Facilities Mechanical Engineer

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Facilities Mechanical Engineer


CO – Golden

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation’s primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

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Job Description
NREL’s Facilities Mechanical Engineer will provide engineering services as a member of the Site Operations’ Engineering group for operations and construction projects in support of the research mission at NREL’s campuses and, leased facilities. General duties include scope definition and the preparation and review of subcontract statements of work, cost estimating, and preparation of internal drawings, specifications, and calculations. This position shall function as a technical resource for Mechanical engineering activities for Site Operations and the Laboratory.
Considerable knowledge of the laws, regulations, principles, procedures, and practices of engineering disciplines, especially Mechanical and structural engineering. Because NREL is a federal facility without jurisdiction from local code requirements, ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists is essential. Ability to produce calculations to support specifications for the design, development and installation of new or modified facilities, infrastructure, utilities, components, or systems.
The Facilities Mechanical Engineer position requires working independently to plan, coordinate, and provide a variety of services for involved and complex functional activities, deliverables, and issues. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with constituents at all levels in the organization, attention to detail, talent development, and commitment to research and facility needs. The ability to take the initiative and proactively complete assigned efforts while encouraging collaboration with affected stakeholders and PMC (Project Management & Construction) teammates is a key requirement.
The Facilities Mechanical Engineer has the following responsibilities:
  • Serve as a technical resource in Mechanical engineering.
  • Conduct regular updates to the Architecture and Engineering Support Design Guidelines, Master Construction Specifications, and engineering best practices for area of expertise.
  • Evaluate current infrastructure capacity to determine and establish future expansion capabilities and needs.
  • Assist ESH&Q, Facility Managers, and other personnel with modifying lab level procedures and hazard assessments where needed.
More specifically to the general items noted above:
  • PMC Project Support:
    • Participate in the review and approval process for all internal and external designs involving Mechanical engineering elements prior to acceptance by NREL as Issued For Construction (IFC) documents to ensure compliance with user needs, NREL Design Guidelines, applicable codes, constructability, and best practices.
    • Assist Project Managers with scope definition and statements of work for construction projects involving Mechanical engineering elements.
    • Review RFIs, ASIs, shop drawings, product submittals and coordination drawings for Mechanical engineering project elements.
    • Attend construction meetings, site observations, and final punch walks providing technical guidance for area of expertise.
  • Work Orders:
    • Work with inhouse Architecture and Engineering Support team to develop independent cost estimates for projects in various stages of planning and execution.
    • Hold stakeholder meetings to assist researchers with defining project scope and budget for future project requests.
    • Prepare internal construction drawings, specifications, calculations and project cost estimates for design and construction projects as assigned by Engineering Team Leader.
Preferred Qualifications:
Understanding of the use and capability of specialized software applications, including: Computer aided design systems (e.g., AutoCAD, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Project, etc.).
Additional preferred qualifications include:
  • Multi-disciplinary engineering experience with broad knowledge of facility and building systems and structures, relevant building codes, and supporting facility and site infrastructure (utility distribution systems, site improvements, etc.) for commercial and industrial facilities.
  • Knowledge of standard construction techniques and practices including experience with field observation of construction activities.
  • Experience with performing engineering designs as well as working with A/E consultants/subcontractors.
Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado in Mechanical or ability to obtain registration within 12 months.
Basic Qualifications

Relevant Bachelor’s Degree and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master’s Degree and 3 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant PhD or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant JD or equivalent relevant education/experience. Complete understanding and wide application of technical principles, theories and concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related disciplines. Considerable knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Strong leadership, project management and problem solving skills. Ability to use various computer software programs.

Additional Required Qualifications
  • Use knowledge, training, and experience to STOP WORK where necessary to protect users, NREL personnel, Subcontractors, and the facility itself.
  • Maintain knowledge of legal and ethical engineering issues and practices.
  • Strong team member, able to act as a strong resource in expertise area for other Engineers, Architects, and Project Managers.
  • Remain current with knowledge of industry governing laws, regulations, codes and standards.
  • Strong critical thinking, decision making and problem solving/conflict resolution skills.
  • Effective time management and organizational skills.
Preferred Qualifications
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Job Profile: Professional III / Annual Salary Range: $77,600 – $139,700

NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.
Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short*- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits*; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement*. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.

  • Based on eligibility rules
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