Facilities Engineer (Laboratory Ventilation Program Manager)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – K – Exempt
  • 03 – L – Exempt
Work Unit:
Office of Physical Plant
Environmental Health and Safety
Full/Part Time:


Oversee the University’s Laboratory Ventilation Management Program to ensure laboratory safety and to be consistent with established standards such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Z9.5 Standard (latest version). Manage appropriate components of Program, and coordinate with others, such as OPP professionals other activities. Specific Facilities management includes: oversight and implementation of laboratory banding program, laboratory ventilation systems (e.g. chemical fume hoods, and specific hazardous operations), development and presentation of training to appropriate faculty and staff, and record keeping. Establish, oversee, manage, and implement the University's Laboratory Ventilation Management Program (LVMP). Duties include evaluations, training, facilitating and coordinating program components with partners and record keeping. Revise and update the LVMP as needed per applicable codes, standards and research needs. Establish ventilation rates as determined via assessment, which may include the use of the Laboratory Banding Tool (LBT). Coordinate LVMP components implemented by separate work units, such as OPP, Academic Units and Researchers to ensure appropriate needs are addressed. This may include providing laboratory ventilation design requirements, recommending types of chemical/other local fume hood systems, SOP's and providing feedback regarding appropriate maintenance protocols. Determine the appropriate assessment for each laboratory and oversee the program process and ongoing monitoring of the various components involved in the LVMP, such as: air quality and laboratory hood operation as these apply to laboratory safety and health. Evaluate the use of air quality monitoring system for application and, if so, establishment of monitoring processes for operation. Establish ongoing communication and progress to University leadership and others regarding this program. This position will work directly with Engineering Services Staff, primarily energy and area mechanical engineers, to implement the LBT, specifically to support the Energy Savings Program, Continuous Commissioning, and other mechanically related operations that target energy reduction in laboratory systems. The LBT within LVMP is one of the critical resources to identify potential energy savings in laboratories. This position will support the University in attaining energy and environmental goals. Write and maintain University Standards as it applies to engineering, design, and energy specifications associated with new construction and retrofits involving laboratory space. Establish response procedures for faults and failures of laboratory ventilation systems. Update and maintain LVMP, and select and define standards for equipment such as fume hoods. Establish testing protocols for local ventilation systems, such as, but not limited to, chemical fume hoods for EHS safety evaluations. Support energy awareness and education efforts with scientists, lab managers, and students to promote resource efficiency actions that can be taken to improve lab practices, lower resource consumption, and build a sustainable lab environment. CIH preferred; Hazwoper training preferred; PE preferred. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in Engineering or related discipline or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088