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Senior Mechanical Technologist/Lead Designer

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

USG 9-10

35 hr/wk

Reports to: Director, Design and constrcution Services/University Architect

General Accountability

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


Senior Mechanical Technologist/Lead Designer with direction from other designers and engineers will lead the design drafting team on some design projects and is responsible for final design, drafting check through release and project execution.


Nature and Scope

The Design and Construction Section of Plant Operations consists of three disciplines; Architectural/Furnishings, Engineering and Construction Co-ordination/Inspection, each staffed with several personnel and led by the Director Design and Construction Services/University Architect.


He/She may assist the Design Group Associate/Senior Architectural Designer/Facilities Technologist with team building, time management, setting and achieving organizational objectives, proposing engineering process improvements and may serve as team lead.


The incumbent is expected to work with little supervision and with oversight from the Mechanical Engineer when necessary. He/She is expected to lead complex projects and delegate some of his work to Mechanical Technologists and oversee their work.


Projects are received 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 furnishes 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 complex 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 minor guidance.


At the completion of a work request, works at updating CAD mechanical building drawings before the file is closed.


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 inspections and reviews of projects as warranted and reviews shop drawings and proposals submitted by contractors and suppliers.


When outside consultants are retained, he/she may assist 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 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.

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