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Arlington, Virginia
$54,537.60 - $93,766.40 Annually
May 20, 2021
Jun 24, 2021
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
Position Information

NOTE: If you have already applied for this position, there is no need to re-apply, we received your application.

The Facilities Maintenance division within the Department of Environmental Services has multiple openings for experienced Building Engineers to perform skilled maintenance and repairs to over 80 medium, large, and complex mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) building systems and equipment. These employees will also monitor over 38 County buildings using multiple computerized building automation control systems to assist with diagnosing malfunctions and problems with MEP, power generating, and life safety systems.

  • Performing skilled preventive maintenance to standard systems and equipment and identifying preventive maintenance cycles based on operator use and manufacturer's recommendations;
  • Troubleshooting inoperable or malfunctioning standard systems and equipment.
  • Diagnosing, testing, and making plumbing repairs including clearing drain traps, snaking drain lines, repairing pipes and replacing plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets, light fixtures, and breakers;
  • Performing and overseeing checkups and other inspections to HVAC, building envelope and critical systems including generators where work is performed by contractors;
  • Coordinating and conducting seasonal maintenance inspections including winterizing and de-winterizing measures and recording all work that is done;
  • Performing administrative duties including shop inventory control and closing completed work orders using mobile devices or computers; and
  • Responding to all types of emergency service requests for County buildings to minimize damage by either repairing or shutting down Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing, Power Generating Equipment, resetting Life Safety Equipment and/or calling contractors.

  • Leading the shop and on-site mechanical and related repair and maintenance work;
  • Coordinating the operation of assigned buildings and providing oversight and training to Building Engineer I's and Facilities Maintenance Mechanic II's to resolve complex issues;
  • Coordinating the connection of roll-up generators to County emergency power systems for routine and emergency work;
  • Overseeing, coordinating and conducting seasonal maintenance inspections including the winterizing and de-winterizing equipment;
  • Performing inspections of building(s), identifying and recording deficiencies and working with supervisor to determine the best course of action;
  • Reading electrical, plumbing, and mechanical drawings and diagrams to diagnose difficult and complex electrical and control issues;
  • Assisting the supervisor and section manager in developing Capital Improvement Plan needs for each building within the assigned zone, and participating in the assessment of the equipment replacement process; identifying malfunction trends; and maintaining usage statistics;
  • Inspecting corrective and preventative maintenance tasks performed by Facilities Maintenance Mechanic II's, Building Engineer I's and contractors to ensure that work has been completed and performed correctly and per manufacturer's recommendations and/or as required by contract or directions given by manager;
  • Assisting supervisors in selecting new or replacement equipment by conducting vendor interviews and recommending; and
  • Providing shift coverage to the Stationary Watch Engineers in the Justice Center and throughout the County as needed and during emergency situations.

Duties will be performed in a fast-paced work environment where accurate and quick troubleshooting and diagnosing of system issues is required. The ideal candidate will be customer-oriented, a dependable team member, will have carpentry knowledge and skills to correctly repair building systems and components, and will have previous experience in an environment with varied building portfolios.

Selection Criteria


Building Engineer I:

  • High school/GED or vocational school; and
  • Three (3) years of significant experience in more than one of the following areas: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry, generator and/or general mechanical repairs.
Building Engineer II:
  • High school/GED or trade school;
  • Graduate of apprenticeship program in electricity or HVAC-R; and
  • Four (4) years of experience in difficult assignments in commercial buildings or a similarly complex environment in more than one of the following areas: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry, generator and/or general mechanical repairs.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year for year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Performing maintenance and repairs to mechanical, electrical and plumbing building systems;
  • Using computerized building automation control systems (BAS);
  • Diagnosing malfunctioning power generating and life safety systems;
  • Diagnosing, testing and making plumbing repairs;
  • Working with mobile maintenance devices to receive and complete work orders;
  • Leading the mechanical and related repairs and maintenance of building systems.
  • Local Journeyman or Master Electrician License(s) in Virginia and/or Maryland; and/or;
  • HVAC-R (VA Licensure).

