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Engineer- Mechanical

It’s an exciting time to be at the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA)! GLWA employs hundreds of technical and administrative staff, all working to ensure effective wastewater treatment, minimize combined sewer overflows (CSO) and to provide our award-winning drinking water to more than 80 wholesale customers in Michigan.

We are looking for Engineer- Mechanical (levels 3-4) to join our Water Operations Group to plan, design and trouble-shoot complex heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC), dehumidification and fire protection systems, fluid power systems, fuel gas systems, large-scale building sump pumping systems, extensive building plumbing systems, building automation systems, and large-scale roto-dynamic and positive displacement pumping and valve actuation systems. Strong experience and capabilities with the mechanical HVAC (e.g. especially gas-fired forced air, steam and hot water unit heat) and dehumidification systems to condition and control indoor environments with corrosive gases and high humidity in order to protect employee and public health, comply with applicable building codes and regulations, and to protect sensitive electronic equipment is a must.  Likewise, experience with fluid power, compressed air and plumbing systems design is necessary. Candidate must have demonstrated experience with preparing comprehensive designs as the engineer-of-record for bidding and construction on large-scale public and/or industrial/institutional/health care projects.


Responsibilities (not all inclusive)


  • Manage mechanical engineering projects and coordinate mechanical design work with other engineering disciplines (architectural, structural, process, electrical, and automation) to develop comprehensive design packages for competitive bidding and construction by mechanical and general contractors  
  • Manage project scope, schedule and budget to see that projects are delivered on time and within budget, and meet project objectives and expectations of internal clients
  • Mentor and train entry- and junior-level mechanical engineers and mechanical designers, and build a strong mechanical group to meet succession plans
  • Develop mechanical engineering standards, guidelines and procedures specific to the needs of the GLWA water supply operations group
  • Develop overall design requirements based on building functions, environmental conditions, regional climatological data, codes, and industry best practices
  • Assess existing facilities and recommend improvements based on current codes, best practices and to address issues raised by management and operations and maintenance staff
  • Prepare heat transfer and necessary building HVAC and dehumidification calculations that justify the sizes and design of these systems
  • Prepare basis of design reports for mechanical engineering projects that contain statement of the problem, calculations, design criteria, verification that applicable codes and regulations will be complied with, schematics, figures and scaled plans, equipment sizes, equipment information, preliminary cost estimates, preliminary schedules, and preliminary construction sequences
  • Coordinate mechanical design with all other engineering disciplines and designers.
  • Prepare conceptual and detailed cost estimates in CSI Master Format 2014 that will be used for capital program and organization budgets
  • Evaluate mechanical and electromechanical systems to identify design, installation, operation, and/or maintenance deficiencies, and develop detailed plans and designs for improvement, repair, replacement, or upgrade
  • Oversee the work of construction contractors to see that the mechanical systems are properly installed and placed into satisfactory service to meet the design intent and contract specifications
  • Oversee the preparation of as-constructed documents
  • Prepare operation and maintenance manuals and standard operating procedures for mechanical systems
  • Prepare O&M training and deliver training to operations and maintenance staff for mechanical systems
  • Provide quality assurance and quality control for all mechanical engineering within the water supply operations group
  • Maintain positive reputation by complying with OSHA, fire marshal and other authorities having jurisdiction
  • Prepare technical presentations and give these at association technical conferences, and at internal and external stakeholder meetings
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies



Required Education & Experience

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from a program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • At least 10 years of total related experience
  • Licensed professional engineer in Michigan or ability to attain licensure in Michigan within 1 year from hire.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • International Mechanical Code
  • International Fuel Gas Code
  • International Plumbing Code
  • International Fire Code
  • Applicable industry standards (e.g. ASHRAE, ASME)
  • Building HVAC management systems 
  • Devise solutions to mechanical engineering problems
  • Manage multiple projects
  • Prepare clear, accurate and comprehensive reports
  • Team player, collaborator, leader, and manager
  • Attention to detail with high electrical aptitude
  • Strong writing and organizational skills with the proven ability to prepare technical reports, cost estimates, budgets, schedules, construction sequences, and technical presentations.
  • Strong communication skills with the proven ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams, and present complicated technical matters in a simplified manner so that various stakeholders can easily understand.
  • Strong working knowledge and engineering application of mechanical, fuel gas and plumbing codes
  • Significant project planning, scheduling, scoping, cost estimating and budgeting experience.
  • Significant experience with complex building mechanical systems, including HVAC, dehumidification, fire protection, plumbing, and backflow prevention.
  • Experience with contract and project management
  • Read and interpret mechanical schematics and drawings, process, instrumentation and control (P&ID) schematics, and construction contract drawings
  • Conduct precise observations
  • Plan, manage and administer the engineering function
  • Effectively utilize appropriate security and safety equipment and procedures





The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

This position requires the ability to climb, bend, twist, carry, stack, push, pull and other efforts requiring considerable physical strength. This position also requires the ability to lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds, walk, stand, or work for long periods of time, demonstrate normal color perception, hear audible alarms, detect abnormal equipment sounds, visually inspect equipment and processes at any time of the day or night. Employees will be required to wear respiratory protection and other personal protective equipment; perform scaffold, confined space, elevated and underground work. Employees will also be required to pass a vision test, yearly baseline physical and fit test for respirator/Self Contained Breathing Apparatus. While performing the duties of this position, employees are regularly required to use hands to handle, feel or operate equipment. 


Work is performed at the plants or in a field environment. This position requires the ability to work in all conditions involving exposure to outside elements and seasonal weather. Work may be performed near open water and systems with hazardous chemicals that are acidic, highly corrosive, heat producing and potentially explosive. Work may be performed in confined spaces, hazardous areas that require respiratory protection and personal protective equipment (PPE), and under slippery and wet conditions.


Other Requirements:

  • Valid Michigan Driver’s License
  • Ability to work irregular hours, to commute to GLWA facilities and work sites