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San Diego Theatres Chief Engineer in United States

Chief Engineer

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Job Location

Legal Address- San Diego Theatres - San Diego, CA

Position Type

Full Time



In accordance with San Diego Theatres duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we have a policy to safeguard the health of our employees and their families; our customers and visitors; and the community at large from infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, that may be reduced by vaccinations. All employees are required to receive vaccinations unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.



The Chief Engineer assists in the planning, managing and direction of the maintenance work and work force of the Engineering Division to provide safe, comfortable, and reliable facilities for San Diego Theatres’ events, and the City of San Diego.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned .


  • First and foremost is a commitment to the culture and purpose of CREATE MOMENTS THAT MATTER for all employees, guests, and clients.

  • Maintain a positive attitude and an open mind.  Strive to create an atmosphere of cooperation, engagement, and respect. The remarkable experience of our guest’s begins with the remarkable experience of our staff.

  • Continuously develop personal understanding of SDT Mission, Vision and Values Statements, and effectively communicate their practice and application to the Engineering team.

  • Maintain an expert level proficiency of SDT and Engineering division policies and procedures, and effectively communicate their practice and application to the Engineering team.

  • Assist in the hiring, training, scheduling and evaluating Engineering personnel.  Develop and coach direct reports to ensure the optimal performance and alignment with San Diego Theatres’ service standards.

  • Conduct Safety M eetings , daily staff briefings, maintain training records and prepare necessary reports.

  • As directed by the Engineering Manager, provide the direction, oversight, planning and execution of the installation, maintenance and repair of mechanical, plumbing, HVAC, electrical infrastructure equipment and general maintenance of the facility.

  • Assist in the operation of building automation systems, and the maintenance of the division’s digital records and storage.

  • Oversee the maintenance of a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS). Reporting any issues to the Engineering Manager.

  • As directed by the Engineering Manager, coordinate with other San Diego Theatres’ Division to provide assistance to clients for utilities and other event related services.

  • Prepare working sketches from blueprints and schematics.

  • As assigned by the Engineering Manager, assume duties of Project Manager for repair, maintenance, capital improvements, and other projects.

  • Act in compliance with facility and Engineering safety policies and practices, and ensure compliance by Engineering staff and outside vendors and contractors.

  • Conduct venue inspections on a regular basis and take immediate corrective action of identified problem areas.

  • Promptly advise the Engineering Manager of issues, incidents or vulnerabilities that may impact the safety, success or efficiency of San Diego Theatres, employees, clients, users, or the public.

  • Adhere with Collective Bargaining Agreements for represented staff .

  • Supervise the housekeeping duties of all the division areas, including but not limited to the Central Plant, HVAC areas, electrical spaces and all maintenance rooms. Report any issues to the Engineering Manager.

  • Oversee testing and permitting of all fire safety systems and equipment particular to the Engineering Division.

  • Assisting the Engineering Manager in preparation of Division’s budget forecasts, proposed budgets (30 month outlook) and 10 year Capital improvement projects.  

  • Work within the approved budgets to maximize the effectiveness of the operation of the HVAC and MEP systems.

  • Maintains planned maintenance system and inventory of all Engineering Division equipment and supplies.

  • Makes contact with contractor and vendors for proposals and costs for goods and materials.

  • Makes recommendations to the Engineering Manager with regards to equipment and material needed.

  • Implement and maintain programs for regular inspections of all building systems, including HVAC, central plants, electrical and other power delivery equipment, boilers, chillers, meters, motors, escalators, elevators, cooking equipment, freezers, coolers, and other equipment as needed.

  • Oversee the master access control (keys) to SDT facilities. Providing keys as instructed by SDT employees request.  

  • Other duties may be assigned.





  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to diplomatically and tactfully resolve difficult and sensitive situations.

  • Possess exceptional ethics, honesty, and integrity as well as complete respect for confidentiality and the appropriateness of communication. 

  •  Ability and expectation to work irregular hours, nights, weekends, holidays, and long hours as necessary

  • Ability to read, interpret and create documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Expert ability to write reports, correspondence, and other business-related documents.

  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Suite of tools.  Office365, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint skills a plus. 

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

  • Ability to understand instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.

  • Ability to solve multiple problems involving varying situations in a fast-paced environment.




    Assist in the supervision of the engineers and carpenter in the Engineering division. Responsibilities may include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; performance appraisal, employee recognition and progressive discipline ; addressing complaints and resolving problems.



  • College degree and 3 years related experience including supervisory experience in safe operation of facility management, preferably in the performing arts, hospitality or other 7/24 service venue operation, and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws and codes pertaining to facilities and personnel management. Experience in preparing and monitoring a budget including personnel forecasting, revenue projecting and capital improvements a plus.




    Systems training.  Stationary Engineer and refrigerant certifications. Professional certifications a plus.



  • Knowledge of facility management and maintenance programs.  

  • Working knowledge of CAD programs to create drawings a plus.

  • Knowledge of Project Management Software a plus.



    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    When performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to:

  •   The employee must be able to speak, and hear with or without a hearing assistance device.

  • Modulate voice for effective communication

  • Climb steps repeatedly

  • Descend/ascend ramps and inclines/declines

  • Stand for long periods of time.

  • Work in a fast-paced, busy environment with environmental conditions such as noise, heights, dark/dim/absence of lighting

  •  Use hands to press, finger, handle and feel tools or objects, reach with hands and arms.

  • Ability to bend, stretch, reach and kneel.

  • Ability to frequently lift, hold, and move 50lbs, and occasionally lift, hold, and move up to 80lbs.

  • Must be able to open doors repeatedly throughout shift.

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.




    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Occasional exposure to fumes or airborne particles.

  • Occasional exposure to toxic chemicals.

  • Occasional exposure to extreme heat.

  • Occasional exposure to wet and/or humid conditions.

  • Regular exposure to moving mechanical parts and vibration.

  • Regular exposure to low light or dark work environments.

  • Frequent exposure to high, precarious places.

  • Frequent exposure to outside weather conditions.

  • Frequent exposure to risk of electrical shock.

  • Frequent exposure to loud noise level. Ear/hearing protection will be provided if necessary.





    Critical: Sexual Harassment Awareness (Supervisor), New Employee Orientation.

    Normal : CPR/AED Training, Position related Job Safety Training, San Diego Theatres IT Training