Building Services / Controls Engineer
Salary: £40,165 to £45,933 per annum, inclusive of LWA
Reports to: Deputy Estates and Facilities Manager
Supervisors: 3-4 Maintenance staff
The Courtauld cares for one of the greatest art collections in the UK, displayed at The
Courtauld Gallery in Somerset House, central London. Academically, The Courtauld is a
specialist university and home to the largest community of art historians and conservators
in the UK. It offers a range of degree programmes in the History of Art, curating and the
conservation of easel and wall paintings. The Courtauld reopened its Gallery in November
2021 following a major capital transformation.
The Courtauld seeks to appoint a full-time Building Services / Controls Engineer. This
post has day-to-day responsibility for the maintenance and management of mechanical
and electrical plant, building management and environmental controls systems to ensure the smooth operation of the Gallery's systems to support its permanent collection displays, its loan exhibitions and its events programmes. As an accredited museum, The Courtauld Gallery's systems are required to operate in accordance with national and international museum standards, and thus, the role holder will play a critical role in ensuring these conditions are optimally attained and maintained. In addition, the post holder will be required to oversee and manage reactive and planned maintenance including statutory compliance work to the rest of the Courtauld's estate at both Somerset House, Duchy House and Vernon Square.
This post holder will be responsible for the line management of a small team of
maintenance staff and M&E service contracts.
The role holder will be expected to liaise and work closely with the Chief Conservator and other members of the Gallery Operations Team, and the Accommodation Manager to ensure the effective day-to-day operations of the systems (including supporting the
collection of data). In addition, the role holder will oversee the delivery of planned and
reactive maintenance of the existing mechanical and electrical assets throughout the
Gallery and other parts of the North Block of Somerset House, including those in Duchy
This is a varied role requiring the role holder to have knowledge of mechanical plant and associated control systems, in particular HVAC systems, in addition to having a good operational understanding of Control Systems and knowledge of electrical services. In addition to practical experience, this post-holder must be a clear and confident communicator, able to report on works verbally and in writing, and use a CAFM Helpdesk to distribute tasks. The role holder must be proficient in analysing technical BMS software and data and communicating this to colleagues with varying levels of technical knowledge and experience.
The role holder will be expected to work largely unsupervised, managing their own time,
taking a proactive and efficient approach to maintenance. The role will be empowered to make decisions on operational tasks and contribute to the establishment of new processes and procedures.
This post requires commitment, reliability and a willingness to work as part of a small team
and to combine both administrative tasks with a direct hands-on approach.
Main duties and responsibilities
1. Assess and evaluate the day-to-day operation of Heating, Ventilation and Air
Conditioning (HVAC) plant, using BMS and analytics software to assist with monitoring
performance, fault diagnosis and the identification of potential energy saving measures
in support of operating efficiently and meeting carbon reduction targets.
2. Ensure Gallery and conservation studios environmental conditions are maintained
within agreed parameters at all times and assist the Gallery Operational team with
preparing periodical environmental condition reports to lenders including leading
weekly condition review meetings with the team. recording actions including inputting
into monthly information reports.
3. Monitor reactive maintenance and thus, manage and investigate, alarms and fault
signals relating to services controlled by the BMS, identifying possible causes and
solutions, implementing repairs or adjustments to ensure continued efficient operation
of the systems.
4. Review, monitor, schedule and thus, manage both planned maintenance work (in the
context of the Gallery's public opening hours) and all statutory maintenance across the
whole estate in accordance with manufacturers' specifications, applicable industry
standards and statutory legislation, keeping appropriate records for audit purposes.
5. Assist with reviewing and supporting the procurement of specialist preventative
maintenance contracts for all mechanical and electrical plant and systems.
6. Manage specialist maintenance contractors including reviewing their RAMS and their
adherence to permit-to-work arrangements, scheduling, instructing and supervising
their work whilst on site including carrying out periodical H&S inspections of plant
rooms and service risers.
7. Plan and monitor reactive maintenance tasks via a CAFM (helpdesk) system, ensuring
the maintenance team work to agreed service delivery deadlines, keeping relevant staff
and residents informed where applicable.
8. Review operational risks as they relate to the mechanical and electrical plant and BMS
system and determine suitable contingency plans in order to deliver and maintain
critical services in the event of equipment failures.
9. Identify, resource and maintain, critical spares and consumable items, to ensure a
basic stock of equipment is available at all times to aid prompt repairs.
10.Assist with preparation of annual reactive maintenance budgets covering reactive
repairs and on-going mechanical and electrical improvements including preparation of
monthly management reports related to the performance of the maintenance team and
11.Mentor, plan and maintain a 7-day rota of 3-4 maintenance staff to deliver planned
preventative maintenance, reactive maintenance and installation tasks across the
Courtauld's premises, instilling a culture of continuous-improvement and training to
ensure skills and competences are kept up to date including undertaking training in
areas relating to the duties outlined with specific reference to L8, the Building
Management System (BMS) and associated systems.
12.Manage communication between the team, ensuring radios are in use throughout
working hours. Carry out written and oral communication using standard Courtauld
office software; Microsoft Outlook, Teams, Word and Excel etc. when required.
13.Be available to attend or manage critical call-outs and due to the nature of the role,
there could be occasional requirements to work overtime due an emergency or
business need to cover for other colleagues on rota. Wherever possible, reasonable
notice will be given of such requirements.
Qualifications Educated to HNC/HND or degree or equivalent in a building services /
electrical / controls engineering discipline or equivalent work experience.
Hold a recognised technical engineering qualification and/or trade qualification or have
equivalent experience. (This would usually be equivalent to City and Guilds 236 Part I and II, NVQ Level 3, BTEC Level 4 or equivalent in HVAC;)
City and Guilds 2382-15 18th Editions City and Guilds 2391 - Inspection and Testing of Electrical Installations.
F-Gas qualification or Gas Safe registered.
Knowledge and experience of mechanical and electrical plant and associated building control systems in particular close control air conditioning; heating, cooling, humidification and dehumidification.
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