Engineering Manager
Job Details
Legal Address- San Diego Theatres - San Diego, CA
Full Time


In accordance with San Diego Theatres duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we have a policy to safeguard the health of our employees and their families; our customers and visitors; and the community at large from infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, that may be reduced by vaccinations.  All employees are required to receive vaccinations unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.


The Engineering Manager plans, manages and directs the maintenance work and work force of the Engineering Division to provide safe, comfortable, and reliable facilities for San Diego Theatres events, and the City of San Diego.



ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Maintain a positive attitude and an open mind. Strive to create an atmosphere of cooperation, engagement, and respect. The remarkable experience of our guests begins with the remarkable experience of our staff.
  • Continuously develop personal understanding of SDT Mission, Vision and Values Statements, and effectively communicate their practice and application to Operations team.
  • Maintain an expert level proficiency of SDT and Operations policies and procedures, and effectively communicate their practice and application to the Operations team.
  • Document Division Standard Operating Procedures, and oversee the divisions digital records and storage.
  • Hire, train, schedule and evaluate Engineering personnel. Develop and coach direct reports to ensure the optimal performance and alignment with San Diego Theatres service standards.
  • Provide the direction, oversight, planning and execution of the installation, maintenance and repair of mechanical, plumbing, HVAC, electrical infrastructure equipment and general maintenance of the facility.
  • Responsible for the operation of building automation systems.
  • Develop and implement a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
  • Assume Project Manager responsibilities for repair, maintenance, capital improvements and/or replacements and other projects.
  • Ensure compliance with facility and Engineering safety policies and practices by engineering staff and outside vendors and contractors.
  • Coordinate with the other San Diego Theatres divisions and City of San Diego staff in scheduling of engineering related maintenance of the facility and the provision of client utility and support services.
  • Prepare working sketches from blueprints and schematics.
  • Provide assistance to clients for utilities and other event related services.
  • Responsible for the preparation of Divisions budget forecasts, proposed budgets (30 month outlook) and 10 year Capital Improvement Projects. Works within the approved budgets to maximize the effectiveness of the operation of the HVAC and MEP systems.
  • Oversee testing and permitting of all fire safety systems and equipment particular to the Engineering Division.
  • Promptly advise the Director of Operations of issues, incidents or vulnerabilities that may impact the safety, success or efficiency of San Diego Theatres, employees, clients, users, or the public.
  • Adhere with Collective Bargaining Agreements for represented staff.
  • Participate on the negotiating team for the International Union of Operating Engineers and Cabinet Makers, and Industrial Carpenters Local 721 contracts, as needed.
  • Oversee the housekeeping duties of all the engineering areas, including but not limited to the Central Plant, HVAC areas, electrical spaces and all maintenance rooms.
  • Other duties may be assigned.









  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to diplomatically and tactfully resolve difficult and sensitive situations.
  • Possess exceptional ethics, honesty, and integrity as well as complete respect for confidentiality and the appropriateness of communication.
  • Availability to work day, evening or shifts including weekends and holidays.
  • Expert ability to read, interpret and create documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Expert ability to write reports, correspondence, and other business-related documents.
  • Advanced proficiency in the Microsoft Suite of tools. Office365, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint skills a plus.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Ability to understand instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Ability to solve multiple problems involving varying situations in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability and expectation to work irregular hours, nights, weekends, holidays, and long hours as necessary.



Supervises the Chief Engineer, and a total of 10 employees (9 engineers and 1 carpenter) in the Engineering division. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees, planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.




The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

When performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to:

  • The employee must be able to speak, and hear with or without a hearing assistance device.
  • Modulate voice for effective communication
  • Climb steps repeatedly
  • Descend/ascend ramps and inclines/declines
  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Work in a fast-paced, busy environment with environmental conditions such as noise, heights, dark/dim/absence of lighting
  • Use hands to press, finger, handle and feel tools or objects, reach with hands and arms.
  • Ability to bend, stretch, reach and kneel.
  • Ability to frequently lift, hold, and move 50lbs, and occasionally lift, hold, and move up to 80lbs.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Ability to work from heights in excess of 90



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Occasional exposure to fumes or airborne particles.
  • Occasional exposure to toxic chemicals.
  • Occasional exposure to extreme heat.
  • Occasional exposure to wet and/or humid conditions.
  • Regular exposure to moving mechanical parts and vibration.
  • Regular exposure to low light or dark work environments.
  • Frequent exposure to high, precarious places.
  • Frequent exposure to outside weather conditions.
  • Frequent exposure to risk of electrical shock.
  • Frequent exposure to loud noise level. Ear/hearing protection will be provided if necessary.



Critical: Workplace Harassment Awareness, New Employee Orientation

Normal: CPR/AED Training, Position Job Safety Training, San Diego Theatres IT Training



  • College degree required.
  • Five years related experience including supervisory experience in safe operation of facility management, preferably in the performing arts, hospitality or other 7/24 service venue operation, and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws and codes pertaining to facilities and personnel management.
  • Experience in preparing and monitoring a budget including personnel forecasting, revenue projecting and capital improvements.



  • Building Automation Systems experience a plus.
  • Stationary Engineer certification and/or experience a plus.
  • Refrigerant certifications a plus.
  • BOC II other professional certifications a plus.



  • Knowledge of facility management and maintenance programs.  
  • Working knowledge of CAD programs to create drawings.
  • Knowledge of Project Management Software a plus.
  • Thermography Experience a plus.