Senior Project Engineer

Website City of Waterloo

Job Description:

Reporting to the Manager of Facilities Design and Management, the Senior Project Engineer (Mechanical) will be responsible for the day-to-day oversight of capital construction projects at City facilities that are primarily mechanical in scope. Duties will vary from one project to the next, but generally include: overall project management, design and drafting work, field review, and technical leadership to other City staff and departments. Work will span both new construction, as well as renovations/alterations to existing City facilities. The primary duty of this position is to ensure the safe and reliable operation of mechanical systems at City facilities, as well as to ensure the timely, efficient, and effective completion of capital work for building mechanical systems.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the City’s Energy Program Manager to implement the City’s Green Building Policy and other Sustainability goals, including review and implementation of renewable energy and GHG reduction projects (e.g. solar PV arrays, geothermal systems, fuel-switching, heat pumps, building envelope upgrades, and more)
  • Ensure compliance with both internal and external policies, procedures, legislation and regulations as required (e.g. TSSA,
  • Ontario Building Code, ASHRAE standards, City’s Green Building Policy, etc.)
  • Oversee and monitor the construction activities from start-to-finish, according to the established schedule, contract, specifications, and budget
  • Self-perform the planning, design, and drafting work on small scale mechanical projects, including submission of all documentation that is required for Building Permits and other approvals as necessary. This includes acting as the Engineer of Record for the overall design, coordination, and approval of work, including stamped drawings, specifications, and final sign-off as required
  • Assist in the development of new standards and specifications for the mechanical team
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Ensure that all construction deficiencies are recorded and follow-up with the consultants & contractors to rectify in a timely manner
  • Oversee mechanical related projects which may include: HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, BAS, refrigeration (i.e. ice rinks), swimming pools, commercial kitchens, and other systems that generally fall under the responsibility of the mechanical discipline
  • Perform general administrative functions related to construction projects for the department, including the preparation of reports and memos as assigned by leadership
  • Develop Best-Practice Guidelines and Lessons Learned, as part of the continual improvement processes for the FDMS Division
  • Responsible for mechanical engineering oversight for large projects of high complexity, including renovations and additions to existing buildings
  • Assist the City’s Refrigeration Plant Head Operator with capital repair work at the City’s ice rinks
  • Prepare basic cost estimates for capital planning work, as well as assist with value engineering exercises on capital projects as needed
  • Collaborate with other divisions for specific projects and initiatives, such as: capital planning, asset management, and provide technical support for the City’s Building Maintenance team
  • Work closely with design professionals (e.g. architects, engineers, and other consultants) to understand and articulate the technical needs of the City and to oversee the preparation of comprehensive construction documents to execute the necessary mechanical work at City buildings
  • Review and process proposed changes to the project scope, including changes to the contract value, such as: Proposed
  • Changes, Change Orders, Change Directives, etc.
  • Execute a range of medium to large scale capital projects across the City’s portfolio of buildings, including but not limited to: office buildings, City Hall, recreation centers (including ice arenas and swimming pools), libraries, fire stations, arts & cultural buildings and heritage buildings
  • Coordinate final review of construction documents (drawings, specifications, contracts, etc.) prior to tender
  • Complete the day-to-day project management and contract/construction coordination of capital mechanical projects at City facilities, including: the planning, design, procurement, coordinating, and safe execution of work in accordance with approved contract documents, schedules, and budgets
  • Take a lead role in coordinating and facilitating design & planning discussions with a wide range of collaborators, including, but not limited to: consultants, contractors, maintenance staff, programming teams, other City staff/departments (e.g. procurement, finance, asset management, senior management, etc.), City Council, tenants, user groups, committees and the public
  • Prepare, evaluate, award, and administer RFPQs, RFPs, RFTs, RFQs, and other procurement documents required to retain professional services for construction projects

Job Requirements:

  • Strong knowledge of mechanical systems for buildings, including knowledge of construction materials, means, and methods. Experience with ice rink (i.e. refrigeration) systems and swimming pool systems would be an asset.
  • Minimum of 5 years of job related experience including design, project management, and contract/construction administration experience in facility projects; experience with municipal buildings or equivalent would be an asset; consideration may be given to combination of education and experience in building construction
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating and managing multiple activities to successful conclusions within budget and schedule requirements
  • Knowledge of Green Buildings, Net Zero Energy Buildings and other energy efficient technology such as high performance and sustainable building practices
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and an ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships with a variety of different collaborators
  • Professional Mechanical Engineer (P.Eng) licensed to practice in the Province of Ontario and current registration with
  • Professional Engineers of Ontario in good standing
  • Demonstrated initiative and the ability to work effectively and independently with minimal direction
  • Valid MTO ‘G’ class driver’s licence in good standing with access to reliable transportation for business use purposes is required to perform the job
  • Proven history as an action-orientated/goal-orientated team member
  • A Police Criminal Record check satisfactory to the City is required as a condition of hire
  • Proven negotiation, analytical, and problem solving skills and the ability to work in partnership with a variety of interested and affected parties
  • Strong working knowledge and utilization of the Ontario Building Code, ASHRAE standards, plumbing codes, energy codes,
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act, Ontario Construction Act, CCDC Construction Contracts, and other Industry Codes/Regulations
  • Proficiency with the following software is an asset: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook), AutoCAD/Revit, PDF Editor (Adobe or Bluebeam), Energy Modelling software (e.g. eQuest or similar), VFA (or similar asset management software), and Maximo (i.e. work order management software)
  • Thorough understanding of mechanical engineering concepts and ability to communicate ideas to others
  • Post-secondary University degree in Mechanical engineering; additional education related to Building Mechanical Maintenance would be an asset
  • Experience creating, reviewing, and calibrating building energy models would be an asset, as would any certifications in this field (e.g. Certified Energy Manager)
  • Experience administering different types of CCDC contracts would be an asset

Job Details:

Company: City of Waterloo

Job Category: Cities And States

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location: Waterloo, Ontario, CA

Application Deadline: N/A

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