Director Of Engineering 

(Male, Age 60) from Tampa, FL

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Director Of Engineering
Salary $50,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 50
Company Size (not answered)
Location Tampa, FL
Years Experience 14 months

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Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
Long term care/nursing home. There are appx 18 sister facilities in Florida which are owned by a NYC based firm. My facility has appx 125 employees and the entire corporate employee count is appx. 2000.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I am responsible for the day to day maintenace/repair of a 120bed/40K sq. ft facility. I also handle capital improvements, remodel and compliance with state and federal guidelines/regulations. I obtain all competative bids, meet with all contractors and approve all internal and contracted projects.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
20 days pto, health, long and short term disability.

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
fairly compensated

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
I have daily contact with coworkers, family members and residents. The challenges associated with working with such a diverse mix of people from so many different backgrounds is challanging but I find it to be very enjoyable.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
Inside of a residental facility made up of 60 resident rooms, dining areas , day rooms, etc. This is like a small contained city where you have politics, crime, dispare and every other emotion/action that you’d find in a major city only on a scale where you get a total view of what is going on. Its a unique place to be in and I find it to be both challanging and enjoyable.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 5
Benefits: 4
Hours: 6
Co-Workers: 2
Supervisors: 1
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 7
The Actual Work: 3

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am Tour facility and address immediate needs-meet with 11-7 and 7-3 nursing supervisor to access their needs. Check my corporate email and prioritize actions. Send my wife an email to make sure she got to work on time and tell her I love her. ( I arrive at work at 5:30am)
8am to 9am Meet with my staff and assign work orders for the day.Answer a call from a resident having an issue with her TV reception and another call left on my phone voice mail from a resident about resetting her clock-fix her clock.

Prep for morning meeting.

9am to 10am Attend morning stand up meeting-discuss discharges and new arrivals-why they left facility and needs of new arrivals.

Arrange for one of my staff to drive the corporate van to get a resident to a 11am doctors appointment, another to dialysis and return-make arrangements to cover this employees routine schedule since it has now changed.

10am to 11am Meet with an HVAC contractor sent by my corporate office to look a problem (1 1/2 hours)-end result is get me a quote to replace a 15 ton condensor and airhandler for one wing-ASAP
11am to 12pm Roofing contractor returns with a bid -cover details of bid and send copy to corporate office
12pm to 1pm Lunch with my staff

Tour the building and meet with the administrator to discuss issues with roof and explain potential issues/damage if roof problems are not addressed.

1pm to 2pm Continued meeting with administrator to discuss landscaping and grounds issues-tour same. Call landscaper and ask for bid to address issues. Meet with staff to see how they are doing on assignments-make adjustments to same so that critical issues will be completed by end of shift.
2pm to 3pm Meet with contractors who are doing remodel work in building to discuss tomorrows projects and make sure that they follow safety procedures to protect residents/staff and minimize inconvience to same. Check corporate email and answer same.
3pm to 4pm Work on supply order-place supply order.

Make final tour of facility and give directives to my staff on what they have to complete before they puch out and approve 2hrs of overtime for completion of a plumbing issue-Leave property at 4pm.

4pm to 5pm
5pm to 6pm Receive call from facility regarding a fire alarm pannel issue-tell nursing supervisor how to correct problem.
6pm to 7pm Receive call from facility regarding plumbing issue-I call staff member to came back in and fix the problem, authorize 4 hours of overtime to correct this problem and send email to payroll dept. approving overtime.

Go to HomeDepot to pickup needed supplies for a project which will be completed tomorrow morning.

7pm to 8pm
8pm to 9pm
9pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
This positon was posted with the Florida State unemployment office

What was the application process?
Email resume, interview with administrator, interview with ownership-4 week process

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes -1st interview was with the administrator and several key department heads, then another interview with one of the owners, a final interview that included a job and salary offer -a total of 4 weeks between the first interview and the final interview and then another 30 days (had to give notice to my employeer at the time)before the job started.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
Why are you wanting to leave you current employeer?

Why do you want to work here?

Why should we hire you?

What assets do you bring to the Job?

What are your salary/benefit requirements?

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
I came prepaired

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
NO-extensive background check

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes – between formal education and life experience I came well prepaired for my current positon

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
obtain training via the military, college or trade school in an engineering/construction related field. Once you have this, take management related studies and then apply for a line staff positon in a related field-work in it and understand it for several years. At this point you should be able to apply for a supervisory position and work your way up the ladder.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Technical skills, management skills are necessary but if you lack PEOPLE skills you will not be successful. If you are not a people person all the college degrees in the world won’t help you.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes-lots of federal/state regulations which you must understand and have the technical background to address and correct issues

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Be patient-You maybe right in your recommendations but the owners have the ultimate right of last approval be they right or wrong-document, document and cya.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes-Im in a point in my career where I no longer require the big $$ and being appreciated for doing the job correctly is now more important than climbing the corporate ladder.

What are your current career goals?
Do the best job that I can -no career goals as to climbing the corporate ladder or changing employeers

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
My ultimate trust in Jesus Christ has provided me more than I deserve or ever thought I’d achive-follow his guideance and you will be successful.

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Director of Enigneering 1 35000 Oversee day to day maintenance of beach front condo complex with 40 slip yacht basin
Prior Job 2 Director of Engineering 4Yrs 75000 Day to day maintenace and capital projects responsiblity in a four diamond convention hotel in Jax. Fl.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:2.5

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
2.5 Broward Community College Business/Marketing
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
3.8 Univ. of Copenhagen, Technical College Mechanical Engineering

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