When you join TOTAL Mechanical, you’re joining a team of professionals dedicated to providing value in designing, installing and maintaining mechanical systems for commercial and industrial applications. As a member of our team of experts, you’ll be delivering on our brand promise—Building Integrity.
There’s an intended double meaning behind that term. First, everything we do is about establishing and maintaining a building’s integrity. From HVAC, to plumbing, electrical, fire protection, building automation and fabrication, it’s all about the operational integrity of the building. Secondly, it directly relates to maintaining the integrity of all of our relationships. From other employees, associates, building industry partners and our customers, it’s all about performing at our best, and doing what we say we’re going to do, in a forthright and professional manner. Our reputation depends on it. Our Building Integrity will always be TOTAL.
Safety from day one. The welfare and safety of our skilled employees and craftsmen, and all partners on a building project, begins long before the work begins. TOTAL insists on strict adherence to our comprehensive safety program. At TOTAL Mechanical University, new employees attend a rigorous safety orientation before setting foot on a TOTAL job site.
Our commitment to safety includes a full-time safety director and a continuous education program to ensure that all employees stay up-to-date on safety procedures and the latest protective equipment needed to keep them and the job site safe. Safety protocols are administered and supervised by our TOTAL Safety Review Board, a team consisting of union and non-union office and field personnel. TOTAL has received numerous safety awards and has been cited as a safe workplace for over 30 years.
Our commitment to employee education and training leads the industry. Our TOTAL Mechanical University is one of the most comprehensive in-house continuing education programs offered. You’ll receive continuing training on all of the important state-of-the-art technologies that regularly reshape the industry, and you’ll be able to put that knowledge to work everyday, on the job.
Our connections enable you to connect with the industry. We’re proud of our affiliations that connect us to the industry and demonstrate our commitment to quality in every phase of our work.
Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Inc.
Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association
PMC and SMACCA
Radiant Panel Association
Metropolitan Builders Association
Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee
Plant and Facilities Maintenance Association
Plumbers Local 75
Local Union #18, AFL-CIO
Steamfitters Local 601
National Environmental Balancing Bureau
Building Commissioning Association
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Fire Protection Designer
Under the direction of the Designer Manager the Fire Protection Designer is responsible for coordinating, designing, and formatting computer-aided design (CAD) drawings.
Education: The knowledge, skills and abilities typically acquired through the completion of a high school diploma or GED. Or member in good standing of applicable local bargaining unit.
Years of Relevant Work Experience: 3-5 years of experience designing mechanical fire protection systems.
Certificates/Licenses: Valid driver’s license. Satisfactory driving record.
Physical Job Requirements: Required to sit, stand and move throughout Company facilities. Must be able to perform job responsibilities in an industrial, construction site and general outdoor environment around heavy machinery and equipment.
Skills and Competencies
Technical Skills: This position requires proficiency with commonly used fire protection concepts, practices and procedures; proficiency with applicable building codes and industry installation practices; the ability to read and interpret construction drawings and blueprints; the ability to utilize computer to perform tasks; and proficiency in the use of general office software computer-assisted drafting programs (AutoCad/SprinkCad).
Personal/Interpersonal Competencies: This position requires strong problem solving and analytical skills; strong attention to detail; the ability to work independently and exercise sound business judgment; the ability to make commitments and be willing to be held accountable against them; the ability to organize workloads to meet deadlines; the adaptability to accept change when needed; strong written and verbal communications skills, the ability to excel in a team environment and advance overall team objectives; and the ability to ensure customer satisfaction by delivering excellence in products and services.
- Understand Project and Equipment. Gain a thorough understanding of assigned projects. Review project specifications, proposal, addendums, engineering drawings and all other information pertinent to the project. Meet with customers or visit job site to verify specifications. Gain thorough understanding of the equipment used on the project and effectively incorporate that equipment into the design.
- Design Project. Develop detailed design drawings utilizing computer-assisted drafting (CAD) equipment. Evaluate designs for code compliance, appearance, safety, function, budget, and production costs. Recommend design improvements. Identify to owners, opportunities to add value to projects. Maintain specified design schedule. Perform all necessary calculations. Determine performance standards and material selection based on required calculations. Attend job coordination meetings as requested.
- Project Documentation. Maintain the documentation for all job coordination issues. Provide other project information/documentation as requested. Provide information to complete permit/plan review. Generate record drawings, “cut sheets”, shop drawings, and fabrication drawings. Archive drawings (approved plans, pertinent architectural plans, civil plans) in electronic format.
- Maintain CAD System. Maintain/update CAD system to ensure maximum efficiency/accuracy is achieved.
- Participate in the development and implementation of Company best practices.
Key Performance Factors
A successful Designer creates accurate, detailed installation drawings that meet the specifications of the project in the most cost-effective manner possible; and keeps projects on schedule by providing drawings in a timely manner.
Designer Career Progression
Intern → Associate Designer → Designer → Senior Designer → Design Manager
A Designer becomes eligible for promotion to Senior Designer when able to demonstrate consistent, reliable successful performance of their defined duties, when able to perform Senior Designer duties for large-size projects with little supervision and upon successful completion of the Senior Designer training program.
This is a full-time exempt position. Business hours are between 7:00am to 5:00pm.
Salary and Benefits
Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work required of this position. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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