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Performs administrative and professional engineering work in the identification of requirements, budget development, design, scheduling, coordination, and supervision for major repairs and renovations of campus structures, including buildings, utilities and roadways.

This individual is responsible for supervising and participating in preliminary studies and estimates of proposed projects, and in the design and preparation of complete alteration and repair plans for existing buildings or structures. Work also involves the development and design of new construction projects. Responsibilities usually include supervision of a small staff of technical designers and estimators. This individual makes technical decisions and exercises considerable initiative and creativity within the scope of policy directives.


Confers with appropriate faculty, administrative personnel, and design professionals regarding proposed construction, alteration programs and plans and project design.

Conducts condition assessments of roofs throughout the campus to identify candidates for repair and/or replacement and identifies and prioritizes selected projects for reroofing.

Plans, assigns, supervises, and reviews the work of architectural and mechanical designers, design estimators, and other personnel engaged in planning, designing, cost estimating, and ordering materials and equipment for repair and alteration projects and new construction.

Participates in the more complex and difficult assignments; advises and counsels with subordinates while work is in progress.

Supervises and participates in the preparation and maintenance of cost records which are used in preparing cost estimates of new projects.

Schedules pre-bid conferences, bid dates, and mobilization dates for reroofing projects. Conducts pre-bid meetings, pre-construction meetings, observations, job-site meetings and acceptance inspections.

Reviews bid proposals, evaluate contractor qualifications, and recommend bid awards.


Bachelor's degree with major course work in mechanical engineering, structural engineering, and/or experience in professional engineering work with emphasis on architectural planning and designing, including some supervisory work; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.


Considerable knowledge of the modern principles and practices of engineering and architecture, of modern building alteration, construction methods and materials, and the preparation of estimates and specifications.

Ability to review, analyze, and make recommendations regarding designs, plans, and specifications.

Ability to plan and supervise the work of technical and professional subordinates.

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely.

Ability to interpret and carry out complex instructions including the reading and interpretation of blue prints and specifications.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with university faculty and administrative personnel.



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