Chief Engineer

  • Department: Engineering
  • Location: Petaluma, CA
  • Posted: 11/27/23

Job Description Summary

The Basin Street Properties Chief Engineer (EM2) will organize and oversee staff and vendors related to building systems, customer service, site condition, regulatory compliance, safety and more. This position is strategic in nature with an emphasis on evaluating, measuring performance, planning, directing, coaching, teaching, reporting, budgeting and generally managing people and building systems. The successful candidate is a strong team player that can direct maintenance staff to also support other functional groups, i.e. Property Management, Project Management, Marketing and Leasing, Accounting, HR and more. All Engineer staff are required to consider safety first in all aspects of performing their job, including considering the safety of our tenants. Occasional overtime may be required.

The Chief Engineer may report to a Regional Chief Engineer.


· Manages the CMMS to optimal performance and reporting

· Makes strategic changes to the BMS Sequence of Operations

· Generates performance metrics to indicate resource effectiveness

· Directs Engineering staff in a strategic fashion to maximize resources

· Assists Property Managers in executing building and mechanical systems repair

· Performs R&M financial planning and budget oversight related to Engineering

· Provides Capital Expense recommendations related to building systems

· Manages the financial outcome of the Engineering Department

· Monitors energy profile programs, gas and electric, for energy saving opportunity

· Promotes water reduction

· Manages safety programs

· Provides leadership to establish mutually beneficial team working relationships

· Responds to emergency situations providing guidance to personnel ensuring rapid effective situation recovery while minimizing asset damage

· Assures regulatory compliance related to operation, state, federal, and local

· Determines, recommends and manages site critical parts requirements

· Reviews and approves timesheets and invoices

· Conducts performance reviews

· Driving required; must possess a valid driver’s license and have a clean, safe driving history

· Assists with Due Diligence as directed by Basin Street Properties

· Manages the building envelope related to roofs and waterproofing

· Assures proper maintenance of hardscapes

· Assists the Regional Chief Engineer

· Directs staff in key, door, and lock maintenance

· Manages Safety Programs for all related engineering staff


· Minimum five years supervisory experience in operations and maintenance of Class A commercial office buildings

· Strong electrical/HVAC background including emergency power systems and ability to read and interpret facility blueprints and electrical schematic required

· Knowledge of local, state, federal codes and regulations is necessary

· Contract management experience is helpful

· Strong organizational skills

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required

· Proficiency in computer programs, i.e. CMMS, MS Office

· Proficiency required in the use of BMS

· EPA certification is required

· A general knowledge of vertical transportations systems

· Knowledge and experience in sustainable energy

· Project management experience a plus

· Knowledge of card reader systems a plus

· Knowledge of keyway systems required

· Excellent people management skills required

Education and Experience Requirements

· Bachelor’s Degree in related technical field preferred

· Trade School Certification a plus

· BOMA, BOMI, IFMA, and IREM trade designations a plus

· Progressive experience a plus

· LEED designation a plus

Work Environment and Physical Demands

· Building maintenance environment, indoor/outdoor, consisting of exposure to moving mechanical parts and seasonal temperature changes ranging from freezing to extreme heat

· May be exposed to high places, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and loud noises

· Vision requirements include both close range and long-distance vision

· Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

· Must be able to climb ladders and crawl into confined spaces

· Must be able to endure walking, squatting, bending, balancing, climbing, kneeling, crawling and prolonged standing

· Must be able to use hands to grip power and use hand tools

Other Information

· This is an annual salary position (exempt)

· This is a supervisory position

· Full time position

· Occasional after hours may be required

· Local travel is expected

· Must legally be allowed to work in the U.S.

· Full time employees are eligible to participate in company benefits

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $110,000.00 – $125,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance

Experience level:

  • 5 years


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • On call

Work setting:

  • In-person
  • Office
  • Outdoor work

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Petaluma, CA 94954: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Application Question(s):

  • Do you have a satisfactory driving record?


  • Bachelor’s (Preferred)


  • Facilities management: 5 years (Preferred)
  • Financial planning: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Safety Program Management: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Blueprint reading: 5 years (Preferred)
  • Project management: 5 years (Preferred)
  • People Management: 5 years (Preferred)
  • Building Management Systems: 5 years (Preferred)


  • English (Required)


  • Trade School Certification (Preferred)
  • Driver’s License (Required)

Shift availability:

  • Day Shift (Preferred)

Work Location: In person