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Chief Engineer

Company: CBRE
Location: Seattle
Posted on: June 8, 2024

Job Description:

Chief Engineer

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Service line

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Areas of Interest

Building Management, Engineering/Maintenance, Facilities Management


Seattle - Washington - United States of America


The Chief Engineer is responsible for the effective daily leadership of his/her staff, managing the engineering program to the highest level of quality work and customer service as well as the administration of the engineering department in alignment with the management team, the CBRE engineering platform, and client expectations. The Chief Engineer will perform at the highest of ethical standards, reflecting the core values of CBRE as defined in its Business Code of Conduct, Policies and Procedures Manual, and other related company policies. The Chief Engineer may be required to perform limited hands-on operational duties and is not precluded from performing Watch Activity.


  • Supervise engineers and maintenance staff including hiring, training, personnel development, etc.
  • Ensure performance management, coaching, and development of team members through established HR processes and disciplinary actions.
  • Participate and coordinate annual scheduling and execution of the CBRE Safety Program as directed by Engineering Leadership, EH&S Administration, and so forth. Responsible for 100% Compliance at his/her site.
  • Manage operational accounts for building, including variance reporting, as required and assist in development of operating and capital budgets.
  • Utility Management such as tracking use, consumption, cost, reporting, comparison models, sub-metering, budgeting, variances as directed by Management and/or Leadership.
  • Conduct regular inspections of building systems and equipment; identify and resolve issues.
  • Assist in maintenance/engineering issues as required.
  • Recommend and implement improvements for preventive maintenance programs on an ongoing basis.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain an effective preventive and predictive maintenance program for task scheduling, routines, and performance.
  • Program to include procedures for annual, semi-annual, quarterly, monthly, and other scheduled maintenance as provided by the manufacturer's recommendations and/or industry best practices.
  • Develop and maintain effective building-specific maintenance and safety procedure manuals and train building personnel.
  • Coordinate development of and/or maintain an Operations Document Library, including but not limited to construction plans, structural plans, as-built drawings, MEP schedules, line diagrams and schematics, equipment, and operation manuals, start up and commissioning documents, and equipment warranties.
  • Formulate and conduct building-related systems and equipment training.
  • Coordinate maintenance efforts with outside contractors, tenant finish personnel, and engineers.
  • Oversee all building systems including fire/life safety, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical issues; must remain current with latest HVAC technology trends.
  • Maintain ongoing communication with tenants, clients, property management, and vendors.
  • Develop specifications and assist in solicitation, administration, execution, and performance of maintenance/ repair service contracts.
  • May assist in solicitation and acquisition of new management contracts
  • Respond to all emergency situations quickly (fire, evacuation, equipment failure etc.) and customer concerns.
  • Implement and administer inventory control programs, purchase parts and supplies.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable codes, requisitions, government agency, and company directives as relates to building operations.

    Support Property or Facility Manager on all items listed below (1-10):

    1. Prepare and present feasibility studies.

    2. Prepare budget estimates.

    3. Prepare schedule and manage its progress.

    4. Prepare contract documents reflecting scope of work.

    5. Manage the bidding process.

    6. Prepare and expedite approval of all internal control documents

    7. Monitor the construction process to assure compliance with contract documents.

    8. Coordinate all work with user and Internal Support Groups.

    9. Maintain complete project files recording progress, approvals, financial data, and contracts

    10. Perform final inspections, punch list exceptions, and expedite corrective action

    Duties are inclusive of approximately 75% of administrative & leadership and 25% hands-on responsibilities; May be only maintenance staff member on duty during certain shifts; may require shift work and/or on-call or stand-by duties.


    The Chief Engineer shall have charge of the above operation and shall perform such supervisory or other duties, including but not limited to implementation of preventative maintenance programs, inventory control, and the inspection, testing and maintenance of the fire alarm and other life safety systems, as may be consistent with his functions as Chief Engineer and which are assigned to him by the building management. The Chief Engineer, in addition to performing bargaining unit work, shall be responsible to the Employer for the safe, economical operation of the plant and for all persons employed under the direction of the Chief Engineer. The Chief shall also be responsible for the implementation of the Employer's orientation, safety, and training programs of engineers under his/her direction, as time and resources permit. Engineers under the direction of the Chief shall receive their orders from the Chief, who shall be responsible to the Employer for carrying out the orders of management in the operation of the building. The Chief Engineer will support the training and advancement of Apprentice Engineers where appropriate.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual should be able to perform each duty satisfactorily.

    Responsible to plan, implement, coordinate, and supervise all of the following:

    • HVAC, Electrical, Mechanical and related Engineering operations
    • Project/Tracking
    • Job Safety Planning
    • Engineers and Maintenance staff

      Manage rehabilitation and development programs/projects such as the replacement of HVAC systems, installation of new roofs, plumbing repairs and alterations to other Building Systems.


      Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

      Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States without the need for visa sponsorship now or in the future.


      • High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
      • Minimum of 5 years of related work experience in a commercial property setting or any similar combination of education or experience in the operation, installation, and maintenance of building systems with in-depth technical understanding and knowledge of all HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fire/life safety, and control systems.
      • Previous working experience as a Building Engineer
      • 07 or 01 electrical license and/or other certifications and trade licensing preferred
      • Boiler certification preferred (grade 4 or above)


        Meet the physical requirements of this role including stooping, standing, walking, climbing stairs/ladders, and the ability to lift/carry heavy loads of 50 lbs. or more.

        Understanding of existing procedures and standards to solve slightly complex problems.

        Ability to analyze possible solutions using technical experience to apply appropriate judgment and precedents.

        Strong organizational skills with an inquisitive mindset.

        In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)

        WHY CBRE?

        A culture of respect, integrity, service, and excellence crafts our approach to every opportunity!

        We are guided by the needs of the cities we inhabit, the communities we build and the world we thrive in.


        - Benefits start 1st of the month following your hire date: Medical, dental, vision, 401k, etc.

        - First year of employment - 15 Days of PTO. Year 1 - 4 of employment 20 days of PTO!

        - Internal advancement available after 6 month mark

        - Competitive Pay

        CBRE carefully considers multiple factors to determine compensation, including a candidate's education, training, and experience. The minimum salary for the position is $110,000 annually and the maximum salary is $120,000 annually. The compensation that is offered to a successful candidate will depend on the candidate's skills, qualifications, and experience.

        Equal Employment Opportunity: CBRE is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have a long-standing commitment to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, political belief, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

        Candidate Accommodations: CBRE values the differences of all current and prospective employees and recognizes how every employee contributes to our company's success. CBRE provides reasonable accommodations in job application procedures for individuals with disabilities. If you require assistance due to a disability in the application or recruitment process, please submit a request via email at or via telephone at +1 866 225 3099 (U.S.) and +1 866 388 4346 (Canada).

        NOTE: Some, but not all, of our positions may have an additional requirement to comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination proof and/or rigorous testing. If you have questions about the requirement(s) for this position, please inform your Recruiter.

Keywords: CBRE, Seattle , Chief Engineer, Engineering , Seattle, Washington

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