Building Engineer

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Software Engineering
Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023


Facilities North Campus Engineering Shop

About the Department

Facilities Services supports the mission of the University of Chicago through efforts to maintain and enhance the University campus and environment and provide superior client service to our community including faculty, students, staff, neighbors and visitors.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Operates, installs, maintains, and repairs building equipment and systems including fire extinguisher inspections. Performs work in accordance with University standards and procedures for University buildings and properties.


  • Inspects and tests building systems and equipment.

  • Troubleshoots equipment and identifies and solves problems.

  • Dismantles defective equipment and installs new or repaired parts.

  • Cleans and lubricates shafts, bearings, gears, and other parts of equipment.

  • Interprets building and equipment documentation to troubleshoot and make repairs.

  • Installs, repairs, and verifies proper operation of building systems and equipment.

  • Monthly fire extinguisher inspections. Includes a quick check that a fire extinguisher is in its designated place, that it has not been actuated or tampered with, and that there is no obvious physical damage or condition to prevent its operation.

  • Lays out, assembles, installs, and maintains pipe systems and related pneumatic equipment; repairs and replaces gauges, valves, pressure regulators, and related equipment.

  • Uses appropriate tools and equipment.

  • Helps introduce new employees to shop protocol, procedures and campus applications and equipment.

  • Requisitions materials and supplies using in-house procedures as needed. Keeps working area clean and safe.

  • Wears and/or uses appropriate safety equipment.

  • Uses computers to enter and access job related information.

  • Undertakes training related to job duties as deemed necessary by the University.

  • Performs related job duties as may be assigned.


  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing.

  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve.

    Additional Requirements​​

    Education, Experience, or Certifications:


    • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) or an equivalent combination of position-related education and experience, required.

    • Completion of job-related apprenticeship program, preferred.

    • Advanced job-related training programs, preferred.

    • Completion of job-related associate degree (AA), preferred.

    • Coursework completion or certification in one or more of the following core competencies – HVAC, basic electrical, plumbing, piping, and fluid-handling systems, refrigeration, building automation systems or an encompassing certification such as in physical plant maintenance, preferred.


    • Four years related experience required.

    Licenses and Certifications:

    • Current valid driver's license.

    • Other licenses or certificates needed for this position as required by law required.

    Technical Knowledge or Skills:

    • Demonstrated ability to access computer programs and use or learn basic computer operations related to position requirements.

    • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret documents.

    • Demonstrated ability to perform mathematical functions relevant to the position.

    Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

    • Must demonstrate mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity and be physically capable of strenuous activity over extended periods of time.

    • Must be able to lift and move loads appropriate to job requirements and be able to bend and work in a kneeling position for periods of time.

    • Must be able to climb stairs and ladders, be capable of working at heights as required, be able to enter and work within tight spaces, and be able to withstand hot and cold temperatures.

    Pay Range:

    • $39.65 hourly

    Required Documents:

    • Resume

    • Cover Letter

    • List of References

    When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

    Benefit Eligibility


    Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


    Pay Frequency


    Pay Range

    Please refer to Additional Requirements to see the pay ranges

    Scheduled Weekly Hours



    042 - Local 73, S.E.I.U. Skilled Trades - Real Estate Operations

    Job is Exempt


    Drug Test Required


    Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


    Health Screen Required


    Posting Date


    Remove from Posting On or Before


    Posting Statement:​​

    Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

    The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

    Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

    We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

    All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

    The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu. Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.