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23 Nov 2021

Full-Time System Engineer-Fire Protection

Sound Transit – Posted by Seattle, Washington, United States

Job Description


The purpose is to provide mechanical engineering evaluation, analyses, and oversight of all Engineering design, integration, and construction work, with an emphasis on active and passive fire protection systems. This mechanical engineering evaluation, analyses, and oversight shall include; facility plumbing and piping, facility fire and life safety engineering; fire suppression systems; fire detection and alarm systems; system integration and coordination; system testing requirements and performance; and commissioning for all Sound Transit projects.  The successful candidate will rely upon experience and knowledge of mechanical systems and codes to ensure that Agency Safety, Technical Performance, Quality, Cost and Schedule Goals are met or exceeded.


The following duties are a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

• Reviews, provides input to and final acceptance of, all mechanical designs, calculations, analyses, and reports produced by consultants and Agency staff.  As needed provides support to assigned project manager by identifying issues, evaluating alternative solutions, and providing recommendations.

• Performs mechanical analyses and reviews of design and construction submittals; performs code analysis of municipal, state, and national codes for applicability to Agency project(s); performs evaluations and prepares recommendations for code compliance of specific design and construction elements.

• Provides technical oversight of staff and consultants involved with mechanical design and integration.

• Provides information and prepares reports for ST staff; provides a variety of status reports and responds to required audits.

• Provides support to the Civil/Systems Integration Manager on matters as directed; participates on a variety of committees as assigned; attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment; ensures processes, policies and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively; ensures accountability and compliance with all current and applicable state and federal laws, Agency policies and procedures, rules and regulations.

• Provides design support during construction.  Reviews and provides acceptance of construction contractor detailed installation information and any changes to the accepted design.  In this context works closely with Construction Management and the Contractors to determine the most reliable cost effective means of meeting Agency Goals.

• Provides support to, and coordinates with, municipalities and Third Parties.

• Participates in testing and commissioning and supports the work effort in obtaining Certificate of Occupancy Permits.

• Works closely with the Safety, Quality Assurance and Operations.

• Champions and models Sound Transit’s core values and demonstrates values-based behaviors in everyday interactions across the agency.

• Contributes to a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in alignment with Sound Transit’s Equity & Inclusion Policy.

• It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.

• It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate sustainability into everyday business practices.

• Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited program, four years of mechanical engineering experience that includes design work, working with consultants/contractors and engineering field work; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

Valid certificate of registration as an Engineer-In-Training.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

Valid certificate of registration as a Professional Engineer with proficiency in Mechanical Engineering issued by the State of Washington.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

• Fundamental mechanical engineering concepts and relationships.

• Mechanical codes and related regulations, including applicable state and national building codes, National Engineering Association Specifications (ASTM, ASME, ASHRAE), Energy Codes, and National Fire Protection Association codes.

• Mathematical techniques associated with mechanical engineering.

• Established mechanical engineering principles, methods, and techniques in the areas of pipe system analysis, distribution systems/pipe flow, fluid equipment, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazards systems, and fire detection and alarm systems.

• Techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities.

• Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.

• Proficiency in English, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

• Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing, CAD, spreadsheets, and databases.

• Testing and Commissioning of facilities.

• Engineering Design development.

• Engineering construction support.

• System troubleshooting and repair techniques.

• Directing field work.

• Applying mechanical engineering principles and procedures, with an emphasis in piping and fire protection.

• Reviewing or checking the work products of others to ensure conformance to standards.

• Performing advanced mathematical calculations.

• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public.

• Interpreting and administering policies and procedures sufficient to administer, discuss, resolve, and explain them to staff and other constituencies.

• Effectively coordinating integration efforts of numerous consultant firms.

• Presentation development and public speaking skills.

• Applying appropriate oral and written communication skills to various individuals ranging from Agency employees, engineering consultants, and local, state, and federal agencies.

• Interpreting and applying applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.

• Preparing and analyzing complex data and comprehensive reports.

• Working cooperatively with other departments, Agency officials, and outside agencies.

• Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports.

• Reviewing and developing Construction Specification Institute formatted contract specifications and test procedures; developing design criteria; creating standards.

Physical Demands / Work Environment:  

• Work is performed in a standard office environment and in the field in support of construction and testing efforts.  Work performed during normal business hours with exceptions to accommodate testing, investigations, and other engineering activities.

• Subject to standing, potentially substantial walking, bending, climbing ladders, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery, extreme weather conditions, and physical harm when conducting field surveys and when working in the field.

• The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.

Sound Transit is an equal employment opportunity employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment action based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or other protected class.




Bachelors or better in Engineering.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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Job Categories: LGBT. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Construction, design, engineering, and management. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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