Chief Engineer

Job Overview

The Chief Engineer will be based at one of the Amentum sites in Iraq and serve the Operations and Maintenance Support Services (OMSS) contract in support of the U.S. Department of State. The Chief Engineer is responsible for all water purification, water storage, water distribution and wastewater 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 wastewater 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.
  • Maintain water well operations and water storage systems.
  • Manage water treatment waste stream to contractual standards.
  • Oversee the Prime power and water/wastewater 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 representatives.
  • Resolve physical plant and building operations issues.
  • Provide professional engineering guidance for all future work and technical proposals and will be responsible for drafting and presenting reports and analysis of system performance and recommendations for improvement.
  • Interpret all architectural, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire system diagrams or drawings for large facilities.
  • Continually interface with Department of State Facility Management personnel in order to coordinate the work being completed on the equipment systems within the Utilities section and brief the customer during meetings and site surveys.
  • Perform additional duties and projects as assigned.



Minimum Acceptable Experience Level:

  • Five (5) years’ experience in operations and maintenance of a large plant, facility, base or municipality, with specific experience in the operation of power plants, physical plants and building operations.
  • Five (5) years supervisory experience in physical plant and building operations, including power plants for large facilities.

Education: A high school diploma or GED and technical school or acceptable prime power certified generator school.

Passport, Licenses and Certifications:

  • Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) certification as a Certified Plant Engineer (CFE) 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.
  • Valid driver’s license from home of record.
  • As part of pre-contingency requirements, by the time the visa process starts, candidates must possess a valid passport of home country with a minimum of 18 months remaining to expiration date with 8 blank pages.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • 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/wastewater treatment systems and equipment.
  • Good organizational and communication skills with the ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of physical plant and building operations for a comparable facility.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage staff.
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple projects.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving and time management skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, VISIO, Acrobat Professional, all related Power Plant software, and have knowledge of SCADA systems.
  • Ability to interpret all architectural, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire system diagrams or drawings for large facilities.

Security Vetting: Already possess a U.S. Government (USG) issued Top Secret security clearance or be able obtain a favorable USG Top Secret clearance prior to being hired is required for the position.  Must maintain eligibility at the required clearance level for the duration of the task order.

Language Skills: Strong, professional, oral and written English communication skills.

Medical: Favorable passage of a drug screen and physical examination.



  • Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering.
  • Relevant overseas physical plant and building operations experience.
  • Previous out of home country experience is highly desirable and previous work experience in harsh environmental conditions is a plus.
  • Experience working with Amentum.



  • Knowledge of principles and processes involved in operating and supporting power generation, transition, and distribution as well as water and wastewater treatment functions at an overseas facility.
  • Experience providing excellent customer services.
  • 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.
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity with an international perspective.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to become an active and functioning member of a team.
  • Must have the ability to be innovative and be an agent for change.



This position may be located in a war zone in a contingency environment with harsh and dangerous working and living conditions. The employee may be expected to lift and carry 40 pounds of personal protective equipment for extended periods of time; be capable of running, ‘duck & cover’, during emergencies without putting himself or others at risk; and, work a schedule of minimum 6 days per week and 10 hours per day.  While performing the duties of this job the employee may regularly be exposed to extreme and austere desert-like environment – during the summer months it can reach 150 degrees Fahrenheit/66 degrees Celsius.  Additionally, to ensure that safety, health, and security measures within the contract are met, all employees shall be literate in English (read, write, speak and understand).



Amentum is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.


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