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Facilities Designer for Structural Engineering

The Cornell University campus is widely admired as one of the world’s most beautiful academic settings. The Division of Facilities and Campus Services (FCS) is committed to providing the highest quality service to faculty, students, staff, alumni, and visitors. With more than 260 major buildings enhancing the magnificent landscape of the Ithaca campus, approximately 1,000 highly talented and dedicated staff serve as stewards of the campus resources and operations. 

Facilities Engineering (FE) provides architecture and engineering technical expertise and stewardship in support of the Cornell built environment.  

Facilities Engineering is organized into four technical discipline groups including Architecture and Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental and Energy Services, and Mechanical Engineering.  

Our in-house design capabilities uniquely qualify us to deliver design services for small building renovations and technically complex projects, as well as providing quick response to technical emergencies, participating in local approval efforts, and assisting energy conservation projects. 

Maintaining Design and Construction Standards, performing design reviews of externally-designed projects, and guiding quality assurance efforts for capital construction projects exemplify our stewardship role. 

Learn more about Facilities Engineering here:  


Position Summary: 

While position responsibilities vary, every member of our community is expected to foster a culture of belonging and a psychologically healthy work environment by communicating across differences, being cooperative, collaborative, open, and welcoming, showing respect, compassion, and empathy, engaging and supporting others regardless of background or perspective, speaking up when others are being excluded or treated inappropriately, and supporting work/life integration of oneself and others.  

The Facilities Designer for Structural Engineering will join the Architecture and Civil Engineering Section, which includes a team of architects, civil engineers, structural engineers, the Roof Program Manager, the Building Code Program Manager, and the Quality Assurance Program Manager. The Facilities Designer will work as a team member with Architecture and Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Environmental and Energy Engineering to deliver effective and efficient full-range professional engineering services in support of university-wide construction and renovation projects.  The Facilities Designer will perform designs with general direction from the Design Lead or assist engineers with larger design projects. This position provides design support and serve as technical resource for a range of civil and structural systems, including building structures, site utilities/infrastructure, bridges, parking structures, and system assessments. The Facilities Designer prepares CAD/BIM Drawings in coordination with other disciplines according to CAD/BIM standards and assists with composing studies and reports.    

The Facilities Designer may assist with preparation of the Opinion of Probable Costs and technical specifications, as well as fee estimates for design proposals. The Facilities Designer will organize their own design and drafting efforts to deliver work product within project budgets and schedules and supports design managers during construction. The position requires construction site visits where odors, dust, noise, and/or physical hazards may be present. Other requirements may include climbing ladders, riding in aerial work platforms, working in confined space, and utilizing safety harnesses and other PPE as applicable per OSHA and university requirements. 

Ours is a values–based organization where all employees are accountable for supporting the organization’s values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity. FCS employees are required to attend staff development trainings and participate in the performance evaluation process. 


We Require These Qualifications: 

Experience in and/or demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and wellbeing.   

Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community members.    

An associate degree in construction technology, architecture, engineering, or related field, plus two years’ minimum relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. If the candidate holds a bachelor’s degree in a related field, then the experience requirement can be waived. 

Proficiency in Autodesk Revit and/or AutoCAD.    

Ability to interpret construction drawings and specifications.    

Ability to work independently while taking field measurements and translating them to drawings.   

General knowledge of construction materials and methods.     

Good oral and written communication skills.   

Ability to develop and maintain effective customer relationships within a team environment.    

Ability to work on multiple projects and designs with varying scope and schedule.    

Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license. 


You Will Be a Top Candidate with Our Preferred Qualifications: 

A bachelor’s degree in civil or structural engineering from an ABET-accredited program. 

Two or more years of experience in multi-discipline design and construction.    

Two years of performing condition assessments.    

Technical knowledge of design and construction industries.    

Proficiency with a variety of business and engineering design computer software (such as Word, Excel, Structural Engineering Design Software like RISA, etc.)    

Candidate either will have already passed Fundamentals of Engineering Exam or be ready to take exam within one year of employment start date. 


Rewards and Benefits: 

Cornell University provides excellent benefits that include professional development, access to many wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options, and great retirement options. Cornell provides generous paid leave provisions as well, including 3 weeks of vacation, health leave, personal leave, and 13 paid holidays (including end-of-year winter break).      

Cornell has also been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. For more information, click here.    

This is a full-time, non-academic staff, benefits-eligible opportunity located in Ithaca, New York.      


Application Procedure: 

When applying through our system, please remember to attach your application materials (Resume and Cover Letter) in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. In the Experience Section of your application, use the "Drop Files Here" box to manually drag document(s) into your application. For a more detailed description and instructions on how to apply online, please click here as an external candidate. NOTE: Cornell employees must apply through the Internal Cornell Career site.   

Relocation assistance is not available for this position.     

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.     


Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.