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Senior Mechanical Engineer

Company: University of Massachusetts Lowell
Location: Lowell
Posted on: May 15, 2022

Job Description:

Position Summary The Senior Mechanical Engineer is responsible for project management, design, and preparation of drawings and specifications for the mechanical components of a variety of capital projects ranging from research and laboratory equipment installation to modifications of building mechanical systems, as well as development of campus standards and peer review of designs prepared by consulting designers. This position will use their technical knowledge and creative problem solving ability to support colleagues in Facilities Management in developing energy efficient solutions to mechanical challenges. Essential Job Functions Project Management & Design --- 55% Serve as both project manager and in-house designer for capital projects primarily involving mechanical work, ranging from installation of laboratory and research equipment to modification of existing and introduction of new building systems. Prepare and stamp plans, specifications, and cost estimates for bidding and construction of mechanical projects when needed. May also review, approve, and stamp plans and specifications prepared by in-house non-licensed mechanical engineering professionals under the supervision of this position. May serve as the campus liaison with State agencies (such as the Massachusetts Department of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) and other state, federal, or local agencies on assigned projects. Responsible for all phases of the project life cycle: including scoping, estimating, study, design, budget management, procurement, construction administration, and closeout. Responsible for compliance with applicable codes, accessibility, and state procurement regulations. Manage project scopes, budgets, and schedules to ensure achievement of objectives within established constraints. Ensure that University design standards, technological, and operational needs are incorporated into each project in a code compliant manner for operational continuity across campus. May be responsible for soliciting, contracting, and managing consulting engineers. Execute and administer design and construction contracts for projects in compliance with State procurement regulations. Maintain complete and up-to-date project files throughout the project life cycle including commissioning, testing, and close out requirements. Manage and provide a smooth transition for occupants and turnover of service providers, including the Operations staff. Provide timely and accurate status reporting of budget, schedule, and scope. Ensure consistent and frequent communication with all project stakeholders to manage expectations and solicit and disseminate relevant information throughout the project life cycle. Equipment Management --- 20% Review proposals for new research and laboratory equipment submitted by faculty and staff as part of grant applications, new faculty start-up requirements, work requests, and procurement processes to confirm feasibility and cost of installation. Document and track equipment installations on campus. Work with requestors to explore alternative solutions to achieve their objectives if initial requests prove infeasible. Develop and maintain strong understanding of the capacities and functionality of mechanical systems in campus buildings to support equipment installation. Design Standards, Reviews, and Support of Colleagues --- 25% Develop and propose new and modified mechanical design standards to assist the campus in meeting its operational, maintenance, and sustainability goals and responsibilities. Conduct reviews of mechanical designs during capital project development to ensure compliance with established campus standards. Support planners, project managers, and facilities operations staff sharing mechanical design expertise to assist with evaluating feasibility of proposals, efficiency and viability of design approaches, suggestion of creative alternatives, and help address challenges that emerge throughout project life cycles. Document as-built conditions of existing building mechanical systems. Promote the University---s commitment to customer service by: Building effective partnerships with co-workers throughout the University by freely sharing appropriate information and providing assistance when needed. Ensuring optimum service to all internal and external partners in response to all requests for service and information. Maintaining an environment that is welcoming to persons of all backgrounds, nationalities, and roles. Other Job Duties -- Performs other related duties as assigned. Qualifications / Key Job Factors Minumum Qualifications: Bachelor---s degree in Mechanical Engineering or directly related discipline. Current registration as a Professional Engineer (mechanical) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Minimum seven (7) years of progressive experience in mechanical engineering design and consultation. Must complete training and attain MCPPO (Massachusetts Procurement Training) status within one year of hire. Must possess valid OSHA10 certification within 6 months of hire. Ability to prepare, read, and interpret AutoCAD and Revit drawings and mechanical specifications. Demonstrated working knowledge of applicable codes. Working knowledge of research laboratory practices and mechanical systems. Ability to prepare accurate cost estimates and budgets. Ability to work constructively with a wide range of technical, academic, administrative, and professional people. Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions. Excellent written, oral, and graphic communication skills. Strong organizational skills. Ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously. Must be a self-directed problem solver. Ability to access any portion of a construction site or facility campus wide. Preffered Qualifications: Master---s and/or terminal professional degree in mechanical engineering or related field. Additional construction industry and/or project management related certifications, licensure, or registrations such as Registered Architect, Professional Engineer (plumbing, electrical, or other discipline in addition to mechanical), Construction Supervisor, or LEED AP. Prior experience with Massachusetts public procurement construction laws. Experience with STEM laboratory facilities in a higher education, corporate, or other institutional facilities. Impact of Actions: This position has the responsibility to support the goals and objectives of faculty and staff while minimizing risk associated with construction and renovation. The primary responsibility of this position is to promote the planning, design, and execution of mechanical projects of all types and sizes (from major capital new construction to equipment installation) within the schedule, budget, and operational constraints set by UMass Lowell. This position ensures that campus standards and operational requirements are incorporated into all phases of projects and that quality workmanship is achieved during construction. Failure to accomplish these goals could result in budget overruns that put future renovation and expansion plans at risk and/or scheduling delays that could compromise constituents--- ability to perform their work. This position makes critical recommendations for executive decision making. Complexity: This position requires a combination of a solid grounding in engineering best practices and the ability to creatively resolve emergent problems. This position requires the ability to critically assess complex situations, identify, and communicate with key decision makers, solve multi-faceted problems, resolve conflicting priorities work effectively under stress, within deadlines, and in public situations, often identifying appropriate solutions to unique circumstances, and adapt communication style and approach in response to the needs of a particular situation. Supervision Exercised: May supervise interns or temporary staff, responsible for management of consultants. Internal / External Communication: This person communicates with all levels of the organization and must effectively manage programming and problem-solving sessions with conflicting priorities. They must articulate the current status of the project, identify alternatives, and make recommendations to senior level executives as well as operational managers. This position represents UMass Lowell with State and Local agencies for review of construction documents, permits, approvals and waivers. They must be able to motivate and build collaborative teams with designers, consultants, contractors, and stakeholders, and cross-functional internal experts for mutual commitment towards project goals and delivery expectations. Special Skills: The ability to work effectively with diverse groups. About the Search The University of Massachusetts Lowell is conducting a national search with the assistance of Helbling & Associates ( www.helblingsearch.com ), an executive search firm specializing in areas of facilities management, construction, engineering, and real estate development. Please Submit Applications or Nominations to Helbling & Associates, Inc. 8000 Brooktree Road, Suite 100 Wexford, PA 15090 Ryan R. Pugh, Senior Managing Consultant E: ryanphelblingsearch.com O: (724) 935-7500 x 111 C: (724) 991-6051 Please visit Helbling & Associates--- Candidates Page for more information.

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