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Facility Renewal Engineer

Work Arrangement: 
Requisition Number:  202495
Regular or Temporary:  Regular

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Date:  Mar 1, 2023

Facility Renewal Engineer


Occupational Summary


The Facility Renewal Engineer is part of the Facilities Management Department (FMD) and is integral to developing and coordinating the University’s facility renewal program. The person in this role is a key individual contributor responsible for investigating and analyzing deficiencies in Duke’s campus facilities and infrastructure, especially building systems at the end of their life, and developing an annual plan of recommended projects. This position will work with key stakeholders to facilitate facility renewal and report to the Assistant Director of Building Maintenance.


The objective of the facility renewal program is to develop and maintain a long-term, multi-year plan for ongoing, strategic reinvestment in Duke’s built environment. The end goal of the program is to support the university’s academic mission, while also optimizing funds and demonstrating fiscal responsibility.


Work Performed:

· Assist with the development, management, and coordination of the facility renewal program and facilities assessment program; make prioritized recommendations as to the expenditure of budgeted renewal funds.

· Perform in-depth inspections of campus building systems such as electrical, plumbing, and heating and ventilation systems, building envelope systems, and architectural/structural components and document findings. Cross-reference inspection findings against existing facility renewal project lists and other documentation.

· Maintain a centralized database of building renewal items and develop prioritized project lists from the database.

· Analyze work order history via FMD’s computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) to identify possible maintenance/repair trends that may indicate areas of need.

· Communicate with Duke stakeholders to better understand department-specific needs and requirements and how those needs may impact renewal projects.

· Assist with the management of various building inspection programs—both by subject matter experts and Duke staff. Interpret findings and assimilate into the overall facility renewal plan. Ensure related documentation is up-to-date.

· Work closely with Facility Operations (FO) supervisors to gain deeper understanding of system needs, e.g. work with HVAC shop supervisor to help with determining specific renewal needs for systems under their area of responsibility.

· Work with consultants, contractors, and vendors to execute studies, develop plans and cost estimates.

· Work with FMD’s Office of Planning and Design and Office of Project Management to integrate the renewal plan into the overall campus capital plan.

· Work closely with project managers on the implementation of campus renewal projects.

· Develop reports, presentations, and dashboards related to the facility renewal program.

· Assist with reviewing project plans and specifications to ensure alignment with FMD’s facility renewal objectives.

· Maintain liaison between members of the University community, contractors and other FMD departments to maintain awareness of cost and general progress of facility renewal program.

· Perform other related duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications at this Level:


Education & Experience

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction management, architecture or related field. Work requires a minimum of eight years of professional experience involving the coordination of facility operations and/or construction, which included at least one year of supervisory and budgetary experience. Prefer experience in an institutional or higher education setting.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of institutional building system types and maintenance issues. Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, applied creativity and problem-solving skills. Ability to analyze data and interpret high-level technical information. Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to communicate effectively to a wide range of audiences, including faculty, staff from other departments, students, and others. Ability to create and maintain positive customer and stakeholder relationships. High attention to detail; able to document findings thoroughly, accurately, and consistently with little supervision. Skills using work order management software (Hexagon AB EAM) or CMMS.

Computer software skills using MS Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.


Required Qualifications at this Level



Work generally requires an Associate's degree in Engineering, Architecture, Business, skilled crafts or a related field to acquire knowledge of construction/renovation operations and to develop appropriate managerial skills.


Work requires four years of progressively responsible experience in construction, engineering and/or shop management (skilled trades) to include project design, project scheduling and/or contract administration.

A Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Architecture or Design may offset two years of required experience.






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