Design Engineer

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – K – Exempt
  • 04 – L – Exempt
Work Unit:
Office of Physical Plant
Design Services
Full/Part Time:


Design Services provides complete architectural and engineering design services for construction projects on Penn State campuses. Projects primarily involve renovations to the University’s buildings, facilities and infrastructure, at the University Park campus and occasionally at Penn State’s Commonwealth Campuses. Project sizes and scopes vary from small office or lab renovations to whole building renovations and major infrastructure and plant upgrades. The Design Engineer (Mechanical) leads or participates in engineering design of building mechanical (HVAC), plumbing, and control systems; produces design documents for permitting, bidding, and construction; performs construction administration duties; helps to formulate and enforce Penn State Design Standards; leads or participates in mechanical system evaluations and feasibility studies for future projects; and relies heavily on computers, design and analysis software, and the experience gathered over their career to perform their duties. The Design Engineer works under the direct supervision of the Mechanical Engineering discipline lead who is a registered Professional Engineer. Successful candidates will have experience with facilities design and engineering tasks such as AutoCAD and Revit drawing production, mechanical code interpretation and review, heating and cooling load calculations, equipment selection, duct work and piping system design, and completing work within predefined schedule and budget requirements. Candidate must be able to work exceptionally well within a team, take direction as well as lead projects efforts. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in Engineering or related discipline or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Experience or training with building energy analysis using building simulation software for calculating heating and cooling loads and familiarity with energy-saving calculations is desired. The ability to identify energy conservation opportunities associated with HVAC and building envelope systems is also preferred. Familiarity with projects involving the design of HVAC, plumbing, hydronic, and building automation controls systems is required. Professional Engineer’s license in Pennsylvania or the ability to become licensed within 9 months is required.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088