MEP Trades Supervisor

Job description

Job location: Left Bank-Facilites & Real Estate Services

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-02-17
Req: JR00029160
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

MEP Trades Supervisor

Job Profile Title

Supervisor, Facilities

Job Description Summary

The Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES) provides the expertise, business process, policies and standards required to plan, design, construct, operate, maintain and renew the physical assets of the University, excluding the health system. In addition, the Division, comprised of approximately five Departments, is responsible for the strategic planning, management and operation of non-academic University property, and collaborating with the neighborhood to create a safe, diverse and economically vibrant destination. With close to 12M square feet of space, FRES maintains 186 buildings on a campus of 276 acres, completes over 60,000 maintenance requests per year, and starts approximately 250 projects a year. FRES is comprised of the following Departments: Administration, Office of the University Architect, Design and Construction, Real Estate, Operations and Maintenance.

The University of Pennsylvania is implementing a campus transformation entitled Penn Connects ( This comprehensive, award winning effort is expanding the campus over the next 20 years, including the construction of new academic research and recreational facilities. In addition, the University has secured $300M in Century Bond funding and continues to upgrade existing facilities over the coming years.

Job Description

MEP Supervisor

Reporting to the Trade Manager provides direct oversight for operational and maintenance decisions involving staff and contractor deployment, assigning and scheduling work, resource leveling, and overall team building among assigned workforce. This labor force will be comprised primarily of, but not limited to HVAC trades. Work collaboratively with Preventative Maintenance Coordinator to ensure successful completion of preventative maintenance work. Operate within assigned budget goals. Authorizes purchases as needed to support assigned group within established guidelines. Provides customer follow-up to ensure quality and timeliness
of work. Supports all designated initiatives while ensuring adherence to the collective bargaining agreement. Also, support all initiatives involving Worker Safety and sustainability. Ensure compliance with all University and departmental policies and procedures. Manage and participate in grievance/discipline process. Work with Managers, vendors specifically Digital Controls contractors, and the Design and Construction group to meet established service priorities/requests. Develop working knowledge of time and attendance and divisional work order systems; ensure accuracy of payroll inputs. Monitors and participates in training and talent
management programs.


  • Technical School diploma or equivalent is required and 5 to 7 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience working with commercial/industrial building HVAC systems.

  • BA/BS preferred.

  • A minimum of five years of building and/or plant engineering experience with commercial buildings MEP systems background, preferably in a unionized work environment, and in an academic or similarly complex environment.

  • Must have expertise in commercial/industrial building MEP systems specifically demonstrated knowledge of building HVAC and familiarity with building digital control systems as well as utilities infrastructure.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multi-skilled technical groups and multiple competing demands on resources.

  • Significant experience using a computerized maintenance management system to monitor and control all aspect of the maintenance operation.

  • Knowledge of city/state/codes and ASHRE standards.

  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, supervisory, team-building, written and verbal communication, and organizational skills.

  • Strong financial and analytical skills.

  • Proven record of strong customer service skills.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Facilities and Real Estate Services

Pay Range

$59,703.00 - $113,435.00

Affirmative Action Statement 
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.




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Posted: 2/18/2021
Application Due: 5/19/2021
Work Type: Full Time