If you have ever been curious about the individuals who ensure that commercial buildings operate seamlessly, you may find building engineers interesting. These professionals are responsible for maintaining and fixing the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems in commercial structures. In this post, we will explore what building engineers do, how much they earn, and which sorts of businesses employ them.

What Does a Building Engineer Do?

A building engineer’s duties can range from performing routine maintenance on HVAC systems to diagnosing electrical issues. They may also supervise a maintenance crew and schedule maintenance and repair duties. In general, a building engineer is the person in charge of all aspects of the structure’s infrastructure.  Building engineers can work on retail buildings (ie malls and shopping centers), commercial office buildings, industrial buildings, or medical office buildings (ie hospitals and medical centers).


How Much Do They Make?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, building engineers earn a median yearly wage of $63,150. However, pay can differ depending on factors such as location, years of experience, and level of education.


Types of Companies That Employ Building Engineers

Building engineers may work for a building owner or for an outsourced facilities management firm like CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, or JLL. While working for a building owner can provide greater stability, working for an outsourced company can provide exposure to a broader range of properties and systems since contracts with facilities management companies are typically for set term lengths that may or may not be renewed.

Turnover can be an issue in facility management companies, as building engineers may find themselves without a building to manage if their employer no longer has the contract to manage it. However, many building engineers enjoy the dynamic atmosphere and growth prospects that come with working for a large facilities management company.


How TalentWoo Can Assist

If you are a commercial real estate company in need of quality building engineers, TalentWoo can assist you. We offer a range of recruitment services, including executive search and recruiting process outsourcing, to help you find the right talent to keep your buildings running smoothly. Our experienced real estate recruiters have worked with publicly traded medical office REITs like Healthcare Trust of America, and we are confident that we can assist you in finding the right building engineer for your team. Contact us today to learn more.