1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104
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Req #: 207330
Appointing Department Web Address: https://facilities.uw.edu/
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Job Location Detail: open to hybrid work schedule (combination in-office + remote)  
Posting Date: 08/11/2022 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  
Shift: First Shift 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

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.

UW Facilities operates and maintains more than 300 buildings, and over 27-million gross-square-feet of space, including 643-acres of main campus grounds. The main Seattle campus operates as a "city" of 60,000 people, and includes all municipal utilities, power generation, medical centers, research facilities, streets, parking, waste management, safety, and building operation to meet the standards of one of the nations major academic and research institutions. In addition to the Seattle campus, the University of Washington operates and maintains the Bothell and Tacoma campuses and several field stations (Friday Harbor, Olympic Natural Resources, Pack Forest, Sandpoint, and the UW Tower).

The Asset Management group includes, Project Delivery Group, Engineering Services, Sustainability, and Campus Architecture and Planning. The Operations group includes Maintenance & Construction, Energy Utilities & Operations, Building Services, Transportation Services and Safety, as well as Real Estate. Supporting these groups, as well as the separate Emergency Management team, are the Business Intelligence & Information Technology group and the Finance & Administration group.

Engineering Services provides professional engineering support for all University campuses and field stations and supports investment strategy though continual oversight of building infrastructure condition assessment for existing facilities across the Seattle campus. By focusing on full life-cycle costs comprising of operational, utility, and other data metrics and return-on-investment methodologies, Engineering Services works towards optimization of the University physical plant (including capital expenditures of approximately $450M/year, operating expenditures of about $40M/year, and utility expenses of roughly $40M/year). With the technical expertise of professional engineers and information management professionals, Engineering Services creates short and long-term strategic plans for the campus that drive capital investments and maintenance priorities.

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.  UWs 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 UWs Facilities Design Standards, 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.
Provide technical assistance, recommendations, calculations, and engineering solutions to campus planning, operation, maintenance, and construction 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 UWs 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.
Develop and update information on the universitys assets and utility systems.
Contribute to the development and update of UWs Facilities Design Standards.  The FDS 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.

Core Competencies

Demonstrate personal integrity and trustworthiness.
Manage stressful situations and changing priorities effectively.
Anticipate, recognize and resolve problems.
Be responsible and accountable.
Use organizational skills and provide attention to details.
Maintain a positive, optimistic, and success-oriented attitude.
Exercise professionalism, which includes being tactful and courteous.
Exhibit a professional work ethic.
Continuously promote a safe work environment.

Requirements include:

Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Minimum of 5 years work experience in building mechanical engineering, commissioning or a related field, with an emphasis on field engineering.
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. 
Ability to respond to emergency situations and changing needs.
Record of success in mechanical system design and installation. 

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.
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. 
Experience with institutional/government/public works projects.

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.  This position is designated as performing an essential service and is required to report to work during any suspension of University operations, unless specifically notified otherwise.
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.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

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 affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu.


Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.


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Posted: 2022-06-02 Expires: 2022-09-11

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