Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Plant Facilities Engineer 1

Recruitment #210107-6294FM-001


Are you a current State of Connecticut, Department of Social Services (DSS) employee looking to advance your career into a more expansive supervisory role? If so, we invite you to explore this great opportunity to become a Plant Engineer 1!

This position would be located in our Facilities Division in Hartford. This is a first shift, 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, position. However, you would need to be available and on-call 24 hours a day. 

In this role, you would be entrusted with coordinating, planning, and managing building maintenance operations, including ongoing preventive maintenance programs. Among other assigned duties, you'd be responsible for:
  • Coordinating with the contractors and vendors performing property management services
  • Determining priorities and planning all unit work
  • Overseeing the maintenance and repairs of equipment
  • Recommending purchases of new equipment and assisting in the preparation of the physical plant budget
  • Formulating goals and objectives to address facility support needs
Additionally, you may also serve as a safety officer, OSHA compliance officer, energy coordinator and/or fire officer in accordance with agency needs.

We would continue to offer the same competitive benefits you are accustomed to as an Agency employee. This includes health and dental insurance, a retirement plan, group life insurance, and other supplemental benefits. Paid time off is also offered, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year, in addition to vacation, sick, and personal leave accruals. 

We hope you take this opportunity to continue your career with us and make an impact by serving your state! 

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee of the Department of Social Services, who has permanent state status*, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 

*For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period.  For employees in the unclassified service, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time or full-time equivalent). 

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. This posting may be used for future vacancies. 

The Department of Social Services participates in the E-Verify system, which is a web-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United Stated. Candidates selected for interview will be required to provide the following at the time of the interview:
  • Last 2 recent service ratings
  • Last 2 years of attendance records
If you have any questions about this recruitment, please contact Ethan Ives at


In a state agency this class is accountable for supervising staff and physical plant operations.


Supervises the staff and operations of the physical plant; coordinates, plans and manages physical plant activities; formulates goals and objectives; oversees and reviews the work of staff; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans facility work; develops or assists in the development of related policy and standards; prepares or assists in the preparation of the physical plant budget; maintains contacts with other operating units both within and outside of the physical plant who might impact on activities; develops and maintains large-scale preventive maintenance programs; writes specifications and draws plans for minor capital improvement projects; develops specifications for and requisitions maintenance equipment and supplies; prepares documentation as needed; may serve as safety officer, OSHA compliance officer, energy coordinator and/or fire officer in accordance with agency needs; may develop and administer security programs, including training of security personnel; may administer housekeeping operations; responds to emergencies on a 24-hour basis; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of the methods, materials and equipment used in the maintenance, operation and repair of buildings and all utilities, services and equipment; considerable knowledge of relevant State and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of materials and methods of building construction; knowledge of preventive maintenance techniques; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to read and interpret blueprints and specifications; ability to plan, supervise and inspect building repair and maintenance work; ability to utilize computer software.


Eight (8) years of technical experience in the maintenance and repair of large buildings and utility services.

Note: Experience performing technical duties within the maintenance trade area on a military base, aircraft carrier or large compound may be substituted for the General Experience on a year for year basis.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a first-line supervisory capacity responsible for the direction of a large crew of trades workers, contractors or similar highly skilled maintenance specialists above the apprenticeship level.

Note: For State employees, this is interpreted at or above the level of Correctional Maintenance Supervisor or Maintenance Supervisor 2.


College training in architecture, mechanical or electrical engineering or a related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.


Preference will be given to candidate with the following:
  • Experience Supervising staff, overseeing and working with contractors
  • Experience in developing and maintaining agency capital equipment budget
  • Experience identifying and recommending economical and preventive maintenance functions to save on building utility and maintenance costs
  • Experience performing maintenance and/or troubleshooting issues including remedial tasks and mediating costly repairs
  • Experience and/or Knowledge of building system design, building mechanics, physical operations maintenance and preventive maintenance, sanitation expectations and safety standards
  • Knowledgeable of current state and city building code regulations
  • Experience working in a 24-hour on call environment


Incumbents in this class may be required by the appointing authority to possess appropriate current licenses, permits and/or certifications.


Incumbents may be exposed to some risk of injury from equipment when inspecting jobs.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.