MEP Engineering Designer Support – San Antonio, TX, US

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MEP Engineering Designer Support – San Antonio, TX, US


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MEP Engineering Designer Support


Department: Facilities Operations Management
Location: San Antonio, TX, US


NIKA is hiring for a two MEP Engineering Designer Support’s that will be responsible for providing engineering design support to perform engineering design services globally for all MHS facilities in support of the Defense Health Agency (DHA) based out of San Antonio, TX.  The MEP Engineering Designer will directly support the Engineering & Design (E&D) Branch by collecting, providing submittal drawings to the E&D team members, updates and submits to the CADD Services team recommendations for updating MARS with more accurate drawing files.

Named a “Top Workplace” by the Washington Post, NIKA is a well-established company that is focused on growth within an entrepreneurial environment. We work with governments to design, build and manage real property by combining facilities operations management, engineering, and architecture all under one roof.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides a full array of engineering design and technical drawing support and services to both internal and external DHA customers.
  • Assists MTF facility managers in the organization and updating of building MEP drawings, Life Safety plans, Fire plans and master plans.
  • Comprehends and adheres to DHA file and technical standardized naming conventions.
  • Works with the CAD Services team to assist the Meridian software programmers and end users to gather and define software business rules and functional requirements.
  • Writes detailed business rules and functional requirements according to standard templates using simple and concise language, documents projects, and participates in design reviews.
  • Reviews and evaluates Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) engineering design drawings to accurately reflect as-is conditions for all medical facilities.
  • Provides site support updating to Life Safety, Fire Plans, Architectural and MEP changes made locally by the MTF in such a manner that the as-built drawings/documents accurately reflect the altered or new real property equipment within weeks of the completion of work.
  • Confers with local base Facility Managers to obtain more details if not already provided in the update requests streaming in from the Facility Managers across the enterprise.
  • Updates existing MEP and Architectural infrastructure and architectural elements of as built drawings to reflect changes made through additions, moves, modifications, etc. MEP engineering design elements include, but are not limited to: Life Safety drawings, fire plans, egress drawings, electrical schematics and one-line diagrams; electrical switchgear and power system placement and details; both interior and exterior electrical power distribution wiring and apparatus; lighting, fire alarm and low-voltage plans; mechanical apparatus such as chillers, cooling towers, air handlers, boilers, pumps, valves and plumbing of process water systems; exterior walls, interior walls, windows, partitions, stairwells, elevators, casework, plumbing fixtures, doors, door swings. Placement of associated text such as RPIE asset numbers, room number, area, and room name are also part of the basic architectural scope.
  • Updates the fire protection layer with all the components of the fire protection system, including control panels, heat detectors, smoke detectors, pull and push stations, egress lighting, fire extinguisher locations, sprinkler head location, and smoke/fire dampers from as-built drawings as required.
  • Performs all drawing work in the version of Autodesk AutoCad, Drawbase or GeoBase and other similar engineering design software.
  • Uploads completed drawing updates to the DHA/FE consolidated technical drawing archive, adding meta-data tag information to each file as required by the Meridian software for file organization and search.
  • Imports existing PDF scans of facilities when no engineered design drawings exist and converts raster files to AutoDesk engineering design or other Engineering design software drawing files to the extent of the modifications/updates being made by Contractors.
  • Primarily supports the E&D Branch Engineers and SMEs for facility drawing files, installation, and project folder creation; reviews updates of drawings for compliance with standards prior to updating master drawings.
  • Provides training to MTF facility management and maintenance Contractor personnel on how to use Meridian software, including basic navigation, zooming in/out, printing, turning on/off layers, copying portions of drawings to PowerPoint, measuring distances, and calculating areas.
  • Actively participates as members of the project commissioning and functional testing teams which validate the designs prior to Government acceptance and the close-out of O&M and MILCON projects. Their involvement is to verify correct spatial placement, drawing dimensions of infrastructure systems prescribed by the Contractor designer of record; drawing naming conventions and compliance with technical as-built content of drawings and technical documents.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Associates degree in computer aided design from an accredited institution and/or a specialty area certificate in computer aided design from an accredited technical college.
  • Five (5) years of experience working with Engineering designers utilizing Autodesk and comparable computer aided design. Working knowledge and familiarity with facility management, building infrastructure systems and associated standard drawing and component naming conventions.
  • Ability to integrate information from a variety of sources into various systems, ensuring proper system interfaces. Understanding of how to collect data for analysis and then develop projects resulting from analysis. Professional knowledge on the use of AutoDesk, DrawBase, GeoBase, MARS Meridian along with other CAD programs and Microsoft Office Suite

NIKA provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Further, NIKA takes affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed and employees are treated during employment without regard to any of these characteristics. Discrimination of any type will not be tolerated.

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