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Job Description Job Title: Life Safety Engineer/Architect


Department: Facilities

Supervisor: Director of Design and Construction


PURPOSE OF THE POSITION: Review project designs to ensure compliance with ADA, Life Safety, School, and Building Codes; schedule inspections for fire equipment in accordance with labor and material availability and health and safety requirements; monitor the performance of inspection companies to ensure compliance with contract and timelines; implement and maintain existing and future architectural and engineering drawings. Translate hard copy data, blueprints, and construction-related information into the facility management software to create maps, plans, presentations, and reports to support and enhance the District’s capital assets.




RESPONSIBILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. In addition to the requirements listed below, regular attendance is an essential function of this position.

1. Ensures that all actions are in concert with the Board policies as well as the mission statement, beliefs, objectives and parameters found in the Board’s strategic plan.

2. Participates in job training and professional growth opportunities in order to enhance ability to perform the essential functions of the job.

3. Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment.

4. Provides as-built drawings, surveys, and remodeling support to the District.

5. Creates, organizes, and maintains a catalog of all existing and future architectural drawings, documents, specification books and sheets.

6. Assist in developing project specifications and drawings for all construction projects to ensure code compliance.

7. Assists in reviewing as-built documents with contractors and in-house trades to ensure code compliance.

8. Communicates with local utility representatives to keep the schools underground drawings current at all times.

9. Oversees Life Safety code compliance: Certification, amendment filing, and other work pertaining to Life Safety, which may be assigned.

10. Inspects work of outside contractors working for District to ensure compliance with applicable codes, laws and regulations. Life Safety Engineering

11. Conduct inspections for building and Life Safety to ensure compliance with applicable code requirements; prepare reports and make recommendations concerning needed repairs and appropriate priorities and follow up as needed.

12. Interview manufacturers’ representatives regarding products, trade policies, methods of replacement or renovation.

13. Maintain records relating to building projects such as architectural drawings, specifications, and construction cost breakdowns, bids, material and equipment specifications and job history files.

14. Develop working procedures for maintaining facility management software and life safety inspections.

15. Assist in reviewing plans, working drawings, and specifications for Life Safety Programs and code compliance.

16. Establish and maintain effective working relations with District staff.

17. Assist with project management for District-managed work.

18. Draft RFQ’s for outside design firm selection and review project submittals.

19. Obtain permits, inspections and certifications.


QUALIFICATIONS: Degree in architecture, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, or electrical engineering or facility management preferred. Will consider graduation from high school supplemented by college courses in architectural, structural, mechanical or electrical systems and four years’ experience in facilities maintenance or construction including two years of experience in facilities design, inspection, or project administration. Individuals licensed to practice architecture or engineering in the State of Illinois are particularly encouraged to apply.



1. Ability to demonstrate qualities aligned to our core values of Character, Communication, Collaboration and Continuous Improvement.

2. Ability to work from blueprints, shop drawings and sketches.

3. Ability to read plans and specifications for appropriate content and accuracy

4. Excellent oral and written communication skills are necessary.

5. Computer literacy required, including Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, and internet based portals.




WORKING CONDITIONS: Moderate in-district travel as well as intermittent in-state and out-of-state travel. Intermittent prolonged and irregular hours of work.

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