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Classification Description

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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

University Engineer/Architect

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 3970

UW Job Family: 3E

SOC Code: 17-2051

Pay Grade: 27

Date: July 01, 2004

Job Purpose:

Directs the planning, programming, appropriated design and construction of assigned University facility and infrastructure projects, assists in the related operational, financial and personnel activities, and participates in the campus master planning.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, Architecture or a related field


4 years work-related progressively responsible experience

Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:

Licensure as a Professional Engineer or Architect

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Architectural and engineering principals, practices and procedures and associated regulations.
  • Building design, construction and maintenance and associated regulations.
  • Utilities service and operations for all areas of campus, including the Central Energy Plant.
  • Procurement rules and regulations.
  • Project management principles, practices, scheduling, techniques, and tools.
  • Building components and their function.
  • Building components life cycle values and maintenance requirements.
  • Budgeting, cost estimating, and fiscal management principles and procedures.
  • Federal, state, university and local building codes, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Contract documents and specifications.
  • Basic routine and advanced construction drawings, sketches, diagrams, and specifications.
  • Current trade methods, materials and equipment.
  • The occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade. 

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Negotiate and manage assigned contracts and resolve work conflicts among contracted or University personnel.
  • Direct, develop, read, interpret, and work from and with advanced sketches, , specifications, and construction drawings.
  • Work with and as assigned direct committees throughout the planning, design, and construction phases of capital projects.
  • Read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Develop and work within project budget, goals and objectives.
  • Make effective operating, administrative, and procedural decisions impacting projects.
  • Determine labor, equipment, and material costs on projects.
  • Manage projects to meet multiple and potentially conflicting timelines.
  • Maintain complete and accurate records.
  • Organize resources and establish priorities.
  • Develop and present building estimates and feasibility studies.
  • Gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Assess contract compliance and product/service quality.
  • Perform site inspections and/or approve installations.
  • Maintain effective supervisory relationships.
  • Advise and instruct personnel on the maintenance, operation or repair of utility distribution and systems.
  • Move 25 or more pounds.
  • Work as a team member and foster a cooperative work environment. 

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Provide advice and consultation for campus planning and design of improvements and capital construction projects; act as liaison with city, county, state and federal agencies in areas related to assigned facility planning, design and construction projects.

Prepare budget forecasts, estimates and controls for assigned professional consultant agreements and maintenance agreements; direct, supervise, coordinate, resolve conflicts and evaluate performance of University personnel activities, multiple architects, engineers, construction contractors, construction managers, quality control contractors and others on assigned projects.

Review plans and specifications; make revision recommendations; approve or reject products and documents.

Direct and supervise the development, review and approval of design and construction documents, and project estimates as assigned for compliance to codes, specifications, regulatory requirements, planning documents and compatibility with University guidelines.

Direct projects; as assigned, schedule and coordinate necessary outages and shut-downs; troubleshoot problems.

As assigned, direct, chair, guide, and facilitate the action of the University Capital Planning Committees throughout the planning, design and construction processes.

Advise and instruct University personnel on the maintenance, operation or repair of Central Energy Plant, utility distribution systems, and construction projects.

Produce, review, sign and seal documents requiring Professional Engineer's or Architect's professional seal.

Issue special keys to tunnels, mechanical rooms, transformers, switchgear rooms and equipment. 

Supplemental Functions:

Maintain project records.

Consult on special projects and direct information on utility or capital construction costs to University groups, committees and individuals.

Participate in interview and hiring process for designated positions; may provide training to staff.

May be required to assist in acquisition of fuel sources for the University. 

Working Conditions:

Office, shop, and construction site environment(s); regularly exposed to mechanical, chemical and electrical hazards; occasionally subject to dirt, dust, noise, fumes, wetness/humidity, temperature extremes, poor lighting, confined spaces, elevated heights and asbestos. 

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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