Chief Engineer

California State University, Stanislaus

Job no: 506971
Department: Business & Finance
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Stanislaus – Turlock
Categories: MPP, Probationary, Full Time, Trades

Position Summary
Full-time position under the Management Personnel Plan (MPP) available on or after January 4, 2022 in Mechanical Trades.

Under the general direction of the Sr. Director, Operations & Construction, the Chief Engineer is responsible for the management of the campus engineering operations and all mechanical systems. The Chief Engineer manages personnel in the Central Plant and plumbing shops, in addition to the management of various maintenance service and supply contracts. This position administers a mechanical system preventative maintenance program. The incumbent will also manage renovation and construction projects for the mechanical systems on campus.

The Chief Engineer is the campus leader in understanding the proper repair procedures for plumbing, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, refrigeration, central heating and cooling plants, and electrical systems. The Chief Engineer will need to possess excellent interpersonal, oral and written communications skills to develop cooperative working relationships with campus clientele such as students, staff, faculty and co-workers. This position will be required to be proactive in the maintenance of all campus mechanical systems.

Job Duties
Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provide direct management to the mechanical staff on campus and assign duties.
  • Responsible for day to day operations, maintenance and repair of all mechanical systems: Energy Management System, Building HVAC&R systems, Central Boiler and Chiller Plant.
  • Responsible for professional development, training, safety, personnel management, and progressive discipline in coordination with collective bargaining agreements.
  • Complete staff performance evaluations.
  • Manage the mechanical shop budget; administer service and supply contracts for maintenance of elevators, boilers, chillers, building automation controls, chemical water treatment, and emissions source testing.
  • Prepare requests for materials and equipment and approve purchases including campus P-Card.
  • Responsible for the management of maintenance, renovation, and new equipment projects.
  • Estimating of project materials and labor by the mechanical shops.
  • Make mechanical system operations and renovation decisions; review and make recommendations of the design work of consultants, inspect construction contractors, and recommend and develop campus standards.
  • Participate in strategic planning for the mechanical systems on campus.
  • Work with Energy Manager to develop the most efficient system, while meeting current and upcoming regulations, mandates and code.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Six years of progressively responsible journey level engineering and/or related operations experience which includes two years of supervisory experience.

Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related field. (Additional directly related experience may be substituted for the education on a year for year basis.)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a collective bargaining environment.
  • Knowledge and experience with public swimming pool operations, maintenance and regulations.
  • Familiarity with thermal storage systems.
  • Familiarity with California State University policies and procedures for construction and renovation.
  • Demonstrated skills in an institutional/educational environment utilizing a customer oriented and service centered attitude.
  • Fit to wear respirator when in vaults.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Knowledge of proper repair procedures for plumbing, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration, central heating and cooling plants, and electrical systems.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of effective personnel management practices and supervisory skills, including recruitment, training, performance assessment including establishment and monitoring of goals and objectives, motivation and professional development, corrective actions and progressive discipline.
  • Ability to interpret, understand and enforce the complexities of Collective Bargaining contracts.
  • Ability to work independently with little management oversight.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Working knowledge of the Uniform Mechanical and Plumbing Codes, National Electrical Code, and Title 24, California Building and Safety Codes, State and Federal Codes, local ordinances, and other applicable codes.
  • Knowledge of Title 8 Safety Orders.
  • Strong knowledge of computer driven energy management systems.
  • Ability to use computers and software programs for correspondence, spreadsheets, word processing, and work tracking.
  • Demonstrated customer service skills.

Special Conditions
CSU requires 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 should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at:

License or Certifications
Possession of valid California Driver’s License.

Compensation & Benefits
Commensurate with qualifications and experience. As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, outstanding vacation, health, dental, and vision plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year. Link to (Bargaining Unit: MPP) Benefits Summary:

How to Apply
To be considered, qualified candidates must submit a completed Stanislaus State online employment application, cover letter, and resume. Applications are accepted electronically only. Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration. To apply online, please click the “Apply Now” button on this page.

Application Deadline
OPEN UNTIL FILLED; SCREENING TO BEGIN ON OR AFTER JANUARY 4, 2022. (Applications received after the screening date will be considered at the discretion of the university.)

Criminal Background Clearance Notice
Satisfactory completion of a background check (which includes checks of employment records, education records, criminal records, civil records; and may include motor vehicle records, professional licenses, and sex offender registries, as position requires) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Additional Information
Campus & Area
California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley and is a critical educational resource for a six-county region of approximately 1.5 million people. The University is fully committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion – one in which every person in the University community feels safe to express their views without fear of reprisal. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 10 nationally accredited programs and 662 faculty members. 94 percent of full-time faculty holds doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University offers 43 undergraduate majors, 16 master’s programs, 7 post-graduate credentials, a doctorate in education and serves more than 10,000 students. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences and performing arts.

Stanislaus State continues to receive national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 384 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The University was one of 12 public universities in the nation to be recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for demonstrating exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks Stanislaus State in its top 10 among public universities in the West, while Washington Monthly honored Stanislaus State as the West’s No. 1 university for the money. Stanislaus State also is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.

Clery Act Disclosure
Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the annual security report (ASR), is now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Stanislaus State for the previous three years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the office of the Clery Director located at One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The university 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. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. 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 7/21/17, as a condition of employment.

Applicants requiring necessary accommodations to the application process may contact the Human Resources Department at (209) 667-3351. California Relay Service is available at (800) 735-2922 voice and (800) 735-2929 TDD. As a federal contractor, we are committed to attracting a diverse applicant pool. Please consider completing the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form (your response will not be shared with the search committee) at:

CSU Stanislaus hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

The individuals who appear to be the best qualified for this position will be contacted by telephone or email for an interview.


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