Lead Building Engineer

Position Overview:

The Lead Building Engineer for Benaroya Hall is an Exempt position, responsible for maintaining the building HVAC, electrical, mechanical and life safety systems of the physical building. The Lead Building Engineer will coordinate maintenance and shift coverage activities with their staff and outside vendors, assist with expense forecasting and budgeting, maintain maintenance records and inspection documents, develop appropriate operational guidelines and documentation for all building systems, maintain vendor relationships along with other duties as required.

The successful candidate will have an excellent work ethic, take ownership of problems and see them through to resolution, have good troubleshooting skills and enjoy working in a mission-critical, fast-paced environment.

Reports to:Facility Manager


  • A minimum of one (1) year of experience operating Siemens building control system, is preferred
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and seven (7) plus years of related work experience in a commercial property setting required
  • Possession of or the ability to obtain related licenses within 12 months of employment, specifically: City of Seattle Grade III Steam Engineer’s license, EPA CFC Universal Certificate, Washington State Electrician Specialty License (HVAC/R) and City of Seattle Refrigeration Mechanic’s License Class A
  • Proficient computer skills including the ability to write documents using Word processing software, access and operate e-mail, and navigate the internet
  • Proficient plumbing, painting, carpentry, and electrical skills
  • Ability to work with minimal direct supervision and as part of a team environment
  • Excellent communication and customer services skills
  • Ability to learn how to read and understand operating budgets
  • Must be able to read and understand blueprints
  • Current up-to-date certificates, licenses, and registrations that are required to perform the duties outlined in this job description

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Diagnose, troubleshoot and resolve HVAC problems as well as monitor system functioning using computerized controls, make corrective and preventive adjustments, and take the lead in handling emergency HVAC problems to ensure that facilities can remain open to the public and staff and are safe and comfortable
  • Contact vendors and contractors and arrange for major repairs, and coordinate scheduling with the Engineering Team
  • Operate Siemens software and computerized controls. Advise Facilities Team about system and operational problems
  • Develop and implement regular maintenance and programming schedules for the HVAC systems
  • Keep up-to-date information about the operation of the systems, including information about relevant vendors, and contractors and sources of necessary parts and equipment
  • Provide the administrative support of HVAC operations. As needed, develop reports and studies, maintain operating records, maintain maintenance records, develop or revise preventative maintenance procedures, and assist with communications with contractors, vendors and staff
  • Maintain and update system documentation, equipment specifications, blueprints and schematics
  • Ensure the safe operation of HVAC systems. Identify safety hazards and take appropriate action to ensure that equipment is operating properly, that maintenance and troubleshooting activities are performed safely and effectively, and that air quality meets all regulatory standards
  • Includes maintenance and housekeeping of all mechanical, electrical, and work areas, and surface cleaning equipment as well as facility structures
  • Basic plumbing such as installation, adjustment, and repair of restroom plumbing equipment such as faucets (manual and auto) flushometers (manual and auto), drain and trap repairs as well as the ability to cut/solder piping as well as use compression fittings. Perform elements of refrigeration, pneumatic and electrical/mechanical crafts to effect system corrections and ensure efficient operation
  • Foster an attitude that promotes safety, energy conservation, and the continuous improvement of engineering functions
  • Perform administrative duties in accordance to departmental policies, procedures, and standards. This may include, but is not limited to, lock out / tag out functions without supervision
  • Function as a responsible, objective team member
  • Demonstrate a commitment to industry leading quality customer service while providing the highest level quality of service and professionalism to tenants, staff, and visitors at all times
  • Effectively utilize communications tools (such as email, messaging, two-way radio, written, and verbal) with Management, and other team members including vendors
  • Understand the company’s policies, manuals, and mission statement in order to achieve organizational goals
  • Strictly follow all environmental safety, hazardous material handling, and personal protection rules and regulations set forth by BHMC, Seattle Symphony, and Local, State, Federal and International regulations. This is including but not limited Asbestos, Mold, and HAZMAT awareness
  • Utilizing the BHMC Safety Manual to identify the correct ladder or man lift for the job and use it correctly. Perform an inspection on safety equipment such as, but not limited to, eye wash stations, emergency shower stations, and first aid kit


Please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@seattlesymphony.org

The Seattle Symphony values diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. Individuals who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives are encouraged to apply. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity (EOE) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the Seattle Symphony will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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