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Supervisor Engineering Services

Department: Plant Operations, Design and Construction Services Effective Date: March 2002
Grade: USG 12 Reports to: Director of Design and Construction Services/University Architect

General Accountability

This position is accountable to the Director Design and Construction Services/University Architect for assisting clients define their requirements, the provision of estimates and cost effective mechanical, civil and electrical designs meeting those 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 and small additions to existing buildings, structures, research equipment, site services, utilities, roads, walks and landscaping.

Nature and Scope

The Design and Construction section of Plant Operations consists of four groups; Architectural, Engineering, Furnishings and Construction Co-Ordination/Inspection, each staffed with several personnel. The Engineering Group is supervised by the Supervisor Engineering Services who allocates projects to and reviews the work of the Senior Mechanical/Civil Technologist, the Senior Mechanical/Electrical Technologist and the Senior Electrical Technologist. The incumbent is expected to work with little supervision.

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 and assist in defining their needs. In work requests with mechanical, civil and electrical content, the incumbent determines the requirements and assigns the project to the mechanical/civil, mechanical/electrical  or electrical senior technologists who prepare and analyze  alternate solutions to the design problems, make decisions and design the alterations, renovations, replacement, upgrading and small additions to existing buildings, structures, research equipment, site services, utilities, roads, walks and landscaping.

The incumbent also acts as a consultant to the operations sections for trouble shooting, analysis and resolutions to operating problems.

This position ensures that project requirements are feasible, reviews the cost estimates for the engineering portions of projects and passes them on to the Architecture group or sends them to clients for approval, reviews and approves mechanical, civil, control and electrical working drawings, specifications, tender documents from both the Department and consultants, job instructions, requests for quotations and obtains approval from signing authorities where required.

On larger projects he/she does the engineering design or study, helps select capable bidders from a qualified contractor list and meets with contractors and suppliers on site during  tender periods. Issues addendums,  receives and reviews tenders under the guidance of the Director Design and Construction Services/University Architect  and obtains client and financial services approvals before preparing documents for award or purchase.

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

Ensures that CADD mechanical, civil and electrical building drawings are updated at  the completion of a work request and before the file is closed.

When outside consultants are retained this position is responsible for providing information as to availability of existing services, review drawings and specifications to ensure compliance with University requirements and standards.

Assists in establishing University standards with respect to mechanical, and electrical  systems and utilities and civil infrastructure.

Undertakes and initiates studies, reports and data recording for energy conservation, efficiency and cost reduction programs and assists in general  office duties.

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 quality of the design of the heating, cooling, ventilation, control, lighting and power 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 300 work requests, with a total construction value of over four million dollars, are processed annually by the  Design and Construction Services section. This does not include special projects ie. additions to or new buildings which are administered by Plant Operations and designed by outside consultants.

Specific Accountabilities

  1. Ensure that client requirements for lighting, power, telephone, data communication, plumbing, heating , ventilation, air conditioning, process piping (chilled water, steam, gas, compressed air etc.), pneumatic controls, machine design,  water mains, sanitary sewers, storm sewers and drainage for roads, walks, parking lots and landscaped areas are properly determined and met with design proposals and solutions that are functional, energy efficient and cost effective, yet complying with codes and standards.
  2. Ensure that accurate preliminary and final estimates and sketches for proposals are prepared in a timely manner to assist clients in budgetary controls. Prepare estimates, job instructions and sketches for  projects and work requests.
  3. Review mechanical, civil and electrical drawings,  specifications and all necessary documents for quotations, tenders, contract awards and purchases for installations and construction and ensure that these are prepared in a timely manner commensurate with the staff  available.
  4. To act as a Professional Plant Engineer in the preparation of documents, drawings and contracts and seal those documents as required by the University. This work to be done in accordance  with the requirements of the Professional Engineers Act 1984 and the Ontario Building Code 1990.
  5. Perform as Owner’s representative when periodically  meeting with Contractors during tender  periods, when resolving problems and performing reviews and inspections of installations and construction.
  6. Consult with the Director  Design and Construction Services/University Architect on aesthetic considerations as they relate to mechanical, electrical and civil designs.
  7. Initiate and prepare various engineering studies and reports as required and assist the operating sections in solving maintenance and operating problems and in reducing operating costs.

Working Conditions