Building Service Engineer - (Building Service Engineer) -HDCS Facilities Maintenance

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Francisco
  • San Francisco, California
  • Mar 07, 2024
Building Maintenance Engineering

Job Description

Working Title

Building Service Engineer

Positions Available

1 Position Available

SF State University

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

Applicants may visit for more information on SF State's policy prohibiting discrimination, and how to file an online report using the procedures under Executive Order 1096 Revised. Inquiries can be directed to the campus Title IX Coordinator and Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Administrator by calling (415) 338-2032 or emailing

San Francisco State is a 100% Smoke/Vapor-Free Campus. Smoking or Vaping of any tobacco/plant-based substance is not permitted on any University properties.

The person holding this position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.


Housing, Dining & Conference Services

Appointment Type

This is a one-year probationary position.

Time Base

Full-Time (FTE 1.0)

Work Schedule

Training Schedule (First 3 months): Monday through Friday 7:00 AM-3:30 PM

Regular Schedule (upon completion of training): Tuesday through Saturday; from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Anticipated Hiring Range

$6,459.00 per month ($77,508.00 annually)

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary

The Building Service Engineer is distinguished by the independent and ongoing performance of maintenance and repair work on a wide range of heating, ventilating, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, refrigeration, air conditioning, and water systems. The Building Service Engineer performs work on complex heating, refrigeration, air-conditioning and other mechanical systems for facilities managed by Housing, Dining & Conference Services (HDCS). Position makes decisions based upon sound maintenance practice.

Rotates through various shift assignments within the properties managed by Housing, Dining & Conference Services for the operation, service and repair of low, medium or high-speed revolution cogeneration equipment.

Position Information

Performs heating, ventilation, and air conditioning preventative maintenance including:
  • Tests, adjusts, and calibrates boiler and air conditioning machinery and mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and microprocessor control instruments.
  • Tests and chemically treats boiler, condenser, and cooling tower water and water from other systems.
  • Lubricates, cleans, prepares and paints mechanical systems, machinery and piping as part of corrosion control for preventive maintenance.
  • Maintains swimming pools mechanical pumping & filtering equipment
  • Repairs and replaces bearings, shafts, seals, rings and electrical wiring and installs central system parts, gauges, valves and pipes which requires the application of journey-level skills in one or more of the applicable trades

Completes scheduled maintenance tasks of cleaning/repairing filters. calibration of controls, and functional task to ensure continuous operation of equipment including:
  • Regularly uses features of building automation systems to diagnose and troubleshoot problems in the HVAC systems while optimizing energy usage.
  • Operates, maintains, repairs and inspects heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration and water systems and equipment.
  • Monitors building automation systems data and adjusts system accordingly.
  • Responds to service requests to adjust airflow, temperature and humidity balance for individual rooms, building areas or buildings. Interacts with customers at all levels of the University using tact and diplomacy.
  • Completes necessary repairs to heating ventilation and air conditioning related equipment as requested by work orders.

Maintains logs of maintenance and repairs using manual and computerized record-keeping systems
  • Reports problems and needed repairs to supervisor to be documented and scheduled.
  • Responds promptly to, and assists with, urgent needs in order to prevent injury, damage or further incident.
  • Maintains clean work areas, tools, equipment and associated structures.
  • Uses protective equipment as required for personal safety.

Other duties as assigned


This position receives specific direction and supervision. This position may instruct and lead semi-skilled or unskilled assistants, and is expected to make decisions directly related to the functional operation, maintenance, and repair tasks described herein.


This position may instruct and lead semi-skilled, or unskilled assistants in the performance of projects related to the functional operation, maintenance, and repair tasks described herein.


Interfaces with all members of the university community as required carrying out assigned duties and responsibilities. May interact with vendors supplying products and services related to the functional operation, maintenance, and repair tasks described herein.

Minimum Qualifications


Work requires thorough knowledge of high and low pressure boilers, and heating, pneumatic, ventilating, air-conditioning, refrigeration and other mechanical equipment; thorough knowledge of the methods, tools and materials used in the operation, maintenance and repair of such equipment; general knowledge of ventilation principles, thermal dynamics, and closed water systems; working knowledge of energy management systems including the ability to understand and use system features; and a general knowledge of the applicable state and federal safety codes and regulations pertaining to mechanical and HVAC systems.


Must be able to install, operate and repair HVAC equipment and systems; demonstrate a high degree of mechanical skill equivalent to journey-level in one or more related trades such as plumbing, pipe fitting, electrical, or air conditioning; read, interpret and work from blueprints, plans, drawings and specifications; make rough sketches; estimate cost, time and materials of mechanical work; maintain records and retrieve data related to work performed using manual and/or computerized record-keeping systems; prepare standard reports; provide instruction to unskilled and semi-skilled assistants; analyze and respond appropriately to emergency situations; read and write at a level appropriate to the position; and perform arithmetic calculations as required by the position.


These abilities normally would be acquired through two years of journey-level experience in the operation, maintenance and repair of boiler, heating, ventilating, refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and systems or the equivalent combination of formal course work in mechanical technology and hands-on experience.

Preferred Qualifications

• Five years of journey-level experience in the operation, maintenance and repair of boilers, heating, ventilating, refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and systems.

• Achievement of journey-level skills acquired through completion of applicable apprenticeship program.

• Ability to proficiently use computerized building automation systems to diagnose overall building performance and troubleshoot problems.

• Provide instruction to unskilled and semi-skilled assistants; analyze and respond appropriately to emergency situations.

• Ability to operate various motorized vehicles, and forklifts; Use scaffolds, ladders, compressors and pneumatic tools; Use a variety of power, hand and machine tools and test instruments; computer and office equipment, precision tools and measuring instruments.


• Possess a valid non-restricted Valid California Driver's License; comply with the Defensive Driver’s Training program requirements’ if a vehicle is used on official business.

• The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.”


May be required to work on weekends, some evening, overtime, call back and/or holidays. Position requires the ability to carry a department provided mobile phone. Uniform will be provided. Expected to wear distinctive clothing and safety shoes provided by the University at all times when in pay status. Work schedule may change depending on the needs of the organization.

Pre-Employment Requirements

This position requires the successful completion of a background check.

Eligibility to Work

Applicants must be able to provide proof of US Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, within three business days from their date of hire.


Threaded through our Total Compensation package is a commitment to Bridging Life's Transitions. SF State is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students and the customers we serve.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, 401k, Healthcare Savings Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Leave as well as State Holidays and a dynamic Fee Waiver program, all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employee.

Employment Requirement

CSU strongly encourages faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process are encouraged to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to .

Additional Information


Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

The Human Resources office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (415) 338-1872.

Please note that this position, position requirements, application deadline and/or any other component of this position is subject to change or cancellation at any time.

Advertised: May 03 2024 Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close:

Closing Date/Time:

Job Address

San Francisco, California 94132 United States View Map