Senior Mechanical Engineer

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Sep 25, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Harvard University

September 25, 2020
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Campus Services

Duties & Responsibilities
This position provides mechanical engineering at a senior level for the planning, design,
operation, maintenance, and repair of the University's utility infrastructure which includes
electric, steam, heating hot water, and chilled water as well as energy management and utility
metering systems. This position shall also perform special short and long-range projects as directed.

1. Plan, develop, and implement the installation and modification of campus utility systems. Coordinate
with the plans and needs of the University's Schools and Units. Engineer and oversee the installation and
relocation of underground utility infrastructure with minimum impact to the University's community and
its activities. Assume complete engineering responsibility for utility distribution systems to ensure
system capability, flexibility, reliability, safety, economic operation, and consideration for expansion.
Formulate and balance long and short-range plans and budgets with respect to utility distribution
upgrades. Develop distribution system statistics, records, and drawings, and assist in the documentation
of utility infrastructure for record purposes.

2. Maintain communications and relationships with governmental agencies/departments to ensure that
the University's interests are served in a safe, reliable, economical, and least disruptive manner. Stay
current with pertinent government standards relative to employee environmental, health, and safety.
Maintain knowledge of federal, state, municipal, industry, and University codes, regulations, practices,
trends, and/or guidelines as well as stay current with the latest information on mechanical design and

3. Provide technical assistance to Campus Services operating and maintenance personnel and technical
support for the operation and maintenance of central utility distribution systems and building systems as
necessary. Evaluate and provide recommendations for preventive maintenance programs for the
University's steam, heating hot water, and chilled water plants and distribution systems. Identify and
develop cost control opportunities and system cost planning.

4. Interface with local utility suppliers. Assist in the University's utility metering, accounting, and
billing activities. Perform utility rate analyses and evaluate impacts upon the University. Evaluate and
recommend appropriate action to provide alternative utility sources to or within the University whenever
economically feasible or otherwise justified. Evaluate energy management system operations for
improvement and enhancement possibilities for control and monitoring of the campus utility distribution
system and building distribution systems.

5. Coordinate with other Campus Services divisions to formulate the best delivery of services to the
University's Schools and Units. Explore with the other Campus Services divisions possible new business
opportunities within the University and help formulate business strategies. Assist in the formulation and implementation of new departmental policies and procedures to improve the delivery of engineering,
operational, utility accounting, and maintenance services and planning.

6. Develop, negotiate, and manage the delivery of engineering and project management services for
various projects relative to the utility infrastructure. Prepare and review technical and legal portions of
bid and contract documents. Interface with architects, engineers, contractors, consultants and University
representatives to coordinate and manage projects for best implementation and minimum disruption to the
University's community and its activities. Responsible for budgeting and monitoring the function and
expenditures for the various utility projects for the Schools and Units.

Basic Qualifications
BS in Mechanical Engineering
Registration as a Professional Engineer
Minimum of ten years of professional level experience
Experience in master planning, design, installation, and operation of central utility systems
Experience managing capital construction projects

Additional Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications
Institutional, industrial, or utility company experience
Familiarity with small scale power generation
Knowledge of mechanical systems in complex buildings and labs
Experience in developing, evaluating, and managing energy conservation
Experience working in a customer-oriented business unit
Ability to work well as a team member
Effective problem-solver and be able to interact effectively in a highly political academic
Ability to respond to off-hour storm contingencies and utility emergencies
Ability to work extended hours when necessary
Excellent oral and written communication skills

Technology Skills Required:
Computer skills including word-processing, spreadsheets, and databases
Ability to access and modify data in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) systems including
Familiarity with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems
Ability to access Internet applications and use electronic mail

Additional Information
Duties & Responsibilities continued:
7. Study and evaluate mechanical building systems for all Harvard facilities and departments.
Involvement includes but is not limited to the installation, operation, and maintenance of steam, heating
hot water, and chilled water systems, specialized research and test equipment, and HVAC controls.
Interface with representatives from the Schools and Units to coordinate their projects with campus-wide
utility projects. Incorporate the impacts of projects for the Schools and Units into the budgets and work
scope of the University's utility capital plan.

8. Review and upgrade project specifications and drawings for mechanical construction work. Work
with representatives, architects, and consultant engineers for the Schools and Units to develop optimum
cost and benefits to the campus utility and building systems for new construction and renovation projects.

9. Develop an appropriate and effective utility conservation program to reduce the University's energy
consumption in support of the University's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Examine,
evaluate, and make recommendations on conservation proposals and products for the Schools and Units.

Job Function

Sub Unit
Energy & Facilities

USA - MA - Cambridge


Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Employment, Identity, License/Cert.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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