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Director of Construction (Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing)

Suffolk County Community College
Selden, New York
with experience
Posted Date
Jul 12, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant
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Full Time
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Announcement is hereby made for a full-time (12-month) Director of Construction beginning fall 2022 in the Office of Central Facilities in Selden. Suffolk County Community College is an open admissions institution committed to serving a diverse student population in a variety of degree and career programs. 




This is a Guild (Unit 4) position and the salary and benefits for this position are determined according to the salary and benefits plan for the Guild of Administrative Officers. 




Suffolk is the largest community college in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, enrolling more than 22,000 students at its three campuses in Selden, Brentwood, and Riverhead. College locations also include a Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center in Riverhead and the Sayville Downtown Center.




Job Description:


The Director of Construction (Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing) reports to the Executive Director of Facilities or the Administrative Director of Facilities as appropriate.  Specific responsibilities include the following:


  1. Serves as project manager for College Capital Projects inclusive of formulating projects based on college needs including associated cost estimates, preparing requests for proposals (RFPs) and participating in RFP evaluation committees, design and construction phase management, coordination with appropriate college stakeholders and review of payment requests.  Ensures project timelines are met and projects stay within budget.  Documents project development and progress.



Reviews project design drawings and specifications prepared by consultants for code compliance, design standards compliance, operational efficiencies and compliance with college standards.   


Serves as “clerk of the works” during the construction phases of contracted construction projects.  This includes daily construction oversight, serving as an interface between architects, engineers, contractors, college staff and college administration, reviewing design drawings and specifications, reviewing change orders, scheduling work, tracking all project paperwork including submissions, requests for information, payment requisitions, sketches, drawings, etc.  Schedules construction meetings and is responsible for construction meeting minutes and their distribution to appropriate individuals.  Conducts inspections where needed or required.  Evaluates testing and commissioning activities and results.   


Prepares design drawings and specifications for in-house projects and performs engineering calculations to support design work.  Ensures these documents are in compliance with relevant building codes and submits documentation to the college Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) to obtain building permits when applicable.  


Provides the following construction project services for in-house projects: provides supervision of in-house construction staff; cost estimating; purchasing of materials and obtaining the services of specialty contractors; serving as the interface between Plant Operations, Building Administrator and building occupants; ensuring compliance with applicable building codes; producing project schedules using critical path and other methods; supervising contracted construction workers; verifying contractors’ time sheets; approving contractor payments.  


Supports and collaborates with Plant Operations employees to diagnose and resolve mechanical, electrical and plumbing issues college-wide.  Provides training of Plant Operations staff when needed.   


Designs and implements energy conservation and sustainable energy production projects. Collaborates energy conservation and sustainability staff when requested.  Initiate and support grant applications associated with mechanical/electrical systems, energy conservation and sustainable energy production. Research and apply for rebate opportunities with NYSERDA, PSEG, National Grid and other organizations where such opportunities exist and ensure college project designs meet eligibility requirements.  


Collaborates with multi-disciplinary engineering and architectural teams, and work with vendors and contractors.  


Maintains the State on-line registry for cooling towers.   


Performs field measurements and verifies field conditions.  


Coordinates construction activities and permitting with the college Code Enforcement Officer (CEO), Suffolk County Department of Health, Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services Department, the New York State Office of General Services-Codes Division and other agencies. May act as liaison with New York State and Suffolk County officials on college projects.  


All other duties as assigned by the Executive Director of Facilities or the Administrative Director of Facilities.  






A Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or in a related field. A minimum of 8 years of relevant experience which includes operation and maintenance of HVAC and electrical equipment is required. Excellent verbal, written communication and organizational skills. Firm grasp of engineering concepts and experience designing building mechanical systems and products.  Hands-on experience optimizing building mechanical/electrical systems and resolving associated issues.  Working familiarity with applicable building codes including the 2020 NYS Building Codes and changes made thereto. 


Must be self-motivated, detail oriented and able to work in a medium- to fast-paced environment. Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with a variety of personalities and complex situations. Strong attention to detail; technical and problem-solving abilities with an ability to prioritize workload and complete multiple tasks in a timely manner.




A professional engineering license valid in New York State.   Experience with the following Building Automation Systems (BMS): Johnson Controls Metasys and FX; and Carrier iVu.  Experience with energy modeling and CAD preferred.  Experience working in education and/or municipal organizations. 




Suffolk County Community College offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision, vacation days, deferred compensation and a defined benefit plan.




This position is being posted internally and externally.




Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume using the following steps to apply: 


Step 1


Click on the following link:




Step 2


Select position #22-58 and read the description.




Step 3


Click Apply Online to submit resume and cover letter.




The New York State Retirement and Social Security Law requires retirees of a public pension plan within the State or City of New York to disclose prior public employment and pension plan history for the purpose of establishing a retiree’s eligibility for employment.


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