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Facility Operations Engineer

Apply now Job No: 19486
Department: Keweenaw Research Center
Work Type: Staff Full-time
Location: Keweenaw Research Center (Near Houghton County Airport)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Research

University Required Statement:  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.

Job Description Summary

The Facilities Engineer/Research Engineer ensures the operation of the Keweenaw Research Center flows smoothly, both day-to-day and into the future to meet the needs of KRC staff, customers, Michigan Technological University and the public. The Engineer serves as an operations manager for the Keweenaw Research Center Facility (13 buildings), to enable the KRC to fulfill and accomplish its goals in accordance with the University’s strategic plan. The Engineer insures the facility provides a safe and comfortable environment to conduct a variety of activities by a variety of users. The Engineer: oversees all maintenance, upgrades and new construction; manages all the utility services (gas, electric, sewer and water); advises and make recommendations to the Director of the KRC on all aspects of construction, engineering, architecture, construction costs, construction safety, and code compliance. In addition, the engineer will assist the director and/or project managers as needed for the coordination, planning and execution of tasks related to engineering projects.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Insure all buildings and grounds provide a safe, secure and comfortable environment.
Monitor, report, and budget the operating costs of each building; including review of all utility bills.
Maintain complete and current project files, including correspondence, bulletins, shop drawings, request for information, unresolved issues, and as-built drawings.
Provide on-site project inspections, and coordinate safety and quality control inspections of KRC research activities.
Learn, interpret, apply and enforce MTU policies and procedures.
Perform duties of Department Safety Liaison under the direction of the department chair/director/manager and act as an intermediary with Environmental Health and Safety.
Assist in fostering relationships with main campus, industry, neighboring businesses, vendors, alumni, the community, and others.
Represent KRC at meetings and on-site inspections by current and future customers, architects, engineers, and regulatory agencies.
Prepare recommendations for future improvements and enhancements of the facility. Estimate costs, budget, and scheduling impacts of projects and make recommendations to the KRC Director regarding optimal path forward.
Assist in the review of construction documents prepared by outside service and/or KRC personnel.
Be an advocate for University Facilities Administration & Planning to
Administer maintenance and construction contracts, monitor contractor progress, monitor and authorize contractor payments, coordinate construction safety.
Commission mechanical, electrical, structural and architectural systems.
Be a Liaison with contractors, architects, engineers, utilities and regulatory agencies.
Oversee, manage, and schedule vehicle use.
Manage shipping and deliveries.
Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and apply them to everyday work. Actively engage in university continuous improvement initiatives.

Communicate effectively with Director, Managers, Engineers, campus administration, and vendors.
Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
Provide excellent customer service to staff, test course and campus customers.
Work with other employees in a team environment.
Work with students as a mentor, facilitator, and evaluator of student projects.

Good background/understanding of engineering fundamentals including: mechanical, electrical, civil, vehicles, and energy.
Understand and promote safe working practices and follow all University safety requirements.
Provide a safe and comfortable working environment for all employees: heating/cooling, ventilation, lighting, cleanliness.
Coordinate cold weather operations: snow removal, ice, heating, etc.
Understand Building Management Systems (BMS) i.e. HVAC control, electrical monitoring.
Make replacement/upgrade decisions based on economic and scheduling factors.
Read, understand, and interpret engineering drawings including building construction and electrical schematics.

Functional supervision may be exercised over support staff, student assistants, and temporary/seasonal employees.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

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

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Five (5) years of experience in facility operation involving building mechanical or electrical systems.
Construction contract management experience.
Budget and cost estimating experience.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Energy efficiency

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

Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license
Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a diverse constituency within the University and local/state and community.
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills (via reports, presentations, phone, email, and text messages).
Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office tools (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and photography
Demonstrated ability to organize, manage and prioritize multiple work assignments and frequent deadlines; while maintaining professionalism under pressure.
Excellent project management, organizational, problem-solving skills and the ability to take the initiative to solve problems
Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a collaborative environment.
Demonstrated ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Commercial Drivers License
CPR certification, AED training, first responder or firefighter
Military experience
Experience with alternative energy (geothermal heat pumps, solar)
Experience with sustainability goals
Knowledge or use of Geographic Information Systems
Experience with snowmobiles, engine testing (dynos), emissions
Understanding of weather conditions/forecasts and required facility preparations

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills

Ability to communicate clearly and participate in discussions with individuals or groups of varying knowledge, ranging from the general public, students, to technical experts.
Ability to read and comprehend instructions, correspondence, memos, and reports.
Ability to write coherently.

University level, engineering proficiency in solving equations and unit conversions.
Basic accounting/financial knowledge

Ability to apply experience and common sense
Ability to observe, define problems, and propose solutions.

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job the employee is occasionally exposed to adverse conditions due to weather and non-weather (moisture, humidity, slippery surfaces, fumes, airborne particles, chemicals, electricity, vibration, noise). All in a safely controlled environment. The work requires exposure to moving mechanical parts, chemicals, high voltage, moving vehicles, and elevated work zones. The noise level in the work environment is high. It requires the ability to work in outdoor weather conditions year-round. Employee is required to wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Physical Demands: The employee must be physically able to perform all duties of this position. The employee will be required to stand, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach with hands and arms, taste, or smell. The employee is required to walk, sit, talk, hear, and use hands to finger or feel objects. The employee must be able to lift objects up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, and color vision with the ability to focus. The employee must be able to work a flexible schedule or travel based upon need. Overtime may be necessary during peak periods.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 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 

Required Departmental Training: 

  • Ability to acquire a DoD security clearance

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.

Title of Position Supervisor

Program Manager

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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