Harvard University - Senior Mechanical Engineer

By District Energy posted 10-29-2019 17:07

Harvard University

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Campus Services



Job Code

395059 Engineer


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Job-Specific Responsibilities

This position provides mechanical engineering at a senior level for the planning, design, operation, maintenance, and repair of the University’s utility infrastructure which includes electric, steam, heating hot water, and chilled water as well as energy management and utility metering systems. This position shall also perform special short and long-range projects as directed.

1. Plan, develop, and implement the installation and modification of campus utility systems. Coordinate with the plans and needs of the University’s Schools and Units. Engineer and oversee the installation and relocation of underground utility infrastructure with minimum impact to the University’s community and its activities. Assume complete engineering responsibility for utility distribution systems to ensure system capability, flexibility, reliability, safety, economic operation, and consideration for expansion. Formulate and balance long and short-range plans and budgets with respect to utility distribution upgrades. Develop distribution system statistics, records, and drawings, and assist in the documentation of utility infrastructure for record purposes.
2. Maintain communications and relationships with governmental agencies/departments to ensure that the University’s interests are served in a safe, reliable, economical, and least disruptive manner. Stay current with pertinent government standards relative to employee environmental, health, and safety. Maintain knowledge of federal, state, municipal, industry, and University codes, regulations, practices, trends, and/or guidelines as well as stay current with the latest information on mechanical design and equipment.
3. Provide technical assistance to Campus Services operating and maintenance personnel and technical support for the operation and maintenance of central utility distribution systems and building systems as necessary. Evaluate and provide recommendations for preventive maintenance programs for the University’s steam, heating hot water, and chilled water plants and distribution systems. Identify and develop cost control opportunities and system cost planning.
4. Interface with local utility suppliers. Assist in the University’s utility metering, accounting, and billing activities. Perform utility rate analyses and evaluate impacts upon the University. Evaluate and recommend appropriate action to provide alternative utility sources to or within the University whenever economically feasible or otherwise justified. Evaluate energy management system operations for improvement and enhancement possibilities for control and monitoring of the campus utility distribution system and building distribution systems.
5. Coordinate with other Campus Services divisions to formulate the best delivery of services to the University’s Schools and Units. Explore with the other Campus Services divisions possible new business opportunities within the University and help formulate business strategies. Assist in the formulation and implementation of new departmental policies and procedures to improve the delivery of engineering, operational, utility accounting, and maintenance services and planning.
6. Develop, negotiate, and manage the delivery of engineering and project management services for various projects relative to the utility infrastructure. Prepare and review technical and legal portions of bid and contract documents. Interface with architects, engineers, contractors, consultants and University representatives to coordinate and manage projects for best implementation and minimum disruption to the University’s community and its activities. Responsible for budgeting and monitoring the function and expenditures for the various utility projects for the Schools and Units.


Basic Qualifications

BS in Mechanical Engineering
Registration as a Professional Engineer
Minimum of ten years of professional level experience
Experience in master planning, design, installation, and operation of central utility systems
Experience managing capital construction projects


Additional Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications
Institutional, industrial, or utility company experience
Familiarity with small scale power generation
Knowledge of mechanical systems in complex buildings and labs
Experience in developing, evaluating, and managing energy conservation
Experience working in a customer-oriented business unit
Ability to work well as a team member
Effective problem-solver and be able to interact effectively in a highly political academic
Ability to respond to off-hour storm contingencies and utility emergencies
Ability to work extended hours when necessary
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Technology Skills Required:
Computer skills including word-processing, spreadsheets, and databases
Ability to access and modify data in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) systems including AutoCAD
Familiarity with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems
Ability to access Internet applications and use electronic mail

Additional Information

Duties & Responsibilities continued
7. Study and evaluate mechanical building systems for all Harvard facilities and departments. Involvement includes but is not limited to the installation, operation, and maintenance of steam, heating hot water, and chilled water systems, specialized research and test equipment, and HVAC controls. Interface with representatives from the Schools and Units to coordinate their projects with campus-wide utility projects. Incorporate the impacts of projects for the Schools and Units into the budgets and work scope of the University’s utility capital plan.
8. Review and upgrade project specifications and drawings for mechanical construction work. Work with representatives, architects, and consultant engineers for the Schools and Units to develop optimum cost and benefits to the campus utility and building systems for new construction and renovation projects.
9. Develop an appropriate and effective utility conservation program to reduce the University’s energy consumption in support of the University’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Examine, evaluate, and make recommendations on conservation proposals and products for the Schools and Units.

Job Function



Energy & Facilities


USA - MA - Cambridge



Time Status



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade


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EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.