, spreadsheets, presentations).
  • Employs excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrates the ability to relate effectively to others.
  • Strong organizational, leadership, and time management skills.

UL has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to ensure the safety of our employees, customers, and clients. Effective November 1, 2021, the company mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment (except where prohibited by law), subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

What you’ll experience working at UL:

  • Mission: For Underwriters Laboratories, corporate and social responsibility isn’t new. Making the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place has been our business model for the last 128 years and is deeply ingrained in everything we do.
  • People: Ask any Underwriters Laboratories employee what they love most about working here, and you’ll almost always hear, “the people.” Going beyond what is possible is the standard at Underwriters Laboratories. We’re able to deliver the best because we employ the best.
  • Interesting work: Every day is different for us here as we eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customers’ create. We’re inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how people live, work and play. And as a global company, in many roles, you will get international experience working with colleagues around the world.
  • Grow & achieve: We learn, work and grow together with targeted development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very own UL University that offers extensive training programs for employees at all stages, including a technical training track for applicable roles.
  • Total Rewards: All employees at Underwriters Laboratories are eligible for bonus compensation. Underwriters Laboratories offers a generous 401k matching structure of up to 5% of eligible pay. Additionally, we invest an additional 4% into your retirement saving fund after your first year of continuous employment. We provide Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts that Underwriters Laboratories contributes to twice per year! Depending on your role, you can work with your manager on flexible working arrangements. We also provide employees with paid time off including vacation, holiday, sick and volunteer time off.

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About Underwriters Laboratories Inc.


Underwriters Laboratories Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing safety science research through the discovery and application of scientific knowledge. We conduct rigorous independent research and analyze safety data, convene experts worldwide to address risks, share knowledge through safety education and public outreach initiatives, and develop standards to guide safe commercialization of evolving technologies. We foster communities of safety, from grassroots initiatives for neighborhoods to summits of world leaders. Our organization employs collaborative and scientific approaches with partners and stakeholders to drive innovation and progress toward improving safety, security, and sustainability, ultimately enhancing societal well-being.

Our wholly owned subsidiary, UL Inc., advances our shared public safety mission. We fund our work through grants, the licensing of standards documents and the business activities of UL Inc., which conducts testing, verification and certification, and provides training and advisory services, along with data-driven reporting and decision-making tools for customers around the world.


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