The Plant Engineer is responsible for managing the College’s Plant Operations including the Central Plant and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems. Serves in a leadership support role by providing information, advice and consultation to various constituents regarding Plant Operations and MEP systems. Job functions and responsibilities are performed independently and encompass the following areas in plant operations and systems: (1) planning and operational management, (2) budget management, (3) plant efficiency and utilities analysis, and (4) special projects and/or activities. The Plant Engineer reports to and assists the Senior Director of Facilities. This position is temporary, full-time, benefit eligible, with an appointment of approximately six months.
About Harvey Mudd College:
Located in the heart of Claremont, California, 35 miles east of Los Angeles, Harvey Mudd College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college offering degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. HMC enrolls about 800 students and is a member of The Claremont Colleges, which comprises five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions. According to students, professors, and alumni, what makes Harvey Mudd distinctive is its collaborative, cross-disciplinary nature. The working environment is built on collaborative relationships between and among all members of the campus community and a deep commitment to the College’s mission to educate students “so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.”
Summary of Job Responsibilities:
Plant Operations and MEP Systems – Planning and Operational Management
Partner with the Maintenance Service Manager to manage the College’s building management systems, which includes investigating, troubleshooting, recommending and following through on system repair, replacement and/or improvement. Review plans, drawings, maps, specifications, requisitions, and other documents related to the repair and replacement of systems for accuracy, compliance with applicable regulations and general conformance with College policies and goals. Conduct on-site inspections of facilities to assess conditions and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations; take appropriate action and follow through when warranted. Provide professional engineering advice, consultation, education, and assistance to constituents concerning Plant Operations and MEP systems. Work directly with faculty, staff, vendors, and others on facilities projects involving plant operations and MEP systems to determine needs, develop scope of work and implement projects effectively and efficiently. Conduct and develop equipment and maintenance standards, procedures and performance criteria for MEP systems throughout the campus. Develop and implement Plant Operations and MEP systems facilities surveys as needed. Review the campus low voltage systems (controls and life safety systems) and make recommendations for expansion and/or improvement. Conduct inspections and review documents to ensure compliance with all OSHA, Cal-OSHA, NFPA, Fire Marshal, Building Code, SCAQMD and all other Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs). Where necessary develop estimates, budget requests and plans to implement approved corrections. Conduct monthly safety walks to ensure safety measures are being met and maintained. Examples include: protective barriers, locks, lock out tag out, safety guards, access panels, proper clearances, confined space and proper labeling of equipment, piping, panels, outlets, and junction boxes.
Prepare and review estimates and schedules for all project stages, prepare trend reports to assess the impact of design developments and new requirements on project costs and schedules, and assist with leading value engineering efforts to correct and address adverse trends. Prepare and maintain budgets, budget forecasts, and work plans and schedules. Review, cost codes, approve, and direct the timely processing of all assigned invoices. Partner with the Maintenance Service Manager to ensure that all preventative maintenance (PM) plans are in place and functioning for all equipment and systems to include elements of life safety, physical safety, manufacturer recommendations, and overall best practices.
Plant Efficiency and Utilities Analysis
Monitor Physical Plant both physically and financially, and identify opportunities to make physical and or operational improvements. Plan, coordinate, and implement energy savings based on available programs and opportunities including possible utility rebates, and grants. Implement approved efficiency projects and verify actual savings. Monitor utility consumption and evaluate opportunities for efficiency upgrades. Perform project cost and payback analysis. Gather data and analyze utility consumption, and prepare operational change reports (e.g. recommending modifications to equipment or changing consumption and/or management practices). Assist with development, and provide necessary information to update the College’s Greenhouse Gas and/or Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System (STARS) reports. Evaluate potential Green Fund projects and implement projects approved by the Green Fund Committee. Verify the savings of Green Fund projects and manage the repayment of the funds within the utility budget. Review and make recommendations for improvements to the campus utility metering system.
