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Staff Mechanical Engineer III
Job ID #: 12403 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Engineering Division: Facilities & Logistics Mgt
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Bachelors Degree
Experience Required: 10+ years Relocation Provided: Yes

As a matter of corporate policy, all JSA employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All successful hires will be required to provide COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination.

SALARY RANGE: $107,400 - $169,600 (SE III)

What Your Job Will Be:

This position, under minimal supervision, is responsible a broad range of duties in accomplishing the design and modification of various facility mechanical systems and managing design efforts from other staff mechanical engineers. Incumbent is also responsible for initiating design 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 design 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.

This position will also 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.

Your Role Will:

Mechanical Engineer Design and Project Manager (75%)

  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. At times serve as the Technical Representative (TR) during construction for mechanical systems projects. Responsible for quality assurance inspections, project manpower, budget, and implementation schedule management as well as project safety. Acts to correct discrepancies and resolve technical issues.
  6. Assist with the coordination of utility shutdowns and be familiar with building and user systems affected by utility shutdowns.
  7. 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.

Mechanical Engineer System Expert (SE) (25%)

  1. Act as a Subject Matter Expert, through experience with many mechanical systems, in multiple sub systems in areas of specialization.
  2. 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 Group.
  3. Align design efforts to ensure system configuration control is maintained.
  4. Assists in the execution of mechanical system Condition Assessments. Ensure the asset profile for the system is accurately captured in the Condition Assessment Information System (CAIS) and Maximo. Align efforts with FM&L Department Planning Group in accomplishing this task.
  5. Review A/E studies that have impact on the system and track outcome of recommendations. Maintain a library of those studies.
  6. Ensure that the As-Built drawings and specifications of mechanical systems are accurate and up to date as projects are executed.
  7. Perform or participate in mechanical system energy management studies making proposals and implementing projects enabling the Lab to comply with DOE energy goals.
  8. Maintain and update the mechanical system chapters in facilities design criteria guide





Education, Certifications & Experience:

a) Relevant BS degree + 10 years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience; a Master's degree is preferred.

b) PE registration is required. (Must be registered in Virginia with 9 months of hire)

c) Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred.

d) Certified Construction Manager (CCM) certification preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

a) Extensive experience in the design of HVAC, industrial and chilled water and low conductivity water systems for research facilities. Detail knowledge of mechanical and control system design and operation for centralized mechanical facilities (cooling tower systems, chilled water systems, low conductivity water systems) consisting of multiple major system component serving numerous buildings and site systems.

b) Solid technical background in mechanical systems, and the ability to identify and manage issues before they become detrimental to the success of the programs or peripheral programs. Is able to routinely interact or represent Jefferson Lab’s capabilities to senior management, key clients and stakeholders

c) Comprehensive understanding of effective project management practices and principles and demonstrates proficiency in applying a disciplined approach to project management.

d) Display high level of initiative and demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects with clear expectations and timelines.

e) Able to give effective presentations to critical/high level customers and effectively represent work group on review panels and cross-organizational teams.

f) 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.

g) Able to write convincing proposals and reports with all necessary backup material for external consumption.

h) Demonstrated management experience including initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing processes as well as effective staff management and development skills

i) Typical related management experience should include, initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing processes.

j) Extensive experience in the management of major construction and maintenance projects.

k) Extensive knowledge of construction and industrial safety/environmental practices.

• 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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