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Lead Stationary Engineer



REPORTS TO:   Director of Operations

DEPARTMENT:    Physical Plant

REPORTING TO LEAD:    Stationary Engineers and Playhouse Maintenance

PRIMARY WORK LOCATION:  Main Downtown Campus (but also the Pittsburgh Playhouse, or as needed)



  • The completion of a college or vocational educational program (Trade School, or Community College) or an approved apprenticeship or union local 95 Training courses, and having attained the level of Stationary Engineer 1 program, or the  equivalent combination of training and experience as a Stationary/Building Engineer in same environment.
  • Have a Class A - City of Pittsburgh - Stationary Engineers License; and may be required to hold additional licenses issued by state or municipality as necessary.
  • Must be Personal Computer literate, competent using MS Outlook/e-mail, MS Word and Excel spread sheets.
  • Have an understanding of computerized HVAC/R building temperature control systems (Trane Tracer system preferable).


  • A minimum of five years experience in a large educational building maintenance or large commercial environment, with emphasis in HVAC/R and comprehensive general building maintenance and operations.


  • Will need to have the ability to: walk to and from jobs, move and work in confined spaces, crouch, kneel, climb up and down ladders, work from ladders and scaffolding, work on flat top roofs, work around the inside of open windows, operate and work from an aerial high lift equipment, and use all University power tools.
  • Lift up to 50 #s, occasionally work outside during inclement weather (snow, rain, wind, hot & cold), ability to pass a general physical exam, including drug testing, and pass a physical clearance to wear Personal Protective Equipments when needed
  • May be exposure to air contaminants (dust, smoke), dirt, electrical hazards, temperature extremes, noise, toxic materials, and vibrations.


  • Have an understanding of: lock out - tag out procedures; blood board pathogens; MSDS; life safety; fire detection; fire suppression; security systems; and understand of the general concepts of green building/sustainability principles.


  • The work schedule for this position is yet to be confirmed, but probably M-F 7:00 AM- 3:00 PM.
  • Must be able to work mandatory overtime when needed (primarily to fill a shift vacancy and other urgent situations).


  • Must maintain the motivation to provide excellent customer service 24/7/365.


  • Responsible for the daily operation; preventative, predicative and reactive maintenance; and repairs to a multiple building higher education complex’s HVAC/R, mechanical systems, plumbing, electrical, roofs, windows, and all other building systems and components. 
  • Frequent communications with the Physical Plant Director to provide up to date information about work projects.
  • The Lead Stationary Engineer is also responsible for the planning, implementation, coordination, and supervision of all building mechanical operations, and non-lighting energy management.  
  • Must recognize, respond, and remediate quickly building conditions that are out of the ordinary.        This position is the “first responder” to most calls for building service, as you work independently during your work shift.  


  1. Ensure the smooth daily operation of all building functions, and to make sure repairs and adjustments for staff and students are done in a timely manner.
  2. Supervise and mentor all shift engineers and maintenance personnel to ensure that all engineering systems are being operated in a safe and efficient manner, and is in compliance with all applicable Acts, Regulations, and Standards.
  3. Have the ability to plan, assign, advice, and inspect the work of subordinate operating personnel.
  4. Be on call and available to supervise or assist shift engineers on any day or shift as needed.
  5. Oversee the activities of all outside contractors providing services for the Physical Plant as requested by the Director of Operations.
  6. Develop and implement system change and upgrades that create opportunities for operational efficiency improvement.
  7. Determine and requisition materials, supplies, and all parts that are necessary to maintain and operate all plant equipment.
  8. Ensure that all engineers are properly trained on equipment operation, as well as health and safety.
  9. Communicate with other departmental personnel, outside contractors, faculty and students in connection with plant maintenance, operational activities, and equipment shut downs or temporary loss of services by telephone, written reports or in person.
  10. Be proficient in using computers to operate the mechanical, electrical, and the fire safety systems.    Be able to monitor, adjust and diagnose these systems.
  11. Provide technical input both verbally and written on maintenance and replacement of existing systems to senior staff.
  12. Schedule personnel to cover vacations and call-offs as needed.
  13. Maintain a operator’s logbook recording operation and maintenance actions taken during the shift; record data, such as: temperature of equipment, hours of operation, fuel consumed, temperature, pressure, water levels; and analysis of flue gases.
  14. Obtain and evaluate information from all the relevant sources in determining the cause and solution to problems with little or no supervision with skill to monitor the progress of your own work load.            May require analyzing reports, blueprints, maps and drawings, and the essential data necessary.
  15. Assist with designing, developing, estimating resources, budgeting, and planning needed for projects, and insuring completion before deadline.
  16. Ability to think innovatively, rationally, ability to communicate that rational, makes decisions in times of crisis, and respond to all University emergencies.
  17. Some work is assigned by others, or self assigned through personal observation and a pro active response, and self documented through a computerized Work Order System (CORRIGO).
  18. Operate, maintain, repair, and recalibrate all Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Equipment. Including: chillers, air conditioners, air handlers, boilers, heaters, pumps, valves, VAV boxes, lines and duct work, and all auxiliary devises used in the distribution and control of cool or warm air, steam and heated water to maintain proper operation, ensure occupant comfort, and energy efficiency.
  19. Operate, maintain, repair water filters, water softeners, piping, and pumps used in conjunction with water distribution. Including all sinks, toilet bowls, supply lines, sanitary sewer systems, including sump pumps, basins, water closets, urinals, drains, water lines, and piping.
  20. Inspection, troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair of the building’s: windows, doors, roofs, mechanical equipment, outdoor furniture, emergency power generators, electrical problems, replace light bulbs/tubes kitchen equipment, locking systems, mechanical systems and control components, and fountain.
  21. Assist other trades and Departments as required; and will be a peripheral part of general building security, and communal safety teams.
  22. Any available time, not specifically assigned towards a work project, shall be directed towards cleaning and maintaining the shop offices, work storage areas, and tools; and organizing work and storage areas.
  23. Perform other duties as required by the Director of Operations.


Qualified applicants should forward a cover letter and resume via email to HROffice@pointpark.edu (preferred) or mail to:  
Point Park University
Human Resources Office
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

When responding via email please reference - LEAD STATIONARY ENGINEER- in the subject line.

Please submit documents in Rich Text (.txt) Word document (.doc) or Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf).

All emails submitted will receive an automatic confirmation email.  Due to some junk mail filters, the confirmation email may not reach you.  To ensure receipt of the confirmation email, utilize the return receipt option built into your email program when sending your information. 

  Due to the high volume of resumes received, Point Park University will not be able to respond to inquiries regarding the status of your resume. If we determine that your skills and experience match the position requirements, we will contact you to discuss the opportunity further. If you do not hear from us, we encourage you to revisit our website at www.pointpark.edu for the status of the position and future opportunities. 


Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.