HABB1 Building Manager

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Dec 09, 2019
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Department of Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) at Virginia Tech is resuming and extending their search for a Building Manager. The Building Manager is responsible for overall facilities management and development in Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1 (HABB1), a research-intensive building that houses research programs of the Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) and Food Science and Technology (FST) departments. Research activities range from nanoscale to pilot scale and focus on food, energy, water, and health systems.

Some of the major responsibilities of the HABB1 Building Manager include performing preventive maintenance of pilot plant/laboratory specific systems, such as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing; managing shared equipment, e.g., fume hoods and autoclaves; maintaining service records and scheduling maintenance with equipment vendors as needed; providing technical assistance to faculty and students conducting projects in pilot labs; interfacing and working with VT Facilities to maintain building functions; interacting with external entities, e.g., companies and agencies with interest in using pilot facilities; and supporting development of collaborations with non-VT users. Willingness to participate in further training to improve skills and understanding of new technologies is a plus.

Required Qualifications

B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering, Biological Systems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Food Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biotechnology, or related technical field and significant professional experience or training directly related to the position; or M.S. degree in a field listed above. Experience with the operation, repair, and maintenance of laboratory and building system equipment; knowledge of laboratory safety.

Preferred Qualifications

Working knowledge of and experience with mechanical, electrical (both low and high voltage), and plumbing concepts and systems; Working knowledge of pilot equipment; Experience working with non-university clients and collaborators, e.g., industry and government; Understanding the operations of commercial and residential refrigeration systems; Diagnosing malfunctions and defects in equipment, repair skills for what is appropriate to accomplish in-house; Reading blueprints, equipment specifications, and electrical and electronic schematics; Operating tools, repair equipment, gauges and other testing equipment particularly for refrigeration systems; Possess strong analytical, problem solving and organizational skills, show the ability to work both independently and in teams as needed. Demonstrate good math, communication and basic computer skills. Certification in plumbing, electrical, and/or refrigeration is a plus.

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

Nomination and Application Procedure:

This search is resuming after suspension in April 2020. Those who have previously applied do not need to re‐apply. New applicants are welcome to apply. Review of new applications will begin February 1, 2021 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Apply for this position online at: http://careers.pageuppeople.com/968/cw/en-us/job/512268/habb1-building-manager

Questions may be addressed to:

Dr. Robert Grisso, Search Committee Chair

155 Ag Quad Lane, Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA 24061 USA

Phone: 540-231-1980

Email: rgrisso@vt.edu

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

Advertised: December 9, 2019
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