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Capital Construction Office Engineer

Capital Construction Development-Project Management Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

USC’s Capital Construction Development department is seeking a Capital Construction Office Engineer to join its team.

The Office Engineer supports construction project managers in contract administration and coordination of projects including planning, organizing, controlling, and reporting to ensure that the goals and objectives of projects are accomplished within prescribed cost, quality, and contract parameters; assigns tasks to and coordinates with technicians or support staff.

The ideal candidate for the position of Office Engineer has a degree in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management or related field. Additionally, the ideal candidate has a minimum of two (2) years of directly related project or contract administration experience; however, experience working as a student intern on a capital improvement program may apply toward experience.

Job Accountabilities

  • Assists construction project managers in administration and coordination of projects to ensure goals and objectives of projects are accomplished. Provides technical and contract management support to project manager during the design, construction, and closeout phases of project. Process all close out documents.
  • Assists project manager with preparation of RFQ’s/RFP’s. Prepares portions of project documents. Edits specifications. Reviews/edits architect’s responses to RFI’s and submittals. Prepares reports and project updates for senior management to enable timely problem solving and mitigation of project issues.
  • Oversees architect’s maintenance and distribution of the current contract plans and specifications to ensure latest revision is used for design reviews and construction. Reviews, processes, logs and maintains all supplemental instructions from architect.
  • Prepares requisition forms, purchase orders and other university forms required for purchasing of goods and services.
  • Collaborates with others to determine adaptations in methods for non-routine aspects of assignments. Maintains current project information in e-Builder and runs reports as required for management purposes. Logs and tracks all Change Orders (CO), Change Order Requests (COR’s), Requests for Information (RFI’s), Submittals, and claims in e-Builder and/or other project tracking systems, ensuring accurate and timely compliance with contract obligations.
  • Performs research and investigations. Tracks project funds, budgets, and commitments. Assists team in maintaining the Estimate at Completion (EAC) and informing project manager of potential issues.
  • Reviews and ensures contractor’s daily reports are uploaded every day. Determines any necessary follow-up and action items. Updates issues and action log for reference by project manager and project engineer.
  • Confirms contractor’s maintenance of “as-built drawings”, prior to the monthly progress payments to the contractor.
  • Reviews contractor’s Unconditional and Conditional waiver and release documents. Updates lien release logs prior to monthly progress payments to contractor.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

THIS IS A FIXED-TERM ASSIGNMENT.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.


Supports construction project managers in contract administration and coordination of projects including planning, organizing, controlling, reporting to ensure that the goals and objectives of projects are accomplished within prescribed cost, quality and contract parameters. Assigns tasks to and coordinates with technicians or support staff.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 2 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related project or contract administration experience. Experience working as a student intern on a capital improvement program may apply toward experience.


REQ20070066 Posted Date: 04/10/2019

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