Arlington, Virginia
$57,283.20 - $98,467.20 Annually
Jan 19, 2022
Feb 23, 2022
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
Position Information

NOTE: If you have already applied for this position, under a former announcement number 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 and monitoring inoperable or malfunctioning standard systems, equipment, and Building Automation systems components to make temperature and schedule adjustments;
  • 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 identifying and recording deficiencies and working with supervisor to determine the best course of action;
  • Coordinating the connection of roll-up generators to County emergency power systems for routine and emergency work and when work is performed by contractors;
  • Coordinating and conducting seasonal maintenance inspections including winterizing and de-winterizing equipment measures and recording all completed work;
  • 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;
  • Performing administrative duties including shop inventory control and closing completed work orders using mobile devices or computers; and
  • Providing shift coverage to the Stationary Watch Engineers in the Justice Center and throughout the County as needed and during emergency situations.
  • The following duties are in addition to those of the building engineer I;
  • 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;
  • 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, participate in the assessment of the equipment replacement process, identify malfunction trends, and maintain 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; and
  • Assisting supervisors in selecting new or replacement equipment by conducting vendor interviews and recommending.

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 trade school; and
  • Three (3) years of significant experience in more than one of the following areas: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry, emergency management, power equipment, generators and/or general mechanical repairs.
Building Engineer II:
  • High school/GED or trade school;
  • Must possess a CFC Universal Certification; and
  • Graduate of apprenticeship program or trade school 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, emergency management, power equipment, generators 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 or licensure/certifications in one or more of the following:
  • Performing maintenance, diagnosing and repairs to mechanical, electrical, plumbing and building maintenance systems;
  • Diagnosing malfunctioning power generating and life safety systems;
  • Working in an environment with varied building portfolios;
  • Working with mobile maintenance devices to receive and complete work orders;
  • Using computerized building automation control systems (BAS);
  • Journeyman or Master Electrician License(s) and;
  • HVAC-R (VA Licensure).

Special Requirements

  • An offer of employment WILL be contingent upon a favorable pre-hire background check. 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 driver license. 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.
  • Building Engineer II applicants must possess ARC Flash and Confined Space certifications within probationary period.
  • 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.
  • Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.

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