Director of Engineering

Position Title:            Director of Engineering
Service Group:          Engineering Department / Design and Engineering Division (D&E)
Reports To:               VP of Design and Engineering
Exemption Status:    Exempt (salaried)
 


Position Summary
A key Department Head responsible for all activities and management of the Engineering Department.  Manage the safe operation, maintenance and upkeep of all electrical, mechanical and facility systems at the aquarium.  Responsible for all staffing, training and development of a cross-training curriculum and qualification program for building operators.  Develops and implements new automation system designs for all aquarium systems.  Responsible for the preventive and corrective maintenance programs and repair of structural and mechanical electrical systems.  Responsible for building automation system, HVAC systems, building hardware, lighting, painting projects and everyday facility work-orders and projects.

Essential Position Functions
• Assists the Vice President of D&E with information gathering, analysis and report writing to maximize the efficiency of  the usage or resources
• Manages and inspects all electrical and mechanical installations and repairs pertinent to facility
• Manages and monitors all facility Life Support Systems (LSS) for animal health and safety.
• Develops, manages, monitors, and reports on the Preventative Maintenance System (PMS).
• Reviews automation system designs, operations and procedures to ensure currency in all areas; recommends modifications to ensure the facility is state-of-the-art
• Monitors  day and night building operations for proper operation of facility equipment, via computer and handheld
• Provides proper training of all facility personnel, in routine and emergency life-support system operations
• Coordinates, facilitates and works within each assigned team
• Develops and manages the budget for the Engineering Department
• Manages maintenance contracts.
• Interfaces with various government agencies regarding permits
• Responsible for the facilities lighting system software program, and keeping it current with the constant changes
• Responsible for keeping the software current for the “MP-2” program
• Responsible for facilities “load share program”
• Responsible for TECOM’s “Energy Management System”
• Responsible for Landis & Staefa “Automation System”
• Maintains inventory of supplies and equipment necessary for normal operations
• Works closely in collaboration with peers and colleagues on all issues for the benefit FLAQ
• Delivers extraordinary customer service to all internal and external customers

Secondary Functions
• Stays involed and current with all building construction and renovations
• Assists in managing capital projects as assigned

Education Requirements and Technical Skills
• University degree required.  Engineering preferred. Architecture, Building Construction or Facility Management as alternative.
• Active master electrical license in State of Florida a plus
• 12 years’ experience in commercial/industrial facility maintenance/construction; prior experience in an Aquarium preferred
• 10 years of experience in supervisory / management positions

Competencies
• Customer Service Orientation — Listening and understanding the customer (both internal and external) and anticipating and evaluating the customer’s needs; making the customer’s satisfaction a high priority in all areas of responsibility.
• Teamwork — Supporting, facilitating, and participating in activities that promote team effectiveness; demonstrating sensitivity for the feelings and needs of team members and supporting team goals.
• Planning and Organizing — Establishing a course of action with specific long-range goals for the aquarium; setting priorities among competing requirements and allocating resources in the most efficient and effective way; developing contingency plans that anticipate changes in the work environment. Proactive approach to managing.
• Follow-up — Institutes methods for monitoring people and projects
• Concern for Detail — Pays attention to every portion of any task, down to the smallest item
• Coordinating — Organizes and moves a group of individuals and/or activities toward a common goal
• Professional/Technical Knowledge— Remains current on developments in the field within and outside the organization; maintains proficiencies

Typical Physical Requirements
• Sitting (4 hours per day)
• Bending/Stooping — Frequently
• Climbing ladders —Frequently
• Climbing heights (8’) — Occasionally
• Carrying (up to 50 lbs.) — Occasionally
• Lifting (up to 80 lbs.) — Occasionally
• Typing on a computer keyboard
• Coping with demands (stresses that are associated with the job and/or the work environment) so that acceptable levels of performance and overall contribution are maintained
• Ability to travel (car) as needed — locally and/or nationally
• Daily contact with a living collection of plants and animals in a central Florida climate
• Flexibility in working weekends and evenings
• Flexibility in working holidays
• Available for on-call emergencies