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Facilities Engineer

Portland Art Museum
Portland, Oregon 97205
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    Weekends, Holidays

The Facilities Engineer works with the Facilities Manager & Supervisor to maintain the Museum’s H.V.A.C. mechanical, plumbing, electrical and computer controls systems by monitoring, troubleshooting, performing preventative maintenance and repairing these systems and their supporting components. Daily work efforts are divided between performing scheduled preventative equipment maintenance and repairs in the field. In addition this role troubleshoots and resolves unplanned maintenance issues, and keeps mechanical rooms safe clean, and organized.


The Portland Art Museum (PAM) strives to be an inclusive institution that facilitates respectful dialogue, debate, and the free exchange of ideas.  With a deep commitment to artists – past and present – and freedom of expression, the Museum and Northwest Film Center’s collections, programs and staff aspire to reveal the beauty and complexities of the world, and create a deeper understanding of our shared humanity.  We are a Museum for all, inviting everyone to connect with art through their own experiences, voices, and personal journeys.  The Northwest Film Center (NWFC), a sister organization to the Museum, is a regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation, and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence, and to help create a climate in which they may flourish. PAM and the NWFC are committed to advancing equity and inclusion by creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. We will continue learning as we work to evolve as an Institution, recognizing that this journey has no end and our commitment must remain. We have an active equity team currently engaged in a year-long journey to examine our internal culture and the work we do through an equity lens. We look forward to having all colleagues join and contribute to this important work. Learn more at https://portlandartmuseum.org/about/mission/.  

PAM and the NWFC are equal opportunity employers, committed to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political belief, disability or any other legally protected status.  We are committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, PAM and the NWFC will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the application, interview, and hiring process. Alternative formats of this application are available upon request. If reasonable accommodation or an alternative form of this application are needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Human Resources at hr@pam.org or 503.276.4358.  


Essential Functions:


  • Tracks and investigates mechanical, electrical and plumbing problems and coordinates their repair with the Facilities Manager
  • Coordinates scheduled and nonscheduled preventative and corrective maintenance activities with  Manager and other Facilities personnel as not to adversely affect the day to day operations of the Museum
  • Provides input to the Facilities Manager on issues related to energy management, system additions, improvements or corrections and equipment conditions
  • Maintains professional relationship with all facilities personnel, customers, contractors and inspectors
  • Works with Supervisor and Manager to establish and maintain effective preventative maintenance program
  • Maintains inventory of tools essential for performing all tasks required to ensure uninterrupted service
  • Follow all OSHA, federal, and state safety guidelines
  • Must be willing to respond to after-hours engineering emergencies
  • Performs routine system preventative and corrective maintenance including:

Cooling Tower systems

  • o   Change belts, pulleys and sheaves aligns drive mechanisms
  • o   Performs preventative and corrective maintenance on motors and fans
  • o   Cleans cooling tower basins

Water Treatment system

  • o   Maintains chemical levels
  • o   Transfers chemicals and primes chemical pumps

Chiller systems

  • o   Disassembles and cleans chiller condenser and evaporator tubes

Boilers and Steam systems

  • o   Disassembles boilers for inspections
  • o   Correct inspection discrepancies
  • o   Maintains all safety equipment on boilers
  • o   Maintain and rebuilds all steam traps
  • o   Maintains all humidification systems and equipment
  • o   Maintains hot water heating systems

Air Handlers

  • o   Changes fan bearings, pulleys and sheaves, aligns drive mechanism
  • o   Performs air filter delta analysis to determine change rate
  • o   Maintains Adiabatic Humidification systems


  • o   Rebuilds condensate lift pumps and recirculation pumps
  • o   Maintains hot water system components, pumps, motors


  • o   Monitors weekly running of the emergency backup generators and records their readings and fuel levels

Fire control and Sprinkler systems

  • o   Can replace defective smoke detectors
  • o   Understand the different types of smoke detectors and suppression systems


Additional Job Functions:


  • Assists custodial/painting/maintenance perform tasks related to all facilities areas
  • Uses company vehicle to pick up parts or supplies when/if necessary, to ensure uninterrupted service
  • Other duties as assigned to help the Mission of the Museum.


Application Process:


This position is non-exempt, full-time working 40 hours per week. The pay rate for this position is budgeted for $25.00-$30.00 per hour. The position is eligible for the Museum's benefits package first of the month following 30-days of full-time employment. Benefits include medical and dental, paid time off (vacation, sick, holiday, jury duty, bereavement), long-term disability and AD&D, and a variety of perks such as free Museum admission, Gift Shop discounts, and screenings at the NW Film Center. Please see our website for more details.


To apply online visit: www.portlandartmuseum.org/careers follow the link to create a profile. Resumes received without completed employment application will not be considered. Please no drop ins. For questions or accommodation please contact hr@pam.org.


The Portland Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Closing Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 at 4 pm PST.




  • Possess experience in residential and commercial HVAC environment
  • Accuracy & attention to detail
  • Effectively performs duties under time constraints
  • Mechanical aptitude including troubling shooting and analytical skills to quickly and accurately identify system abnormalities and or problems with mechanical equipment
  • Familiar with commercial plumbing equipment, systems and theory
  • Familiar with basic electrical principle
  • Basic computer skills with programs such as Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Advanced computer skills with HVAC B.A.S., VAV, CAV, and TU’s
  • Effective customer service and people skills
  • Effectively communicate with varying levels of staff
  • Successfully take on multiple tasks and have excellent organizational skills
  • Adaptable to working in the art museum environment and work in spaces while avoiding touching the art
  • Current Universal C.F.C. License
  • Valid driver’s license highly preferred
  • Physical demands as noted
Posted: 2019-01-11 Expires: 2019-02-10
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