Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Design Engineer 3 (Mechanical) (35 Hour)

Recruitment #200113-7162ES-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services (DAS) houses a number of distinct programs that comprise the business functions of state government, including information technology, human resources, procurement, facilities and real estate, construction services, fleet, workers compensation and more united in a common mission to:

  • Support Connecticut's Growth - To serve our citizens, businesses, state agencies and other branches of government by providing the highest quality services at the lowest possible cost.
  • Drive Continuous Innovation - To increase the efficiency and effectiveness of state government using best practices from the public and private sectors.
  • Provide Rewarding Careers - To attract and retain a workforce of talented, dedicated public servants committed to leading our great state forward.

The DAS Bureau of Property and Facilities Management administers the operations, maintenance and security of state owned buildings located throughout the Hartford Area and major cities in the state including: Meriden, Mystic, New Britain and Waterbury and is currently recruiting for one Design Engineer 3 to join the team.

The primary responsibility of the Design Engineer 3 will be to manage the Capital Area System (CAS) district heating and cooling loop which is critical to the operations of the State servicing 13 state buildings and four private buildings, totaling over three million square feet of building space. The CAS provides hot water for space heating, domestic hot water production and chilled water for space cooling. The Design Engineer 3 will assist the Director of Facilities Planning Services in managing all CAS operations and will provide assistance in the areas of design interpretation, system and analysis, complementing the existing staff of Architects and Facility Managers.

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply.

Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. State employees currently holding the above title or those who have previously attained permanent status in this class may apply for a lateral transfer. Questions about these required documents or any other phase of this recruitment should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office: Theresa Judge at

Selection Plan

Incumbents in this class will be required to respond to emergencies on a twenty-four hour basis as needed.


In a state agency this class is accountable for acting as a working lead and/or for performing the most complex tasks in an area of engineering indicated by the parenthetical title.


This position will be responsible for:

  • Managing the operation of the physical plant/CAS loop system;
  • Reviewing monthly bills from supplier and preparing monthly utilities billings for users;
  • Vendor contract management;
  • Coordinating with outside vendors in case of emergencies;
  • Preparing work orders, obtaining purchase order approvals;
  • Developing and maintaining preventive maintenance programs;
  • Reviewing facilities’ needs;
  • Developing various capital planning and budget reviews and reports;
  • Acting as the primary contact for HVAC/Mechanical needs of projects;
  • Performing project management including drafting specifications, reviewing plans, design, cost estimation, etc.
  • Working within State Procurement guidelines when hiring vendors for MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) repair/service work. 


Considerable knowledge of principles of thermodynamics, hydraulics, mechanisms and flow and control equipment of liquids and gases and applied mechanics; knowledge of engineering drafting; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to analyze and interpret reports and test results; ability to prepare or review specifications and cost estimates; ability to evaluate merits and determine adequacy of engineering submissions; ability to utilize computer software; some ability to lead.


Seven (7) years of experience performing engineering design in the field indicated by the parenthetical title.


College training in engineering may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.


The successful candidate will possess:

  • Experience performing technical duties within the maintenance trade area in a Central heating and cooling plant for a university or college;
  • Experience performing technical duties within the maintenance trade area in a commercial environment;
  • Experience with underground heating and cooling utilities repairs;
  • Experience with automation integrators for MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) services;
  • Experience maximizing efficiencies of boilers, chillers and pumps;
  • Construction project management experience;
  • Knowledge of building codes, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations and environmental laws.


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some risk of injury or physical harm from construction environments and a moderate degree of discomfort from exposure to year round weather conditions.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.