Saint Louis Science Center

  • Facilities Engineer

    Job Locations US-MO-St. Louis
    Posted Date 1 month ago(4/18/2018 5:01 PM)
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  • Overview

    Under the direction of the Physical Plant Engineer, maintain in a safe and code compliant manner, the physical plant including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and building structures and systems. Perform routine, scheduled, and preventive maintenance tasks.



    • 33% ADMIN 
    • Automated systems computer review.
    • Communications computer review.
    • Daily events review of posted activities.
    • Work order system computer review and updates
    • Contractor/service company coordination.
    • Facilities walk-through mechanical/safety inspections.
    • Departmental coordination/meetings.
    • 66% HANDS-ON   
    • HVAC mechanical - motors, belts, filters, controls, electrical
    • Food service equipment - refrigeration, plumbing, electrical
    • Misc systems - drywall, tiles, doors, lighting, electrical, plumbing



    • Operate and maintain all electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems (i.e., start-up, shutdown, and adjustment of equipment, valves, dampers, and controls.
    • Diagnose problems and perform emergency and preventive maintenance and maintain preventative maintenance logs.
    • Perform hands-on tasks to retain optimal appearance and function (i.e., drywall, carpeting/ceiling tile, VCT, vinyl base, and repairs, painting, door hardware, restroom valves/partitions.)
    • Perform routine inspections of mechanical rooms, rest rooms, and other office and facility spaces.
    • Complete work orders in a timely, workmanlike manner with proper documentation and communication
    • Assist with planning, preparing specifications, requisitioning materials, and installing new equipment and devices.
    • Maintain a safe, clean, and organized workspace.


    When the Physical Plant Engineer is off-site or otherwise deposed and as assigned, supervision of the Faciilty Engineering Technician staff and departmental functions.


    Ability to work effectively both independently and in a group effort in a fast-paced hands-on environment. Must have a thorough and successful background in a facilities mechanical support field.

    In addition to twelve years of basic education, advanced study in a mechanical-related field, five years of practical experience with heavy HVAC equipment, familiar with current building codes and knowledgeable of conventional building procedures. 


    Must be skilled with electrical up to 480 volts, 3 phase, lighting and systems modifications; plumbing and pipe fitting, drain and pressurized of small food service equipment to up to HVAC, diagnostics and repairs; structural, drywall repairs, ceiling tile and floor tile repairs, door hardware repair.

    Must possess good written and verbal skills and be able to communicate effectively with all levels of management. Must be able to perform basic typing, computer programming, and have EMS experience.

    Ability to perform basic math calculations; with the ability to solve problems and make corrections independently.

    EPA and CFC Certifications


    • Ability to lift, carry, and manipulate heavy objects; 50 pounds regularly and 100 pounds occasionally.  
    • Ability to climb stairs (up to four stories at a time, multiple times per day) and carry and climb ladders.  
    • Able to perform repetitive tasks, lifting of up to 55 pounds, with twisting rotation to load carts, pallet jacks, etc. 
    • Ability to push/pull up to 60 lbs force to move tools and supplies; and to squeeze up to 135 lbs of force. 
    • Ability to work within confined space, and with static stooped posture for up to 15 minutes at a time.
    •  Ability to work overhead in a static posture for several minutes at a time, up to 5-6 times per hour.
    • Able to walk a continuous pace and distance of up to 2,640 feet, multiple times per day.
    • Standard (with correction) hearing and day/night vision.  Walking, standing, sitting, driving vehicles, lifting, reaching, overhead work, grasping, balancing, sight, audible.



    Must be familiar with use of ladders, high lifts, fork lift, power tools, hand tools, meters, parts and equipment.

    Ability to work in mechanical environments where noise and dust levels are high. Ability to work safely on various types of high lift equipment and ladders up to 30 feet high. Frequent work in office environment, mechanical rooms, in confined spaces, production rooms, outdoors up to 2 hours per day; as well as rooftop, offices, galleries, and construction sites, as well as near sensitive equipment, and in public areas of the Facility.  Work done in partnerships and alone.


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