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Mechanical Engineer 3 – Facilities Capital Projects

Posted Friday, January 26


Saint Paul Public Schools


St. Paul


General Statement of Duties
Under direction, performs technical and project management professional work in the investigation, development, design, testing, and operation of mechanical equipment in building construction and operation for conformity to applicable building codes, good practice, and safety; performs technical analysis, and related work as assigned.

Reporting Relationship
Report to a department manager or unit supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and six years of professional engineering experience, at least two years of which must have been as a licensed Mechanical Engineer. Must be a registered professional mechanical engineer in the State of Minnesota. (No substitution for education.)

Preferred Qualifications * Graduate Degree in mechanical engineering. *Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional. Responsibilities The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following fundamental duties: *Advise in the establishment and updating of design standards for the District and the development of the preliminary conceptual designs, budgets, and time estimates for assigned projects as they pertain to heating, ventilating, air conditioning, plumbing, controls, and electrical equipment in buildings, structures, and related items. * Identify events that could alter the scope, budget, and schedule of projects and develop contingency plans for meeting objectives. Analyze, compare, and evaluate various courses of action and make independent decisions under the general direction of the department manager on matters of significance within the scope of position responsibilities. * Participate as a team member in the planning and programming phase of project plans * Examine plans and specifications for school district buildings prepared by external consultants and contractors and propose changes as required to comply with District standards or industry best practices; ensure standards are met. * Manage the construction of district buildings and monitor project quality control and conformance to project objectives. * Participate in or lead Facility Condition Assessments. * Participate in the financial oversite for the projects assigned. * Participate in supporting and updating the District¿s long range capital plan. * Interface with, and use, accounting, procurement, and project management software. * Communicate orally and in writing with peers, building staff, administration, parents and community members related to project design and construction. * Contribute to the District¿s strategic plan efforts by partnering with other staff to contribute to student achievement and the alignment and sustainability of resources.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities * Considerable knowledge of mechanical and energy codes and other applicable standards and regulations. * Considerable knowledge of strategic planning; conceptual management / organization. * Considerable detail and process organization skills. * Considerable ability to gather data and report to the team and management. * Knowledge of the materials, method and techniques used in infrastructure projects for school system buildings. * Considerable skill in data management, recordkeeping, research, analysis, and reporting. * Considerable ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. * Considerable ability to coordinate multiple activities simultaneously. * Experience/success managing scope, schedule, and budget for mid- to large- complex mechanical construction projects. * Considerable knowledge and experience with building automation systems, commissioning, and the Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing process.

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule This is a 12-month position working 40 hours per week. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the PEA negotiated labor agreement. The labor agreement and salary schedule can be found at The minimum rate of pay for this position is $74,508 annually. Benefits are available to new employees after 30 days of active employment. Benefits include medical insurance, life insurance, sick leave, pension plan, tax-free retirement account, and flexible spending account. Some employee groups also receive vacation, dental insurance and disability insurance. A benefits summary is available at

How to Apply To be considered further, please apply for this position and attach a resume and cover letter to your online application. The Human Resource Department will review your application materials and contact you regarding the next steps. To attach additional documents to your online application, click on the “Additional Attachments” link from the applicant homepage and upload your documents as attachments. Valid file extensions for attaching a document include .doc, .txt, .rtf, and .pdf. This posting will remain open until filled.

Other Information Transcript – Unofficial transcripts are accepted at the time of hire. You must submit official transcripts within 30 days of your start date. Formal credential evaluation is required for post-secondary education completed outside of the United States. Veteran’s Preference – If you are an eligible veteran applying for a job where veteran’s preference applies and wish to claim Veterans Preference you must submit a legible copy of your DD214 to the Human Resource Department with your employment application. If your claim is approved, five or ten additional points will be added to your final passing score. Criminal Background Investigation and Reference Checks – Reference checks and a criminal background investigation will be completed as a condition of hire for all new employees and for former employees who have not been employed by the District for more than six months.

Essential Functions
Essential functions are job duties that the individual holding the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation through the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disability Amendments Act (ADAAA). The essential functions are typical duties as outlined under Responsibilities. Regular and reliable attendance. May be exposed to various cleaning products.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Saint Paul Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and supports an inclusive workplace environment. Equity Statement SPPS is committed to an equitable workforce where all employees represent this commitment through equitable practices in their job position.


Lauren Buck-Hopkins