B.F. Saul Company

Building Engineer

Bethesda, MD
Job Category


To perform all necessary functions in the operation, preventive maintenance and repairs of buildings and equipment in a variety of tasks, including but not limited to apprentice electrical, mechanical, and HVACR.  Performs duties consistent with the Mission Statement for the Virginia Operation of the Office and Industrial Division. 

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Utilizes knowledge of Maintenance Engineering disciplines in the performance of daily functions such as, but not limited to the following:
    • Cleans coils, changes air filters to HVAC equipment, and lubricates motors and bearings.
    • Monitors temperature and humidity of occupied areas throughout the facility.
    • Checks the operation of all mechanical equipment on a daily basis.
    • Checks and maintains electrical controls, makes all necessary repairs including 1 installation of new equipment as needed, replaces bearings, pulleys, and belts as assigned.
    • Documents daily in engineers' log book occurrences in the operation and maintenance characteristics of the facility.
  • Communicates with others as to condition of assigned areas and all related equipment.
  • Communicates to the Chief Engineer any equipment malfunctions, repairs made, and materials used.
  • Communicates by telephone to facilitate routine maintenance calls or in the event of an emergency situation inform the proper personnel.
  • Documents daily completion of preventive maintenance work orders in a timely manner.
  • Provides staffing coverage in the event of another employees absence.
  • Performs normal cleaning functions as assigned, e.g., sweeping, mopping, waxing, washing and painting of equipment to maintain a clean and safe maintenance area.
  • Replaces light bulbs in and around facility to keep a well lighted and safe working environment.
  • Removes snow and applies salt as needed during inclement weather conditions.
  • Performs Preventive Maintenance inspections as assigned by the Chief Engineer.
  • Provide direction and monitor contractors working in the facility.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Engineer in all areas of the facility.

Qualifications & Skills


  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally (in English) and document (in written English) all daily activities associated with the safe operation and maintenance of assigned equipment.
  • Experience operating, adjusting and repairing pneumatic HVAC controls.
  • Knowledge of small tools and safe handling practices associated with repair and maintenance of assigned equipment.
  • Ability to work with little or no supervision.
  • Knowledge and ability to handle any and all emergency situations, equipment breakdown, malfunction or failure.
  • Must be able to effectively reach all maintenance equipment in case of an emergency and for day to day repair and maintenance.
  • Must be able to read and interpret uncomplicated blue prints, electrical schematics, control circuits, and drawings as related to assigned areas.
  • On a 24 hour basis, responds as necessary to any building emergencies. Carries a pager or cell phone, for after hours, on call, coverage.


Physical Demands:

  • Lifting and moving of material (tool carts [on wheels]) is required.
  • Ability to lift, move and handle equipment...repair, replace as necessary large, heavy parts and materials as needed for the repair and maintenance and safe operation of the facility.
  • Frequent stooping and bending are required. Must be able to work in close quarters.
  • Frequent climbing of ladders is required to align oneself with facility equipment and/or the maintenance/repair of such equipment.
  • May be exposed to inclement weather situations such as snow, freezing rain, icy or slippery footing, stormy and cold winds. Also, repeated bending and stooping while shoveling, scraping or salting of outside areas may be necessary.\


Working Environment:

  • Generally works in a clean, safe working atmosphere with well-lighted temperature-controlled environment.
  • Exposure to inclement weather conditions as necessary for the repair and maintenance of facility equipment, including all ground areas.


Equipment Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of all facility and electrical equipment including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Temperature/Pressure Gauges
  • Pneumatic HVAC Controls
  • Hot Water Heating Equipment
  • Test Equipment (Electrical and Mechanical)
  • Power Tools
  • Valve Maintenance
  • Minor Electrical Wiring
  • Controls and all other related equipment
  • Preventive maintenance practices
  • Plumbing and piping techniques
  • Small hand tools



  • Minimum of five (5) years' experience in the building maintenance field


  • High School graduate or G.E.D. Certificate preferred or with equivalent combination of training and experience is necessary
  • Stationary Engineers license required





Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled



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