Location: Bowling Green, KY Category: Staff Posted On: Wed Mar 31 2021 Job Description:
Purpose of Position
Under general supervision of the Area Supervisor of Maintenance Services, the Area Technician works in a multi-functional team made up of electricians, plumbers, and other skilled maintenance team members to provide complete maintenance to a group of buildings across campus. A person participating in this dynamic team environment performs skilled work in the maintenance and repair of HVAC, plumbing, carpentry, electrical equipment and accessories. These duties are performed primarily on the 1st shift, may work other shifts as the need arises.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be altered based on management discretion and institutional needs.
Performs general plumbing repair to include installing, maintaining and repairing valves, faucets, traps and other sanitary fixtures, as well as maintaining piping systems by opening clogged drains and replacing washers on leaky faucets
Performs routine preventative maintenance to the interior of buildings such as installing/changing various lamps and ballasts in building light fixtures and laying floor tile and installing ceiling tile to ensure the physical condition of buildings does not deteriorate
Performs general carpentry work in the maintenance of buildings, roofs, stairways, partitions, doors, door locks, windows and screens
Uses tools ranging from common hand and power tools, such as hammers, hoists, saws, drills, and wrenches, to precision measuring instruments and electrical and electronic testing devices to repair, replace and reassemble equipment
Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that building systems operate efficiently such as fan coils, air handling units, unit ventilators, pumps, motors, exhaust fans and other related equipment
Diagnose mechanical problems and determine how to correct them, checking blueprints, repair manuals, or parts catalogs, as necessary.
Assemble, install, or repair wiring, electrical or electronic components, pipe systems, plumbing, machinery, or equipment as well as locates and corrects power failures and short circuits
Inspect drives, motors, and belts, check fluid levels, replace filters, or perform other maintenance actions, following checklists
Record type and cost of maintenance or repair work
Operates University vehicles
Secondary Duties and Responsibilities
Maintains excellent communication/customer service with Building Coordinators and all other DFM members
Communicates bi-laterally with other area maintenance within DFM to coordinate work activities between groups
Performs related duties as assigned
Knowledge and Skills Essential for Success
Mechanical & operational knowledge of all machines & tools related to the electrical, plumbing and HVAC fields
Ability to perform intermediate level HVAC, electrical, plumbing and/or other general maintenance repairs
Installation skills for installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications
Troubleshooting skills to determine causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it
Skill to repair machines or systems using the needed tools
Skill to perform routine maintenance on equipment and determine when and what kind of maintenance is needed
Familiarity with and or experience in the use of radio protocol
Ability to provide on-the-job training/coaching to other area technicians in your field of expertise
Ability to read blueprints
Ability to monitor and assess performance of yourself to make improvements or take corrective action
Excellent communication and time management skills
Ability to work well individually and as a team member
Strong attention to detail with the ability to work effectively in a service-orientated environment
Ability to accept feedback and deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations
Possess basic computer skills, familiar with web/internet navigation, and willingness to learn and utilize new technology based products as applicable
Physical Abilities Required
Must be able to perform strenuous physical labor, which includes heavy lifting, carrying up to 50 lbs., as well as standing, walking, reaching, carrying, stooping and kneeling, use hands to grip/move objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling; talking or hearing and smelling
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer)
Ability to work in noisy and high temperature mechanical spaces, climb ladders and stairs, and work in both indoor and outdoor working conditions
Ability to work near moving mechanical parts, being exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock and vibration
Must be able to wear protective eye wear, hearing protection, head protection, arc flash protection, or other appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as the task dictates
High School, Diploma or GED
Valid Drivers License
At least five years of experience in construction/maintenance trades
Salary Grade: 106 Salary Range: $18.00-$23.00/hr
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