Special Requirements

  • An offer of employment WILL be contingent upon a favorable pre-hire background check conducted by the Sheriff's Department on all final candidates. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, and credit history. You will be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.
  • Employee must be available for call-back and be willing to work after normal duty hours in emergency situations.
  • The applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.
  • Applicant must possess a ARC Flash and Confined Space certifications or obtain such certifications within probationary period.
  • Building Engineer II applicants must possess a CFC Universal Certification.

Additional Information

We have multiple vacancies for the following two shifts, all are 40 hours per week positions which require flexibility to work weekend days and/or shifts other than assigned shift to provide coverage for periods of low staffing in the detention facility or other facilities on an occasional or temporary basis:

"A" shift : Normal work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday with flexibility to work occasional weekends and shifts other than normal shift to provide coverage as stated above.

"B" shift : Normal work hours are 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Days worked to be determined at time of hire and will include weekends. Schedule variations - Sunday through Thursday, Tuesday through Saturday, or some other variation/rotation based upon departmental need. Also requires flexibility to work shifts other than normal shift to provide coverage as stated above.

Work schedule for both shifts is flexible and may change based on departmental need. Work is generally performed outdoors and in all types of weather conditions. Some work may be performed indoors depending upon the work assignment. The work environment includes exposure to draft, noise, dust, grease and dirt with extended periods of standing, walking,bending and lifting light to heavy objects and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. Personal protective equipment may be required.

These positions may be filled at either the Building Engineer I or Building Engineer II levels below. The salaries listed in this announcement is for FY22, effective July 1, 2021.

The salary range for the Building Engineer I is: $ 54,537.60 - $83,283.20
The salary range for the Building Engineer II is: 61,422.40 - $93,766.40

This recruitment is listed as "open continuous." Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants referred on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


What is your highest level of education?
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Completion of Vocational/Trade school
  • Completion of Apprenticeship program in electricity OR HVAC-R
  • Bachelor's Degree (or above)


Do you have experience coordinating the work of others or working as a senior worker or team leader? (If yes, be sure to include the details of this experience on your application).
  • Yes
  • No


How much experience do you have in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry, generator and/or general mechanical repairs?
  • None
  • Less than 6 months
  • 6 to less than 12 months
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to less than 3 years
  • 3 to less than 4 years
  • 4 years or more


Please indicate the experience you have (check all that apply): Please ensure the detail of any experience checked is reflected in your application for proper crediting.
  • Performing electrical troubleshooting for 3 phase current or high voltage (277-480)
  • Performing maintenance and repairs to mechanical, electrical and plumbing building systems
  • Using computerized building automation control systems (BAS)
  • Diagnosing malfunctioning power generating and life safety systems
  • Diagnosing, testing and making plumbing repairs
  • Working with computerized maintenance record systems
  • Leading the mechanical and related repairs and maintenance of building systems
  • Reading blueprints, plans, and system maps
  • Confined space entry and trenching operations
  • Basic computer experience using Microsoft or related software
  • None of the above


Please check if you have any of the following licensures/certifications (check all that apply):
  • Universal Refrigerant Recovery License
  • CFC Certification
  • ARC Flash Certification
  • Confined Space Certification
  • Local Journeyman or Master Electrician license(s) in VA or MD
  • HVAC-R (VA Licensure)
  • None of the above


This recruitment is for multiple vacancies working on one of two shifts, A or B with required occasional work on weekends and call-back in emergency situations. Shift work is subject to change based on departmental needs. Please check which statements apply to you (check ALL that apply):
  • I am available to work the "A" shift ONLY from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with flexibility to work other shifts on occasion and as needed
  • I am available to work the "B" shift ONLY from 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.with flexibility to work other shifts on occasion and as needed
  • I am available to work either the "A" shift or the "B" shift
  • I am available to work on weekends as required.
  • I am available for call-back and am willing to work after normal duty hours in emergency situations


Please indicate the CFC Certifications you possess (check all that apply):
  • Tier I Certification
  • Tier II Certification
  • Tier III Certification
  • Universal Certification
  • Not applicable


Which Building Engineer position are you applying for:
  • Building Engineer I
  • Building Engineer II (must be a graduate of an apprenticeship program or trade school in electricity or HVAC-R)
  • I am interested in being considered for both positions


Are you willing to submit to a pre-hire background check conducted by the Sheriff's Department which may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, and credit history?
  • Yes
  • No

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