Lead Building Engineer (Mech/Elec)

    • Job Tracking ID: 512201-752672
    • Job Location: Hopkins, MN
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: 2 year degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: December 10, 2020
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Position Overview:

The Lead Building Engineer performs general electrical work and mechanical maintenance to provide safe, and well maintained buildings within all facilities owned and/or maintained by The Blake School. This includes:

  • Managing the completion of all preventative maintenance tasks and needed repairs

  • Coordinating daily work & project schedules for the two person engineer team and/or any vendor partners

  • Lead by example and ensure all safety expectations are being followed.

The Building Engineer should be an expert in many areas of electrical & mechanical maintenance and repair, provide mentorship and training to Buildings & Grounds and Maintenance Staff. The Lead Building Engineer models an ideal team player by fostering and maintaining ethical, professional, and courteous relations with community members, contractors, and vendors.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Building Engineer provides hands on support, manages training and delegation of repairs within the Buildings & Grounds and Maintenance Staff in the areas that include but are not limited to:

  • Daily mechanical repairs.

  • Routine and annual building inspections.

  • Inventory purchases of maintenance and building supplies.

  • Installation of services and managing their maintenance once the building is completed.

  • Follow health and safety requirements and support environmental legislation.

  • Serve as a vendor liaison.

  • Support energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives.

Other Qualifications\Duties:

  • Knowledge and expertise in the areas of facilities management, electrical repair, mechanical maintenance, carpentry, welding, and minor vehicle and grounds equipment repair & maintenance. Air Conditioning (HVAC) maintenance skills desired but not mandatory.

  • Maintain an inventory of spare parts.

  • Perform Health & Safety tests and inspections.

  • Maintain records on maintenance work performed.

  • Operation and maintenance of Building Automation Systems.

  • Fill in for Lead people in emergency situations.

  • Ability to manage budget in a fiscally responsible manner.

  • Ability to be flexible, set priorities, handle multiple tasks and organize work flow.

  • Key job characteristics include thorough knowledge of the current National Electrical Code and knowledge of current practices in the electrical trades, including safety practices, tools, and testing devices; thorough knowledge of building codes, fire codes and relevant ordinances as they pertain to electrical work and safe working conditions; knowledge of motorized, and non-motorized equipment maintenance and repair; good project management skills with the ability to prioritize work; a working ability to read and follow verbal and written instructions (in English); good planning, organizational, and negotiation skills; good oral communication skills; and the ability to work effectively with others.

  • Lay-out, plan, install, maintain and repair all types of electrical equipment.

  • Applies for all electrical permits for work performed in the school

  • Directly oversees projects as assigned and provides electrical expertise as requested.

  • Signs all electrical plans for the school requiring a Master Electrician's License.

  • Performs preventive and predictive maintenance tasks.

  • Other tasks as assigned by the Director of Buildings and Grounds.

Experience and Skills:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Two years of post-secondary education and three years experience as a Lead Electrician/General Foreman, or equivalent

  • Master Electrician License or ability to qualify for licensure within first 6 months in role; willingness to allow qualified Buildings & Grounds personnel to work under this positions license as allowed by Minnesota Electrical Code

  • Refrigeration license or willingness to obtain

  • State of Minnesota Chief "C" boiler operator license

  • CPO License or willingness to obtain

  • Current valid Minnesota or Wisconsin driver’s license. Must be able to drive school vehicles per State and Blake School insurance regulations; must have a reliable vehicle for transportation.

  • 5 years of supervisory experience in large public facilities, educational institutions or combination of higher education and experience.

  • Proficient in English (Written and Verbal)

  • Willing to carry a cell phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and respond to emergency situations as required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Credentials from an accredited Vocational College in facility maintenance preferred.

  • Proficient knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and Local ordinances preferred.

  • Experience with HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, Woodcraft, Structural construction, able to read blueprint drawings preferred.

Working Conditions:

  • Work in confined/restricted working environment

  • Sometimes work outdoors in extreme weather

  • Sometimes work inside a building without heat or air conditioning.

  • Sometimes work in noisy or distracting work environments.

  • May wear protective gear, such as hard hats.

  • May need to work from your car while at project sites.

Essential Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to spend the majority of each work day standing, walking, sitting, and lifting.

  • Climbing of stairs, bleachers, and ladders is often required as well as movements such as bending, twisting, and kneeling

  • Excellent sensory skills are important (sight, hearing, and speech) as well as the ability to operate assorted types of machinery\equipment.

  • Physically lift upwards to 40 pounds

  • Must be able to crawl into tight spaces to access electronic/computer cords and connections

  • Frequently moves and positions objects weighing anywhere from 10-100 pounds.

  • Exposure to heat, cold, dust, fumes, vibration, and noise.

  • Repetitive movements of both hands and feet are often required.

Typical Work Schedule:

Monday thru Friday - 6:00am to 2:30pm or 7:00am to 3:30pm

Hours may vary to meet school facility needs, including but not limited to signature school events such as Homecoming, Legacy Day, Grandfriends Day and Commencement week.

Must be available to respond to emergency calls 24/7