Discipline Leader - Mechanical, HVAC, & Plumbing Engineer

Woodard & Curran,   •  

Portland, ME

Industry: Professional, Scientific & Technical Services


11 - 15 years

Posted 53 days ago

We are seeking an experienced and self-directed Mechanical HVAC and Plumbing Engineer to anchor our newly formed Mechanical Discipline providing high-quality and highly-efficient design services to our engineering practices across the firm. The successful candidate will be proficient and experienced in leading and executing mechanical, HVAC, and plumbing design and construction packages on both stand-alone projects and as part of large multidisciplinary project teams. Must be motivated, self-directed, and able to support several project managers and design teams across the country, serving various markets including water and industrial and municipal wastewater infrastructure, industrial utilities, manufacturing facilities, light commercial and building services.

This position level is flexible based on the experience of the candidate. We are looking for this role to be the initial anchor of the Mechanical Discipline, focus on project execution, build a strong reputation for technical expertise and project delivery success within the organization, and help develop a strategy for growth and technical capability. The growth potential for this position is into the Mechanical Discipline Lead role, balancing the roles of Manager (People), Doer (Work) and Seller (Markets).

  • People duties include leading and managing the discipline; leveling resources and managing project conflicts; staff training, education and development; staff hiring; and identifying and engaging external resources as needed.
  • Work duties include performing design work, developing and overseeing technical standards and project execution, resolving design conflicts, managing execution of work to the budget, implementing quality assurance/quality control standards, and identifying efficiency improvement opportunities and innovative work approaches.
  • Market duties include serving as the primary point of contact for new project inquiries, participating in proposal Go/No-Go decisions where applicable, supporting proposal development, developing budgets for proposals and projects, and Practice business development support. The Discipline Lead should engage in the market and remain current with industry standards through conferences, presentations, publications, and/or professional association participation.

What will you be doing at Woodard & Curran?

  • Experience in the design, specification, construction document development, bidding, construction, field engineering, and startup of industrial, municipal, and commercial HVAC, plumbing, utility and process systems. This includes layout, equipment selection, heating & cooling load calculations, sanitary, waste, vent, domestic cold water, domestic hot water and hydronic heating piping, ductwork design, and general coordination of these mechanical discipline components for multidisciplinary projects.
  • Design experience shall also include but is not limited to Air Handling Units, Energy Recovery Ventilators, Fans, Oil, Gas & Propane Boilers, Electric Unit Heaters, Hydronic Heating Systems, Water to Water Heat Pumps, Fume Hoods, Louvers, Diffusers, Registers, Grilles and split system heating/cooling units.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the International Plumbing Code along with state specific Plumbing Code Variations.
  • Past experience with planning level and detailed cost estimating for HVAC, Plumbing and Fire Protection components of the design.
  • Background in the design of the instruments, controls and detailed sequences of operations of commercial HVAC systems and unit processes. Candidate shall be able to design and select in detail each instrument, pump, damper, temperature sensor, etc. that is required for each HVAC system along with the associated electrical and control requirements to allow coordination with the Electrical and Controls groups as well as the field implementation of HVAC controls. In addition, candidate shall have specific experience with commercial HVAC control system platforms such as BACNet.
  • Fire Protection Systems and design of Fire Protection systems is also a high priority but not a must-have.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and evaluate system concepts and options to determine the best design and engineering solution for each project based upon the project scope and also the life cycle cost of the alternative.
  • Design mechanical systems including the preparation of all engineering calculations including load calculations, equipment selection and layout throughout the life of the project.
  • Work with code authorities as required for approval of the plans or if code related questions arise.
  • Develop all approved drawings and specifications.
  • Coordinate with other design team members including the architect, lead process engineer, controls engineer and the electrical and structural engineers to ensure mechanical systems are integrated with all trades.
  • Work with engineering project manager to manage design manpower budget and update budget to reflect revisions or changes in scope.
  • Work as a team member with construction team project manager and construction crews.

What will you need to succeed?

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering Technology.
  • 10+ years of related experience.
  • Experience with large multidisciplinary projects within the markets indicated.
  • Familiarity with applicable codes such as the International Building Code, and various state Mechanical and Plumbing Codes required. Ability to apply ASHRAE and NFPA standards during design is required. Candidate shall have experience with NFPA 820, NFPA 37 and other associated industry standard codes that regularly are applied.
  • PE registration multiple states preferred. Candidate must be willing to obtain registration in states where new projects are located as needed. Candidate with an existing NCEES Council Record and Model Law Engineer designation is preferred.
  • AutoCAD MEP, AutoCAD Plant, Revit MEP, Sysque, NavisWorks proficiency a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Products, i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project and Outlook.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision or in a team atmosphere.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.
  • Able to effectively interact with design team members, customers, service technicians, field personnel, sales and office staff.
  • Possesses strong verbal, written, analytical, persuasion and interpersonal skills.
  • Able to consistently set goals and meet deadlines and adapt to flexible responsibilities
  • Strong writing and presentation skills including the ability to explain in laymen terms how each HVAC system works to clients and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to train and mentor junior staff in HVAC and Plumbing design.
  • Strong understanding of up-front capital costs and total life cycle costs of each type of HVAC system.