6444 Building Service Engineer, Housing Facilities Services

San Diego, California
Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $5,700 per month. CSU Classification Salar
Sep 28, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution



San Diego State University is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of historically underrepresented groups.

Initial review of applications will begin on October 13, 2017. To receive full consideration, apply by October 12, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.  The online application should be completed in detail. Completion of the online application is required for consideration; a resume alone will not suffice. 

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Position Information


This is for two (2) full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, permanent (probationary) positions. These positions are designated non-exempt under FLSA and are eligible for overtime compensation. Work hours are Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Building Service Engineer - Under general supervision, incumbent is responsible for the maintenance of the residence hall facilities and associated mechanical equipment.  Incumbent is responsible for working independently on an wide range of heating, ventilating, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, refrigeration, air conditioning, and water systems.  Incumbent shall lead and train maintenance mechanics in the Residence Hall Mechanical Maintenance Shop in the performance of skilled mechanical maintenance work.

All incumbents must be able to proficiently use building automation systems to diagnose and troubleshoot problems; estimate cost, time and materials for projects; participate in the maintenance and operations of applicable heating and air conditioning systems and equipment; maintain and service tools and equipment used in the performance of duties; perform all work in accordance with established safety procedures and maintain a safe and clean work environment; maintain records and logs; retrieve data related to work performed using manual and/or computerized record-keeping systems; prepare standard reports; and consult and work with other trades workers. Work may involve exposure to hazardous materials and some positions will require EPA approved certification in refrigerant recovery.

Under general supervision, incumbents operate, maintain, repair and inspect heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration and water systems and equipment; test, adjust, and calibrate boiler and air conditioning machinery and mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and/or microprocessor control instruments; test and chemically treat boiler, condenser, and cooling tower water and water from other systems; maintain, inspect, diagnose and make emergency repairs to steam, natural gas, water, refrigerant, air and oil distribution systems; regularly use features of building automation systems to diagnose and troubleshoot problems in the HVAC systems while optimizing energy usage; monitor building automation systems data and adjust system accordingly; respond to service requests to adjust air flow, temperature and humidity balances for individual rooms, building areas or buildings; maintain swimming pools; maintain logs of maintenance and repairs using manual and computerized record-keeping systems; and may instruct and lead semi-skilled or unskilled assistants. Incumbents also repair and replace bearings, shafts, seals, rings and electrical wiring and install central system parts, gauges, valves and pipes which requires the application of journey-level skills in one or more of the applicable trades.

Objectives – Properly installed, maintained and repaired residence hall facilities, equipment and systems (including plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems).

Expectations - Properly functioning equipment and a safe and clean working environment.  Thorough and accurate accounting of time and materials.  Completion of skilled work assignments and the performance of additional duties as assigned.  Consistent meeting of university needs in a timely and professional manner with increasingly improved skill.  Follow-up on every project or task to ensure that all items are completed to the satisfaction of the supervisor/manager.  A responsible attendance record, punctuality and consistent meeting of deadlines.  Performance of work in a manner that supports and facilitates the work of others in Facilities Services and the university community. A positive and cooperative working relationship with members of department and campus community.

For more information regarding Housing Facilities Services, please click here.


Compensation and Benefits


Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $5,700 per month. CSU Classification Salary Range: $5,211 - $6,729 per month. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources. 

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here




Minimum Qualifications 

Two years of journey-level experience in the operation, maintenance and repair of boiler, heating, ventilating, refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and systems or the equivalent combination of formal course work in mechanical technology and hands-on experience.

Must have a valid California Driver's License.

Preferred Qualifications and Specialized Skills

Must have ability to analyze and respond appropriately to emergency situations and to recognize, secure and report unsafe conditions immediately.  Must have knowledge of safe working techniques and safety equipment and must be aware of the typical hazards of the work place as well as the special hazards that maybe encountered (biohazards, chemicals, asbestos/lead containing materials).  Must have ability to understand and apply university and departmental policies and procedures.

  • Two years of experience maintaining water quality in closed loop hydronic systems and cooling towers. 
  • Two years of experience operating a central plant, utilizing a central Building Automation System that maintained optimal building comfort while running central plant equipment at peak efficiency. 
  • Ability to coordinate activities with Housing Maintenance Services crew to provide reliable building services to all occupants. 
  • Ability to read and interpret complex equipment operating manuals, electrical, mechanical and plumbing schematics and building construction drawings.


Application Procedures


To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page.  You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button. If you need assistance completing your application, please click here.

Applicants with disabilities requiring assistance may call (619) 594-7099.

General Information

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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