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Utility Mechanical Engineer

Job ID 3304 Date posted 07/18/2022

Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University. BSA salutes our veterans and active military members with careers that leverage the skills and unique experience they gained while serving our country. Our organization fully supports service members transitioning from active duty to civilian life and pledge’s our commitment to actively hire veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Military personnel who have been formally trained or have relevant experience obtained while in service may meet educational requirements and are encouraged to apply for job opportunities at BSA.

Organizational Overview

The Facilities & Operations (F&O) Directorate’s mission is to support the science and technology and environmental restoration missions of the Laboratory by providing a safe, environmentally sound, and reliable infrastructure, to provide high quality crafts and fabrication services to our customers as needed and to protect people, property, and national security. 

The Energy & Utilities (EU) Division operates and maintains BNL's: 

  • Electric Transmission & Distribution System
  • Central Steam Facility
  • Central Chilled Water Facility
  • Potable Water Treatment Facility
  • Wastewater Treatment Facility
  • Site Fire Alarm Systems
  • Building Electrical Systems
  • Site Energy Management Control System (EMCS)
  • Energy Procurement
  • Energy Metering Systems 

These operation and maintenance activities are performed in a manner to ensure they are always safe, reliable, efficient, green and mission ready. The EU Division oversees BNL's energy management programs including sustainability, conservation and obtaining economical electric power and fuel supplies for BNL.

Position Description

The Energy & Utilities Division (EU), within the Facilities and Operations Directorate has an opportunity to fill the position of a Utility Mechanical Engineer which is anchored at building 452 and reports directly to Energy & Utilities Division Manager.  The Utility Mechanical Engineer will provide engineering and operations support to the entire utilities division.  The ideal candidate will be familiar with the AE design process and the maintenance and operations of large-scale facilities and centralized and distributed utility systems, including but not limited to knowledge of central chilled water plants, central steam plants, and high-pressure steam/condensate distribution and return systems.  Solid time management skills and the ability to organize, prioritize, and perform multiple projects and tasks with a high level of proficiency; acute attention to detail is required. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under minimum supervision the Utility Mechanical Engineer will assist with the engineering, design, and troubleshooting the reliable, safe, and efficient operations, including upgrades of all plant mechanical equipment and systems within the Central Steam Facility, Steam Distribution System, Central Chilled Water Facility, Water Treatment Plant, and Sewage Treatment
  • Maintains drawings for proper configuration management
  • Provides assistance to the Division Manager, Energy Manager, and all plant supervisors
  • Determine work plans and resources necessary to achieve operational targets; prepare operations budget estimates and participate in plant budget preparation process
  • Maintains a list of prioritized improvements projects for the facilities
  • Estimates materials, costs, and staffing requirements for projects
  • May supervise service and maintenance contractors to ensure that work is performed in accordance with contract specifications
  • Approves invoices for payment

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from an accredited University or College.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ progressively responsible experience in the operation and maintenance of central chilled water facilities, central steam facilities, and steam distribution systems, with at least five (5) of those years in an Engineer I or equivalent.
  • Must have some knowledge in heat loss/gain calculations, equipment selection, piping design, pump design, chillers, cooling towers, TES tanks, sand filters, air compressors, high-pressure steam boilers,  steam manhole and steam expansion loop design, etc.
  • Proficient in design calculation software
  • Preparation of calculations, reports, specifications, and presentations
  • Review of shop drawings and submittals
  • Must be knowledgeable in the Building Codes of NYS and ASHRAE standards 
  • Strong decision-making skills and the ability to respond to a complex set of circumstances.
  • Must have working knowledge of computers and software applications i.e., Microsoft Office suite and computerized maintenance management software
  • Ability to read and interpret underground utility drawings, one-line electrical diagrams, P&I drawings, architectural and mechanical drawings
  • Must be able to use AutoCAD to produce design drawings and sketches
  • Excellent teamwork and communications skills
  • Must be able to read, write, and verbally communicate in English
  • Must have a valid NYS Driver’s license

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Experience and familiarity with the following:

  • Trane CenTraVac centrifugal water-cooled chillers
  • Kobelco/Scales oil-free and reciprocating air compressors
  • Various types of refrigerants, handling methods, and monitoring systems
  • ASHRAE 15-2016 – Safety Standard for Refrigeration Systems
  • Licensed Professional Engineer or Engineer-in-Training status in New York State
  • Ability to read and understand underground utility maps
  • Basic electrical and control system knowledge 

Environmental, Safety, and Health, Considerations:

  • Standing, bending, and lifting, up to 20 lbs.
  • Ability to work in confined spaces
  • Ability to climb fixed and portable ladders and work at heights up to 20 feet
  • Use of personal protective equipment
  • Work outdoors/cold environments or indoors/hot environments
  • Use of private car may be required at certain times
  • Domestic travel may be required on occasion for training purposes
The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent upon depth and breadth of relevant knowledge and skills. 

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)

Brookhaven Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required at the start of your employment.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab. We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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