Oak View Group

Chief Engineer| XL Center

Location US-CT-Hartford
Job ID
Location Name
XL Center
Regular Full-Time

Oak View Group

Oak View Group (OVG) is the world’s leading arena development, management, and hospitality company founded in 2015 by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff to disrupt business as usual. As the largest developer of sports and entertainment facilities in the world, OVG prioritizes the way we do business focusing on making long-term investments in our people and our planet. We focus on building a diverse workforce and cultivating an inclusive workplace. Each day our team members around the world and throughout our local communities work together to provide the greatest experience to our fans and partners.


We celebrate and support a strong, transparent, authentic and inclusive culture focused around four core values:  

  • We treat each other fairly and with respect.
  • We act with integrity.
  • We have an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • We give back to our global community.


More information at OakViewGroup.com, and follow OVG on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn


Under general supervision of the Director of Operations, the Chief Engineer manages, supervises, and coordinates the maintenance of the mechanical, HVAC, electrical systems, plumbing and related equipment for the XL Center. The Chief Engineer also plans and oversees the Capital Improvement Program and a variety of projects determined by Executive Management.


This role will pay a wage of $85,000 to $115,000. 


For FT roles: Benefits: Health, Dental and Vision insurance, 401(k) savings plan, 401(k) matching, and paid time off (vacation days, sick days, and 11 holidays).

About the Venue

The XL Center is Connecticut’s premier destination for sports & entertainment.
The 15,000+ seat downtown arena is home to the eleventh-time National Champion UConn Women's Basketball team and the five-time National Champion UConn Men's Basketball team. Led by Hall of Fame basketball Head Coach Geno Auriemma and Dan Hurley, the Men's & Women's basketball programs have established themselves as national powerhouses.


The XL Center is also home to the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, the primary developmental affiliate of the New York Rangers.


The XL Center entertains millions of visitors annually with a variety of concerts, family shows, ice-skating spectaculars, consumer events, and trade shows throughout the season. The venue has played host to an extraordinary roster of world-renowned artists, including Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Pearl Jam, Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Drake, and many others.


The XL Center will continue to be the center of sports and entertainment for Hartford and the State of Connecticut for years to come.


  • Assume management responsibility for all services and activities involved in the maintenance and operations including HVAC, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, refrigeration, and associated equipment
  • Select, train, manage, motivate, and evaluate maintenance staff; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures
  • Plan, direct, coordinate, and review the work plan for facility maintenance and operations; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems; assign work activities, projects, and programs; monitor workflow; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures
  • Participate in the development and administration of the Operation budget; forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement adjustments as necessary
  • Assume management responsibility of building projects
  • Assist in the direction and monitoring of the work of contractors, engineers, and architects on building projects
  • Order supplies and materials for maintenance programs within budget guidelines; receive, inventory, and maintain supplies
  • Perform corrective maintenance and preventative maintenance duties related to arenas and systems.
  • Maintain hazardous materials communication program, material safety data sheets and required records and permits; maintain knowledge of changes in pertinent Federal, State and Local regulations
  • Develop and maintain an accurate record keeping system of preventative maintenance inspections and maintenance needs
  • Manage set-up and operation of basic IT equipment including minor ethernet connections, switches, display panels, network cabling, UPS, telephones, and camera systems
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Operations


  • Applicant shall have an appropriate combination of experience, knowledge, expertise, and qualified credentials commensurate with this critical position on our team.
  • Bachelor’s degree or better from an accredited college/university with major coursework in facility management, hospitality management, business management, or related field preferred
  • Minimum of five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in facility operations management preferably with a sports facility, convention center or other multipurpose public assembly facility. Additional property management experience a plus.
  • Specialized training in the maintenance of HVAC, plumbing, boiler equipment, lighting systems, chilled water systems, electrical and other related building systems
  • Familiarity with OSHA requirements, NFPA, NEC and Connecticut Building Code
  • Possession of an electrical or HVAC license is highly desirable
  • Ability to climb stairs and lift 40lbs, unaided
  • Ability to work nights, weekends and holidays as required
  • Knowledge in determining and coordinating logistical needs for very large events, preferably in a sports arena or event facility
  • Must have availability to work long hours, nights, weekends, and holidays, as needed
  • Applicants must be proactive self-starters able to work autonomously
  • Knowledge and ability to use Building Management Systems and Software
  • Basic knowledge of computer skills and Microsoft Office

Strengthened by our Differences. United to Make a Difference.

At OVG, we understand that to continue positively disrupting the sports and live entertainment industry, we need a diverse team to help us do it. We also believe that inclusivity drives innovation, strengthens our people, improves our service, and raises our excellence. Our success is rooted in creating environments that reflect and celebrate the diverse communities in which we operate and serve, and this is the reason we are committed to amplifying voices from all different backgrounds.


Oak View Group is committed to equal employment opportunity. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis (“protected class”) including, but not limited to veteran status, uniform service member status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.


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