Facilities Management Chief Engineer

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Job Summary:

The Facilities Management Chief Engineer (FMCE) utilizes guiding code and life safety documents from federal, state and local jurisdictions to provide technical guidance for the design and construction of renovation and new construction projects for the organization as it pertains to campus facilities and infrastructure. Additional roles and responsibilities may be assigned by the Facilities Management Department Head as needed.


Coordination and communications:

  • Coordinate with government officials, contacts within the University, and other entities to ensure the campus is in compliance with building codes, laws, policies, regulations, and administrative requirements and in submission of and conformance to permit and regulatory applications.
  • Prepare the land development permit applications to be signed by the University and provide technical oversight of the Site Development Plans, In-Aid of Construction Agreements, and Building Permits.
  • Complete and sign applications for utility services, Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, Public Service Commission, and Maryland Department of the Environment relating to facilities equipment and operations.
  • Respond to inquiries from, and provide technical information to, the State Fire Marshal Office and Howard County government.
  • Function as the technical resource for the Lab's insurance broker.

Code compliance:

  • Maintain/update the Building Code Compliance Assurance Manual (BCCAM).
  • Review drawings for facility modifications per the BCCAM and ensure that Facilities Management Department design standards are implemented. Complete and sign building permit applications.
  • Conduct periodic facility inspections and report deficiencies to promote best facility management practices.
  • Identify and create venues for Code Training updates in the Facilities Management Department, including updates to the BCCAM, via Code Consultants and communicating Code updates for Facilities Management staff.
  • Update occupancy and Evacuation Plans with posted signs within buildings.
  • Consult with other subject matter experts to address the Life Safety Code for Fire Alarm, Security, and Building Automation systems.

Master Plan coordination:

  • Provide guidance for the requirements of campus site, space reconfiguration and infrastructure, conforming to the integrated concepts of the Facility Master Plan.
  • Ensure compliance to the Facility Master Plan as it relates to functional adjacencies, use and overall integrated implementation during programming, concept/schematic designs, and project reviews.

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

  • BS in architectural, mechanical, electrical or civil engineering or equivalent years of professional experience.
  • Licensed professional engineer.
  • Ten years of experience in consulting engineering and/or facilities management.
  • Thorough knowledge of engineering techniques; architectural principles and practices; project and contract administration; local laws and codes governing construction; use of construction materials in buildings; utilities; and grounds
  • Familiarity with ADA, OSHA and EPA regulations; and NFPA Life Safety and International Building codes.
  • Working knowledge of Work Order Management System (MAXIMO or equivalent), facility audit, building automation, and energy management systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with management, customers, vendors and staff.
  • A strong orientation toward customer service in a participative management environment.
  • Proficient in PC-based applications including Windows, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Valid driver's license required and applicants will be subject to a driver's record evaluation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • MS in engineering (civil, mechanical or electrical).
  • Experience with research institution or other large facilities operations.
  • Knowledge of project estimating, blueprint reading, project management, and quality assurance.
  • Understanding the procurement of facilities-related materials and services in a government contractor environment

Special Working Conditions:

Working hours may be 7:00AM to 3:30PM; adjusted or additional hours may be required during peak work load time and after hour response to facility emergencies.

Operation of APL vehicles.


Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.


APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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