What does a Chief Building Engineer do?

Building engineers are responsible for administering and repairing structures and buildings including apartments, workplaces, or healthcare facilities. A burnt-out light bulb, leaky roof, or dead air conditioner is their specialty, and they are responsible for all physical aspects of a building. They have working knowledge of maintenance and repair, and abilities to perform minor repairs in heating, cooling, ventilation equipment, and electrical features including a wall outlet.

Building engineers often work closely with managers to determine the physical needs of buildings. They follow regular inspection schedules for equipment including elevators, fire extinguishers, and smoke detectors to comply with local codes. They ensure the buildings they maintain meet the local, state, and federal health and disability codes. They often manage the renovation of a vacant space including an office or apartment and may perform the renovation themselves. Building engineers need a minimum high school diploma or equivalency and some practical experience through on-the-job training or prior employment in building related fields including home renovation.

What responsibilities are common for Chief Building Engineer jobs?
  • Assist in operations and maintenance issues, troubleshooting and problem solving as required.
  • Perform some build maintenance and electrical work as necessary.
  • May assist in solicitation and acquisition of new management contracts.
  • Mentor and coach team members to further develop competencies.
  • Assist in testing and repair of fire and safety equipment.
  • Lead/attend project kick-off workshops to ensure work plans are in place to allocate proper resourcing, quality execution and financial targets are met.
  • Perform preventive and corrective maintenance on all HVAC equipment and other related machinery.
  • Plan and monitor appropriate staffing levels and utilization of labor, including overtime.
  • Direct contract negotiations with clients and consultants, review and approve fee proposals.
  • Keep accurate operational logs of equipment in multiple builds.
  • The group provide services for all phases of a project's life cycle, from programming and planning to detailed design, construction, and operation.
  • Manage the build operational accounts and assists in development of operating and capital budgets.
  • Work closely with the local and regional leaders along with the national sector leadership to implement a full strategic plan.
  • Responsible for the overall execution and delivery of projects
  • Work collaboratively with regional and office leadership to achieve effective staffing which support the needs of clients and projects as well as appropriately balances the firm's resources.
  • Act as an internal and external ambassador for the firm.
  • Participate in meetings and on committees and represent the department and hospital in community outreach efforts as required, and service improvement teams.
What are the typical qualifications for Chief Building Engineer jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business, electrical engineering, computer science, engineering or information technology or equivalent experience.
  • A natural collaborator and problem solver with demonstrated sound work ethic.
  • Solid time management and prioritization skills while multitasking.
  • Fluency in building procedures including roofs, piping, ventilation, heaters, and condensers.
  • Comfortable running backup and recovery and operating systems.
  • Prior consulting experience.
  • Will confidently deploy critical thinking skills across all departments to finish tasks and projects.
  • Fluent in applicable software and systems.
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Avg. Experience5-7 years

How much does a Chief Building Engineer make?

$87,924 /yr
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“Great patience and fun to work and be around.”

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Dec 26, 2021

“Good hours and pay.”

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Scaffold Builder
Feb 26, 2022

“this job was a decent pay and had great hours”

Kohler Co.Kohler Co.
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Oct 13, 2021

“Stable place to work and live”

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Jan 3, 2022

“Everyone is amazing to work with and is always looking to collaborate.”

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Dec 16, 2021

“Ubisoft is a nice place to meet cool people and work on awesome projects.”

BRACE Industrial GroupBRACE Industrial Group
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May 15, 2020

“Good pay and per diem.”

Team Global Facility SolutionsTeam Global Facility Solutions
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Mar 13, 2021

“Good for entry level”

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When working as a Chief Building Engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, Excellent Customer Service, Excellent Communication, Trouble Shooting, and Written Communication.

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