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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
  • $35,000

    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 Career Paths

Building Engineer
Project Manager General Manager Maintenance Technician
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Controls Engineer Commissioning Engineer
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Chief Engineer Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Operations Manager Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Chief Engineer Chief Engineer Director Of Facilities
Director, Facilities & Operations
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Chief Engineer Maintenance Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering And Operations Director
12 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer Facilities Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Operations Manager Property Manager
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager President Laboratory Assistant
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Maintenance Manager
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager General Manager Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Building Maintenance Mechanic Service Technician Mechanical Technician
Mechanics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Building Maintenance Mechanic Maintenance Technician Facilities Technician
Senior Facility Technician
5 Yearsyrs
Build-Release Engineer Engineer Maintenance Supervisor
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Facilities Manager Security Officer Service Technician
Service Technician Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Security Officer Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Building Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

91.4%

Female

7.0%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

57.2%

Hispanic or Latino

18.0%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.4%

Carrier

24.4%

Albanian

2.6%

French

2.6%

Russian

2.6%

Mandarin

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Italian

2.6%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Norwegian

1.3%

Persian

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Malay

1.3%

Amharic

1.3%

Ukrainian

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Korean

1.3%
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Building Engineer Education

Schools

Ferris State University

12.2%

Triton College

10.3%

University of Phoenix

9.5%

Lincoln Technical Institute

6.5%

Prince George's Community College

6.1%

Montgomery College

6.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.3%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

4.9%

College of DuPage

4.6%

University of Washington

3.8%

Renton Technical College

3.8%

More Tech Institute

3.8%

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

3.0%

Orange Coast College

3.0%

Houston Community College

3.0%

Moraine Valley Community College

3.0%

Apex Technical School

3.0%

Refrigeration School Inc

2.7%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.7%

College of Lake County

2.7%
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Majors

Heating And Air Conditioning

19.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

10.8%

Business

10.0%

Computer Science

8.9%

Electrical Engineering

7.1%

Engineering

6.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.8%

Mechanical Engineering

4.0%

Automotive Technology

3.7%

General Studies

3.4%

Management

3.0%

Graphic Design

2.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Information Technology

2.3%

Industrial Technology

2.2%

Property Management

2.0%

Computer Engineering

1.8%

Civil Engineering

1.7%

Education

1.4%

Parks And Recreation Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

41.0%

Bachelors

20.8%

Associate

13.5%

Certificate

11.9%

Masters

6.5%

Diploma

4.2%

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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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Building Engineer

Average Yearly Salary
$35,000
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$18,000
Min 10%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Space Exploration Technologies
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
4.1 years
How much does a Building Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Building Engineer in the United States is $35,249 per year or $17 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $18,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $67,000.

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Top Skills for A Building Engineer

  1. Hvac
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Boilers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed a variety of repair and maintenance tasks including: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting, HVAC and masonry.
  • Manage preventative maintenance of critical equipment in the Western Region portfolio to abide by contractual obligations.
  • Maintained firebox low-pressure steam boilers.
  • Monitored semi-hermetic refrigerant compressors, centrifugal chillers, and DX carrier units.
  • Operated and maintained building mechanical, electrical, HVAC, Plumbing systems and security/life safety equipment/systems.

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Top 10 Best States for Building Engineers

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  3. Connecticut
  4. Alaska
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Washington
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