Position Information

The Facilities Maintenance Division within the Department of Environmental Services is seeking an Building Engineer II to perform skilled maintenance and repairs to over 90 medium, large, and complex mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) building systems and equipment. The employee will also monitor over 38 County buildings using multiple computerized building automation control systems to assist with diagnosing malfunctions and problems with MEP, power generating, and life safety systems.

Specific Tasks

  • Coordinating the operation of assigned buildings and providing oversight and training to Building Engineer I’s and Facilities Maintenance Mechanic II’s to resolve complex issues;
  • Performing preventive maintenance and inspections to standard systems and equipment and identifying deficiencies and resolution based on operator use and manufacturer’s recommendations;
  • Troubleshooting and monitoring inoperable or malfunctioning systems, equipment, and Building Automation systems components to make temperature and schedule adjustments;
  • Diagnosing, testing, and making MEP system repairs including reading and interpreting drawings, clearing drain traps, snaking drain lines, repairing pipes and replacing plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets, light fixtures, breakers, and resolving complex control issues;
  • Inspecting corrective and preventative maintenance tasks performed by in-house and contract staff to ensure work has been completed in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations and/or as required by contract;
  • Coordinating the connection of roll-up generators to County emergency power systems for routine and emergency work and when work is performed by contractors;
  • Coordinating and conducting seasonal maintenance inspections including winterizing and de-winterizing equipment measures and recording all completed work;
  • Responding to all types of emergency service requests to minimize damage by either repairing or shutting down MEP systems and Power Generating Equipment, resetting Life Safety Equipment and/or calling contractors;
  • Performing administrative duties including shop inventory control and closing work orders using mobile devices or computers; and
  • Providing shift coverage to the Stationary Watch Engineers in the Justice Center and throughout the County as needed and during emergency situations.

The ideal candidate will have experience performing duties in a fast-paced work environment with the ability to troubleshoot and diagnose system issues accurately and quickly. Additionally, they will be customer-oriented, a dependable team member, and have carpentry knowledge and skills to correctly repair building systems and components. Selection Criteria


  • High school/equivalent;
  • Graduate of apprenticeship program/trade school in electricity or must possess a HVAC-R licensure;
  • Must possess a Universal Refrigerant Recovery License; and
  • Four (4) years of experience in difficult assignments in commercial buildings or a similarly complex environment in more than one of the following areas: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry, emergency management, power equipment, generators and/or general mechanical repairs.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year for year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience or licensure/certifications in one or more of the following:

  • Performing maintenance, diagnosing and repairs to mechanical, electrical, plumbing and building maintenance systems;
  • Diagnosing malfunctioning power generating and life safety systems;
  • Working in an environment with varied building portfolios;
  • Working with mobile maintenance devices to receive and complete work orders;
  • Using computerized building automation control systems (BAS); and
  • Journeyman or Master Electrician License(s) and/or HVAC-R (VA Licensure).

Special Requirements

  • Employee must possess a Universal Refrigerant Recovery License at the time of hire.
  • Employee must possess or obtain ARC Flash and Confined Space certifications within probationary period.
  • An offer of employment WILL be contingent upon a favorable pre-hire background check. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, and credit history. You will be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.
  • Employee must be available for call-back and be willing to work after normal duty hours in emergency situations.
  • Employee must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid driver license. They must authorize Arlington to obtain or must provide a copy of their official driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant’s driving record.
  • Work may be performed outdoors or indoors. The work environment includes exposure to draft, noise, dust, grease, and dirt with extended periods of standing, walking, bending, and lifting light to heavy objects and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. Personal protective equipment may be required.

Covid-19 vaccination: Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment. Additional Information

Work Hours: this is a “B” shift position, normal work hours are 3:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, with occasional rotation based upon departmental needs. This is a 40 hours per week position which require flexibility to work weekend days and/or shifts other than assigned shift to provide coverage for periods of low staffing in the detention facility or other facilities on an occasional or temporary basis.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are required for this position. Incomplete applications may not be considered.