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Lehigh University is a premier residential research university offering majors and programs in four colleges: College of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics, and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. More than 4,700 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students attend Lehigh. Located in Pennsylvania's scenic Lehigh Valley, the campus is situated on 1,600 acres in close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia. 

Job Description


The Associate Director of Utilities and Engineering will plan, organize, and lead the production, purchasing, and distribution of utilities to maximize reliability and minimize costs.  The successful candidate will lead a staff of 13, directing the utility, life safety and engineering services for 160 buildings, 4.4 million gross square feet on 3 campuses, which include a 69/12KV substation (12 MW peak), 12kV/4kV distribution, two central heating and refrigeration plants and Siemens and Honeywell building automation systems.  The Associate Director will also be responsible for a $5M annual utility budgets and regulatory compliance: OSHA, PA DEP, Title V, NPDES, UST's, IAQ.


Facility and Utility Engineering

  • Mechanical - Use Honeywell and Siemens technical guidelines to expand, troubleshoot, and change building automation systems; coordinate and integrate seamlessly with the HVAC crews in order to effect positive energy management changes
  • Use ASME BPV Code, ASHRAE Fundamentals, ARI Standards, ANSI Codes, etc. to design and modify mechanical components including steam pipe distribution, fans, refrigeration equipment, insulation and structural components
  • Choose appropriate materials for intended services
  • Analyze failures
  • Interpret vibration signatures
  • Evaluate pressure drops in piping
  • Modify systems to allow for thermal expansion or contraction
  • Electrical - Use Allen-Bradley and Square D technical manuals to expand, repair, and troubleshoot PLCs, VSDs, IEDs, SCADA
  • Use NEC, NESC, and Manufacturing literature to design electrical circuits and systems for power, lighting, heating, motors, and other power loads and controls
  • Utilize experience to allow adequate safety factors and protect personnel
  • Plumbing - use International Mechanical Code to design and troubleshoot water and sewer system components such as backflow preventers, pressure reducing assemblies, tempering valves, control valves, meters, etc. Monitor annual inspection of backflows throughout campus
  • Utility - Use experience from operating and maintaining a power plant to solve problems such as stack opacity, hazardous waste spills, underground sinkholes, steam leaks and condensate pump failures
  • Fire Protection - use NFPA and NEC Standards to review, approve, and recommend changes to existing and new fire protection systems
  • Maintenance and replacement related construction
  • Use International Building Code for new building design review
  • Use AISC Manual for structural verifications
  • Work as part of team, providing technical assistance and review of existing conditions for planned improvements to University building and utility systems

Directs activities of Department or Unit

  • Plan, organize, and lead the production, purchasing, and distributions of utilities to maximize reliability and minimize costs
  • Analyzes the effectiveness of the assigned work force in meeting stated objectives and goals
  • Recommends necessary organizational and operational changes for utilities, engineering, energy conservation and life safety
  • Oversees the use and long term development of the computerized maintenance management system and the preventive maintenance program for CH&R (cooling, heating and refrigeration) actions
  • Monitors technical and operational staff development for CH&R and utilities staff by monitoring training and development programs
  • Develops performance benchmarks for CH&R systems
  • Prepares and administers the annual utility budget
  • Plans and manages annual utility and manages annual utility capital renewal budget
  • Plans and manages effective energy conservation program for Lehigh with the Energy Conservation Engineer
  • Manages and maintains day-to-day oversight for unit operations and programs, develops, and administers policies and procedures

Energy Management and Procurement

  • Electricity - Evaluate tariffs for service, negotiate with non-utility energy providers, review co-generation proposals, evaluate alternative energy options
  • Fuel Oil - Evaluate supplier capabilities and develop relationships with alternate providers for price/supply flexibility
  • Monitor NYMEX crude futures for price lock opportunities
  • Natural Gas - Ensure proper tariffed rate is applied to each meter
  • Consolidate small accounts on master meter NDS account and provide alternate supply
  • Create and verify accurate nominations for monthly balancing
  • Alternative - Stay current with green technologies such as solar, wind, DG, and biomass
  • Installs and repairs electrical systems
  • Programs PLCs, Siemens Apogee Control software, Johnson Facilitator software, Square D Powerlogic, Honeywell UDC Controllers, Windows computers
  • Uses underground locating instruments
  • Designs wiring schematics for control
  • Recommends mechanical pipe repair methods
  • Uses GIS to record location of underground utilities and provides updated documentation to the Planning cell to upkeep record drawings accuracy

Facility Operations

  • Environmental - Responsible for federal and state permits, record keeping, deviation reporting, permit renewals, fines, inspections
  • NPDES permit compliance and renewals
  • EPA and DEP Title V Permit compliance and renewal
  • PA underground storage tank permits, replacements, inspections, renewals, USTIF
  • Steam Boilers - Approve operating directions, authorize hours of operation, review logs, recommend repairs, develop gas and oil curves
  • Electric Chillers - Authorize operation, review logs, recommend maintenance, approve service requests
  • Water Supply - Review distribution pressure and design changes to piping to add new services and correct pressure and volume deficiencies
  • Redirect and resupply service to overcome leaks or breaks
  • PA One Call - Respond to all dig notices in the immediate area and notify appropriate departments
  • Maintain underground map locator system using GIS
  • Energy Management Systems - Authorize hours of operation and temperature settings
  • Street Lights - Operate remotely via photocells, EMS computer and contactors
  • Boilerand Machinery Insurance - Maintain inspection database of all boilers and pressure vessels on campus
  • Arrange for annual inspection tour by insurance company representative
  • Correct deficiencies that prevent renewal of operating permit


  • Develop specifications
  • Write RFP's
  • Review bids
  • Qualify vendors
  • Solicit bids
  • Recommend contract awards
  • Justify sole source procurements
  • Cultivate vendors for specialty services



Special Considerations:

  • This position is responsible for driving university-owned vehicles as a routine function, therefore a valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License and a good driving record is required
  • Periods of high volume/workload or overtime may be required
  • Required to be on call in case of a power outage or a water leak
  • Occasional evening, holiday or weekend hours




  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or equivalent combination of education and experience; Master's degree preferred
  • Professional Engineer License is required
  • Eight or more years related work experience
  • Demonstrate knowledge of NYMEX fuel markets; hedging; risk derivatives; accounting
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent writing ability and organizational skills
  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Excellent analytical, decision making and problem solving skills
  • Solid computer skills with experience using word processing and spreadsheet software
  • Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, national criminal background checks, motor vehicle checks, PATCH, FBI fingerprinting, Child Abuse Clearance and credit history based upon the requirements of the position


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