The Noble Network of Charter Schools

Building Engineer

Leadership Chicago, Illinois


For applicants who apply after 09/17/21, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a valid medical or religious exemption required.

Position Available at: ITW David Speer Academy

Be Noble. Be a Building Engineer at ITW David Speer Academy

Speer Academy is Noble’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) campus. We opened our doors in 2014 and currently serve over 1100 students. Speer Academy focuses on creating opportunities for students to find and develop their passions and provide the skills necessary to graduate from college.   Our building sits on the Belmont Cragin and Austin neighborhood border in Chicago, and we proudly serve both communities.  We are fortunate to have a state-of-the-art facility and are looking for a highly qualified lead building engineer to keep our school functioning optimally for years to come.

The 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 school principal and his or her designated representative and in cooperation with the Noble Network Facilities and Construction Department, the Building Engineer is responsible for the daily facility operation and maintenance of all aspects of a large high school. 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 Building Engineer will also be expected to perform daily custodial tasks throughout the building. The Building Engineer must take enormous pride in the physical condition, usability, and appearance of the entire property. 

Finally, the Building Engineer will 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.

In order to meet all these requirements, the Building Engineer will oversee Speer’s school facilities team. The Building Engineer will manage the daily responsibilities of these team members along with their long term professional development and commitment to Speer’s mission. 


  • Management of Speer facilities team (4 members) in both professional development and daily responsibilities
  • Deliver “Straight-A” courteous, professional, and skillful facility support
  • 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

Required Traits

  • For applicants who apply after 09/17/21, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a valid medical or religious exemption required.
  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Possess good computer skills and a strong understanding of BAS programs
  • 5-7 continuous years of engineering or recent military experience
  • CFC Universal license
  • A City of Chicago Stationary Engineer license 

Ideal Traits

  • High quality communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Positive attitude and be willing 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

Noble provides competitive salaries depending on candidate qualifications. We also provide health, dental, life and disability insurance, 401k contributions or access to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund, paid time off, and access to an on-site fitness facility. 

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The Noble Network of Charter Schools Is An Equal Opportunity Employer
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.