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Req #: 183644
Appointing Department Web Address:
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 11/17/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 

Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  

Shift: First Shift 
Notes: The University of Washington is following physical distancing directives from state and local governments as part of the collective effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.  Click here for updates

Onsite work in the interim will vary for units and for specific positions and will be discussed with candidates during the interview process.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a Great College to Work For for six consecutive years.

UW Facilities manages the Universitys buildings, infrastructure and land, with more than 1,100 employees in a variety of fields. The Asset Management group includes Capital & Space Management, Real Estate, Sustainability and other teams responsible for planning and workload management. The Operations group includes Project Delivery, Maintenance & Construction, Campus Utilities & Operations, Building Services, Transportation Services and Safety. Supporting these groups, as well as the separate Emergency Management team, are the Business Intelligence & Information Technology group and the Finance & Administration group.
Asset Management has an outstanding opportunity for a Civil Engineer.

Under general supervision and guidance from the Engineering Manager, this position provides technical engineering expertise during the planning, design, construction, turnover, operation and maintenance of UW facilities and infrastructure.  The Civil Engineer will be responsible for supporting all civil-related systems to help sustain continuous reliable operations with lowest life-cycle costs.  UWs Seattle campus comprises over 300 buildings and 15 million gross square feet, including a major medical center/teaching hospital, state of the art research facilities, classrooms, offices, sport and recreation facilities, dormitories, utility distribution systems, 8 miles of utility tunnels and two central utility plants.  Other UW campuses and facilities comprise over 230 buildings and 4.5 million gross square feet including the University of Washington Tacoma and Bothell campuses, Pack Forest, Forks, Sand Point, Friday Harbor, and the UW Tower complex.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Provide technical review and oversight during all phases of Capital Projects, including, but not limited to major capital and minor capital projects.  Ensure projects comply with UWs Facilities Design Standards, identify value-engineering ideas, actively observe construction and commissioning activities, visit construction sites and write observation reports, and confirm delivery of turnover-to-operation deliverables.
Provide technical assistance, recommendations, calculations, and engineering solutions to campus planning, operation, maintenance, and alterations units.
Troubleshoot and recommend solutions to resolve major operational and maintenance problems.
Identify life-cycle cost optimization and operational efficiencies.
Regularly interact with staff from UW Facilities Maintenance and Construction, Project Delivery Group, Asset Management, Environmental Health and Safety, Sustainability, Real Estate, Transportation, and others, as well as external consultants, contractors, and utility representatives.
Coordinate with shop personnel for building and utility renewal projects and assessments, corrective engineering, preventative and deferred maintenance.
Champion environmental stewardship and sustainability.
Be knowledgeable of green building best practices, application of new emerging technologies, conservation strategies to reduce use of energy, water, and greenhouse gas emissions, and methods to improve water quality.
Document engineering audits and prepare analysis to identify deficiencies of building and system needs.
Develop proposed project scopes of work to renovate and upgrade systems and utilities for the Building and Utility Renewal Program.
Develop feasibility analyses in support of new development projects.
Provide engineering field investigations and calculations to develop UWs Utility Master Plan and other infrastructure.  The UMP compliments the Campus Master Plan for the Main Seattle campus.
Participate in business continuity planning and emergency response efforts.  Engineering Services performs ATC-20 post-earthquake inspections that are essential for post-earthquake recovery and restoration of services.
Provide support for utility outages, critical system failures and other emergency events by assisting Facilities Shops to quickly identify ways to isolate or contain emergent failures, limit risks to life safety or property damage, and develop recommendations for corrective repairs. 
Provide support to assist with utility locates of underground utilities and structures.
Develop and update information on the universitys assets and utility systems.
Contribute to the development and update of UWs Facilities Design Standards (FDS), including but not limited to writing of design standards and standard specifications, and drawing of standard details.   The FDS guides project teams purpose is to implement design consistency, maintainability, future flexibility and lowest life cycle costs of new building construction and renovations.
Assist UW Transportation with vehicle- and pedestrian-related development, including parking lots.
Assist UW Real Estate with due diligence reviews and site observations.
Continually seek process improvement opportunities with Campus Process Partners to eliminate wastes and improve business processes.
Other duties as required and/or as assigned.

Core Competencies

Demonstrate personal integrity and trustworthiness.
Manage stressful situations and changing priorities effectively.
Anticipate, recognize, and resolve problems.
Be responsible and accountable.
Use organizational skills and provide attention to details.
Maintain a positive, optimistic, and success-oriented attitude.
Exercise professionalism, which includes being tactful and courteous.
Exhibit a professional work ethic.
Continuously promote a safe work environment.

Requirements include:

Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.
Licensed Civil Professional Engineer in the State of Washington.
A minimum of 5 years' work experience in civil engineering or a related field
Familiarity with applicable building codes, industry trends, and jurisdictional policy initiatives.
Excellent oral and written communications and presentation skills.
High degree of professionalism, integrity and ownership needed; must be customer-focused and results-oriented, innovative, creative, highly motivated, and team-oriented.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, e.g. clients, regulatory agencies and personnel, health/safety professionals, consultants, management, peers, etc. to accomplish goals that are in the best interest of the university.
Familiarity with facilities-related computer software, including design tools, CAD drafting, information systems, construction management software, computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), hydraulic modeling, and the full Microsoft Office suite of applications.
Ability to operate University vehicles for transport of personnel, tools, and equipment to various jobs sites and remote campuses as required.
Ability to respond to emergencies and changing needs.
Record of success in civil system design and installation.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


Experience with civil systems including, but not limited to, water, sewer, storm, natural gas, water quality features, onsite storm water management, roadways, sidewalks and pathways, earthwork, surveying, wetlands, landfills and methane, transportation and parking, accessibility.
Experience with occupancy types and structures found on a large research campus, including medical facilities, laboratories, classrooms, utility plants, housing, parking garages, tunnels, lift stations.
Experience with institutional/government/public works projects.
Familiarity working on integrated design-build projects.

Conditions of Employment:

Must be able to work in mechanical/electrical spaces, utility tunnels, outdoors, confined spaces, around operating equipment such as boilers, pumps, and transformers, and on active construction sites.
Ability to work outside of standard business hours, as required, due to emergencies, meetings, or other scheduled work that may fall outside normal work hours, including weekends.
This position is designated as performing an essential service and is required to report to work during any suspension of University operations, unless specifically notified otherwise.
Must be able to lift / move 50 pounds.
Professional travel may be required.
Must have a valid Washington Drivers License.
Must be able to work in a non-smoking environment.
Regular and predictable attendance is required.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or

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