Department: Facilities Mgmt EV Salary/Grade: EXS/11
Job Summary: Northwestern University’s campus infrastructure is aging, complex, changing, and critical to business continuity. The Senior Engineer will shape the University’s multi-year infrastructure master plan and lead its updates and implementation. The position be responsible for ensuring that the energy, resilience, and safety goals of the infrastructure master plan are upheld in daily, project, process, and investment decisions. This position will serve as a critical resource to internal and external stakeholders as the University establishes its approach to serving the campus with heating and cooling for the next generation of stakeholders.
Working Conditions: Position may require long hours seated at a computer. Position may be required to access areas with sound, physical safety, or material risks. Position may be required to safely use ladders, traverse scaffolding, or enter active construction sites. Position may require availability to address concerns on campus outside normal business hours.
Infrastructure Capital Renewal Administration: Advise and prioritize capital investments in excess of $25M annually to remedy deficiencies and address the University’s deferred maintenance backlog. Follow University processes to allocate funds. Monitor progress on approved projects.
Assess Facilities Condition: Maintain a comprehensive facilities condition database in partnership with assessment vendor, campus tradespeople, and design/construction staff. Ensure information is correct and complete, applying engineering expertise and soliciting meaningful input from trades and design staff.
Infrastructure Master Plan: Inform and maintain an infrastructure master plan for large-scale infrastructure investments needed within the next 5, 10, 15 and 20 years. Design plan to meet University carbon and energy goals while supporting campus resilience and maintainability.
Analysis: Perform and effectively present technical analyses and executive-level summaries of resilience risks (i.e. single points of failure, after incident reporting), facility condition risks, infrastructure plans, and Infrastructure Capital allocation plans. Study and recommend new operating procedures for MEP equipment for improved efficiency and resilience in University buildings and foundational infrastructure.
Design, Construction, and Commissioning: Participate in design standards reviews and project reviews. Review, evaluate and advise on proposed new construction or remodeling plans, specifications, drawings, and estimates prepared by University personnel or outside firms. Review, evaluate and act on reports from maintenance and repair personnel generated from inspections or shutdowns. Serve as the primary operational resource for 3rd party commissioning process and building turnover.
Performs related duties as required or assigned.
Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, engineering technology, or related field
Minimum of 7 years of experience in MEP design, construction, and/or operations
Experience with planning and/or design of district heating and cooling infrastructure
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Extensive knowledge of current and innovative design, construction, and operation of building MEP systems, district heating and cooling plants, power plants, utility distribution, and electrical distribution networks
Strong financial and business operations acumen
Effective, concise, and professional written and verbal communications skills
Understanding of and commitment to University sustainability goals
Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
Ability to compile, review and evaluate technical reports and design documents generated within and outside of the University
Proficient in office software use, especially MS Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
Familiarity with building automation systems and controls
Detailed understanding of required safety precautions and risks in campus environments
Professional Engineers License
Experience selecting and/or managing third-party or public/private partnership financing structures for large infrastructure investments
Higher Education and/or large institutional campus project experience
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Vendor management skills
GIS, building automation systems and controls proficiency
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 37413
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.