Assistant Department Manager-Plumbing/Fire Protection

Posted Date 1 month ago(6/25/2024 11:52 AM)
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Job Description

Dewberry has an opportunity for an Assistant Department Manager – Plumbing/Fire Protection to join a growing group of professional engineers in their Peoria, IL office. Candidates should possess a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering or mechanical engineering or demonstrate equivalent years of relevant technical experience. Project types may include healthcare, industrial, justice and mission critical facilities, energy and water conservation studies, facility condition assessments, and construction cost estimates. Tasks will include but not be limited to fire protection and plumbing systems design, drawing production, specification writing, discipline coordination between the various trades, shop drawing and submittal reviews, construction site reviews, and code reviews.


This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic and talented individual looking to advance their career and join a team of outstanding professionals.  This position offers potential for professional growth in a great working environment and the opportunity to apply the latest technology to assist our clients in solving their most challenging problems.


Dewberry is a leading market-facing professional services firm with more than 50 locations and 2,000 professionals nationwide. What sets us apart from our competitors is our people. At Dewberry, we seek out exceptional talent and strive to deliver the highest quality of services to our clients. Whether you’re an experienced professional or a new graduate, you’ll have the chance to collaborate with the best and brightest and work on innovative and complex projects at the forefront of the industry. Our commitment to excellence stems from our personal integrity and from other defining attributes, which we call “Dewberry at Work,” that have inspired our employees to be successful for more than a half-century.


Supervisory responsibilities include assisting the Department Manager in:

  • Growing, mentoring, and developing the staff within discipline area to allow each person to achieve their maximum potential.
  • Minimum annual evaluations for each direct report.
  • Providing technical guidance/leadership for discipline area.
  • Organizing staff in a way to allow career advancement, professional development, quality client service, and operational efficiencies to meet business and project financial goals.
  • Taking a very active role in recruitment of staff in discipline area including networking, recruitment, interviewing and “deal closing”.

Required Skills & Required Experience

Technical and project responsibilities include:

  • Work with a project team and lead the design of fire protection and plumbing systems.
  • Field verification of existing systems, available space, clearances, etc.
  • Load calculations, hydraulic calculations, sizing and selecting equipment, piping design, and editing of specifications.
  • Prepare design documents using Revit software in accordance with Dewberry standards.
  • Arrange for in-house quality review in a timely manner primarily to ensure that all the clients' needs and requests have been accommodated.
  • Ensure and coordinate among all disciplines involved, including outside consultants.
  • Conduct construction site inspections, obtain as-built drawings, and closeout materials from contractors.
  • Some project management including scoping work, scheduling resources, and estimating cost.
  • Supervise small to medium sized teams.
  • Provide technical leadership to junior staff.
  • Ability to provide technical leadership to teams of professional and non-professional staff.
  • Review of fire protection and plumbing systems designed by others, interface with code officials and contractors, working with architects and clients, and working with others within the Dewberry family of companies.
  • Bachelor of science in architectural engineering or mechanical engineering degree is preferred but not required.
  • 8+ years of experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including experience in dealing with other employees and external clients, including the ability to work in a fast-paced team environment with multiple deadlines.
  • Proficiency in Revit, and good working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel required.
  • Must be proficient with hydraulic calculation software, HydraCALC preferred.
  • Must have experience developing complete shop drawings in accordance to NFPA 13.
  • Prepare engineering calculations, reports, construction drawings and specifications, project schedules and cost estimates to meet project requirements.
  • Ability to interpret engineering specifications and investigate problems. 
  • Experience coordinating work schedules and preparing progress reports.
  • Experience recommending changes in cost estimates and scopes of work when necessary.
  • Ability to work under own direction and interface directly with the client.
  • Must have ability to generate big picture ideas and solutions at the beginning stage of projects.
  • Must have ability to run projects from beginning to finish.
  • Must have extensive knowledge of fire protection, plumbing, and medical gas systems and codes.
  • Pursuit of registrations, accreditations, and continuing education related to Dewberry areas of practice and candidates’ level of expertise will be encouraged.
  • Some travel will be required.

Don’t meet every single requirement? At Dewberry we are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace for our employees. So if you’re excited about this role, but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the position description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may just be the right candidate for this or other opportunities.


*At this time, Dewberry will not sponsor a new applicant for work authorization.

*Dewberry is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation.

*Only recipients of an offer of employment from Dewberry, will be required to submit to a background screening which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, driving record check, criminal background check, and an investigative consumer report. These screenings will be conducted by Dewberry’s background vendor of choice and will be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local law.


Notice to Third Party Recruiters:  Dewberry only compensates job placement recruiters that have a valid Dewberry-approved written agreement in place for recruiting services. Dewberry does not compensate third party recruiters for unsolicited job placement candidate information.




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