Facilities Engineer

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for daily systems operations of the building including repairs and/or replacement of various building-related mechanical, electrical, plumbing, control systems, air handling units, and heat exchangers. Receives and responds to service calls, takes immediate action to resolve emergency situations and system breakdowns. Manages and monitors HVAC controls, emergency systems (e.g., fire, smoke, security), lighting systems, electrical, and plumbing.

This position is part of the AFSCME Local 397 bargaining unit.

Essential Functions:

  • Performs regular preventive maintenance functions on building HVAC system including filter changing, adjust and/or replace belts, grease, and clean coils, etc.
  • Maintains high pressure natural gas pump, domestic water pumps and boilers and maintains maintenance logs.
  • Maintains an adequate supply of spare parts and equipment.
  • Inspects mechanical and electrical systems, traces electrical system and circuits as needed, operates switchgears, records inspections, and writes reports for supervisors.
  • Assists in performing preventive maintenance on equipment, as well as basic electric, plumbing, roofing, carpentry, and landscape work, as needed.
  • Complies with all applicable codes, regulations, governmental agency, and Company directives related to building operations and work safety.
  • Responsible for performing painting work on interior and exterior surfaces, trimmings, and fixtures of the facilities in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Utilizes advanced skills to perform complex preventive maintenance and corrective repair of buildings, industrial systems, equipment, and grounds.
  • Oversees and inspects the work performed by outside contractors. Contracted work includes landscaping, snow removal, remodeling, HVAC, plumbers, and cleaning.
  • Reviews assigned work orders. Estimates time and materials needed to complete repair. With approval from supervisor, orders necessary materials and supplies to complete all tasks.
  • Ensure integrity of emergency monitoring systems for smoke, fire, and security.
  • Responds quickly to emergency situations, summoning additional assistance as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and a minimum of four years of related experience and/or trade school training.
  • Class A City of Philadelphia Stationary Engineers License and a minimum of four years’ experience as a licensed stationary or operation engineer.
  • A minimum of four years’ experience monitoring and operating building automation systems controlling a large and complex facility.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate weekend shifts and evening events as needed.
  • Team player who brings a collaborative spirit to the work environment.
  • Pleasant disposition interfacing with the public and communicating with visitors to the Museum.
  • Must be knowledgeable in all areas of building mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
  • Basic computer skills with Microsoft Office Suite and control system software.
  • Strong organizational skills; able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Requires basic knowledge of financial terms and principles. Ability to calculate simple figures such as percentages.
  • Ability to embrace and demonstrate the Museum’s Mission, Values, and DEIBA Commitment.
  • Must have PA Act 153 clearances (PA criminal history, FBI fingerprints, and PA Child Abuse) completed prior to hire.
  • All employees are required to have COVID-19 vaccination, COVID-19 booster, and flu vaccination, as a term and condition of employment.

Physical Requirements & Environment

The physical demands and environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to reach with hands and arms.
  • Must be able to use hands and fingers continuously.
  • Requires frequent lifting, carrying, pushing, or pulling up to 50 lbs.
  • Is frequently required to stand and walk; will frequently be required to move from one position to another.
  • Must be able to work in lift equipment at heights up to 50 feet.
  • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the position, including pushing, pulling, reaching, bending, squatting, kneeling and climbing.
  • This job is performed in an office environment. The employee must be able to focus on assigned tasks where activity and interruptions are constant and demanding.
  • The noise level in the work environment is typically moderate but ongoing, noise level may be overstimulating at times.
  • The individual performing this job must be comfortable in an environment where people are coming and going regularly.
  • Ability to walk up and down flights of stairs; and stand for periods of time every day.

The position’s essential functions listed above describe the general nature and scope of work. Other responsibilities, duties and skills may be required and assigned, as needed.

Please Touch Museum offers an excellent work environment, benefit, generous time off package and competitive salary. To apply for this opportunity, please fill out our online application. Should you have questions on the application process or require assistance in completing our application, please email

It is the policy of Please Touch Museum to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on account of a person’s race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, family status, veteran status, genetic information, disability or any other protected group or status.

Equal opportunity shall be applied in all aspects of the employment relationship and personnel actions, including but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, orientation, assignment, employee development, discipline, promotion, demotion, transfer, assignment, separation, pay and compensation, benefits, layoff and recall, granting of and return from leave of absence, training and education, employee facilities, and social programs. Furthermore, all employment decisions, policies, and practices are in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws.


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