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Montana State University Facilities Engineer in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 23072

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kathy Jahnke at 406-994-6774 or at kjahnke@montana.edu

Classification Title Engineer

Working Title Facilities Engineer

Brief Position Overview

The Facilities Engineer provides engineering support for operations and maintenance staff to keep campus mechanical, utility and control systems operating efficiently and effectively.

Position Number 4M0508, 4M1868

Department Facility Services

Division University Services

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation FOCUS-MFPE

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Minimum of $80,000 annually without a PE license and Minimum of $90,000 annually with a PE license, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type Classified Salary

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

Reporting to the University Engineer, this position provides engineering support for operations and maintenance staff to keep campus mechanical, utility and control systems operating efficiently and effectively. This position also provides engineering support for campus entities to help renovate and construct facilities that meet the needs of MSU .

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Systems Analysis – Analyze building mechanical utility and control systems for effectiveness, energy efficiency and maintainability.

  • Design – Specify and document mechanical, utility and control systems for buildings.

  • Cost Estimating – Estimate costs for design, construction and other items associated with the procurement of buildings.

  • Contract Management – Review and direct the work of private engineering consultants associated with renovation and construction of buildings. Coordinate work with various University entities.

  • Project Management – Manage the design, construction and administration of building projects involving engineered systems and review and direct the work of private contractors and campus construction personnel.

  • Maintenance Engineering – Provide engineering support and training for building operating and maintenance staff and campus construction inspectors.

  • Working on multiple projects at one time, while maintaining organized and accurate records of those projects.

  • Incumbent will attend and participate in required training for the use of personal protective equipment and comply with requirements for use of employer provided equipment.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience. Note: Two years of experience equals one year of education. Candidates who will obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering by employment start date are eligible.

  • Knowledge of mechanical engineering principles and applications including thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid flow gained through professional experience or educational training of basic physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences.

  • Demonstrated computer skills, including experience with basic software programs such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, or other relevant software.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Engineer-In-Training certification or Professional Engineering License.

  • Experience with design of building heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems.

  • Experience with design of building utility systems.

  • Experience with building electrical distribution and lighting systems.

  • Experience with evaluating, troubleshooting, and modification of building mechanical, utility, piping and control systems.

  • Experience using AutoCad or other drafting software.

  • Experience generating cost estimates for building mechanical systems.

  • Experience using computerized energy management/ DDC control systems.

  • Experience interpreting and applying building industry codes, practices, and standards.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

  • Prioritize multiple work assignments, meet deadlines, and exercise adaptability to changing priorities.

  • Maintain good documentation and be highly organized.

  • Present, promote and defend University and department interests to a wide variety of constituents.

  • Have an appreciation of diverse constituencies and add intellectual diversity to the department.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

    Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points). Do NOT send a copy of the driver’s license.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

Exposure to temperature extremes, noise, vibration, heights, areas with poor access, limited space, poor or no ventilation and lighting. May work in areas containing materials such as asbestos, gaseous, liquid, and solid process/research wastes which may contain chemical, biological or radiological contaminates.

Perform project inspections/field investigations indoors and outdoors by traversing moderate distances, ascending/descending ladders/catwalks, accessing and navigating flat or pitched rooftops.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on March 9, 2023; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples. https://www.montana.edu/hr/recruitment/dualcareer.html.

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile. https://www.montana.edu/hr/recruitment-guidelines/affirmative_action_plan.html.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: https://www.montana.edu/policy/discrimination/index.html.