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Lead Operating Engineer 


The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures furthers the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Welcoming visitors from Los Angeles and around the world, the Museum works in active partnership with motion picture artists and specialists, scholars, staff, and diverse communities to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema, inspiring discourse, connection, joy, and discovery.

Reporting to the Director of Facilities, the Lead Operating Engineer manages a range of responsibilities including the maintenance and operation of the mechanical, electrical, and life-safety. You will oversee the process that ensures the museum mechanical problems are identified and repaired quickly to assure delivery of quality service and internal customers requirements are met. The Lead engineer will be integral in starting up equipment and opening the museum to the public.

You Will:

  • Maintain the mechanical, electrical, and life-safety systems within the museum facility.
  • Operate, maintain, and respond to abnormal conditions in mechanical, electrical, and life-safety systems.
  • Assist Chief Engineer overseeing and directing shift engineers on daily and preventive maintenance duties.
  • Order materials and tools and keeping track of stock.
  • Operate the BMS system, troubleshoot issues, and perform controls maintenance.
  • Track and complete preventive and predicative maintenance schedules on schedule and as required in coordination with the facilities team and vendors.
  • Ensure the museums equipment is operating efficiently, including analyzing existing operating conditions to improve overall efficiency and cost reduction.
  • Undertake plumbing and minor building repairs and assist other departments within the museum.
  • Assist the Director and Chief in technical writing of MOPs and SOPs for preventive and corrective maintenance actives.
  • Work with the workorder database maintenance to resolve issues based on agreed upon priorities.
  • Be responsible for incident management and report writing.
  • Analyze and solve problems in a timely matter and reduce any critical impact to the facility.
Position Requirements

You Have:

  • Associates degree in Mechanical or Electrical maintenance and mechanics or equivalent experience.
  • 5+ years of experience maintaining and troubleshooting large commercial and industrial systems including
  • Journeyman-level expertise in a mission critical environment and technical ability and innovative thinking across building functions with emphasis on mechanical, electrical, and fire life safety systems. Similar experience with plumbing is a big plus.
  • Experience in museum, large hotel, data center, hospital, or similar work environments preferred.
  • Expertise in industrial safety regulations and best practices (lockout/tagout, PPE, arc flash protection, Cal-OSHA, EPA).
  • Experience with CMMS systems (trouble ticket management, maintenance activities and infrastructure projects for work order completion processes).
  • Experience with BMS control logic (Alerton) strongly preferred.
  • Experience writing MOPs, SOPs and reports.
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite.
  • Expertise with safe operation and maintenance with several hand, power, and machine tools (drills, saws, presses, meters).
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Availability working off-hours should emergencies arise.


Other Requirements:

  • Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required, including any booster vaccinations as applicable.


Our Benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision
  • PTO and Sick Time
  • 401(k)




Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Lead Operating Engineer  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Open Date 5/16/2022  
Location Los Angeles  
About the Organization The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
EOE Statement The Academy is committed to equal opportunity in employment and to creating and valuing diversity in its workforce. Maintaining a diverse workforce is important to the Academy. The Academy enforces a strict policy that prohibits discrimination in hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, or termination, whether on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. This includes a workplace that is free of all forms of harassment. Also, to help foster diversity, the Academy uses programs that ensure fairness of opportunity, pay, and growth to all applicants and employees. Every employee of the Academy is required to follow this policy and to preserve the Academy’s commitment to diversity.  

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