Associate Building Engineer

Alexandria, Virginia
Commensurate with skills and experience
Oct 31, 2019
Dec 05, 2019
Full Time

Bishop Ireton High School, a Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory high school serving 800 students in Alexandria, seeks an Associate Building Engineer. The individual in this position utilizes advanced skills to perform complex preventive maintenance and corrective repair of buildings, industrial systems, vehicles, equipment and grounds. Working under limited supervision, this position monitors building system operations and performance, utilizing several trade skills such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting, roofing, heating and cooling. The Associate Building Engineer is a member of the Operations Department. This is a full-time, 12-month non-exempt position reporting to the Chief Plant Engineer.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Complies with all applicable codes, regulations, governmental agency and Company directives related to building operations and work safety.
  • Inspects building systems including fire alarms, HVAC, and plumbing to ensure operation of equipment is within design capabilities and achieves environmental conditions prescribed by client.
  • Performs assigned repairs, emergency and preventive maintenance. Completes maintenance and repair records as required.  Equipment includes cooling and heating system, pumps, cooling tower, lighting, electrical controls, plumbing, door hardware, and other base building equipment.
  • Reviews assigned work orders. Estimates time and materials needed to complete repair.  Requests necessary materials and supplies to complete all tasks.
  • Maintains the building lighting system, including element and ballast repairs or replacements.
    Performs carpentry, furniture assembly and locksmith tasks as needed.
  • Performs small repairs to fit and finish of a modern office facility, to include touch-up painting, caulking, adjustments of suspended ceilings, minor sheet rock repair.
  • Responds quickly to emergency situations, summoning additional assistance as needed.
  • Periodically maintain 24/7 “on-call” status for after hour emergencies and snow removal.  Arrange for coverage if unavailable.
  • Maintains a clean and organized work area, tool and equipment storage areas.  Ensures tools, shop equipment and materials are cleaned, and maintained, including the necessary records and inventories.
  • Uses proper procedures when moving heavy items, wearing a back harness and looking out for obstacles.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Ensures that the building is safe for all occupants if any unexpected incidents arise (slippery floors, broken glass, etc.). Be alert for and eliminate any safety hazards in the work-related area.  Keep boxes, electrical cords, plugs, etc. in a safe manner and out of traffic to eliminate tripping, fire hazard, etc. 
  • Takes responsibility for personal safety and the safety of those who are affected by the work. Participates in all OSHA-related programs & activities as required, including incident investigations, interviews, auditing and assessment, etc.
  • Reports any conditions which could result in an accident or injury and/or stop work if required.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • A commitment to maintaining the building and systems of the school at a high level.
  • A thorough understanding of, and commitment to, safety protocols.
  • Respect for all individuals on campus and the faith-based work environment.

Working Environment: Physical ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above, in addition to the following:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to see, talk and hear. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing all day. The employee must frequently lift and/or move items up to 75 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, night vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The job is performed for the most part in a school setting with frequent responsibilities outside, even in inclement weather. The noise level is that of a typical school setting.



  • Knowledge and 3+ years relevant experience with rough carpentry, painting, simple plumbing and electrical work, and basic equipment and facility repairs.  Certifications/licenses as may be required by local or state jurisdictions.
  • Uses personal computer and/or PDA for work order system, email, facilities management software/tools, and training. Basic skills with Microsoft Office.
  • Strong time management skills; proficient at working on multiple projects at once with shifting priorities
  • Shows resilience in the face of constraints, frustrations or adversity
  • Provides reliable follow-up and consistently meets deadlines
  • Demonstrates attention to detail
  • Comprehends and interprets instructions, short correspondence, and memos and asks clarifying questions to ensure understanding.   Able to write routine reports and correspondence.  Able to respond to common inquiries or complaints from clients, co-workers, and/or supervisor.
  • Solves practical problems and deals with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  This position requires intermediate analytical skills.
  • Must speak fluent English.


  • Universal CFC certification required per EPA. Additional certification or training in one or more of the following: electrical, mechanical, HVAC and refrigeration systems, process controls, mechanical power transmissions, painting, plumbing, carpentry or engine repair.
  • CDL-B license and bus-driving experience
  • Experience working in a school environment


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)
  • Two-year trade school certificate emphasizing HVAC, electrical, plumbing, life safety and building control systems preferred.

Terms of Employment

  • Full-time, FLSA Non-Exempt, 12-month employee
  • Hours subject to responsibilities of position and frequently requires evening and weekend duty
  • Background check and Virtus training

Start Date:      Immediately

Salary:             Competitive and commensurate with experience

Contact:          We invite qualified candidates to consider becoming part of our community by submitting a cover letter, current resume and three professional references by email to

About Bishop Ireton

Bishop Ireton, a Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory high school in historic Alexandria, Virginia, began its proud heritage of academic excellence in 1964. The school offers a challenging environment and outstanding quality of life, both in academics and co-curricular activities, with a three-tiered focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), humanities and fine arts. The spirit of community service and giving back is central to the school’s mission. Bishop Ireton’s quality is reflected in its distinguished faculty and staff, who take great pride in seeing every graduate head to college - often to the most prestigious universities and service academies.