Facilities Maintenance Engineer

Seattle, WA
Full Time
Mid Level

Faclities Maintenance Engineer

Join the Vibrant World of Art: Facilities Maintenance Engineer Wanted!
Are you ready to blend your technical expertise with the beauty of art? Welcome to the Seattle Art Museum, where creativity meets meticulous engineering. We're on the lookout for a Facilities Maintenance Engineer to ensure our physical spaces shine as brightly as the masterpieces within them!
Facilities Maintenance Engineer will be responsible for maintenance of the physical plant and the proper maintenance and operation of the Museum facilities, mechanical, environmental control, and electrical systems.

SAM is dedicated to racial equity and strives for employees, volunteers, and interns who are passionate, qualified, and offer diverse perspectives. SAM prioritizes racial equity in the workplace because we know that people of color are the most impacted when it comes to inequities. We are particularly interested in engaging with historically under-represented groups in the museum field as we strive to be inclusive and equitable. SAM is responsive to cultural communities and experiences, and our strategic plan goals address the role art plays in empowering social justice and structural change to promote equity in our society.

FLSA STATUS: Exempt        
REPORTS TO: Chief Engineer
COMPENSATION: $70,000;  Full Time
BENEFITS: Full time employees are covered by medical, dental, vision, basic life insurance/LTD/AD&D. Employees are able to enroll in our company’s 403b plan. Employees will also receive ten days of sick leave and ten days of vacation leave every year, twelve paid holidays and one floating holiday throughout the calendar year. Additional benefits include subsidized transportation (ORCA business passport), access to fitness facility, and museum membership.


  1. Hands on maintenance of the Museum’s facilities, mechanical systems and related operations consisting of the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the Olympic Sculpture Park.
  2. Monitor and ensure the proper operation of all facilities’ mechanical and electrical systems including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, humidity and temperature control, power and light, refrigeration, steam, sanitation, as well as all utilities.
  3. Perform and record daily building rounds.   This includes, but is not limited to, regularly inspecting the buildings and grounds, building systems, and equipment to determine the need for corrective maintenance.
  4. Perform assigned periodic maintenance.
  5. Accurately and thoroughly complete paperwork and electronic documentation as assigned including periodic reports and maintenance records.
  6. Maintain orderliness and cleanliness in all mechanical and electrical spaces.
  7. Maintain a clean and orderly shop space including all tool boxes and the museum inventory of spare parts.
  8. Perform regular inventory process on spare parts and tools in order to clearly identify and account for the items and assure proper functionality and quantity.
  9. Requisition materials, supplies, parts, and tools and maintain control over their inventory, storage, and use.
  10. Maintain procedures manual for daily operations and compiles and maintains service logs.
  11. Position is responsible for overseeing environmental services operations at all three museum facilities/ sites.
  12. Performs other work as requested or required.
  1. Required AAS Building Plant Maintenance or equivalent, City of Seattle Refrigeration Operating Engineer License, City of Seattle Grade IV Boiler Fireman.  Candidate will be responsible for those systems.
  2. 5 years’ work experience in operating essential buildings or critical environments. 
  3. Working knowledge of direct digital control HVAC systems, Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical (MPE) Safety procedures. Working knowledge of mechanical and electrical system optimization programs and servicing.
  4. Willing to use public transportation to move between the three locations.
  5. Working knowledge of basic building systems such as mechanical, plumbing, electrical, painting, etc.
  6. Working knowledge of CMMS asset management programs.
  7. Ability to successfully pass a Security Background and DMV check.
  8. Understanding of basic WISHA/DOSH requirements and basic First Aid procedures.  
  9. Excellent written and oral communication skills.  Ability to write clear and understandable maintenance task procedures.
  10. Demonstrated ability to use MS Office products, including Word, Excel, and SharePoint.
  11. Experience in managing vendors and out-sourced relationships.
  12. Ability to work with close attention to detail and to maintain confidentiality.  Ability to assess priorities and work well under pressure; excellent time management, problem solving, and analytical skills. Flexibility to provide fluid services to support special events and exhibits as they arise.
  13. Self-motivated individual, able to work on his or her own; ability to exercise sound judgment and common sense in handling emergencies. 
  14. Ability to work with members, the public, and co-workers professionally and tactfully, follow museum policy, and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner
Sitting/Standing/Walking: Virtually 100% of time is spent standing or moving around the work areas.
Speaking/Hearing: Clear diction and acute hearing are necessary for effective communication with co-workers.
Vision: Corrected vision close to 20/20 is necessary to effectively perform assigned custodial duties.
Lifting/Carrying: Ability to lift and carry up to fifty pounds when using cleaning equipment and supplies.
Climbing/Balancing: Ability to climb and maintain balance when working on ladders.
Stooping/Kneeling/Crouching: Ability to stoop, kneel, and crouch when performing custodial duties, such as cleaning floors and carpets.
Reaching/Handling: Ability to retrieve and work with appropriate equipment and supplies

If you're passionate about art and facilities maintenance, we want to hear from you! Join us in shaping the cultural landscape of Seattle and beyond. Apply now to become a vital part of our team at the Seattle Art Museum!

Don’t check off every box listed above? Please apply anyway! Studies have shown that marginalized communities - such as women, LGBTQ+ and people of color - are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. SAM is dedicated to building an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible workplace that fosters a sense of belonging – so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to still consider submitting an application. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings!

Centering equity, diversity, and inclusion as an organization, and as individuals, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming workplace. SAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or any other protected class. 
Exposure: Work areas are inside and outside of Museum facility and have light-to-moderate background noise.  Position involves working with hazardous chemicals and cleaning agents


Please contact the Human Resources Department at (206) 654-3188 or [email protected] for additional information or to request reasonable accommodations for the application or interview process.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check

TO APPLY:   Please visit https://seattleartmuseum.applytojob.com/apply  to submit SAM employment application, cover letter and resume.

Deadline: Until Filled


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