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Assistant Group Manager - Mechanical Engineering

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Our employee-owned and multi-disciplined team of engineering and design professionals is looking for an experienced mechanical engineer with engaging leadership skills and a knowledge of various mechanical systems to join our team as the Assistant Mechanical Group Manager within our Facilities Engineering division in Saint Paul.  

As the Assistant Group Manager, you will work directly with the Mechanical Group Manager to cultivate the growth, direction, financial performance, and leadership of our Facilities Engineering Mechanical team, which focuses on HVAC, Balance of Plant, and Process mechanical system design for education, government, energy, food, and Industrial clients.  As a leader, you will coach and mentor a talented team of engineering professionals and be responsible for their professional development in relation to overall team objectives and their professional aspirations. 

For this position it is assumed your time would be split between group management, lead designer/engineer, and/or project management responsibilities as outlined below: 

  • Overseeing the Designers/CAD technicians and Graduate Engineering staff members (6-8 people) who will direct report to this position.  This includes:
    1. Assist the Group Manager in assigning projects to the defined directed reports, and assist in maintaining utilization of those members.
    2. Mentoring of Direct Reports.
    3. Mid-year and year end reviews of direct reports along with the Group Manager.
  • Lead the development of technical specifications, typical details, design calculation tools and software standards for the mechanical group.
  • Provide and lead Quality Assurance/Quality Control reviews for mechanical projects, including review of plan sets and design calculations.
  • Mechanical Engineer Design Activities including:
    1. Serve as the lead mechanical on multidiscipline projects or the Project Manager of projects.
    2. Assist in proposals and project development for mechanical projects including fee estimating, client presentations and interviews, and site inspections.
    3. The preparation of mechanical/process plans, specifications, design details and construction documentation for integration the client design process into the TKDA designed facility.
  • Assume the duties of the Group Manager when they are unavailable including:
    1. Attending Division planning meetings with other managers.
    2. Approving time sheets, expense reports, etc.
    3. Scheduling of Mechanical staff.

Note:  Flexible / hybrid work arrangements (3 days in office / 2 days remote per week) will be considered for self-starter and self-sufficient professionals who have demonstrated an ability to work successfully in a remote work environment.

Required Qualifications. 

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Seven (7) + years of progressive experience in mechanical design of HVAC and Pluming systems for commercial and/or industrial facilities.
  • Registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Minnesota.
  • Previous experience in coaching, mentoring, and developing less experienced professionals with an emphasis on technical design standards, quality control, and/or project management practices.
  • Previous experience in responding to requests for proposals, including estimating mechanical fees.
  • Previous experience and ability to prepare studies, technical specifications and construction cost estimates and work with drafters to prepare accurate design drawings.
  • Knowledge associated with working with other disciplines on a larger projects: Architecture, Civil, Electrical, Structural, etc
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Project, etc.).
  • Strong interpersonal skills and effective verbal and written communication skills; Ability to write specifications and reports and lead and/or participate in discussions during client consultations and project team meetings.
  • Ability to mentor staff members in design.

 Advantageous Qualifications. 

  • Previous experience and working knowledge of AutoCAD, Revit MEP or Plant 3D.
  • Previous experience in project management.
  • Previous experience in business development with a demonstrated record of tracking and securing new project opportunities.
  • Previous experience in boiler and/or chiller system design for facilities.
  • Previous fire protection system design experience.
  • Previous industrial ventilation experience.
  • Previous experience with the creation of process flow diagrams, piping and instrument diagrams, equipment general arrangement drawings and piping plan drawings.

Note:  To be considered for this opportunity and to perform the assigned responsibilities, candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States and must be able to complete and pass any background, security, and drug test requests required by TKDA, clients, and state and/or federal agencies.


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