Job Titles and Salary Ranges For Building Engineers

Job Titles and Salary Ranges For Building Engineers

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment growth for engineers is expected to continue trending upwards through 2026. From the 2016-2026 decade, close to 140,000 new jobs are expected for engineers. In Washington, D.C., as in most metropolitan areas, the need for skilled labor is at an all-time high! It’s an excellent time for you to consider a career in building maintenance engineering. The ability to grow in this occupation is an added bonus, and your career can follow a natural progression as you increase training and on-the-job experience. What different salary ranges and titles are there for

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Training for Your Career as a Building Engineer

Training for Your Career as a Building Engineer

When you work as a building maintenance engineer, you are in a unique position to use your brains and your physical strengths. Becoming a successful, sought-after building maintenance engineer requires training and experience. You must be knowledgeable in the field to compete for the best jobs and to be competent and qualified for assignments as they come up. A strong background in math and science can help, but the specialized training you receive from the industry itself will help you build your reputation as a top-notch employee and valuable addition to any building engineering team. Training Through NAPE Suppose you

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Switching from Heat to Air Conditioning

Switching from Heat to Air Conditioning

With winter officially behind us in the Washington, D.C. metro area, it’s time to think about switching from heat to air conditioning in your commercial buildings. As temperatures continue to rise during the day and stay warm at night, tenants will expect a comfortable temperature in each unit. In commercial settings, it’s not as simple as hitting a button on your thermostat to switch from heat to air conditioning. Depending on your HVAC system, it likely requires maintenance before making the switch. What Kind of Maintenance Do Commercial HVAC Systems Require? For efficiency and lifespan, it’s best to perform regular

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Common Rooftop Chiller Problems

Common Rooftop Chiller Problems

The rooftop chiller on your commercial building serves HVAC systems by ensuring they deliver the proper humidity level, temperature, and ventilation while minimizing operating costs. To keep your tenants comfortable and happy, your rooftop chiller must work properly at all times. Preventative maintenance is key to keeping them up and running. Still, you’ll need to repair even the most well-maintained rooftop chiller at some point. If you experience any of the following, it may be time to service your rooftop chiller: Uneven cooling or heating Inconsistent airflow throughout the building System efficiency loss Unexpected high cooling or heating bills Unfamiliar

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Becoming a Building Engineer

Becoming a Building Engineer

So, you want to become a building engineer? There are several disciplines building engineers can go into. It will require specific skills and certifications to move from an apprentice or intern to a building services engineer. Building Engineer Education While requirements vary by state and employer, all building engineers must have a high school diploma or GED. If you’re still in high school and planning to become a building engineer, make sure you take advanced math and science classes to prepare yourself for future degrees and certification exams: Pre-calculus Calculus Chemistry Physics Geometry Pay attention and study to understand the

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Do You Need Temporary Building Engineer Work?

Do You Need Temporary Building Engineer Work?

Are you a building engineer in between contracts or unemployed? Do you need a temporary or permanent work solution in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia? At Building Maintenance Systems, Inc. (BMSI) in Washington, D.C., we offer job security and variety for seasoned building engineers and those interested in pursuing a career as a building engineer. Why struggle with the unknowns of contract work or stay in a dead-end job when you can thrive instead? Why Choose BMSI? At BMSI, we offer temporary and long-term engineering and maintenance staff to building owners, real estate managers, and investors. We are

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When an Accident Happens – Keep Your Business Going!

When an Accident Happens – Keep Your Business Going!

With the type of work building engineers and maintenance staff have to complete, work-related accidents are more common than in other industries. Whether it’s on or off the job, an accident could be devastating to your business. Suppose you’ve ever dealt with an injured engineer or maintenance staff member. In that case, you know how hard it is to keep your business going after an accident happens. Plans may need to change, you miss timelines, and you’re left scrambling to stay on track or risk losing valuable time and money. Suppose you’re dreading the thought of having to replace a

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Building Engineers – Get Help When You Need It!

Building Engineers – Get Help When You Need It!

With warm weather coming to Washington, DC, building engineers will plan vacations. They might want time off to spend with family and friends. If they haven’t already, the time off requests will likely start rolling in any day now. When you work in commercial real estate with a building engineering and maintenance staff, scheduling can be difficult. You might not be able  to honor all time-off requests. If you know you’ll be short-staffed, you may tell someone that you can’t give them their requested days. This can put you in a tight spot. You can’t run your building without an

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When Do You Need a DC 3rd Class Engineer?

When Do You Need a DC 3rd Class Engineer?

Are all building engineers in the Nation’s Capital operating under the same certification and requirements? No, not at all. In fact, some jobs and situations require an advanced certification under District of Columbia Municipal Regulations. Let’s talk about the DC 3rd Class Engineer Certification. Why Is a DC 3rd Class License Necessary in Some Jobs? It’s a matter of safety. Consider that Boilers and Chillers are pressurized vessels. Without proper handling, the risk of explosion is significant. Therefore, monitoring and maintaining these pieces of equipment cannot be left to an apprentice. Understandably, an experienced DC Class 3 Engineer with the

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Mobile Engineering Force

Mobile Engineering Force

You Don’t Have to Hire a Full-Time Building Engineer Many industries are looking for ways to cut expenses without cutting corners. The property management industry is no different. If you’re struggling to keep your mobile engineering force on payroll or affording to hire much-needed help, there’s another way forward. At BMSI in Washington D.C., we can provide your mobile engineering force, so you don’t have to worry about hiring a full-time engineer. Why throw a permanent solution at a temporary problem when you don’t have to? A Customized Solution for Your Staffing Needs If vacancy problems have you scrambling to

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Who Is the Next Generation of Engineers?

Who Is the Next Generation of Engineers?

For better or worse, the building engineer demographic is changing. The baby boomer generation of engineers is looking to retire, paving the way for younger generations to take their place.  The pandemic has slowed down the need for building engineers in some areas temporarily. The projections are that technology and reshoring efforts will create an even more significant demand for new talent. This will require not only workers but skilled workers. Building the Next Generation of Engineers At BMSI in Washington D.C., we’re prepared to welcome the new generation and help to bridge the skills gap through education. When you

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Fast Track Your Building Engineer Career

Fast Track Your Building Engineer Career

Whether you’re new to being a building engineer or you’re a seasoned pro, I’m sure you’ll agree.  It can be frustrating to deal with the realities of working in this industry. Jobs come and go, sometimes with little to no warning. You just get in the groove with a new crew. Suddenly, the project gets sidelined or they decide to go another way. This leaves you without a job or crew to work with. Or maybe you’ve been on the job too long and you’re frustrated with the lack of progression in your career. You’ve been the building engineer for

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