The Noble Network of Charter Schools

Roving Building Engineer (Part-Time)

Network Support Chicago, Illinois


Be Noble. Be a Roving Building Engineer (Part-Time) at Noble.
Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,400 employees currently serve over 12,500 students, 98% of whom are students of color, 90% low-income, and 81% first-generation college-goers. The School Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools rated Noble campuses as ten of the top twelve public high schools in the city. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing our students to be successful in college and lead exemplary lives. 98% of Noble students are accepted into college and almost 94% choose to enroll, resulting in over 7,600 Noble alumni who have received or are currently pursuing a 4-year college degree.


The Roving Building Engineer is required to physically work from our campuses and maintain safety practices to prevent the spread of covid-19 to her/himself and others.

The Roving Building Engineer must be an enthusiastic partner in maintaining the optimal learning environment for Noble students. The focus of all Noble staff is to create and maintain an environment that encourages and enhances the education experience for every student. We take the safety and well-being of our occupants seriously and strive to provide suitable environments for all members of the Noble community.

Under the supervision of the Senior Director of Facilities & Construction and in partnership with our campus staff, the Roving Building Engineer is responsible for assisting with facility operations and maintenance at our 18 campuses. This includes high-level maintenance and repair of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, use of associated machinery and controls, and interaction with third-party contractors and vendors. 

The Roving Building Engineer may also be expected to perform certain custodial tasks throughout the building. The Roving Building Engineer must take enormous pride in the physical condition, usability, and appearance of the buildings.  

Finally, the Roving Building Engineer will work approximately 20 hours per week and occasionally be responsible for responding to facilities issues that occur outside of normal business hours and also for staffing occasional weekend and evening projects. A reasonable amount of flexibility to accommodate this need is an essential part of this position.

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Deliver “Straight-A” courteous, professional, and skillful facility support with no exceptions or excuses
  • Assist in implementation of COVID-19 health and safety procedures at all Noble Schools
  • Be self-directed and identify building challenges before being told to do so
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, manage, repair, and supervise all building infrastructure, including:
    • Mechanical systems
    • Electrical systems
    • Plumbing/Piping
    • Boilers
    • Refrigeration
    • Emergency back-up systems
    • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
    • Fire safety controls and systems
    • Motors and generators
  • Develop and execute proactive preventative maintenance on crucial building systems
  • Be able to read and understand drawings, line diagrams, sketches, O&M manuals, instructions, and specifications
  • Install and repair valves, filters, seals, piping, and other forms of general maintenance as required
  • Analyze the operation of various building systems, assess equipment faults when necessary, and develop appropriate courses of action to remedy every issue
  • Provide familiarity and capability with general carpentry skills when required
  • Assist kitchen staff with the maintenance and repair of equipment necessary to provide healthy, consistent food for staff and students
  • Provide input and critical thinking to a long-term capital improvement plan for the building, as managed by the Network Facilities Department
  • Provide trusted counsel to school administrators in preparing facilities for extra-curricular or non-standard use by staff and students
  • Respond with enthusiasm to all building issues, large and small, and demonstrate respect for the needs of all school staff and students
  • Perform general custodial tasks as part of a daily routine
  • Maintain accurate count, supply, and requisitions of custodial and cleaning supplies
  • Put safety first and use proper protective equipment at all times
  • Maintain a professional appearance, demeanor, and work ethic
  • Possess the ability to lift, carry, and maneuver heavy equipment willingly and often
  • Report and communicate efficiently with administrators, supervisors, and Noble Network staff via phone and email

Minimum Requirements

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • 5-7 continuous years of engineering experience
  • CFC Universal license
  • Be willing to travel throughout all neighborhoods in Chicago
  • Have a car - you may need to travel between multiple sites in a dayj

Ideal Traits

  • A City of Chicago Stationary Engineer license 
  • High-quality communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn
  • The ability to multitask, rearrange priorities, and maintain focus in a fast-paced environment
  • The belief that process is important but people are more important
  • Prior military experience is honored and preferred

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Noble has a top-of-market medical, dental, and vision benefits package among a multitude of other perks that make Noble one of the highest-rated places to work in K-12 education in the country.

Statement of Non Discrimination
Noble is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, making all employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other characteristic or classification protected by law.