University Engineer

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


Facilities Planning & Dvlpmnt

Position Overview

Directs the engineering aspects of planning, design, and construction of all capital projects and physical improvements undertaken by the university, ensuring that they meet state and federal regulations and procedures and are effectively managed from concept through planning, design, bidding, construction, and up to occupancy. Oversees the design and installation of all engineered systems for capital projects and physical improvements, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and audio/visual systems as well as utility infrastructure. Directs the integration of sustainable design, a respect for the environment, and conservation of resources into every project the university undertakes, especially as it pertains to engineered systems. Represents KU in the selection and hiring of engineering consultants engaged by the university for capital projects and physical improvements and oversees the work of consulting firms and in-house staff throughout these projects. Directs the engineering aspects of long-range and detailed plans to meet the needs of the University. Develops and oversees budgets for construction projects, and assists in managing the office of Facilities, Planning, and Development. Bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering or Engineering. Five years of relevant professional experience. Currently licensed with the State of Kansas as a Professional Engineer or shall acquire State of Kansas Professional license within 6 months of hire.

In addition to a competitive salary, KU offers great benefits to employees with up to 176 hours of paid vacation per year, 96 hours of sick leave earned per year, nine paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a retirement program, medical & dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options and State of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors. KU also offers employees educational and professional development opportunities. KU is a great place to work!

Schedule: 8-5pm Monday to Friday

Job Description

25% - Project management. Performs ROM estimates studies, manages design and preparation of construction documents, bidding, and construction of small capital projects as project manager or engineering support. Determine design options such as Facilities Planning and Development (FPD) or on-call A/E consultants, or as design/build with MEP on-call contractors. Work with client departments in all phases of requested renovations.
25% - Ensures the success of capital projects & physical improvements by coordinating with Facilities Services (FS) and Center for Sustainability from installation & commissioning of engineered systems and preparation for occupancy continuing throughout life of the facilities; and works with Campus Operations to develop solutions to facility-related problems.
Advises the University Architect, Director of Facilities Planning and Development (FPD)& senior members of administration as requested in regard to planning, design, & construction issues requiring engineering expertise.
Leads in ensuring the engineering aspects of construction projects are in compliance with state and federal regulations by assisting in development & enforcement of University policies & procedures for all facets of planning, design, & construction, including consultant selection & award of contracts for consultant services, advertising, bidding, & award of contracts, bonding & insurance requirements, & project close-out.
Represents KU in selection of engineering consultants for capital projects & physical improvements by using processes & procedures in accordance with state law, specifically projects requiring engineering expertise, negotiating fees & developing contracts for services related to construction projects, and evaluating & documenting performance of consultants.
Protects the University from unqualified consultants/contractors by maintaining records of performance of contractors/consultants, rendering an evaluation, and using the documentation to support selection of best qualified firm for the project.
Assists in facilitating compliance of the University with accessibility requirements mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by understanding the requirements of ADA, reviewing physical accessibility of University structures relating to mechanical, electrical & plumbing systems, advising University Architect & Director of FPD of deficiencies meeting ADA requirements, & making recommendations for compliance including costs & scope of compliance modifications.
Advises the University Architect and Director of FPD and senior administration as requested regarding condition of existing University buildings & facilities, including compliance with building codes & life safety requirements as well as physical condition, as it pertains to mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, audio/visual systems, and utilities infrastructure & provides recommendations for actions to correct deficient or unsafe conditions in facilities.
Assists in preparation of annual state appropriations request by assisting in the development of the engineering aspects of capital renewal projects supporting campus master plan. As well as required and requested reports to federal and state agencies regarding projects
Assists in fund-raising efforts for construction projects by assisting in preparation of applications & other necessary supporting materials for grants, loans, & donations.
Assists University Architect and Director of FPD in advising administration, Board of Regents & Joint Committee on State Building Construction regarding status of on-going & planned capital projects & physical improvements by preparing reports & resolutions requested or required for submission in accordance with University policies and procedures.
25% - Directs the development & maintenance of the engineering aspects of the campus master plan by considering the program & growth needs of the University & applying engineering expertise to determine the effect future facilities might have on existing infrastructure & requirements for expansion of infrastructure to support the master plan; the master plan supports the mission of the University with detailed short-, mid-, and long-term plans for campus facilities & infrastructure to meet the needs of the University & is a tool to guide development of the campus.
Assists the University Architect, Director of FPD, and Director of FS and other Operations partners in the efficient, use, & management of space, identifying the needs of occupants, departments, colleges, & programs pertaining to mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, audiovisual systems, & utility infrastructure. Assists in identifying spaces equipped with appropriate building systems & utilities to accommodate proposed uses, and identifies improvements to systems & utility infrastructure necessary to accommodate proposed uses.
Assists in working with Campus Operations, as well as University academic & research units to develop a thorough & effective process for gathering information for campus master plan as well as planned capital projects & physical improvements & facilitates process to ensure a valid campus master plan is developed & maintained & completed construction projects meet the needs of the various campus constituencies.
20% - Assists in developing & maintaining departmental policies, guidelines, & standards applicable to the University & assists with dissemination of information by various means, including face-to-face interactions, published guidelines, and web pages.
Leads in managing engineering aspects of FPD by advising the Director & University Architect on most effective & efficient structure & staffing for department, assists in hiring applicants, supervising staff, training personnel to University standards  & procedures, assigning projects appropriate to capabilities of employee, setting goals & objectives, & evaluating performance.
Develops & maintains design standards & quality expectations for campus construction projects, especially standards that apply to mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, audio/visual systems, & utilities infrastructure, and communicates them to consultants, contractors, and others performing design, project services and construction.
Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage those of other cultures or backgrounds.
Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, professional development, maintaining required & appropriate professional designations, & attending training and/or courses as directed by supervisor.
5% - Manages campus utility locates and maps. KU is a facility operator and member of the KansasOneCall (KOC) system. Serve as point person and coordinate the efforts of the KOC administrator, private utility vendor(s), and campus stakeholders to meet KOC system requirements. Keep all campus utility maps current and a resource for campus partners and stakeholders.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in, Architectural Engineering, or Engineering.
  • State of Kansas, Licensed Professional Engineer, or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire;
  • Experience which required an understanding of building codes and construction practices;
  • Written communication skills;
  • Experience working cooperatively and collaboratively in an occasionally stressful environment, managing multiple simultaneous projects;
  • Experience using Microsoft Office applications
  •  Seven years of experience working in an architectural, landscape architecture or engineering office.
  •  Experience in an office management role, field/construction administration role, or experience working in a related building construction field in similar roles.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with AutoCAD and other CAD, graphics or imaging software; advanced computer skills.
  • Ten years of experience working in an A/E office, or in a related building construction field; experience in both an office/project management role and in a field/construction administration role; experience managing the design and/or construction of university, college, educational or governmental facilities.  
  • LEED AP certification or working toward achieving.

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Mark Reiske

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    In addition to the online application, the following documents are required to be considered for this position:

    1. A cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met.
    2. Resume or curriculum vitae.
    3. Contact information for three professional references.

    Review of applications will begin Monday, January 4th. For first consideration, please submit a complete application before January 4th. 

    Advertised Salary Range

    starting at $120,000

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    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Work Schedule

    8-5pm Monday to Friday

    Job Family

    Facilit Plan Design&Operat-KUL

    Work Location Assignment



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