Building Engineer

Washington D.C.
Based on experience
Jan 13, 2022
Feb 17, 2022
Education, Nonprofit
Full Time

Position Title: Building Engineer

Supervisor: Chief Engineer

Department: Facilities

Grade: 53, non-exempt, union

Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday, with weekend rotations



This position will provide operation, maintenance, and repair services for the Dumbarton Oaks building systems. These services include but are not limited to preventive, corrective, and predictive maintenance, daily mechanical and electrical room inspection and troubleshooting, and providing corrective solutions to complex HVAC system failures.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the knowledge and skills at professional and/or trade person’s level to perform operating, troubleshooting, maintaining and repairing of HVAC, electrical, plumbing systems as well as commercial appliances, book conveyance system, fire protection equipment, basic carpentry, and locksmith work. The incumbent will also be required to maintain inventory control; assign, review and supervise contractors’ work to assure contract work compliance as assigned.

This position is considered essential and is required to report to duty when scheduled or as needed even when the institution is otherwise closed due to weather or another emergency. Workdays and hours are subject to change to meet the needs of Dumbarton Oaks.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will work under the general supervision of Chief Engineer and will work independently on operating, troubleshooting, and diagnosing HVAC equipment to maintain optimal IAQ conditions for the mission-critical areas, such as Museum and Library spaces.

  • Performs a variety of building maintenance tasks. Completes projects requiring light carpentry, carpentry repair, minor building repairs and assists with the upkeep of the buildings. Works with in-house technicians and carpentry contractors as a team when assigned.
  • Provides preventative and planned maintenance duties in all areas of the buildings and grounds including electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and other systems as directed.
  • Must be able to use CMMS system utilized for routine maintenance, repair activities as well as PM work. Must be familiar with BAS system and have the ability to operate the HVAC system through Siemens Apogee.
  • Maintains excellent communication practices with supervisor and all others as designated during performance of duties. Maintain proper documentation practices for all assigned tasks, emerging issues, new discoveries (detrimental or beneficial), and work-related discussions.


Basic Qualifications

Must document at least 5 years of experience in the HVAC work, buildings, and/or physical plants. High School diploma or equivalency required (equivalency must be authenticated by one of the recognized evaluation services in USA, such as AACRAO, ACE, NACES, etc.)

 Additional Qualifications

Good communication and documentation practices by using basic computer skills and office software such as Outlook email, MS Word, Excel, Power Point, CMMS, etc. is essential. Must be able to speak, write and read in English. Demonstrated ability to read and interpret operating manuals, blueprints, and diagrams related to this position. Must be able to work independently and take initiative when necessary as well as be capable of working as a member of a team.

Must be familiar with OSHA regulations concerning all relative safety issues for this position and comply with all standard safety codes and practices and perform work in accordance with recognized trade standards. Previous experience in higher education institutions or non-profit is preferred. Graduate of a duly recognized school of technology, a graduate of an approved engineer apprentice training program, or an AA or higher degree in engineering studies is highly desirable. Previous experience with Siemens Apogee BAS controls is highly preferred.

Physical Factors

Must be able to push, pull, lift up to fifty pounds and routinely walk to and from various buildings carrying tools, equipment and other essentials to the job site; must be able to stand, walk, carry, stoop, kneel, bend, reach overhead, climb, and focus both near and far. Must be able to work outside in different weather and be able to climb stairs and ladders and work at flat building roofs for equipment or roof maintenance.

Certificates and Licenses

Possess Class #6 Steam Boiler Engineer License or higher issued by the District of Columbia. Equal or higher grades of steam engineer licenses issued by other states will be considered as substitute. Must have CFC certification and driver’s license

Working Conditions

Consistent with the new federal guidance, all Harvard employees must be fully vaccinated. Individuals may submit a request for exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exemptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

To Apply

The position remains open until filled. Please forward résumé and cover letter detailing relevant qualifications by clicking the link below.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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