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State of Washington Classified Job Specification

MECHANICAL ENGINEER SUPERVISOR

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MECHANICAL ENGINEER SUPERVISOR
534D
Category: Science & Engineering

Definition

Directs a mechanical engineering unit which is staffed by at least one senior-level registered professional engineer. 

Typical Work

Plans, organizes, directs and participates in work of mechanical engineers, engineering aides, job inspectors, and clerical staff engaged in design, construction and remodeling of mechanical and electrical features; 

Reviews and supervises all work done by consulting engineering and architectural firms on mechanical and electrical appurtenances; 

Acts as consultant and advisor to professional architects and advance planners, assisting in coordinating architectural and engineering aspects of building construction; makes recommendations to various State departments on boiler plants additions and revisions, water-supply systems, electrical distribution systems, sewage disposal systems, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, lighting and machine design problems; 

Reviews and approves or rejects all change-orders involving mechanical or electrical equipment; assists and trains lower-level engineers and architects, reviewing their most difficult problems concerning mechanical and electrical installations;  

Interviews contractors, salesmen, and others regarding new mechanical and electrical equipment; 

Supervises lower level staff.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  theory, principles, and practices of mechanical engineering, particularly or related to building construction; engineering drafting procedures and equipment; fundamentals of electrical and structural engineering; effectiveness and efficiency of various air conditioning and heating systems, water and waste-disposal systems, appurtenances to electrical systems, and hardware and other appurtenances adding to convenience, comfort, efficiency, and safety of complex buildings; geometry, calculus, and engineering formulas; fire and building codes; cost estimates for capital outlay requests and for maintenance projects where material and equipment are procured by requisition.   

Ability to:  use sound judgment on difficult engineering problems; write specifications for mechanical and electrical equipment; understand and interpret written and oral directions, specifications, plans, and drawings; deal tactfully with architects, engineers, inspectors, and State officials; serve as resident inspector on number of small jobs simultaneously; travel frequently to all parts of State. 

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.   

Positions require certification as an Engineer-In-Training with the state of Washington.  Some positions require professional registration as a mechanical engineer with the state of Washington within six months of appointment to this class.  

Requirements for professional registration as a mechanical engineer in the state of Washington are eight years of professional experience (which may include up to four years of college-level engineering education) and successful completion of sixteen hours of professional licensing exams. Applicants qualifying through the licensing equivalency option must achieve.

Desirable Qualifications

Registration as a professional engineer in the branch of mechanical engineering in the State of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington.  

AND 

One year of experience in supervising registered professional mechanical engineers, registered architects, or equivalent level personnel.   

NOTE:  Requirements for professional registration as an engineer in the State of Washington are eight years of professional experience (which may include up to four years of college-level engineering education) and successful completion of sixteen hours of professional licensing exams.  Applicants qualifying through the licensing equivalency option must achieve professional registration as an engineer in the branch of mechanical engineering in the State of Washington within six months of appointment to this class.

Class Specification History

Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 60190 60210); adopted May 12, 2005, effective January 1, 2006.
Revise class. Revises class title (formerly Mechanical Engineer 4) definition, knowledge and abilities, and desirable qualifications; adopted March 13, 2008, effective March 14, 2008.
(10/01/2009) Corrected history section; incorrect class code referenced-- should read 60210.

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