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Mechanical Engineer

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: VP Campus Planning and Facilities
Department: FS - Utilities
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Engineering, Facilities / Skilled Trades

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Engineering Services, the Mechanical Engineer will serve in a dual capacity as a member of the Engineering Services team.

This position serves as one of the University's representatives for review and acceptance of Capital, Renovation, and operational projects. The engineering team will provide project engineering support through review, research, analysis, design, communication, coordination, and field observation/inspection activities and prioritize the facility needs of Virginia Tech from an owner's perspective. The engineer will assist to ensure the project scope is executed successfully and translate customer needs into engineering solutions that align with the University's standards. They will collaborate with University Building Official regarding code issues/interpretation. The team will work with all members of the project team through planning, design, construction, and warranty induction providing post-project facility engineering consultation. They will analyze and prioritize major maintenance projects versus recapitalization; and provide design, analysis, and field engineering support of select projects and Facilities Operations programs. The engineering team will provide facilities engineering support to operations and maintenance staff and other departments upon request in addition to providing condition assessment support for the building condition assessment program.

This position also leads a strategic, collaborative effort within the Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities to establish engineering and technical standards for materials, processes, methods, designs, and engineering practices for use by stakeholders of university design and construction projects. The comprehensive program maintains and continuously updates a singular guideline document referred to as the Virginia Tech Design Standards (Orange Manual).

The incumbent will document and communicate the resulting standards portfolio (Orange Manual) thoughtfully and effectively that is used by architects, landscape architects, and engineers involved in the preparation of design and construction documents for Virginia Tech. The standards are also a reference for university project managers, construction administration managers, and other personnel whose responsibilities relate to design, construction, and renovations. The standards are meant to apply institutional lessons learned through design, construction, and in-house services.

As part of the contractual agreement between the design professional and the university, conscientious application of the standards is a tool to expedite the design and construction process in a cooperative, partnering effort. It is intended that the standards be incorporated into the design documents. The Construction Standards Official examines all factors involved to confirm that the standards will result in the most economic use of material and labor consistent with the safety and durability of the final product.

Required Qualifications

• Advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering or directly related field; OR B.S. in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or directly related field with relevant experience equivalent to an advanced degree.
• Current registration as a professional engineer or architect, with the ability to obtain a Virginia license within one year of employment.
• Experience in design, analysis, condition assessment, project engineering, and facilities engineering in the field of electrical building systems.
• Thorough knowledge of engineering principles and techniques of engineering planning; of equipment and materials used in engineering operations; of specialized subjects used in the fields of engineering, such as mathematics, statistics, mechanics, power, physics, and chemistry; and of the strength of materials.
• Ability to apply engineering principles to practical engineering problems; to use engineering equipment and tools, including computer applications; to make, read and interpret engineering drawings and specifications.
• Working knowledge of engineering practices and procedures.
• Ability to handle multiple priorities; manage contracts; analyze problems and negotiate positive solutions; make defensible, unsupervised administrative decisions and recommendations; and provide technical and policy support.
• Ability to relate abstract ideas to actual needs and adopt a well-reasoned course of action.
• Highly competent in the technical aspects of the International Building Code (IBC) and the other codes and standards referenced by the IBC.
• Must also have the ability and willingness to work creatively with the intent of the code in solving difficult code problems.
• Substantial professional experience where duties demonstrate the following:
o Thorough knowledge of the enforcement of the IBC as a whole, including referenced ICC, NFPA, and other codes and standards, covering all key elements of design and construction.
o Must be capable of competently discussing all key elements with designers, contractors, and university staff.
o Understanding of general building construction including basic design elements, building systems, and construction processes.
o Understanding of typical design processes from design concept through construction documents.
o Understanding of major construction work, having onsite experience with contractors, and a basic understanding of building construction.
o Some familiarity with the basic trades and building systems including foundations, structure, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection.
• Demonstrated commitment to accessibility and inclusion. Knowledge of accessibility issues and planning mechanisms specific to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Universal Design.
• Excellent communication skills with a highly diverse audience including design professionals, contractors, and others.
• Experience researching and analyzing highly technical issues, preparing written reports, and making presentations to upper management.
• Significant experience working with personal computers and software related to typical business applications.

Preferred Qualifications

• Knowledge of ADAAG accessibility requirements, and the interpretation and application of NEC criteria,
standards, and data.
• Demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership and supervision to assigned personnel.
• Engineering operations experience for a large, research institution or other organization with a large number and variety of facilities, including utilities.
• Experience with HVAC system commissioning and controls concepts and strategies.
• Experience with energy-efficient design concepts and sustainable construction strategies.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

$100,000 - $110,000

Review Date

February 22nd, 2023

Additional Information

• Work is performed primarily in an office setting with considerable sitting and use of computer.
• Repetitive motion occurs with keyboarding.
• Statement of Economic Interest is required.
• Typical work hours are Monday Friday from 8 a.m. 5 p.m.
• After hours and weekend work may be required to meet the needs of the department.
• May be required to travel to meetings throughout the state and to non-Blacksburg sites with some overnight stays.
• As situation dictates must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
• This position may be issued a mobile communication device (such as radio, cellphone, iPad, iPod, pager, etc.).
o Devices issued are the responsibility of the employee and are to be returned in satisfactory condition upon separation of employment.
o Devices are to be used according to supervisor instruction and according to relevant policies.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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