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Registered Mechanical Design Engineer/Consultant

Department: Plant Operations, Design and construction Services Effective Date: July, 2013

USG 11-12

35 hr/wk

Reports to: Director Design and Construction Services

General Accountability

This position is accountable to the Director Design and Construction Services/University Architect, for provision of estimates and cost effective mechanical designs meeting client requirements, current codes and regulations, engineering practices and University standards; for timely preparation of drawings and documents for purchases or bidding, awards and construction of alterations, renovations, replacements, upgrading to existing buildings, structures, site services, utilities, roads, walks and landscaping.

Nature and Scope

The Design and Construction section of Plant Operations consists of three groups; Architectural/Furnishings, Engineering and Construction Co-ordination/Inspection, each staffed with several personnel and led by the Director Design and Construction Services/University Architect. The incumbent is expected to work with little supervision and to provide design guidance to the mechanical technologists within the design group.


Projects are received by the Design Section as work requests from numerous academic, administrative, student and Plant Operations clients with whom the incumbent must communicate. In work with mechanical content, the incumbent determines project requirements, inspects the affected area and provides proposed solutions or alternatives with target completion dates and an accurate construction estimate for the client’s budget. Co-ordination with other design disciplines is necessary. All work is to be conducted in a safe manner.


This position prepares designs, sketches, layouts, final drawings and specifies materials, capacities, tolerances, finishes, strengths, production and construction methods. Selects products from catalogues, technical literature and experience for suitability, availability and cost. Prepares tender documents, job instructions, requests for quotations and purchase requisitions with little supervision.


At the completion of a work request, updates relevant CAD master drawings before the file is closed.


Seals mechanical working drawings for building permit applications.


Recommends capable bidders from a qualified contractor list which he/she helps maintain. Meets with contractors and suppliers on site during tender periods. Issues addendums, receives and reviews tenders and obtains client and financial approvals before preparing documents for award or purchase.


Resolves problems during construction when assistance is requested by the Construction Co-ordinator/Inspectors. Prepares change notices and change orders. Does reviews and inspections of projects as warranted and reviews shop drawings and proposals submitted by contractors and suppliers.


When outside consultants are retained, this position will assist the Director Design and Construction Services/University Architect in providing information as to availability of existing services and reviewing drawings and specifications to ensure compliance with University requirements and standards.


Completes building or campus services shutdown documentation for the appropriate services that need to be interrupted during an installation.


Undertakes studies, reports, data recording and analysis.


Collaborates with the operating sections in solving operating and maintenance problems and in improving energy efficiency to reduce operating costs.


This position has a direct effect on the safety, morale and working environment of the University community and on the energy efficiency and operating costs of the buildings and utilities through the design of effective mechanical systems. Numerous projects are underway at any time, the incumbent must therefore be well organized and have strong communication skills to be successful.                        

Statistical Data

Approximately 400 work requests, with a total construction value of over five million dollars, are processed annually by the Design and Construction Services section. This does not include special projects i.e. additions to or new buildings which are administered by Plant Operations and designed by outside consultants.

Specific Accountabilities

Working Conditions