Facilities Engineer

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Facilities Engineer


Housing Facilities - Admin

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (http://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

University Housing’s mission is to provide comfortable, affordable and secure on-campus housing options in residential communities where the academic success and personal growth of residents are encouraged and supported. University Housing operates as a self-supporting auxiliary unit within the Division of Student Affairs. More than 8,000 students live on campus, where University Housing manages more than 2.8 million square feet of space in 22 residence halls, 20 apartment buildings, four Greek Park houses and 18 buildings on UGA’s nearby Health Sciences Campus. The department employs more than 700 staff members to conduct the operations of a comprehensive and integrated student housing organization.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

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Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm. Some after hours and weekend work possible

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Priority consideration will be given to those who complete the application process by March 1, 2021; however, screening will continue until the position is filled.

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Minimum Qualifications:

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

1.BS in Engineering or Engineering Technology.
2.Experience designing residential, medical or hospitality facilities systems.
3.Experience with the collegiate residential experience.
4.Military service or similar significant service.
5.Three years of experience in an engineering design field.
6.Licensed Engineer-in-Training.

Position Summary:

This is an administrative management and professional position responsible to design, plan, organize, and advise capital projects, asset management, code compliancy and preventative maintenance for University Housing. This includes all performance oversite of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, low voltage, building envelope and critical facilities components. This position provides leadership and advisement of facilities asset renew planning. Responsibilities include advising University Housing personnel of all reporting levels on matters of technical nature, applying code and design guidelines to reduce risk, and providing comments to design and construction documents to ensure the accomplishment of departmental objectives and expectations. Other responsibilities include consulting with frontline staff on proactive maintenance activities, ensure projects are scheduled and completed through campus authority groups and compiling data and reports for appropriate decision-making.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

1.Knowledgeable in preventive maintenance concepts and activities to insure prolonged usefulness of operating equipment and facilities and to minimize breakdowns.
2.Knowledgeable in typical facilities code: ASHRAE, NFPA, ICC and others.
3.Knowledgeable in typical facilities systems: mechanical, electrical, steam, infrastructure, natural gas, domestic water, sanitary, low voltage, storm water and building envelope systems.
4.Knowledgeable in project management concepts.
5.Knowledgeable in construction concepts, documents and processes.
6.Skilled in Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and others) and AutoCAD. Skilled in marking up documents using team collaboration software.
7.Skilled at successful implementation of new technology.
8.Skilled in reading and interpreting architectural and engineered drawings and prepares drawings as required. Skilled at providing constructive feedback on engineered work.
9.Skilled in communication both orally and in writing with internal personnel, campus authority partners, contractors, and other facilities planning persons or stakeholders.
10.Skilled in providing consultation and direction to differing levels of personnel to ensure facilities are maintained in excellent condition.
11.Skilled in trouble-shooting engineered systems and determining effective solutions to underperforming components or systems.
12.Follow oral and written instructions.
13.Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other university personnel at multiple levels.
14.Demonstrate and explain engineering concepts to all levels of personnel.
15.Seek, acquire and apply new knowledge to effectively direct and support facilities improvements.

Physical Demands:

1.Walk extensively through buildings, walk up stairs, climb ladders, and uneven surfaces.
2.Physically lift and maneuver over 40 pounds, both assisted and unassisted, occasional work/lift overhead.
3.Communicate verbally and in writing to wide variety of constituent groups via telephone, computer, or in person.
4.Utilize computer technology for all applications in a manner that meets performance expectations.
5.Safely drive Georgia State vehicles with valid driver’s license.

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Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Asset Consultation Responsibilities
1.Assess University Housing facilities assets for age, functional performance and financial impacts to compile a comprehensive and complete renewal plan. This includes systems and components related to HVAC, electrical, all interior infrastructure, steam, natural gas, domestic water, sanitary infrastructure, low voltage, storm water infrastructure and building envelope. Assist in the preparation of the five-year renewal plan for presentation during departmental budgeting exercises.
2.Consult with frontline staff and supervision in the implementation of the pro-active maintenance plans. Provide strategic information and advisement to ensure proper longevity and performance of facilities assets. Compile data to identify underperforming assets and to ensure pro-active maintenance plans are effective.
3.Compile data and prepare reports related to engineered systems to be used by departmental leadership for decision-making.
4.Review conditions and issues related to code and design guidelines to ensure University Housing is properly managing risk. This includes International Code Council (ICC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), American Society for Heating, Refrigeration and Air conditioning Engineering (ASHRAE), Americans with Disabilities Act Guidelines (ADA) and others applicable to the safeguarding of facilities.
5.Provide technical/educational assistance to maintenance personnel as needed.
6.Ensure new components and systems are implemented into operations. This includes proper documentation of maintenance, training of personnel and establishing the next renewal cycles.
7.Assist in the development of life expectancies of identified assets.
8.Assess and provide recommendations to mitigate indoor air quality issues. Work with consultants as necessary.
9.Remain informed of trends in asset management and life expectancy of assets.

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Design and Construction Planning, Review and Commenting
1.Review project design and construction documents to ensure departmental expectations, objectives and goals are met. Projects include asset and system renewal, space improvement, renovation and new construction. Provide correspondence to design and construction professionals directly and through campus authority partners. Ensure comments are implemented in each iteration of document submissions.
2.Assist stakeholders with project development to ensure project scope and necessary resources are identified. Assist in document preparation necessary for project approval by University Housing leadership. Ensure design professionals are provided this scope and that designs achieve project objectives.
3.Participate in project planning and construction meetings for major facilities repair, renovation, replacement, or new buildings.
4.Walk job sites to ensure construction reflect design and construction documents. Ensure red-line documents and regulatory documents are kept on site. Collaborate with frontline staff and supervision to ensure components and assets are accessible and serviceable.
5.Review and provide final comments to as-built documents to ensure accuracy of final construction.
6.Field verification of construction site conditions during the planning, construction and warranty phases of facilities projects.
7.Document project activities for historical and facilities information references.

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Technology and Strategic Implementation of Standards
1.Review and provide recommendations for advancements in technology and philosophy.
2.Review and provide comments to the campus design standards. Provide liaison support from University Housing to campus authorities regarding design standards.
3.Consult with frontline staff and supervision to identify standard components to ensure campus standards reflect actual practices.
4.Acquires thorough knowledge of the condition and functionality of University Housing facilities in order to advise where improvements from technology are advantageous.
5.Develop and implement the department’s technology readiness strategy to ensure adopted technology improves services or improves efficient delivery of services to residents.

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Other duties as assigned
1.Interprets and ensures compliance of departmental and UGA policies and procedures and ensure compliance with legal standards and regulations.
2.Serve on committees as assigned. May receive committee chair responsibilities.
3.Recommend and advise the Director of Facilities in the implementation of standards, and policies and procedures for the successful implementation and execution of the departmental mission.
4.Performs related work as required based on duties consistent with the purpose of the position.

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Posted: 1/30/2021
Application Due: 4/30/2021
Work Type: Full Time