• Senior Mechanical Engineer

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Overview

    Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.


    The main responsibilities of the Senior Mechanical Engineer (Facilities) is to protect SCCA’s investment in its clinical space (both owned and leased) by maintaining facilities engineering design integrity and making improvements and energy enhancements where possible. The Senior Mechanical Engineer provides technical engineering support to facilities operations, facilities alterations, and new capital development projects at all SCCA locations.


    This position also evaluates physical plant aspects of facilities alterations and new facilities construction and is responsible for Energy Management at the SCCA. Additionally, this position will be the primary backup for the Engineering SCCA Program Manager.  In this role he/she will back up the SCCA Program Manager in their absence serving as the primary interface between the SCCA and the Fred Hutch Facilities Engineering Department.


    Facilities Operations

    The Senior Mechanical Engineer supports the Facilities Engineering Department in operating and maintaining SCCA facilities. Physical plant systems include steam and hot water boilers, specialized laboratory utility systems, air handling systems, chillers and chilled water system, HVAC, power transformation and distribution, emergency generator, and building automation controls. The SCCA Facilities Engineer will:

    • Develop procedures to operate and maintain critical utilities distribution systems.
    • Analyze systems operation and make recommendations for improvement. Work with Operating Engineers to establish and document effective operating procedures.
    • Assist and advise Operating Engineers in troubleshooting systems operational problems. Conduct special investigations, tests, and other studies to improve efficiency and reliability of equipment and systems.
    • Review and analyze equipment maintenance procedures and help establish Operating Engineer training.
    • Support preventive maintenance and predictive maintenance programs. Review procedures. Analyze equipment histories and downtime records. Inspect equipment and develop renewal and replacement program.
    • Investigate Indoor Air Quality complaints when HVAC design or air balancing are in question.
    • Implement an energy measuring and reporting system and make recommendations for energy usage reduction.
    • Coordinate with public utilities for optimum reliability and cost of service.
    • Maintain drawing and document control and facilities standard specifications.
    • Manage physical plant improvement projects.
    • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Facilities Engineering

    Alterations Support

    • Facilities alterations usually involve complex HVAC and building automation controls modifications.
    • Assist Facilities Planning in project development and budgeting.
    • Review physical plant aspects of alteration projects. Develop specifications and work with consulting engineers and contractors as required by project scope.
    • Prepare engineering bid packages as necessary.
    • Review Submittals
    • Inspect installation.
    • Lead start-up and commissioning efforts.

    Capital Development Support
    Represent the Engineering department in reviewing new facilities engineering design for constructability, maintainability and conformance to DOH regulations and will review all submittals.


    Energy Conservation and Management
    This role will also be the Lead for Energy Management and Conservation at the SCCA. This includes:

    • Develop Energy strategies for the SCCA
    • Monitor Energy Consumption targeting unexpected usage
    • Develops Energy Conservation projects and obtains the appropriate permits and rebates
    • Ensure SCCA meets the Energy requirements of the City of Seattle including Energy Star reporting, Building tune up and the Sub Alteration requirements of the Clinic Expansion


    Minimum qualifications

    • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering is required unless advanced skills and experience can be demonstrated as equivalent to education requirement.
    • Four or more years of increasing responsibilities at the professional level in HVAC, Controls and Plumbing engineering design with knowledge of maintenance and operations for large bio-medical research or hospital facilities is required.
    • Emphasis will be in the areas of Clinic/Hospital/Laboratory design, construction and operation.
    • Design and field experience in HVAC, boilers, and DDC automated building control systems and experience in electrical distribution systems operation and maintenance is required.

    Preferred qualifications

    • Project management experience in mechanical, electrical, and piping projects is preferred.
    • Current Washington State Professional Engineering license is desirable.

    Our Commitment to Diversity

    We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at escmail@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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