Chief Engineer (OCONUS)

Job Locations US-VA-Reston
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 8 months ago(7/25/2022 8:49 AM)
Location : Location
Potential for Remote
Clearance Requirement
Job Requires Relocation
Job Requires Relocation


 ** This position is contingent upon a contract award**


SOSi is seeking a Chief Engineer to support a large Base Operations Support (BOS) program providing operations & maintenance (O&M) support services to our U.S. government customer in Iraq. The Chief Engineer is responsible for all water purification, water storage, water distribution and waste water treatments, as well as generators and associated power generation, transmission and distribution equipment. The Chief Engineer is also responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of power plants, generators, compressors, air conditioning systems, etc., and operates industrial machinery and equipment in various forms. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.


  • Responsible for maintaining a safe workplace and ensuring safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • Comply with all Environmental & Safety and Quality Assurance requirements and goals.
  • Provide information and materials to these divisions as necessary to ensure adequate and legal documentation.
  • Responsible for managing, monitoring and tracking physical plant and building operations services.
  • Supervise and oversee the operations of the water and waste water treatment plants to include all water quality laboratory, pumping, filtering, piping and control systems.
  • Ensure the viability, availability and safety of water treatment and waste distribution systems.
  • Manage water treatment waste stream to contractual standards.
  • Maintain water well operations and water storage systems.
  • Oversee the:
    • Prime power and water/waste water treatment programs.
    • Operation, calibration, diagnostics, troubleshooting and repairs to all mechanical, electrical equipment systems and electrical/pneumatic control systems.
    • Preventative maintenance, condition monitoring, repair, installation and modernization of all power generation, transmission and distribution equipment on site; and
    • Support of prime power generators made by Caterpillar, Cummins, Perkins, FG Wilson and other manufacturers, with outputs ranging from 20KW up to 160KW.
  • Provide daily guidance and direction to supervisors, operators, mechanics and technicians.
  • Perform scheduled and unscheduled inspections.
  • Report any malfunctions or lack of compliance with SOW to the Chief Engineer.
  • Assist in developing the SOW when requested, including diagrams and specifications in compliance with Overseas Building Operations (OBO), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National electric Code (NEC) standards.
  • Maintain effective, timely and respectful communication and interaction with other employees and managers, and support other organizations.
  • Perform administrative tasks including ordering material, inventorying and scheduling work.
  • Manage logistics, stock levels and workflow processes.
  • Collect, analyze and summarize data for report preparation and submit written reports.
  • Maintain appropriate technical library and record keeping, which documents all procedures necessary to accomplish assigned responsibilities.
  • Responsible for facility custodianship of work area and management of tools, equipment and spare parts.
  • Take initiative to analyze situations and make frequent technical decisions based on specifications, safety and electrical codes.
  • Evaluate operational effectiveness and develop/maintain effective operational control mechanisms.
  • Responsible for allocating and managing staff resources according to changing needs.
  • Identify problem areas and respond to mission requirements to perform task order requirements.
  • Plan and manage projects.
  • Control resources; monitor staff proficiency and qualifications; monitor the locations and activities of assets; and coordinate the flow of information to and from O&M staff and USG
  • Resolve physical plant and building operations issues.


  • Active in Scope Secret security clearance. 
    • Licenses and Certifications: Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) certification as a Certified Plant Engineer (CPE) or United States Coast Guard (USCG) Third Assistant Engineer of Steam, Motor or Gas Turbine License of any horsepower or a U.S. Stationary Engineers license. 
  • Five (5) years of supervisory experience in physical plant and building operations, including power plants for large facilities.
  • Valid driver's license from home of record. 
  • Knowledge of applicable U.S. codes and accepted trade practices. 
  • Knowledge and experience regarding occupational hazards of the electrical and mechanical trades, related safety precautions and considerable skill required for the installation, maintenance and repair of power generation and water/waste water treatment systems and equipment. 
  • Good organizational and communication skills with the ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently. 
  • Knowledge of principles and processes involved in supporting contract responsibilities at an overseas facility. 
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of physical plant and building operations for a comparable facility. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage staff. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment that requires handling multiple tasks at a given time and rapidly adapting to changing priorities and schedules. 
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple projects. 
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving and time management skills. 
  • Expert computer skills, specifically Microsoft Word and Excel. 
  • Ability to become an active and functioning member of a team. 
  • Ability to be innovative and be an agent for change. 
  • Good verbal and written communication skills to direct employees, prepare reports for upper management and facilitate/disseminate information. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Relevant overseas physical plant and building operations experience.
  • Previous international experience and previous work experience in harsh environmental conditions.
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity with an international perspective.
  • Fluency in a foreign language is desired, but not required. 

Working Conditions

  • Willingness to live and work under environmental and other conditions that may be uncomfortable or hazardous at times.
  • Personnel should be aware of moving on short notice and under adverse conditions.
  • Requires periods of non-traditional working hours including consecutive nights or weekends when necessary.
  • Fast paced, deadline-oriented environment.

SOSi is an equal employment opportunity employer and affirmative action employer. All interested individuals will receive consideration and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or protected veteran status. SOSi takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance diversity and inclusion of individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


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