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Reporting to the Associate Director for Facilities Engineering Operations, the Mechanical Engineer – Commissioning Agent is responsible for overseeing the transition of new building systems from the construction phase to the operations phase during construction of new buildings and/or installation of new or replacement systems. Specific job responsibilities include: working with A/E and contractor teams during commissioning of new buildings or systems; review of proposed new installations during the course of capital project design; managing major maintenance replacements, or renovations; coordinating work with other Facilities supervisors; participating in training for maintenance employees concerning new or retrofitted systems and documenting crew activities through use of the Facilities computerized maintenance management system. Serves as resource person for investigation and correction of issues with new or retrofitted systems. Supervises assigned staff and contractors who participate in the commissioning process, including duties such as training of employees, evaluation and developing crew schedules to ensure efficient utilization of human resources.
- Advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering or directly related field; OR B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or directly related field with relevant experience equivalent to advanced degree. - Professional Engineer (PE). Must be licensed in Virginia, or licensed in another state and able to obtain Virginia licensure within 6 months of employment. - Considerable post-license experience in the field of mechanical engineering. - Experience in design, analysis, condition assessment, project engineering and facilities engineering in the field of mechanical building systems. - Position requires significant knowledge and field experience working with plumbing, HVAC, steam and other mechanical systems and associated components such as pumps, fans, motors, and control systems. - Thorough knowledge of engineering principles and techniques of engineering planning; equipment and materials used in engineering operations; and specialized subjects used in the fields of engineering, such as mathematics, statistics, mechanics, electricity, physics, chemistry and strength of materials. - Ability to apply engineering principles to practical engineering problems; use engineering equipment and tools, including computer applications; make, read and interpret engineering drawings and specifications. - Working knowledge of engineering practices and procedures. - Ability to handle multiple priorities; manage contracts; analyze problems and negotiate positive solutions; make defensible, unsupervised administrative decisions and recommendations; and provide technical and policy support. - Ability to review construction contract drawings and specifications and provide feedback to design firms with emphasis on system commissioning, equipment maintenance and adherence to Virginia Tech Design Standards. - Excellent communication skills; and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. - Ability to relate abstract ideas to actual needs and adopt a well-reasoned course of action. -Ability to work collaboratively in a higher education environment and with outside resources such as contractors and designers.
- Engineering operations experience for a large, research institution or other organization with a large number and variety of facilities, including utilities. - Experience with HVAC system commissioning and controls concepts and strategies. - Experience with energy efficient design concepts and sustainable construction strategies. - AutoCAD drafting experience. - Virginia Master Plumbing License or Master Electrical License. - Experience working in higher education or institutional setting preferred.
Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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