Chief Engineer


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Chief Engineer

Washington, D.C.

The Chief Engineer is responsible for the overall management and operation of the mechanical, life/safety, electrical and plumbing operations for Willco and for the supervision of engineers. The Chief Engineer will typically oversee the operations of a single building or a small complex/group of buildings. The focus is on managing the workflow and scheduling maintenance and repair projects, as well as collaborating with the Vice President of Engineering. The Chief Engineer develops the schedule of work (SOW) for building projects and solicits pricing for the work. Will work within the corporate process to generate and track spending with service orders (SO’s) and purchase orders (PO’s). The Chief Engineer maintains working relationships with and takes direction from all Property Managers in his/her area for issues affecting their properties. The Chief must exhibit outstanding client service and professionalism in all interactions with tenants and staff. Teamwork and collaboration are critical to this position’s success.

•Train and supervise entire engineering staff to meet all safety requirements per federal and local mandates.
•Oversee the coordination of all technical service providers, including bidding contracts and monitoring of quality control.
•Assist the Vice President of Engineering in preparing quarterly reports, operating and capital budgets for the properties.
•Review tenant construction drawings to ensure all building design requirements are met per code.
•Supervise all required contracted services.
•Monitor staff efforts in the quality and timeliness of completing tenant work requests.
•Oversee engineering staff in the implementation of a comprehensive life safety program, including tenant fire drills, system testing and regulatory compliance.
•Oversee operation of computerized building management systems, preventative maintenance program and work order systems. Ensure completion of preventive maintenance and tenant work orders.
•Analyze energy usage and demand information and implement operating strategies to reduce costs.
•Perform site visits for other assets in the portfolio on an as-needed, as requested basis.
•Must be able to install replacement compressors
•Replace bearing in air handlers and fan units
•Maintain and correctly clean cooling towers
•Troubleshoot and repair mechanical equipment

•High school diploma or GED equivalent required.
•DC 3rd Class Designation required.
•10-15 years of direct experience in all aspects of mechanical, electrical, life/safety and plumbing operations in commercial office buildings including: safety, code compliance and technology utilization.
•Applicable military experience or other related operations experience will be considered including power plants, multi-family, hotels, hospitals, facilities, etc.
•Experience with monitoring and implementing energy conservation measures in a wide variety of commercial properties.
•Familiarity with various regulations affecting building mechanical operations such as CFCs, indoor air quality, and building codes.
•Ability to manage and control adverse situations with sophisticated tenants.
•Experience with computerized building management systems, preventative maintenance and work order systems.
•Experience with the opening, staffing and commissioning of newly acquired buildings.
•Experience with the operating and maintenance of older buildings and systems.
•Project management experience related to the upgrading and/or replacement of major building systems and tenant construction improvements.
•Refrigeration or electrical knowledge. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint is required.
•Full knowledge of water source heat pumps and repairs, pulling and rebuild pumps as needed and how to read and understand mechanical, electrical and construction drawings
•Ability to present complex data in order to facilitate analysis and decision-making.
•Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, with the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
•May be required to work extended periods of time without relief, when responding to priority/emergency situations.
•Stooping, standing, climbing and frequent lifting of a minimum of 50 lbs. of equipment (pump, tools, ladders) and ability to safely install rigging/lifting device.
•Lift and carry objects of up to 50 lbs.
•Climb ladders and stairs.
•Must be team oriented and a problem solver.
•Strong verbal and written communication skills.
•Maintain professional appearance and manner at all times.
•Must be team oriented and a problem solver.
•Will be required to perform off site duties through the use of a personal vehicle.
•Must have a valid driver’s license.
•If, at any time, security clearance is required for your job (e.g. you are assigned to work at a property leased by the Federal government), being awarded such clearance will be a condition of your employment.

This description is not intended to be a complete statement of job content, rather to act as a guide to the essential functions performed. Management retains the discretion to add or change the duties of the position at any time.
Willco is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, religion, gender, disability, national origin, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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