Plant Facilities Engineer 1 (40 Hour)


Recruitment #220929-6294FM-001


Are you passionate about helping others?
Looking to take the next step in your healthcare career?
If so, then read below and apply today! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve. 

The Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) is an urban community mental health center with an exceptional 50-year tradition of serving individuals with serious mental illness. We aim to to treat people with mental illness in their communities, to provide a place for researchers from many fields to find new treatments, and to teach professionals in the care of mental illness.

CMHC is seeking an experienced and qualified individual for the position of Plan Facilities Engineer 1 to join the Executive Management Team. The reporting location is 34 Park Street in New Haven. This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, first shift, with a work schedule of 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. The position number is 136093. 

In this role, you will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following: 
  • Supervise the staff of the CMHC plant operations department including a skilled trades team, housekeeping, storeroom management, and mail delivery/distribution.
  • Plan, manage, and exercise judgement regarding resource allocation to physical plant activities including routine and urgent repairs, renovations, as well as system and equipment replacement and upgrades;
  • Maintain a broad array of preventive maintenance plans and activities;
  • Work closely with the DMHAS Chief of Engineering Services on developing requests for and overseeing the execution of major and minor capital projects that arise during the year;
  • Serve as the onsite project leader for any major capital projects undertaken by the State of Connecticut;
  • Develop detailed specifications for projects and repairs that must be carried out by outside vendors or contractors;
  • Respond promptly to urgent and emergency physical plant malfunctions and/or service interruptions on a 24-hour basis;
  • Maintain and continuously update all policies, plans, procedures and documentation required for Joint Commission accreditation and federal CMS certification as a psychiatric hospital;
  • Work closely with the Safety Program Officer, the Director of Nursing, the Infection Control Practitioner and the Accreditation Coordinator on continuous compliance with Joint Commission Life Safety and Environment of Care requirements;
  • Collaborate with the CFO on preparation and oversight over the physical plant budget; and
  • May serve as the facility Safety Officer and may chair or co-chair the facility Safety Committee.
    • We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year. 
    • We encourage a strong work/life balance for all state employees. 
    • We offer opportunities for professional and personal growth. 
    • We have limitless areas for you to perform relevant and significant work.

    Selection Plan

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    This position may be subject to Federal requirements of COVID-19 Vaccination.

    • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 
    • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
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    • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
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    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.


    • Experience with the Joint Commission Accreditation and other regulatory requirements for healthcare facilities related to life safety and environment of care
    • Experience with healthcare facility physical plant operations requirements relative to life safety, infection prevention, hazard identification and prevention, and disaster planning
    • Experience working on or leading a facility safety committee
    • Experience with facility-based major and minor capital projects including planning, collaborating with engineering and design professionals on specifications, and overseeing and coordinating the work of contractors
    • Experience with healthcare facility maintenance including housekeeping functions


    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.