University of Washington - Seattle, WA

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UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years.

UW Facilities is a world-class organization providing exceptional services anywhere, anytime in support of the University of Washington’s mission of teaching, research, and discovery. UW Facilities includes eight departments that operate, maintain and support the University: Building Services Department, Campus Engineering & Operations, Emergency Management, Facilities Employee Services, Facilities Maintenance & Construction, Finance and Business Services, Integrated Operations & Engagement and Transportation Services. UW Facilities actively engages employees through LEAN practices and continuous improvement. Our staff must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty and staff of many social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial and ethnic backgrounds.

From ideation and design to capital planning, new construction, repair, renovation, and facilities operations, Integrated Operations & Engagement (IOE) supports the University’s integrated facilities management process. We stay focused on aligning the highest-level University priorities with strong day-to-day operations, and help evolve early stage ideas into future-growth initiatives. Engineering Services, a unit within IOE, provides professional engineering and architecture support for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of all University facilities.

We have an outstanding opportunity for a Facilities Mechanical Engineer to support the University of Washington.

Under general supervision and guidance from the Engineering Manager, this position provides technical engineering expertise during the programming, planning, design, construction, commissioning, turnover, operation and maintenance of UW facilities and infrastructure. UW’s Seattle campus comprises over 300 buildings and 15 million gross square feet, including a major medical center/teaching hospital, state of the art research facilities, classrooms, offices, sport and recreation facilities, dormitories, utility distribution systems, 8 miles of utility tunnels and two central utility plants. Other UW campuses and facilities comprise over 230 buildings and 4.5 million gross square feet including the University of Washington Tacoma and Bothell campuses, Pack Forest, Forks, Sand Point, Friday Harbor and the UW Tower complex.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide technical review and oversight during all phases of Capital Projects, including major capital and minor capital projects. Ensure projects comply with UW’s Facilities Design Guide, identify value-engineering ideas, actively observe construction and commissioning activities, visit construction sites and write observation reports, and confirm delivery of turnover-to-operation deliverables.
  • Lead commissioning process and act as a certified commissioning professional on minor capital projects and other small capital projects. Lead re-commissioning and retro-commissioning efforts on existing building systems. Develop commissioning plans, prepare functional performance test procedures, identify measureable criteria for test acceptance, schedule and perform testing, recognize deficiencies, and write preliminary and final commissioning reports.
  • Provide technical assistance, recommendations, calculations, and engineering solutions to campus planning, operation, maintenance, and alterations units. Troubleshoot and recommend solutions to resolve major operational and maintenance problems. Identify life-cycle cost optimization and operational efficiencies. Coordinate with shop personnel for building and utility renewal projects and assessments, corrective engineering, preventative and deferred maintenance.
  • Champion environmental stewardship and sustainability. Be knowledgeable of green building best practices, application of new emerging technologies, and conservation strategies to reduce energy, water, and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Write engineering audits and prepare analysis to identify deficiencies of building and system needs. Develop proposed project scopes of work to renovate and upgrade systems and utilities for the Building and Utility Renewal Program.
  • Provide engineering field investigations and calculations to develop UW’s Utility Master Plan and other infrastructure. The UMP compliments the Campus Master Plan for the Main Seattle campus and other outlying branch campuses.
  • Participate in business continuity planning and emergency response efforts. Engineering Services performs ATC-20 post-earthquake inspections that are essential for post-earthquake recovery and restoration of services. Engineering Services also provides support for utility outages, critical system failures and other emergency events.
  • Contribute to the development and update of UW’s Facilities Design Guide. The FDG guides project teams to implement design consistency, maintainability, future flexibility and lowest life cycle costs of new building construction and renovations.
  • Operate vehicles such as UW vans and cars to transport personnel, tools, and equipment to various jobs sites and remote campuses at occasional intervals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Requirements include:
  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • A minimum of 5 years work experience in building mechanical engineering, commissioning or a related field.
  • Excellent oral and written communications and presentation skills.
  • High degree of professionalism, integrity and ownership needed; must be customer-focused and results-oriented, innovative, creative, highly motivated, and team-oriented.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; e.g. clients, regulatory agencies and personnel, health/safety professionals, consultants, management, peers, etc. to accomplish goals that are in the best interest of the university.
  • Familiarity with facilities-related computer software, including design tools, construction management software, computerized maintenance management systems, and the full Microsoft Office suite of applications.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

  • Licensed Mechanical Professional Engineer in the State of Washington.
  • Certification as a Certified Commissioning Professional.
  • Familiarity with applicable building codes, plus specific detailed knowledge of energy, mechanical and plumbing codes
  • Broad experience with steam, chillers, cooling towers, laboratory fume exhaust, pumps, hydronics, refrigeration, plumbing, natural gas, compressed air, building controls (pneumatic, DDC, lighting), meters (steam condensate, chilled water, water, gas, electrical), vintage HVAC systems, new emerging technologies.
Conditions of Employment:
  • Must be able to work in mechanical/electrical spaces, utility tunnels, outdoors, confined spaces, around operating equipment such as boilers, pumps and transformers, and on active construction sites.
  • While usual hours fall within standard business hours, work may be required during hours beyond standard business hours including weekends. Position requires flexibility to deal with emergency situations, meetings, or other scheduled work that may fall outside normal work hours.
  • Professional travel may be required.
  • Must have a valid Washington Driver License.
  • Must be able to work in non-smoking environment.
  • Regular and predictable attendance is required.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.