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Posted by: Arlington County 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$57283 - 98467
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Construction
Engineering - Civil
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 3213731 / Latpro-3821158 
Date posted: Sep-03-2021
State, Zip: Virginia, 22234



$57,283.20 - $98,467.20 Annually


Arlington *METRO-accessible*, VA

Job Type

Full-Time Permanent


Department of Environmental Services

Job Number




Position Information

NOTE: If you have already applied for this position, under a former announcement number there is no need to re-apply, we received your application.

The Facilities Maintenance division within the Department of Environmental Services  has multiple openings for experienced Building Engineers to perform skilled maintenance and repairs to over 80 medium, large, and complex mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) building systems and equipment. These employees will also monitor over 38 County buildings using multiple computerized building automation control systems to assist with diagnosing malfunctions and problems with MEP, power generating, and life safety systems.


  • Performing skilled preventive maintenance to standard systems and equipment and identifying preventive maintenance cycles based on operator use and manufacturer's recommendations;
  • Troubleshooting and monitoring inoperable or malfunctioning standard systems, equipment, and  Building Automation systems components to make temperature and schedule adjustments; 
  • Diagnosing, testing, and making plumbing repairs including clearing drain traps, snaking drain lines, repairing pipes and replacing plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets, light fixtures, and breakers;
  • Performing and overseeing checkups and other inspections to HVAC, building envelope and critical systems including identifying and recording deficiencies and working with supervisor to determine the best course of action; 
  • Coordinating the connection of roll-up generators to County emergency power systems for routine and emergency work and  when work is performed by contractors;
  • Coordinating and conducting seasonal maintenance inspections including winterizing and de-winterizing equipment measures and recording all completed work;
  • Responding to all types of emergency service requests for County buildings to minimize damage by either repairing or shutting down Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing, Power Generating Equipment, resetting Life Safety Equipment and/or calling contractors;
  • Performing administrative duties including shop inventory control and closing completed work orders using mobile devices or computers; and
  • Providing shift coverage to the Stationary Watch Engineers in the Justice Center and throughout the County as needed and during emergency situations.


  • The following duties are in addition to those of the building engineer I; 
  • Leading the shop and on-site mechanical and related repair and maintenance work; 
  • Coordinating the operation of assigned buildings and providing oversight and training to Building Engineer I's and Facilities Maintenance Mechanic II's to resolve complex issues; 
  • Reading electrical, plumbing, and mechanical drawings and diagrams to diagnose difficult and complex electrical and control issues; 
  • Assisting the supervisor and section manager in developing Capital Improvement Plan needs for each building within the assigned zone, participate in the assessment of the equipment replacement process, identify malfunction trends, and maintain usage statistics; 
  • Inspecting corrective and preventative maintenance tasks performed by Facilities Maintenance Mechanic II's, Building Engineer I's and contractors to ensure that work has been completed and performed correctly and per manufacturer's recommendations and/or as required by contract or directions given by manager; and
  • Assisting supervisors in selecting new or replacement equipment by conducting vendor interviews and recommending.

Duties will be performed in a fast-paced work environment where accurate and quick troubleshooting and diagnosing of system issues is required. The ideal candidate will be customer-oriented, a dependable team member, will have carpentry knowledge and skills to correctly repair building systems and components, and will have previous experience in an environment with varied building portfolios.
Selection Criteria


Building Engineer I:

  • High school/GED or trade school; and
  • Three (3) years of significant experience in more than one of the following areas: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry, emergency management, power equipment, generators and/or general mechanical repairs.  

Building Engineer II:  

  • High school/GED or trade school;
  • Must possess a CFC Universal Certification; and
  • Graduate of apprenticeship program or trade school in electricity or HVAC-R; and
  • Four (4) years of experience in difficult assignments in commercial buildings or a similarly complex environment in more than one of the following areas: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry, emergency management, power equipment, generators and/or general mechanical repairs.

Substitution:  Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year for year basis.

Desirable : Preference may be given to candidates with experience or licensure/certifications in one or more of the following:

  • Performing maintenance, diagnosing and repairs to mechanical, electrical, plumbing and  building maintenance systems;
  • Diagnosing malfunctioning power generating and life safety systems;
  • Working in an environment with varied building portfolios;
  • Working with mobile maintenance devices to receive and complete work orders;
  • Using computerized building automation control systems (BAS);
  • Journeyman or Master Electrician License(s) and;
  • HVAC-R (VA Licensure).

Special Requirements

  • An offer of employment WILL be contingent upon a favorable pre-hire background check. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, and credit history. You will be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.
  • Employee must be available for call-back and be willing to work after normal duty hours in emergency situations.
  • The applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid driver license. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.
  • Building Engineer II applicants must possess ARC Flash and Confined Space certifications within probationary period.
  • Work may be performed indoors depending upon the work assignment. The work environment includes exposure to draft, noise, dust, grease and dirt with extended periods of standing, walking, bending and lifting light to heavy objects and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. Personal protective equipment may be required.

Additional Information

We have multiple vacancies for the following two shifts, all are 40 hours per week positions which require flexibility to work weekend days and/or shifts other than assigned shift to provide coverage for periods of low staffing in the detention facility or other facilities on an occasional or temporary basis. The work schedule for both shifts is flexible and may change based on departmental need. Days required to work will be determined at time of hire.
  "A" shift : Normal work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m ., Monday through Friday with flexibility to work occasional weekends and shifts other than normal shift to provide coverage. One week out of 10 weeks, the selected candidate most work the "B" shift.
  "B" shift : Normal work hours are 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m . Schedule variations - Tuesday to Saturday or Sunday to Thursday, or some other variation/rotation based upon departmental needs.  Also requires flexibility to work shifts other than normal shift to provide coverage.

These positions may be filled at either the Building Engineer I or Building Engineer II levels below:

The salary range for the Building Engineer I is: $57,283.20 - $87,464.00
The salary range for the Building Engineer II is: $64,500.80- $98,467.20
This recruitment is listed as " open continuous. "  Interested applicants are advised to submit applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed, and interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: (see application details)

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement:  a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457).  The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County.  You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan.  General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. 

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan.  The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit.  New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above.  They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. 

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: 
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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