Special Projects and Activities
Under the direction of the Senior Director of Facilities coordinate and implement projects or special activities, such as: Provide support with special projects and activities, including evaluation of systems and products for use in capital projects and renovations to maintain high quality and consistency of maintenance. Assess the need for contract services for Plant Operations and MEP systems and manage the process when such services have been approved. Develop and revise methods, systems and procedures for the implementation of new and ongoing projects for Plant Operations and MEP systems. Survey buildings and identify opportunities for efficiency improvement projects. Manage the College’s central plant program; including researching, recommending and implementing approved upgrades to the central plant system. Analyze the College’s backup power needs, recommend options and implement approved solutions. Respond independently to inquiries requiring knowledge of applicable regulations, policies, and guidelines. Interact with federal, state and local agencies as necessary as it relates to Plant Operations and MEP systems. Become familiar with and comply with College policies and procedures. Serve on Facilities Management Team and assist with taking notes. Other related duties as assigned.
Summary of Qualifications:
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in mechanical or electrical engineering or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. Minimum of five years of increasing responsibility and related experience in facilities plant operations and management, with a focus on MEP systems Demonstrated experience and familiarity with Physical Plant standards and operations.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Individuals must possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the position including:
Engineering and construction terminology, theory, practices and principles
Facilities management systems (e.g. Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Building Management Systems).
Knowledge and experience with building management systems, boilers, chillers, cooling towers, air handling, and refrigeration equipment.
California building codes.
Standards of design and construction.
Basic construction techniques and materials.
Industry best practices for Plant Operations and MEP systems.
Environmental and sustainable practices.
Principles of engineering, architectural design and project management
Various construction and mechanical system trades which provides the ability to determine acceptable and unacceptable products
Read, understand and interpret architectural blueprints, plans and specifications
Interpret technical materials such as building codes, regulations and owner’s manuals.
Converse technically with engineers and architects regarding campus central plant, utilities and systems for electricity, natural gas, water, sewer, network cabling, and the maintenance, operation, design, and construction of the various building types which occur on a residential college or similar environment.
Continually update professional knowledge through courses, seminars, publications, and contact with other plant engineers and facility management professionals.
Keep current with all pertinent local, state and federal codes, regulations and laws.
Management and Analytical Skills:
Exercise independent judgment
Prioritize and manage multiple projects, meet deadlines and schedules, organize work, focus on critical needs, and develop action plans
Anticipate change and be able to plan and adapt accordingly
Plan, organize and control projects throughout lifecycle
Analyze and interpret data and reports of varying complexity
Use a variety of software applications at various levels of complexity in gathering information, conducting analyses and developing reports
Conduct analysis and research including gathering information from a variety of sources to formulate recommendations
Knowledge and use of principles of budgetary planning and management
Functional use of Microsoft Office and related products
Understanding of recordkeeping procedures
Use various methods of graphic presentation and project documentation
Proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, and other writing standards
Strong interpersonal skills that include: tact, diplomacy and the flexibility to work with the College’s various constituencies
Strong presentation skills
Function in a collaborative team environment and build and maintain effective relations with the College’s various constituencies, including: Trustees, the President’s Cabinet, faculty, staff, students, alumni, governmental representatives, consultants, and other internal and external constituencies
Prepare coherent presentation texts and graphics
Write reports, memoranda, and other correspondence/documents
Explain complex Plant Operations and MEP Systems and solutions in a clear and concise manner to small and large groups with a varying knowledge base
Possess and maintain a valid California Driver License and a DMV record that meets the requirements set by the College’s insurance carrier
Please visit www.hmc.edu/employment to view a complete job description for this position and obtain information about how to submit an application. Information about HMC’s competitive benefits package is available at www.hmc.edu/hrbenefits.
Deadline to apply:
Position will remain open until filled.
Harvey Mudd College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will be given consideration for employment without regard to age, race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran’s status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.