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Facilities Engineer

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Department: Facilities Management
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Engineering

Department: Facilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

Administer design and construction projects, supervise construction, perform on-site quality control inspections and coordinate safety of campus construction projects. Produce design and construction documents for various building-related projects, using AutoCAD and other computer-based tools, with proficiency in mechanical, electrical, structural and architectural building systems. Advise and make recommendations to the Director of Engineering Services on all aspects of construction, engineering, architecture, construction cost, life safety, and code compliance in pursuit of University objectives.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Administer construction contracts, monitor contractor progress, monitor and authorize contractor progress payments, and coordinate construction safety.
2. Administer design contracts, supervise the activities of architects, engineers, testing service contractors and any other special services contractors required to successfully complete University projects.
3. Provide on-site project supervision and inspection and coordinate quality control inspections of campus construction projects.
4. Observe, record and report on the construction activity for the University and the State.
5. Prepare punch lists for corrections prior to acceptance by the University of building projects or portions thereof.
6. Commission mechanical, electrical, structural and architectural systems.
7. Monitor project costs, progress payments, and change orders; prepare monthly comparisons of actual costs vs. budget for the University and State.
8. Act as liaison with contractors, architects, engineers and regulatory agencies in resolving design and field construction conflicts.
9. Estimate costs, budget, and scheduling impacts of project developments, quality issues, errors, omissions, and required or desired filed changes; make recommendations to the Director regarding optimal resolution.
10. Represent the University at progress meetings and on-site inspections by architects, engineers, and regulatory agencies.
11. Maintain complete and current project files including correspondence, bulletins, shop drawings, requests for information, unresolved issues, contractor staffing and as-built drawings.
12. Assist in the review of construction documents prepared by outside services and/or University personnel.
13. Assist peer engineers and others within the Facilities organization with the design and management of the engineering and architectural aspects of their projects as required.
14. Assist the University community in the preparation of construction programs, cost estimates, budgets, surveys, reports and specifications.
15. Manage planning, engineering, architectural design, scheduling, and construction of various projects as assigned in the capacity of project manager.
16. Assist the Director of Engineering Services in conducting the general activities of the unit.
17. Develop a long-term familiarity and expertise with a number of major campus buildings, with their operating systems, use patterns, capabilities and limitations, and with the long term needs of the building and campus users.
18. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
19. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

● Bachelor’s degree in electrical, mechanical, civil engineering, architectural or related field.
● Valid license to practice engineering or architecture in the State of Michigan, or the ability to obtain license within 9 months.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

● Five years of experience in design and construction involving building, renovations, structural or electrical systems.
● Inspection and quality control experience
● Construction contract management experience
● Budget and cost estimating experience.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

● Design and/or construction of high voltage electrical distribution systems.
● Expertise designing utility infrastructure, building, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, plumbing and fire protection, and/or electrical systems.
● Experience overseeing and/or coordinating major building maintenance projects.
● Experience designing and/or analyzing building structural elements.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

● Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
● Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize multiple work assignments.
● Demonstrated current knowledge of federal and state construction regulations and associated codes.
● Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.
● Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a diverse constituency within the University and local/state and community
● Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.
● Experience using personal computers and basic office, design, and construction software such as spreadsheets, word processor, AutoCAD, web browser and cpm.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

● Experience using AutoCad and/or Revit.
● Experience using GIS software and Building Information Management (BIM), computer aided design application software, such as MEP, CloudWorx, SketchUp, Chief Architect
● Experience interpreting building codes including life safety and ADA.
● Experience performing and interpreting topographical site surveys.

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance; stoop; kneel; crouch or crawl; reach with hands and arms; and taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to walk, sit, talk and hear, and use hands to finger or feel and object. The employee must occasionally lift up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance and color vision, and the ability to focus. The noise level in the work environment is occasionally very loud.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Required Departmental Training: 

  • Monthly assigned job specific training modules.

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.


Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months

Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

Director of Engineering Services

Posting Type

Internal & External Posting

Additional Information


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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