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Head Design Engineer Duties

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Performs administrative and professional work in the design, development, alteration, and repair of existing or new university buildings.

This individual is responsible for supervising subordinates engaged in the planning, design, and estimating of such projects. Assignments usually consist of specific projects and normally include instructions as to general policies and procedures, but the employee is expected to make technical decisions and exercise considerable initiative and creativity within the scope of policy directives. Work is performed under general direction of an administrative superior and is reviewed during progress and upon completion.


Discusses building and alteration requirements with appropriate officials.

Plans, assigns, supervises, and reviews the work of a small staff of engineers 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.

Confers with appropriate faculty and administrative personnel regarding proposed construction and alteration programs and plans.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in mechanical engineering or electrical engineering, and 2-4 years experience in professional engineering work with emphasis on mechanical and electrical planning and designing, including supervisory work; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of the modern principles and practices of engineering.

Considerable knowledge of modern building alteration and construction methods and materials and the preparation of estimates and specifications.

Considerable knowledge of the principles and methods of surveying and inspecting sites and buildings preparatory to planning and designing proposed alterations.

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 orally and in writing.

Ability to interpret and carry out complex oral and written 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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