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UW Facilities manages the University’s buildings, infrastructure and land, with more than 1,100 employees in a variety of fields. The Asset Management group includes Capital & Space Management, Real Estate, Sustainability and other teams responsible for planning and workload management. The Operations group includes Project Delivery, Maintenance & Construction, Campus Utilities & Operations, Building Services, Transportation Services and Safety. Supporting these groups, as well as the separate Emergency Management team, are the Business Intelligence & Information Technology group and the Finance & Administration group.
Asset Management has an outstanding opportunity for a Facilities Mechanical Engineer.
Under general supervision and guidance from the Engineering Manager, this position provides technical engineering expertise during the programming, planning, design, construction, commissioning, turnover, operation and maintenance of UW facilities and infrastructure. UW’s Seattle campus comprises over 300 buildings and 15 million gross square feet, including a major medical center/teaching hospital, state of the art research facilities, classrooms, offices, sport and recreation facilities, dormitories, utility distribution systems, 8 miles of utility tunnels and two central utility plants. Other UW campuses and facilities comprise over 230 buildings and 4.5 million gross square feet including the University of Washington Tacoma and Bothell campuses, Pack Forest, Forks, Sand Point, Friday Harbor and the UW Tower complex.
Duties and Responsibilities:
•Provide technical review and oversight during all phases of Capital Projects, including major capital and minor capital projects. Ensure projects comply with UW’s Facilities Design Guide, identify value-engineering ideas, actively observe construction and commissioning activities, visit construction sites and write observation reports, and confirm delivery of turnover-to-operation deliverables. •Lead commissioning process and act as a certified commissioning professional on minor capital projects and other small capital projects. Lead re-commissioning and retro-commissioning efforts on existing building systems. Develop commissioning plans, prepare functional performance test procedures, identify measurable criteria for test acceptance, schedule and perform testing, recognize deficiencies, and write preliminary and final commissioning reports. •Provide technical assistance, recommendations, calculations, and engineering solutions to campus planning, operation, maintenance, and construction units. Troubleshoot and recommend solutions to resolve major operational and maintenance problems. Identify life-cycle cost optimization and operational efficiencies. Coordinate with shop personnel for building and utility renewal projects and assessments, corrective engineering, preventative and deferred maintenance. •Champion environmental stewardship and sustainability. Be knowledgeable of green building best practices, application of new emerging technologies, and conservation strategies to reduce energy, water, and greenhouse gas emissions. •Write engineering audits and prepare analysis to identify deficiencies of building and system needs. Develop proposed project scopes of work to renovate and upgrade systems and utilities for the Building and Utility Renewal Program. •Provide engineering field investigations and calculations to develop UW’s Utility Master Plan and other infrastructure. The UMP compliments the Campus Master Plan for the Main Seattle campus and other outlying branch campuses. •Participate in business continuity planning and emergency response efforts. Engineering Services performs ATC-20 post-earthquake inspections that are essential for post-earthquake recovery and restoration of services. Engineering Services also provides support for utility outages, critical system failures and other emergency events. •Develop and update information on the university’s assets and utility systems. •Contribute to the development and update of UW’s Facilities Design Guide. The FDG guides project teams to implement design consistency, maintainability, future flexibility and lowest life cycle costs of new building construction and renovations. •Operate vehicles such as UW vans and cars to transport personnel, tools, and equipment to various jobs sites and remote campuses at occasional intervals.
Perform other duties as assigned.
•Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. •Minimum of 5 years work experience in building mechanical engineering, commissioning or a related field, with an emphasis on field engineering. •High degree of professionalism, integrity and ownership needed; must be customer-focused and results-oriented, innovative, creative, highly motivated, and team-oriented. •Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; e.g. clients, regulatory agencies and personnel, health/safety professionals, consultants, management, peers, etc. to accomplish goals that are in the best interest of the university. •Familiarity with facilities-related computer software, including design tools, construction management software, computerized maintenance management systems, and the full Microsoft Office suite of applications. •Ability to respond to emergency situations and changing needs. •Record of success in mechanical system design and installation.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
•Licensed Mechanical Professional Engineer in the State of Washington. •Certification as a Certified Commissioning Professional. •Familiarity with applicable building codes, plus specific detailed knowledge of energy, mechanical and plumbing codes •Broad experience with steam, chillers, cooling towers, laboratory fume exhaust, pumps, hydronics, refrigeration, plumbing, natural gas, compressed air, building controls (pneumatic, DDC, lighting), meters (steam condensate, chilled water, water, gas, electrical), vintage HVAC systems, new emerging technologies. •Experience with institutional/government/public works projects.
Conditions of Employment:
•Must be able to work in mechanical/electrical spaces, utility tunnels, outdoors, confined spaces, around operating equipment such as boilers, pumps and transformers, and on active construction sites. •While usual hours fall within standard business hours, work may be required during hours beyond standard business hours including weekends. Position requires flexibility to deal with emergency situations, meetings, or other scheduled work that may fall outside normal work hours. This position is designated as performing an essential service and is required to report to work during any suspension of University operations, unless specifically notified otherwise. •Professional travel may be required. •Must have a valid Washington Driver License. •Must be able to work in non-smoking environment. •Regular and predictable attendance is required.
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