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Iowa State University Mechanical Engineer IV in Ames, Iowa

Position Title:Mechanical Engineer IV

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree and 8 years of related experience. State of Iowa Professional Engineering license is preferred.

Special Required QualificationsDrivers License

Preferred Qualifications:State of Iowa Professional Engineering license

Steam and chilled water utility experience

Natural gas, domestic water, storm and sanitary utility experience

Engineering/project management experience

Operations/ maintenance staff support

Utility and jobsite safety experience

Regulatory compliance (Water quality reporting, water and sewer sampling procedures)

Job Description:

SummaryFacilities Planning and Management (FP&M) at Iowa State University is seeking to hire a Mechanical Utilities Distribution Engineer. The position responsibilities include the following: provide engineering leadership for the campus steam distribution, chilled water, natural gas, domestic water, and sewer systems; coordinate operation, maintenance, and expansion of existing utility distribution systems; develop standard operating procedures and standards for the safe and reliable operation of the campus mechanical distribution systems.

Duties will include:

  • analyzing and troubleshooting utility systems and equipment

  • budgeting, planning, and managing utility projects; coordinating engineering tasks with other engineers and utility operations staff

  • working with design professionals and construction contractors

  • being a technical resource to FP&M and campus

In addition, this position will be responsible for documenting distribution systems and design standards, supporting of mechanical distribution personnel, and performing water quality reports and other regulatory compliance tasks.

The successful candidate will possess strong communication skills; strong organizational and analytical skills; and the ability to organize and coordinate work within and between projects. They must have the ability to understand complex utility systems and equipment.

While this position is based on the Ames campus, it requires some off-campus travel to visit all areas with utility distribution systems. Candidate must be able to be approved to drive an ISU owned vehicle.

Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. on an on-going basis without sponsorship.

Level Guidelines• Expert-level position possessing advanced professional and/or technical skills working under limited or no supervision• Applies high-level professional knowledge and expertise to focus on ISU’s mission and meeting division, department or work unit goals• Solves complex issues using highly-developed problem resolution skills• Regularly provides recommendations regarding problems/issues outside the bounds of defined procedures and practices• Utilizes high-level professional knowledge and expertise to provide guidance, recommendations, and set standards related to strategy, policy, and mission• Leads projects of moderate to high scope and complexity with broad impact• May provide supervision to other department staff (i.e., leads a small work team)

Appointment Type:Regular

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:PS812

Application Instructions:To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following: 1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae 2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485. Why Choose ISU? Iowa State Employees enjoy comprehensive health and work-life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as: • Retirement benefits including defined benefit and defined contribution plans • Generous vacation, holiday and sick time and leave plans • Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa) • Life insurance and long-term disability • Flexible Spending Accounts • Various voluntary benefits and discounts • Employee Assistance Program • Wellbeing program • Iowa State offers WorkFlex options for some positions. WorkFlex offers flexibility on when, where, and how you do your work. For more information, please speak with the Hiring Manager.

Original Posting Date: May 15, 2024

Posting Close Date:May 28, 2024

Job Requisition Number:R14715

By focusing on the future and providing the best student experience possible, Iowa State attracts students and faculty who want to make a difference. With a comprehensive land-grant mission of education, research, extension and outreach, we produce scholars whose ideas change the world. And through Innovate at Iowa State , we provide innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Located just 30 minutes north of Des Moines, the city of Ames was recently named one of the Top 10 cities in the U.S. for campus life and career opportunities.

Iowa State University is a welcoming, global, and culturally diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. Campus community members have a wide range of backgrounds and experiences and are committed to engaging with each other respectfully as outlined in the university's Principles of Community ( . Iowa State recognizes that diverse intellectual and philosophical perspectives are vital to innovation, critical thinking skills, and a dynamic academic community that fosters the land-grant ideals of putting science, technology, and human creativity to work.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email .

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485 . Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485 . TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942 .

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