KLH Engineers
Position:  Lead Mechanical Engineer
Location:  Louisville, KY
Job Id:  143
# of Openings:  1

Title:                        Lead Mechanical Engineer
Studio:                     Assigned Studio
Reports To:            Studio Leader / Studio assigned upper level senior engineer
I. Summary
Lead Mechanical Engineers are responsible for the development of air distribution systems, single line control diagrams, load studies and analysis as well as equipment selection.  Responsibilities include assisting with planning, conducting and evaluating approaches to meet project objectives in a timely, cost-effective fashion. This position will also take on project management responsibilities including communication with the client from initial project efforts, throughout the entire design activities and post project follow up.
II. Essential Duties & Responsibilities 
Core Function
  • Perform engineering tasks and work with engineers to produce projects in design.
  • Review mechanical designs per QC/QA standards.
  • Assist Construction Administration representatives in reviewing submittals and answering questions from projects in the field.
  • Working knowledge of miscellaneous office equipment technology such as phones, copiers, plotters, scanners and computers.
  • Willingness to accept responsibility and accountability.
  • On time and dependable.
  • Keep accurate records of billable time and submits timesheets on time.
  • Completes tasks thoroughly and on time.
  • Able to delegate information to mechanical designers and co-ops when needed.
  • Understand and follows company structure.
  • Understands and follows department standards and procedures.
  • Understand floor plans, sections, details and complex architectural concepts.
  • Work within multi-discipline project teams to develop drawing and specification documents for issuance to architects, contractors and building owners.
  • Proactively communicates any concerns, problems or technical decisions that impact the project.
  • Offer solutions and value engineering where required.
  • Preparation and modification of mechanical engineering drawings using computer-aided drafting and design systems such as AutoCad of Revit.
  • Participate in company technical training to gain understanding of process and knowledge of field.
  • Collaboration on projects to develop a plan for actions required to meet deadlines.
Mechanical Engineering and Design
  • Typical systems designed at this level are all types of air-side equipment, variable and constant volume air distribution including ductwork routing and sizing and air device selection and sizing.
  • Typical systems designed at this level are packaged and terminal equipment sections and air distribution including ductwork routing and sizing and air device selection and sizing.
  • Understands and can apply hydronic piping engineering principals and systems including condenser water, geothermal, chilled water, hot water and steam.
  • Understands complex mechanical engineering principals used in design.
  • Has a good understanding of hydronic systems and plants.
  • Understands and can apply design principals of hydronic systems and plants.
  • Creates and understands all aspects of a single line diagram.
  • Develop engineering sketches or schematics, layouts, details and/or drawings.
  • Perform advanced HVAC calculations such as external static pressure, system and zone heat losses and gains and ventilation calculations for complicated systems.
  • Understands and can proficiently reference and apply applicable building codes.
  • Ability to perform complex energy models and interpret model results.
  • Research and prepare reports for feasibility studies, life cycle cost analysis and other similar reports.
  • Performs and demonstrates HVAC energy compliance using ComCheck, Title 24, FlaCom and other energy compliance software and provides supporting documentation.
  • Able to edit Mechanical specifications.
  • Perform opinion of costs.
  • Perform detailed mechanical surveys.
  • Ability to troubleshoot air side issues.
  • Create trainings to teach others advanced tasks within the department.
Expectations of all engineering and design co-ops
  • Demonstrate acceptance of responsibility; show pride in work performed; demonstrate flexibility in acceptance of assignments and schedules; maintain professional behavior and appearance; exhibit dependability. 
III. Supervisory Responsibilities 
There may be direct supervisory responsibilities associated with this position.  Studio directors may assign mechanical engineers, designers or mechanical co-ops to be under lead engineer’s supervision.
IV. Competencies
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Is aligned with our culture and core Mission/Vision/Values.
Possesses ability to clearly, confidently and effectively communicate with staff.
Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests.
Quality Management
Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.
Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
V. Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree (B.S) from a four-year university or equivalent experience is required.    
Professional Engineering license preferred.
LEED AP is preferred
5+ years working in an MEP engineering consulting firm on multiple building types.
Project Management experience preferred
Communication Skills 
Verbal – Convey easily and quickly any message; Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens attentively and seeks clarification; Maintain professional nonverbal communication analogous to situation.
Written - Writes clearly and informatively with a high level of sophistication; Presents numerical data effectively.
Computer Skills
Basic computing skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office programs including MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, and Access.
Proficient in AutoCAD and Revit
VI. Performance Metrics
  • Accuracy of completing tasks.
  • Timeliness of completing tasks.
  • Willingness to help and go the extra mile.
  • Attitude.
  • Punctuality.
  • Consistency in performing and completing tasks.
  • Ability to gain engineering knowledge and consistently apply it.
  • Thoroughness and accuracy in completing calculations.
  • Attention to drafting detail.
  • Understanding and application of company standards.
  • Provides departmental process improvement ideas for optimizing efficiency.
  • Attends department technical meetings.
  • Provides input to department meetings.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of complex principals of mechanical engineering.
  • Creativity of design.

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