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Senior Facilities Engineer

Apply now Job no: 503610
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Building Maintenance
Union: PSU
Categories: Facilities/Grounds/Skilled Trades, Professional Staff Union (PSU)

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Under the direction of the Energy Engineer, the Senior Facilities Engineer is responsible for the operations and maintenance of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems located on the UMass Amherst campus and outlying stations. Plans, schedules, and supervises the preventive, predictive, and corrective maintenance and repair work needed to keep all systems operating reliably. Represents the Physical Plant in the Facilities Planning Division on all matters related to design, construction, and start up and commissioning of new construction and renovation projects.


Essential Functions

  • Responsible for the operations and maintenance of chillers, pumps, heat recovery systems, generators, air handlers, reverse osmosis systems, air compressors and dryers, water filters, steam and condensate piping, and all other systems related to the safe and reliable operation of the UMass Amherst buildings.
  • Works with the campus direct digital control (DDC) building automation systems (BAS) to operate building systems and to control the comfort and energy use within the buildings.
  • Develops, implements, and continuously evaluates a uniform, technically correct, and comprehensive maintenance program that includes preventive and predictive maintenance in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendation and good industry practices.
  • Assures that the correct preventive maintenance tasks and schedules are programmed into the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
  • Recommends, plans and manages the repair or replacement of mechanical equipment and systems by outside contractors and/or Physical Plant personnel. 
  • Assures work is planned and progresses as scheduled. 
  • Develops, issues and manages ongoing service and repair contracts for large chiller and HVAC systems.
  • Develops and implements quality training programs to maximize the effectiveness of the maintenance staff.
  • Participates in the selection of maintenance staff; meets with and maintains harmonious relationships with union representatives.
  • Coordinates with Design & Construction Management (DCM) project managers on all construction and renovation projects.
  • As needed, plans, organizes, and implements energy performance projects, including budget management. Acts as the Physical Plant representative at project meetings.
  • Coordinates with DCM project managers, ensuring that copies of all Operations and Maintenance Manuals (O&M Manuals) and related information are supplied to the Physical Plant staff prior to completion of the project.
  • Works closely with DCM Project Managers, with particular attention to commissioning of buildings and building systems.
  • Acts as facilitator between Physical Plant personnel and DCM personnel, relaying information about operational problems with new building systems and/or renovated spaces.
  • Assures that all warranty data is delivered to the Physical Plant and that the information is entered in the CMMS.
  • Informs Physical Plant personnel on design intent of all building systems involving new construction and renovation projects and assures that Physical Plant staff is properly trained in all new equipment.
  • Performs related duties as assigned or as required to meet department, executive area/division, and University goals and objectives.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or closely related field.
  • Five years’ relevant experience in the operation and maintenance of building systems, including, but not limited to, HVAC systems, fire alarm systems, chillers, and cooling towers.
  • Experience in annual and capital budgeting and management of those budgets.
  • Ability to analyze complex maintenance problems and direct their solution.
  • Experienced in computerized maintenance management systems, word processing, and spreadsheet software.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills and the ability to supervise maintenance personnel.



  • Professional engineering registration.


Work Schedule

  • Typical schedule is Monday through Friday, first shift. Must also be willing to work nights, weekends, or irregular hours during campus emergencies or during start-up and commissioning periods.


Salary Information

Level 30 for compensation

PSU salary schedule


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please complete the application in full and provide a cover letter, résumé and contact information of three professional references by November 13, 2019 for priority consideration. Those with professional engineering registration should provide that information.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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