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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


  • Apply project management expertise as AEC Design Manager to direct and oversee the activities of outside A-E firms and in-house A&E engineers and architects in the preparation of studies, plans, specifications and estimates for multiple concurrent construction and renovation projects. Conduct project meetings that define and track scope, schedule, quality and budget of projects. Develop project teams, monitor performance and take corrective action as required to successfully complete projects. Communicate effectively and appropriately with users, funders, administration and other stakeholders regarding project progress, direction needed, and areas of concern. Assignment mix typically includes single and multi-discipline renovation and infrastructure renewal projects for all facets of the U-M community.
  • Apply mechanical engineering expertise as AEC Mechanical Lead to prepare studies and designs on similar projects, in conjunction with other team members, and support staff. Project mix includes hydronic and steam systems, plumbing systems, HVAC systems, and fire suppression. Develop project scope, schedule and budget in conjunction with users, funders and other stakeholders.
  • Participate in analysis and long-term planning for campus infrastructure, in conjunction with other stakeholders, with special expertise on HVAC, controls, laboratory systems and/or fire protection systems.
  • Coordinate, review and present designs to appropriate U-M committees, health and safety representatives, AHJ, State Fire Marshall and other building agencies to assure compliance with code and ordinances.
  • Coordinate all construction activities from planning to occupancy and review with users, in conjunction with University’s construction phase project manager.  Including: Review construction contracts and related documents; Review and evaluate contract bids and proposals and make recommendations on contract awards; Check and approve shop drawings; Visit job site and inspect for contract compliance; Prepare and issue bulletins, review and approve design changes during construction and authorize change orders and payments to retained architects, engineers and contractors.
  • Assist manager of mechanical department in review of construction documents, and functional supervision of mechanical staff, and other tasks appropriate for a leader within the mechanical department.  Interview, recommend selection of, train and evaluate supporting Design/Drafting staff.
  • Utilize expertise in HVAC and laboratory systems to develop and maintain mechanical department master specifications and design guidelines in conjunction with associated U-M committees. Evaluate products for applicability in building mechanical systems and keep other design engineers updated on available technologies.  
  • Act as University representative to consultants, contractors, suppliers and manufacturers.  Supervise and review testing of engineering systems.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and registration as a State of Michigan Professional Engineer, or ability to obtain in within 6 months of hire.
  • Demonstrated 5-8 years of progressively responsible and expanding experience in project management, design, construction, installation and maintenance of building engineering systems and expert level experience in the design of HVAC systems, research or post-secondary teaching laboratories, and/or fire suppression.
  • Effective interpersonal skills to interact with a diverse range of customers and demonstrated leadership and delivery of exemplary customer service skills.  Excellent oral and written communications, attention to detail and organizational skills. Passion and engagement.
  • Considerable knowledge of Michigan Building Code and Rehabilitation Code for Existing Buildings, State of Michigan Mechanical and Plumbing Code International Fire Code, ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and other applicable regulations.
  • Experience planning, organizing and supervising design professionals (drafters, designers, engineers). 

Desired Qualifications*

Construction management experience, and knowledge of life cycle / value engineering, energy analysis, sustainable design, work load management and safe work practices.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Additional Information

*****This is a three-year limited term position, with potential for renewal*****

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.