Entry Level Construction Project Engineer

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Posting title
Entry Level Construction Project Engineer

Roles and responsibilities
Must be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder
Estimated duration of 9 months with the potential for extension or conversion.
W2 with full benefits
Customer and contract specific training will be required and provided.
Labor Category: Facilities Engineer I

Job Description:
Assist with financial, reporting and project business administration duties for Group 2812. This position is an integral part of the Facilities Division at JPL. You will be part of the Division that supports Missions through facility modifications and upgrades needed to do the science at this preeminent institution. You will manage a diverse range of engineering and construction projects, all to support bringing our office and laboratory spaces up to world-class standards with the goal of making work areas future-thinking to support the Missions of JPL. Successfully applying your expertise in the fields of Project Management, Engineering, and Construction of buildings and facility infrastructure, you will directly impact JPL’s continued success in the exploration of space.

Required Skills:
• Must be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder
• Offer contingent on ability to successfully pass a background check and drug screen
• Assist the Project Management Group Supervisor on the engineering and construction program within the Program Management Section of the Facilities Division Office.
• Report to the Group Supervisor for Project Administration within the Program Management Section.
• Provide administrative support for the capital improvement projects program during development, study, concept/schematic design, construction document development, procurement, construction, and close-out phases. Project values typically range from $250K to greater than $3M.
• Have the ability to successfully work on multiple tasks, sometimes with competing priorities.
• Develop and maintain professional working relationships with project staff at JPL.
• Run reports. Enter and maintain information in databases and spreadsheets.
• Review and update budgets, schedules, slides, reports, etc.
• Report project status (cost and schedule) and issues/problems to management.
• Scan and file information and documents.
• Take and distribute meeting minutes as needed.
• Organize electronic and physical files in appropriate project folders.
• Assist in other tasks and duties as required by the Group Supervisor.

Required Skills:
• BS or BA in Architecture or one of the following engineering disciplines, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil or Structural. Minimum three (3) years of related experience.
• Three (3) years of project experience in either management, administration or engineering.
• Knowledge in the Facilities project management field with focus on engineering and construction projects.
• General understanding of project delivery process and familiarity with construction.
• Demonstrated project experience working with internal and external work groups and individuals associated with the completion of facilities construction projects.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to effectively communicate with supervisor, project administrators, construction managers, other facilities staff as well as contractors and consultants.
• Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of programs including MS Project, and familiarity with project management software.
• Be familiar with engineering and construction schedules, RFP packages, SOWs, estimates, budgets, spend plans and management of RFIs and change orders.
• Ability to assemble project costs and budgets.

Desired Skills:
• Project experience associated with institutional infrastructure, site structures, utility systems and equipment in a campus-type setting.
• Experience working in a Federal government setting, familiarity with NASA/JPL policies and procedures.
• Understanding and experience with construction contracting methods (design-bid-build, design-build, fixed-price, task order, time & materials) and evaluation methods (low bid, best value, evaluated procurement).
• Knowledge and experience with earned value management.
• Project accounting knowledge and/or experience. Ability to analyze budgets and costs for discrepancies, anomalies, non-compliance, trends, etc.
• Extensive knowledge of MS Excel, including pivot tables, v-lookups, and graphs.
• Proficient in MS Powerpoint.
• Working knowledge of TRIRIGA and Meridian Facilities management programs.
• Knowledge of applicable industry practices, California building/construction standards and codes.

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