Chief Building Engineer
Denver, CO Commercial Property Management
Job Type

The Company: 

The Company’s vision, mission, promise, culture, values and goals are at the heart of every decision made. The Company takes pride in and fiercely protects its 5 core fundamental values:

  • Disciplined – Prepare for anything. Anticipate, ask questions and clarify. Own every moment. Don’t run from risk; mitigate it to create value. Keep your eye on the prize while obsessing over the details.
  • Driven – Work with passion and ambition. Be relentless and work with urgency. 
  • Bold – Pioneer true innovation and be motivated by the unknown. Thrive in uncertainty to outperform the expected.
  • Authentic – Work without ego and be a doer, not a talker. Be fair but candid and always willing and able to roll up your sleeves.
  • ‘Cowboy Family’ – Be all in with the firm; pushing and protecting each other to achieve greatness and exceed all expectations. Take pride in being a difference maker and for making a material impact.

This unwavering focus makes the Company a recognized and well-respected vanguard in the industry and maintains the framework that allows for superior communications, sound and decisive decision making, diversity of thought, and unparalleled business practices, rigor and innovation. 


General Position Summary

This position is responsible for maintenance and repair of all major building systems, including HVAC, mechanical, electrical, security and plumbing, as well as proper operation of the energy management systems for commercial buildings. Position is also responsible for repair/replacement of capital improvements and managing vendor contracts. Typically, responsible for multiple projects and managing maintenance teams. The position also contributes to preparation of annual operating budgets, and monthly operating reports.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Oversee all building systems and ensure proper operation.
  2. Manage/perform preventative maintenance of all building systems (coordinate with vendors as appropriate), including filter changes for air handling units, cooling tower/condensing unit chemicals, water treatment for fountains.
  3. When necessary, contract out work by writing the job scope, developing the bid package, selecting vendors and reviewing contracts.
  4. Prepare schedule of daily, weekly and monthly maintenance tasks using work order system.
  5. Respond to tenant requests for maintenance or repair, including working on HVAC, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and energy management systems.
  6. Handle fire, life and safety issues, which includes coordinating with fire and police department personnel.
  7. Directly supervise the Building Engineer(s) and indirectly supervise the day porter for each building. Work on developing goals for the future growth of staff members by participating in employee staffing and training.
  8. Administer all contracts in conjunction with Investment Manager and help define company’s needs, to protect company assets and interests.
  9. Maintain written/electronic database and produce reports with information regarding items such as building, equipment, variances, security, energy management, work in progress, vendor information, purchase orders, etc.
  10. Process/authorize invoices for payment, as necessary.
  11. Participates on management team with regard to budgeting and operational planning.

Secondary Functions

  1. Coordinate and manage vendors handling security, parking garage, elevators, fire life safety, HVAC and landscaping services.
  2. Prepare correspondence.
  3. Assist with building construction or tenant improvement closeout and commissioning, including punch list and warranty tracking.
  4. Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

Note: Skills required vary somewhat by building or property. The skills noted below are those generally needed for this position. 

  1. Knowledge of all building systems, including HVAC, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, security and energy management systems.
  2. Familiarity with all aspects of trades (e.g., electrical, plumbing, HVAC, janitorial, etc.)
  3. Excellent analytical, trouble shooting, and decision-making skills.
  4. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to tactfully handle complaints and negotiate disagreements.
  5. Good customer service and interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of people and to respond appropriately to customer complaints and requests.
  6. Ability to deal with interruptions and to successfully manage multiple tasks.
  7. Ability to effectively manage and mentor staff.
  8. Ability to work effectively in a team situation and to work cooperatively with other staff.
  9. Creativity to solve new or unique problems.
  10. Understanding of building expense budgeting and variance reporting, with the ability to work within Excel.
  11. Ability to create budget assumptions in Excel.
  12. Working knowledge of basic office machines and computer software (Microsoft Office programs such as Excel, Word, and Outlook.)

Education and Experience

  1. This position requires 5 to 8 years’ experience as a Building Engineer or equivalent position, along with a minimum of two years post-high school education or vocational training specializing in HVAC, building engineering, stationary engineering, or a similar program.
  2. The incumbent must hold, or be able to obtain, a Washington 07-Electrical license, or the equivalent in the state of employment.
  3. Plumbing, mechanical, Freon, and boiler certificates or training also desirable, as is factory training in one or more energy management systems.
  4. Driver’s license is required.

Physical Demands: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 50 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 75 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands and fingers to handle or feel; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. Specific vision abilities required by this job are close, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The employee is required to work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Schnitzer West is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Vaccination Policy:

Ability to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination required.

Salary Description
$85,000-100,000 per year