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Working As A Building Engineer

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $36,630

    Average Salary

What Does A Building Engineer Do

General maintenance and repair workers fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.

Duties

General maintenance and repair workers typically do the following:

  • Maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings
  • Fix or replace faulty electrical switches, outlets, and circuit breakers
  • Inspect and diagnose problems and figure out the best way to correct them
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that machines continue to run smoothly
  • Assemble and set up machinery or equipment
  • Plan repair work using blueprints or diagrams
  • Do general cleaning and upkeep of buildings and properties
  • Order supplies from catalogs and storerooms
  • Meet with clients to estimate repairs and costs
  • Keep detailed records of their work

General maintenance and repair workers are hired for maintenance and repair tasks that are not complex enough to need the specialized training of a licensed tradesperson, such as a plumber or electrician.

These workers are also responsible for recognizing when a job is above their skill level and requires the expertise of an electrician; a carpenter; a heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanic or installer; or a plumber, pipefitter, or steamfitter.

General maintenance and repair workers may fix plaster or drywall. They may fix or paint roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, and other parts of buildings.

They also maintain and repair specialized equipment and machinery in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, stores, offices, and factories.

General maintenance and repair workers get supplies and repair parts from distributors or storerooms to fix problems. They use common hand and power tools, such as screwdrivers, saws, drills, wrenches, and hammers to fix, replace, or repair equipment and parts of buildings.

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How To Become A Building Engineer

Jobs in this field typically do not require any formal education beyond high school. General maintenance and repair workers often learn their skills on the job. They start by doing simple tasks and watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers.

Education

Many maintenance and repair workers learn some basic skills in high school shop or technical education classes, postsecondary trade or vocational schools, or community colleges.

Courses in mechanical drawing, electricity, woodworking, blueprint reading, mathematics, and computers are useful. Maintenance and repair workers often do work that involves electrical, plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning systems or painting and roofing tasks. Workers need a good working knowledge of many repair and maintenance tasks.

Practical training, available at many adult education centers and community colleges, is another option for workers to learn tasks such as drywall repair and basic plumbing.

Training

General maintenance and repair workers usually start by watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers. They begin by doing simple tasks, such as fixing leaky faucets and replacing lightbulbs. After gaining experience, general maintenance and repair workers move on to more difficult tasks, such as overhauling machinery or building walls.

Some general maintenance and repair workers learn their skills by assisting other types of repair or construction workers, including machinery repairers, carpenters, or electricians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensing requirements vary by state and locality. For more complex tasks, workers may need to be licensed in a particular specialty, such as electrical or plumbing work.

Advancement

Some maintenance and repair workers decide to train in one specific craft and become craftworkers, such as electricians, heating and air-conditioning mechanics, or plumbers.

Other maintenance workers eventually open their own repair or contracting business. However, those who want to become a project manager or own their own business may need some postsecondary education or a degree in construction management. For more information, see the profile on construction managers.

Within small organizations, promotion opportunities may be limited.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. These workers interact with customers on a regular basis. They need to be friendly and able to address customers’ questions.

Dexterity. Many repair and maintenance tasks, such as repairing small devices, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools, require a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination.

Troubleshooting skills. Workers find, diagnose, and repair problems. They perform tests to figure out the cause of problems before fixing equipment.

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Building Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

91.3%

Female

7.1%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

74.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

2.2%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.4%

Carrier

23.8%

Russian

3.6%

Ukrainian

2.4%

Albanian

2.4%

French

2.4%

Mandarin

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

German

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Chinese

1.2%

Norwegian

1.2%

Persian

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Malay

1.2%

Amharic

1.2%

Polish

1.2%

Korean

1.2%
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Building Engineer Education

Schools

Ferris State University

12.6%

Triton College

10.3%

University of Phoenix

8.8%

Prince George's Community College

6.5%

Montgomery College

6.5%

Lincoln Technical Institute

6.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.0%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

4.6%

College of DuPage

4.2%

University of Washington

3.8%

Renton Technical College

3.8%

Moraine Valley Community College

3.8%

More Tech Institute

3.4%

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

3.1%

Houston Community College

3.1%

San Jose City College

3.1%

Apex Technical School

3.1%

Brownson Technical School

2.7%

Refrigeration School Inc

2.7%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.7%
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Majors

Heating And Air Conditioning

18.7%

Business

10.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

10.4%

Computer Science

9.8%

Electrical Engineering

7.3%

Engineering

6.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.8%

Mechanical Engineering

4.1%

Automotive Technology

3.5%

General Studies

3.0%

Management

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.5%

Information Technology

2.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.2%

Industrial Technology

2.0%

Civil Engineering

2.0%

Property Management

1.9%

Computer Engineering

1.8%

Education

1.6%

Parks And Recreation Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

40.5%

Bachelors

21.8%

Associate

13.4%

Certificate

11.4%

Masters

7.0%

Diploma

3.9%

License

1.6%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Real Building Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Build Engineer (Projects) Analyst Vlink Inc. Hartford, CT Jan 07, 2016 $93,560
Building Engineer/Modeler Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Oct 27, 2013 $90,448
Building Engineer/Modeler Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Oct 29, 2010 $85,008
Building Engineer KJ Investment Group LLC Los Angeles, CA Sep 10, 2015 $62,816
Building Engineer Oklahoma Investment Group Norman, OK Sep 17, 2014 $56,000
Building Engineer ELC Inc. Portland, ME Jul 15, 2016 $55,639 -
$59,813
Commercial Buildings Engineer III The Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC Golden, CO Jun 29, 2015 $54,496 -
$90,000
Building Engineer Dumb Dogs Corp Leesport, PA Oct 02, 2014 $49,045
Building Engineer Dumb Dogs Corp Leesport, PA Sep 11, 2014 $49,045
Building Engineer Dumb Dogs Corp Leesport, PA Sep 12, 2014 $49,045

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Top Skills for A Building Engineer

HvacCentrifugalChillersLifeSafetyBoilersPreventiveMaintenanceFacilityTowersWindowsWebAirCompressorsVAVANTAirHandlerUnitsTroubleShootingContinuousIntegrationMavenBuildingAutomationSystemLinuxConfigurationManagementOfficeBuilding

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Top Building Engineer Skills

  1. Hvac
  2. Centrifugal Chillers
  3. Life Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed all maintenance duties which included HVAC, electrical, carpentry and plumbing
  • Operated and maintained central plant including 500 and 1,000 ton centrifugal chillers.
  • Responded to emergency situations and performed the troubleshooting of lighting, electrical, plumbing, and fire/life safety failures.
  • Maintained boilers and controls analyzed them for emissions.
  • Perform general Maintenance and preventive maintenance of facility consisting of 560,049 sq.

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