Chief Engineer

Arlington, VA
Jun 06, 2019
Jul 18, 2019
Full Time
Polinger Company is an established family-owned and operated full-service real estate organization that offers numerous opportunities in a wide range of disciplines and career paths. Our corporate culture is responsible for more than half of the corporate team being with the company for 10 years or longer. This type of longevity is unique but not surprising given the combination of outstanding working conditions, generous benefits and opportunities to grow and develop professionally and personally.

We are currently looking for a Chief Engineer to join our team at our newly acquired multi-family property, Aura Pentagon City, located in Arlington, VA. The Chief Engineer is responsible for planning, coordinating and managing all maintenance operations, while providing the highest level of customer service. This includes mechanical operations, turnovers, energy management programs, and employee development programs to company quality standards and property operating objectives, while providing supervision of the engineering/maintenance technician staff, under the direction of the property manager.


  • Direct and oversee all building maintenance and operations
  • Recommend appropriate staffing levels and hire, supervise and coordinate activities of engineering staff while assuring compliance to company standards
  • Direct and maintain an effective operation and general maintenance program with accurate, up-to-date records including, but not limited to: HVAC , MEP, electrical and plumbing
  • Train engineering staff, including but not limited to: building systems, equipment function and purpose, operation and maintenance procedures
  • Maintain current and historical preventive maintenance and repair records on all mechanical equipment
  • Ensure property compliance with all City, State and Federal safety and environmental laws, codes, standards and regulations
  • Establish and implement prompt and courteous response to tenant requests within the guidelines set for by Company
  • Maintain ethical, professional, and courteous relations with contractors and tenants
  • Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with the entire operation staff and perform as a team member.
  • Follow and maintain all current emergency procedures set forth by company and the assigned property, including but not limited to:
  1. Direct and assist with evacuations, bomb searches and life safety alarms as needed
  2. Assist emergency authorities and response teams in capacity of fire/life safety director
  • Control engineering activities and building mechanical systems
  • Monitor and approve engineering personnel time sheets
  • Adhere to all company and property policies and procedures and perform all duties in a safe manner and help ensure compliance with city, state and federal safety and environmental laws, codes, standards and regulations.
  • Actively participate in required training activities and seminars
  • Establish inventory control programs with appropriate parts stocking levels with accurate and timely records of receipts and issues
  • Provide engineering staff with correct equipment, tools, and training as appropriate to the property
  • Develop long-term strategic plans and forecasting for the property.
  • Evaluate and counsel engineering staff on performance
  • Provide staff leadership, counseling, training and staff scheduling.
  • Prepare annual budget proposal, and monitor and explain variances from approved budget to actual expenses/income
  • Establish vision and goals for the engineering department personnel
  • Test, maintain, and keep records to ensure emergency equipment in good working order
  • Initiate any necessary insurance claims on HVAC and other central plant equipment
  • Evaluate, recommend, and monitor mechanical contractors
  • Maintain and update blueprint and equipment operations and maintenance information organization
  • Monitor building energy use, produces reports, proposals, and maintains energy management programs
  • Monitor metered tenant bill backs
  • Moderate participation in regional and firm-wide initiatives and assignments
  • Oversee tenant construction to ensure building integrity
  • Maintain required OSHA and Worker's Compensation safety and accident reports on engineering personnel and facilities
  • Assume additional responsibilities as delegated by Property Manager or Vice President - Engineering Services


  • Five or more years' experience as a Chief Engineer or equivalent facilities technical trade
  • Two or more years supervisory experience required
  • Ability to supervise, teach and motivate staff
  • Budget preparation and administration experience required
  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Knowledge of property management procedures and concerns
  • Ability to efficiently handle and coordinate multiple tasks and project assignments
  • Contract administration
  • Strategic supervisory and decision-making skills
  • Read and use all types of testing equipment, analog digital multi-meters, pressure and temperature indicating and recording devices, air flow measuring devices, and leak detection devices
  • Knowledge and proper use of basic hand tools (i.e. socket sets, wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, saws and hammers, etc.)
  • Understand correct usage of power tools (pneumatic, electric or engine drive), drill motors, saws, grinder, and impact wrenches, etc.
  • Read and understand a variety of instructions, including equipment instruction manuals, furnished in written, oral, or schedule form
  • Analyze data and determine time, place and sequence of operations or action to be taken on the basis of analysis of data; execute determinations and/or report on events.
  • Perform mathematical computations related to building operations for problem solving building comfort and operation issues.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Possess strong computer skills in order to effectively administer and implement changing requirements within the engineering programs.
  • Interact with employees, visitors and contractors with poise and diplomacy.
  • Maintain calm demeanor in emergency situations
  • Understand and apply correct usage of all personal safety equipment
  • When applicable*, obtain required city and/or government licenses or permits (i.e. Boiler Operating Permit, State Maintenance Electrician's License, EPA CFC Universal Certification Technician certificate, etc.)

* If, upon hire or promotion to this position, an individual does not have the required permits or licenses,
the individual will obtain those permits or licenses within six months of the hire/promotion, or six months
from the date eligible for the license or permit.

  • Strong financial analysis skills and controlling budgets
  • Strong problem-solving skills

Physical abilities/Working Conditions
  • Must be able to perform work outdoors and indoors
  • Work standing all day
  • Lift 50 lbs. or more
  • Climb up and down stairs and ladders
  • Access remote work areas and confined spaces (i.e., crawl spaces, roofs)
  • Use full range of manual dexterity (i.e., sitting, squatting, bending, kneeling, walking, and lifting)
  • Meet the shift working requirements of the assigned property; shifts may include early mornings, late evenings, weekends and some holidays.
  • Work overtime as business needs deem appropriate

Thorough Background investigations will be conducted prior to hire. Excellent salary and benefits!

Polinger Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected class, in accordance with applicable law.