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Staff Mechanical Engineer
Job ID #: 12062 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Engineering Division: Facilities & Logistics Mgt
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Bachelors Degree
Experience Required: 4+ years Relocation Provided: No

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SALARY RANGE: $81,600 - $129,000 (SE II)

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We are currently seeking a Mechanical Engineer..

Working under general supervision, performs professional level technical work mechanical engineering and other related engineering disciplines. May perform research and development in engineering disciplines.  Work requires the application of theoretical principles and creative and analytical techniques. Applies engineering and scientific principles to the evaluation and solution of technical problems involving many phases or sub-tasks of a project or entire projects of moderate complexity. 

Exercises technical judgement in planning, organizing, performing, coordinating and/or directing engineering work.  Performs engineering studies including the planning of projects or subtasks so they may be tracked and presented.  Remains abreast of and consults on technical advancements.  Identifies and routinely uses the most effective, cost efficient and best practices to execute processes; continually evaluates their effectiveness and appropriateness. This position, under minimal supervision, is responsible a broad range of duties in accomplishing the design and modification of various facility mechanical systems and peer reviews design efforts from other staff mechanical engineers. 

Also responsible for design initiation and review for work performed by Architect Engineering (A/E) firms.  The mechanical system includes but is not limited to HVAC, low conductivity water, cooling water, dewatering, contaminated water collection, process and control air, and associated systems.  The incumbent shall serve as project manager for major facilities design as required to implement various site mechanical facilities installations and modifications. The incumbent shall also provide mechanical engineering support in the development of requirements for capital projects including conceptual project development, preliminary and full designs and cost estimates.

Additionally, this position will perform Mechanical Engineer System Expert (SE) duties to include oversight/management of mechanical systems to include: improving system reliability, system project backlog management, adherence to design standards, maintaining configuration control and performing energy management initiatives and studies. The engineer will work with design staff, technicians and other engineers as the need and project complexity grows.


Essential Job Functions: 

  1. Develop plans and specifications for building renovations,new building designs and independent mechanical systems.
  2. Prepare Scope of Work documents, design estimates and technical support fees and provide contract oversight of Architect-Engineer resources to perform engineering designs and studies and produce construction documents.
  3. Provide mechanical engineering support in the development of requirements for capital projects including conceptual project      development, preliminary and full designs and cost estimates.
  4. Assist construction project managers when evaluating construction and engineering contract change requests.
  5. Serve as Project Manager/Subcontracting Officer Technical Representative (TR) for mechanical facilities design and construction      projects responsible for project manpower, budget, and implementation schedule management
  6. As construction TR individual is responsible for quality assurance inspections and documentation as well as project safety.  Acts to correct discrepancies and resolve technical issues. 
  7. Act or assists as Subject Matter Expert, through experience with many mechanical systems, in multiple sub systems in areas of specialization.     
  8. Assist with the coordination of utility shutdowns and be familiar with building and user systems affected by utility shutdowns.
  9. Respond, as needed, after normal work hours for mechanical system interruption that requires design expertise. The response may      include an on-site presence or an ability to accept on-call duties.
  10. Assist in the development of a prioritized list of backlog projects to improve or maintain system reliability.  This should have a 5-10 year outlook at a minimum and should also include system replacement when beyond expected service life.  Align efforts with the Operations Mechanical Systems Manager and the Department Planning Manager.
  11. Align design efforts to ensure system configuration control is maintained.
  12. Facilitates execution of mechanical system Condition Assessments.  Ensures the asset profile for the system is accurately captured in the Condition Assessment Information System (CAIS) and Maximo.
  13. Review A/E studies that have impact on the system and track outcome of recommendations. Maintain a library of those studies.
  14. Perform or participate in mechanical system energy management studies making proposals and implementing projects enabling the Lab to comply with DOE energy goals.
  15. Assist in the maintenance and updates of the mechanical system chapters in Facilities Design Criteria Guide.





1      Education, Certifications and Experience:
a)     Relevant BS degree + 4 years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
b)     PE registration in Virginia is preferred

2      Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: 
a)     Able to effectively train people outside his/her work group
b)     HVAC system design ranging from basic system to complex.  Extensive experience in the design of HVAC, industrial and chillewaterd and
        low conductivity conductivity water systems for research facilities or other similar facilities.  Detail knowledge of mechanical and control
        system design and operation for centralized mechanical facilities (cooling tower systems, chilled water systems) consisting of multiple
        major system components serving numerous buildings and site systems
c)      Typical related experience should include, initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing processes
d)     Experience in the management of major construction and maintenance projects
e)     Knowledge of construction and industrial safety/environmental practices
f)      Display high level of initiative and demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects with clear expectations and timelines
g)     Able to give effective presentations to critical/high level customers and effectively represent work group on review panels and cross-
        rganizational teams
h)     Able to write convincing proposals and reports with all necessary backup material for external consumption
i)      Ability to present and express ideas and information clearly and in a manner appropriate for the audience, facilitate the open exchange of
        information, and skillfully negotiates solutions with the customer, staff, subcontractors, and other agencies
j)      Comprehensive understanding of effective project management practices and principles and demonstrates proficiency in applying a
        disciplined approach to project management.

• Ability to perform complex and/or varied tasks
• Ability to understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore and implement alternative solutions
• Ability to analyze and interpret complex data and systems and develop models
• Capable of analytic and deductive reasoning

• Ability to traverse across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas
• Ability to stoop, bend over and climb ladders
• Ability to carry up to 40 lbs.
• Ability to access and work in confined spaces
• Ability to work on a computer for extended periods
• Visual capabilities to use computer workstations, read drawings and documents, make field observations, and see safety alarms
• Auditory capabilities to hear safety alarms

Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA) manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). JSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status or on any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. As part of the JSA’s equal employment opportunity policy, we also take affirmative action as called for by applicable laws and Executive Orders to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.

JSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities (unless doing so will result in an undue hardship). If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (757) 269-7598 to provide the nature of your request. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Employment with JSA is conditional upon DOE approval if at any time during your employment you are participating in a Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Program or Affiliated activity. Generally, such programs/activities include any foreign-state-sponsored attempt to acquire U.S.-funded scientific research through programs run or funded by the government that target scientists, engineers, students, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs of all nationalities working or educated in the United States. This includes positions or appointments, both domestic and foreign, titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received and whether full-time, part-time or voluntary.

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