Building Engineer (Full-Time)

Harwood International - Dallas, TX2.8

Full-timeEstimated: $40,000 - $52,000 a year
Building Engineer

Reports to: Chief Engineer


The Building Engineer is responsible for working directly with property management and engineering management in implementing and maintaining the energy management, preventative maintenance, quality standards, operating objectives and goals of the owner and Harwood Management Services. This must be done in a manner that not only protects but also maximizes the value of the property. The Building Engineer is to provide and assure a safe, clean, comfortable environment for tenants, visitors, owners and associates; to perform repairs and preventative maintenance functions necessary to building operations and as requested by tenants or property management; to work within the guidelines of the budget to keep maintenance costs at a minimum and to make the tenants feel comfortable in their work environment.
The job is successfully completed when the building meets the owner’s and tenant’s expectations and the safety and comfort of the tenants, associates and visitors is confirmed through follow up.


Non-Exempt / Hourly

Job Code


Essential Functions

Job Functions

Monitors, operates, tests, maintains and restores to working order any component of the main mechanical or engineering systems used within the property. This involves hands-on scheduling and performance of preventative maintenance, inspection of equipment and systems for problems, execution of performance tests using the appropriate tools and/or equipment, and record keeping of all data associated with these tasks.

Fire & Life Safety:
Test and maintain the emergency systems including fire alarms, fire panel, smoke detectors, fire suppression equipment and emergency power supply systems. Coordinate, in conjunction with property management, fire drills and life safety emergency drills, accurately recording all necessary documentation. Responds appropriately to and assists emergency response personnel at any time when on duty or on-call.

General Building Maintenance and Operations:
Participate in, assist or take responsibility for establishing or improving maintenance and operations programs/schedules for all equipment, grounds, facilities and facility components. This includes door repair, ceiling tile repair, general painting, key control, housekeeping, porter responsibilities, irrigation, landscape awareness and lighting replacement and/or maintenance. Read, understand and operate test equipment (refrigerant gauges, thermometers, volt-ohm and amp meters). Read and comprehend blue prints and schematic diagrams of wiring, plumbing, pneumatics and building construction. Must operate in an environment of a busy schedule with interruptions

Working knowledge of systems from 12 volts to 480 volts and battery supplied power. Troubleshoot and solve various electrical systems at the property. Repair or replace faulty lights, ballast, plugs and switches.

Management and Communication:
Build and maintain effective communications and relationships with a variety of audiences such as tenants, company associates, internal contacts, regulators and vendors. Communication needs to be proactive and persuasive as well as responsive and service oriented. Will on occasion assist with or in the coordination of activities of the Day Maid or Porter.

On-Call Service:
Must accept responsibility for after-hours technical and physical interventions at the property. These can require visits to the property or connections by computer link.

Must be able to act as full member of the property management team, building and maintaining effective relationships, managing differences of opinion, sharing ideas while being persuasive and listening effectively.
Physical abilities include: Lifting upwards of 60lbs, standing/walking for long periods of time and capable of climbing ladders.
Must keep up a professional appearance and hygiene
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Adaptability / flexibility
Customer service
Job knowledge
Managing technology
Project management
Sense of urgency
Verbal / written communication skills
Organization and analytical skills
Ability to provide efficient, timely, reliable and courteous customer service
Ability to effectively present information

Supervisory Responsibility
Work Environment
This job operates indoors and outdoors. This role routinely requires the employee to be on their feet for extended periods of time. May require bending, pinching, or picking up / carrying heavy items.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position; typical work hours and days are Monday through Friday, with staggered shifts by personnel for coverage needs. 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with 1 hour for lunch. May be some flexibility in hours required.

Required Education & Experience
High school diploma or equivalent
Minimum of 8 years’ experience in electrical systems, refrigeration and/or HVAC
Universal CFC
Certification in either electrical, mechanical, HVAC and refrigeration systems, process controls, mechanical power transmissions, painting, plumbing, carpentry or engine repair
Proficient in Microsoft office
Work Authorization/Clearance

Offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactorily passing the pre-hire background screening and will also take into account the results of any reference checks, behavioral interview results, and/or pre-hire tests or profiles.

AAP/EEO Statement

Harwood is committed to equal employment opportunity and will not discriminate against Associates or applicants in any terms and conditions of employment on the basis of any legally-recognized basis (protected classes) included but not limited to: age, race, color, religion, genetic information, sex, national origin, disability, ancestry, creed, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other protected class under federal, state or local law. This non-discrimination policy extends to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment as well as the use of all Company facilities, participation in all Company-sponsored activities, and all employment actions, such as promotions, compensation, training, benefits and termination of employment.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, schedules, work hours, responsibilities and other work activities may change at any time with or without notice.