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Facilities Mechanical Engineer

Facilities Management Services Los Angeles, California

Capitalizing on over 140 years of history and tradition in downtown Los Angeles, the University of Southern California (USC) has embarked on an unprecedented period of expansion. USC is now poised to take its place as the preeminent research institution of the 21st century and we are looking for skilled, motivated professionals to help forge the future of higher education.

The USC department of Facilities Planning and Management (FPM) - Engineering Services is seeking a Facilities Mechanical Engineer to join its team.

FPM is a diverse group of innovative and talented professionals who provide high quality facilities maintenance and management services in support of education and research at the University of Southern California. FPM is committed to being fully responsive to the needs of faculty, students, staff and public, who are our customers. FPM strives to cooperate fully with all campus constituents to provide a functional and efficient facilities operation for the university. FPM values quality, transparency, dedication, collaboration, and innovation.


The Mechanical Engineer serves as technical support for all department programs. This position provides leadership and direction on project operations and activities such as the assessment, design, plan, schedule, budget and scope of services. Identifies appropriate strategies to ensure delivery of quality of services with available resources. Provides technical expertise, support and management to FPM as it relates to utility infrastructure and environmental compliance. Interprets federal, state and local regulations to ensure compliance with existing regulations.

Job Accountabilities:

•Performs engineering assessment, analysis and scoping for assigned projects.  Provides technical support for the development of documentation for bid and construction. Ensures project drawings and specifications comply with university standards and specifications along with federal, state and local requirements. Provides construction phase support such as review of submittals, documents interpretation and field observation.

•Develops, monitors and implements policies, processes, standards and guidelines for various facility mechanical systems to maintain quality control of project types and sizes. Recommends best industry practices in support of improving unit processes for meeting user and facility needs.

•Manages and negotiates consultant services on assigned projects. Monitors and evaluates the appropriateness and progress performed and completed by licensed or certified consultants.

•Oversees, initiates and reviews feasibility studies to determine whether design concepts are compatible within existing infrastructures. Develops and recommends changes to design concepts, as necessary. Inspects current building plumbing systems. Determines whether systems need to be repaired, replaced or retrofitted. Recommends equipment or systems to install.

•Conducts quality assurance reviews to ensure that required work is satisfactorily performed and completed by certified consultants.

•Monitors operation, maintenance and development of mechanical systems. Resolves performance issues.

•Identifies problems and determines resolution within operating parameters and constraints. Troubleshoots issues with various facility systems.

•Gathers facts and figures to support budget development. Monitors and reconciles budget activity. Provides forecasts and projections to develop a budget.

•Prepares reports as needed.

•Provides leadership and guidance to staff, student workers or contractors, as assigned. Leads and facilitates inter-department committees to improve on efficiency and effectiveness of delivering services to end users, as directed.

•Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.


The ideal candidate for the position of Facilities Mechanical Engineer meets the following criteria:

  • Education/degree in a related field
  • 10 years of experience in mechanical design and operation; however combined education/experience as a substitute for minimum education
  • Experience in facilities management and/or installation/construction experience specifically related to mechanical trade
  • Professional Engineer License (PE) in the state of California
  • Project Administration with progressive leadership/management within a college or university environment


Candidates for the position of Facilities Mechanical Engineer must meet the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field; however combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
  • 3 years of experience in mechanical design and operation; however, combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience
  • Directly related education and project management experience with increasing leadership/management responsibility in mechanical systems and/or planning.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

The annual base salary range for this position is $110,000 - $120,000. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

Come and join the FPM team – a team that works as trusted partners shaping an environment of innovation and excellence. Apply today!

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

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 3 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and project management experience with increasing leadership/management responsibility in electrical, mechanical or plumbing systems and/or planning. Demonstrated interpersonal skills. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

REQ20099935 Posted Date: 04/17/2024

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