University of Minnesota - Mechanical Engineer Supervisor

By District Energy posted 12-08-2020 18:32


University of Minnesota

Mechanical Engineer Supervisor

The Mechanical Engineering Team Supervisor is a member of the Energy Management (EM) Leadership Team reporting to the Director of Energy Management.  Position provides EM leadership and guidance concerning proper operation, maintenance, repair, and construction of steam, chilled water, compressed air, and natural gas utility infrastructure systems. Supervises the EM mechanical engineering discipline team. Provides strategic input into master planning for all University campuses.  Provides engineering direction to Facilities Management (FM) concerning the safe, reliable, cost-effective operation/maintenance and design of facilities mechanical systems in support of university mission of teaching, research, and outreach.

Project Design and Management – Prepare/review engineering designs, specifications, project cost and construction time estimates for moderate to high complexity construction projects.  Manage implementation of large capital improvement projects, coordinating efforts with other University Services staff (engineering, project management, purchasing, finance), outside consultants and external vendors.

Engineering/Technical Leadership – Provide leadership concerning the operation, maintenance and repair of campus utility infrastructure systems and facility MEP systems. Guide and review work of mechanical engineering team; principal/junior engineers, tradesman, and student interns. Lead investigation, evaluation, and development of engineering solutions independently, or in collaboration with others as necessary, to correct university infrastructure/system problems with internal and outside customer/clients.

Strategic Planning – Recommend utility infrastructure system capital improvements to upgrade/replace aging, undersized and underperforming infrastructure/systems.  Assist institution leadership in long-range planning; scope development, and cost estimates to achieve reliable utility systems. Partner with various internal and external departments/organizations, such as Property and Real Estate, Building Codes, Environmental Health and Safety to resolve business challenges.

Minimum Qualifications - Mechanical engineering bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Eight years of progressively more experience and responsibility in design, technical evaluation, and project review in HVAC, chilled water plants and distribution, steam plants and distribution. State of Minnesota professional mechanical engineering registration or timely ability to obtain. 

Work Environment - Primarily office setting with moderate fieldwork investigation, as necessary.  Potential exposure to hazardous conditions requiring hearing and visual PPE.  Must be able to walk and climb to physically access various fieldwork locations.

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