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Responsibilities*

Role: Chiller Water Systems Lead Engineer:

  • Provide proactive oversight of Chilled Water (CHW) Systems on AEC projects, in conjunction with U-M Design Manager and a small but expanding Utilities Group within the AEC Mechanical Department, which also addresses Heating Plants and thermal Piping Distribution Systems.
  • Drive campus planning for chilled water systems. Oversee and participate in analysis and long-term planning for campus infrastructure, in conjunction with other stakeholders, with special emphasis on chilled water systems and potentially district heating. Maintain facility condition assessment database for chiller plants, and associated cooling towers, pumps, water treatment and chiller overhauls.
  • 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.
  • Refine and enhance U-M Chilled Water Master Plan (~bi-annually) in conjunction with team.
  • For CHW projects, prepare DDC estimates, review controls design and shop drawings, and monitor construction and commissioning.
  • Develop and/or review energy conservation measures (ECM) associated with CHW systems.

Role: Project Design Manager:

  • Apply project management expertise as an AEC Design Manager to direct and oversee the activities of outside A-E firms and in-house 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. Develop project scope, schedule and budget in conjunction with users, funders and other stakeholders.
  • Coordinate, review and present designs to/with appropriate U-M committees, health and safety representatives, AHJ, State Fire Marshall and other building agencies to assure compliance with code and ordinances.
  • Coordinate anticipated construction activities with users, from planning through construction award phases, in conjunction with University’s construction phase project manager.  Review and evaluate contract bids and proposals and make recommendations on contract awards.
  • Prepare and issue bulletins, review and approve design changes during construction and authorize change orders and payments to retained architects, engineers and contractors.

Role: Project Mechanical Lead

  • Apply mechanical engineering expertise as AEC Mechanical Lead to prepare studies and designs on select (primarily chilled water) projects, in conjunction with other team members, and support staff. Project mix will be focused on Chilled Water Systems initially, but may evolve to include other hydronic and steam systems, and potentially other mechanical systems.
  • Check and approve shop drawings. Visit job site and inspect for contract compliance.
  • Act as University representative to consultants, contractors, suppliers and manufacturers.  Supervise and review testing of engineering systems. 

Role: Non-Production Support

  • Utilize expertise in hydronic and steam 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.  

Role: Operation and Maintenance Engineer for Chilled Water Systems

  • Provide technical guidance for Operations and Maintenance staff, especially for CHW systems. Assist DDC programmers in troubleshooting and optimizing automatic control sequences based on actual operations. Assist in developing temporary strategies due to construction interruptions and unplanned outages. Assist Maintenance Department Chiller Program Manager with prioritizing cyclical chiller overhauls.
  • Pull and archive chilled water system control I/O point trend data.  Review data. Take actions as necessary to ensure systems operate reliably as intended.
  • Periodically meet with water treatment coordinator and contractor to ensure systems are operated, maintained and replaced as required.
  • Periodically meet with chiller mechanics and Maintenance Region Managers to resolve concerns and to communicate the CHW Master Plan.

Required Qualifications*

  • 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 10 years of progressively responsible and expanding experience in project management, design, construction, installation, operation and maintenance of building engineering systems and expert level experience in the design of chilled water systems, and/or heating plants.
  • 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.

Additional Information

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

Facilities and Operations seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

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