Mechanical Engineer


Posted: 11/18/20
Deadline: 12/12/20
Salary: Negotiable
Reference Number: 228263-AS

About This Organization

The Division of Facilities Planning & Management (FP&M) is a full-spectrum service organization that builds, maintains, and operates the physical environment of the UW-Madison campus in support of the university’s education, research, and outreach activities.

FP&M works behind the scenes to coordinate campus planning, manage design and construction, maintain and operate buildings and grounds, supply utility services, ensure health and safety, and provide parking and transportation services.

Our campus customers include anyone who works, studies, visits, or lives on campus.

FP&M’s sphere of operations extends to the entire 936-acre UW campus and includes buildings and grounds, walkways and roadways, parking lots, vehicles, and utility generation and distribution systems. On the main campus, this includes 420 buildings containing more than 17 million assignable square feet (ASF) of academic and research space and more than 25 million total gross square feet (GSF). More than 120 of these buildings house major instructional and research facilities. More than 83 percent of these buildings are at least 25 years old and 79 percent are at least 35 years old. There are also more than 9,500 acres of off-campus property.

The annual operating budget of FP&M is $227 million. FP&M has also managed $3 billion of capital projects since 2000.

Job Duties

Provides engineering expertise in designing, modifying and constructing University facilities including buildings and physical plant infrastructure. These professionals are responsible for interpreting, designing and/or constructing University facilities subject to regulatory and professional standards, developing cost-benefit engineering analyses comparing construction alternatives, and/or other duties typical of a professional mechanical engineer in an institution of higher education.

– Understand, keep current, interpret, consult, communicate and apply all established building codes including safety, accessibility, environmental, established policies and standards. Work with different agencies and professionals such as city fire inspector, city building inspector, and University health inspector to identify and rectify or mitigate violations and assure compliance in campus facilities.

– Work with outside contractors and University departments to provide engineering assessment, design, specification, review, estimating, bidding, quality control, and technical oversight for facilities remodeling projects. Work closely with other in-house designers, project administrators, and trades to ensure efficient project coordination, execution, communication and construction.

– Assess needs, performance and problems of building systems. Evaluate applicability, validity and feasibility of proposed projects and solutions to ensure that the work will have no adverse effect on the building, is not in conflict with known future plans for the facility, is not in violation of established code and policies, and will provide the desired results. Provide alternatives when appropriate.

– Develop job scope and project program statements into preliminary assessments along with preliminary cost estimates for projects.

– Attend project meetings and provide customer consultation. Attend preconstruction and construction meetings as needed. Resolve construction and installation problems and conflicts as required.

– Specify materials and equipment and finishes as needed for projects by consulting with all available resources and considering economy, availability, utility and future maintainability.

– Perform proper and accessible documentation, coordination and communication of project decisions, specifications, procedures and relevant details for future reference by the facilities organization. Review and approve shop drawings, work pay requests, change orders, and alternates.

– Provide engineering services in installation, commissioning and operation of new building systems. Perform post-construction walk-through inspections for compliance to codes and standards and carry out electronic and paper project file closeout procedures as needed.

– Provide technical support, guidance, solutions, and training to the organization to ensure proper communication, operational procedures and staff training. Research new technology for adaptation and gather ideas from peer institutions to improve performance of building systems and operational procedures.

– Attend training, receive and review code updates to stay current, actively work to develop and improve campus policies and standards and participate in committees.

Required Qualifications

A professional engineering license or the ability to acquire one within a year of starting employment is require

Five years minimum working as a mechanical engineer – designing HVAC, preferably also plumbing and some minor fire protection. Ideal experience will include a variety of building occupancies types, familiarity with remodeling projects and a knowledge of different mechanical systems. Experience with Revit MEP is preferred.



Other Info

Cinthya Canicoba

Required Application Materials

You will need to upload a resume and cover letter. We will also require contact information for three professional references, one of which must be your current supervisor. We will not contact your current supervisor without advance notice.