Building Mechanic II

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Department: Facilities Management
Work Type: Union
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Labor/Service/Maintenance

Department: Facilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

Responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of all facilities systems within the building complex or zone as defined and assigned. Maintain a safe and comfortable environment for students, faculty and staff in a cost-effective manner under minimum supervision.
Participate and obtain the training and experience necessary to demonstrated the ability to perform all Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the position within 2-years.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Ensure conformance to safety, security, and sanitation regulations.
2. Provide excellent customer service to a diverse group of internal and external customers.
3. Identify maintenance and custodial needs.
4. Establish and adjust work assignments to meet operational needs.
5. Maintain inventory and order parts and materials for maintenance and custodial operations.
6. Prepare maintenance inspection reports.
7. Conduct inspections of storage areas in order to maintain a neat, clean and well-organized area.
8. Perform general maintenance and repair/replace work in the assigned areas and buildings to maintain the various structures including architectural finishes, electrical systems, machines, pumps, heating systems, equipment, plumbing, furniture, windows, kitchen equipment, fume hoods and other lab equipment.
9. Conduct daily inspection of doors, entrances, parking lots, elevators, snow conditions, HVAC equipment, temperature control systems, water systems, and steam systems.
10. Conduct weekly inspections of lighting, roof drains and flashing, cooling systems, chemical treatment, generators and fire systems.
11. Replace and repair lights, ballast, receptacles, switches, fuses, pipe insulation, steam traps, expansion joints, plumbing fixtures, gaskets, doors, windows, furniture, hardware, and clocks.
12. Respond to fire and elevator alarms and provide a variety of building occupant needs.
13. Responsible for first line building energy management.
14. Perform janitorial work as required and assigned.
15. Assist Licensed Trades in making repairs.
16. Perform various preventative maintenance tasks according to Maintenance Direct work order system, and update and improve preventative maintenance when new equipment or procedures are installed.
17. Read and work from blueprints, sketches, schematic diagrams and instruction manuals.
18. Cut, and sweat fittings using proper hot work procedures and perform routine carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work.
19. Conduct monthly readings of utility meters.
20. Clean-up mechanical and electrical rooms on a regular basis.
21. Operate safely and effectively all pieces of equipment pertaining to the facility systems.
22. Utilize a network terminal to interface with and operate the building systems HVAC energy management systems.
23. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.
24. Contribute to a safe working environment by following safe work procedures, wearing assigned PPE, actively participate in safety training and development of safe work procedures.
25. Ability to be trained from and to work in OSHA regulated confined spaces.
26. Supervisory Responsibilities as needed: Functional supervision of AFSCME employees and student employees when necessary.
27. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• High school diploma, trade school training, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Two years experience in building operations and maintenance including electrical, mechanical, architectural, HVAC, steam systems, water systems, refrigeration systems, and fire suppression systems.
• Experience working with the general public/customers.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Graduate of a mechanical trades school program in HVAC Technology, Environmental Controls Technology, Building Automation Technology or a similar field.
• Building maintenance experience in an athletic, research, or academic facility
• Two years of functional supervision of maintenance/custodial personnel

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated ability to maintain and repair HVAC equipment, electrical systems, pumps, electrical motors, plumbing systems and fixtures, and temperature controls.
• Demonstrated experience in conducting operational inspections of doors and hardware, elevators, HVAC equipment, temperature control equipment, water systems, and steam systems.
• Demonstrated experience in conduct weekly and monthly inspections of lighting, roof drains, cooling systems, chemical treatment systems, generators, fire suppression systems, utility meters, elevators, and plumbing systems.
• Ability to perform preventive maintenance according to a computerized work order system.
• Demonstrated ability to repair lights, ballasts, receptacles, switches, fuses, pipe insulation, steam traps, expansion joints, thermostats, plumbing fixtures, gaskets, doors, windows, furniture repairs, ceiling tile/track, hardware, and clocks.
• Demonstrated ability to perform basic carpentry skills, including wood work, trim work, rough framing, and drywall hanging/finishing.
• Demonstrated knowledge of computers including email and search engines.
• Demonstrated ability to learn and follow instructions.
• Demonstrated understanding of safe operating and maintenance procedures.
• Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with people in varying situations, and in all area as assigned.
• Excellent interpersonal, customer service and oral/written communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to independently organize and prioritize work assignments.
• Demonstrated ability to read and derive instructions from blueprints and manuals.
• Demonstrated ability to integrate safety practices into daily activities.
• Demonstrated ability to use the work order related software to process and create work orders for customers.
• Must be able to demonstrate competency in evaluating, prioritizing, and completing work orders in a timely manner.
• Demonstrated ability to maintain a clean and safe facility.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
• Possess a valid driver’s license and meet Michigan Tech University’s vehicle use requirements.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Demonstrated ability to perform fire system test checks on a weekly, monthly, yearly basis including pull tests, pump exercising and visual inspections.
• Knowledge and ability to properly troubleshoot, maintain and repair commercial and industrial building HVAC systems.
• Demonstrated knowledge of commercial and industrial digital and pneumatic HVAC controls systems and components.
• Demonstrated ability to read blueprints, wiring diagrams, temperature control diagrams, operating and maintenance instructions, plans and manuals.
• Demonstrated knowledge of parallel and series electrical circuits.
• Basic knowledge of 3-phase circuits up to 480 volts.
• Experience in installing, maintaining, repairing, and troubleshooting commercial and industrial digital and pneumatic control systems and components such as controllers, thermostats, actuators, and operators.
• Experience in maintaining, repairing, and troubleshooting commercial and industrial HVAC and Refrigeration components such as fans, motors, pumps, compressor chillers, and related equipment.

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; reach with hands and arms; and taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is regularly required to talk or hear and use hands to finger, handle, or feel an object.
The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision; depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. The employee must be able to use a manual lift to change lights/ballast forty feet in height. The employee must be able to perform duties in confined spaces.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet, humid conditions (non-weather); fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outdoor weather conditions; extreme cold (non-weather); risk of electrical shock and vibration. The employee must occasionally work near moving mechanical parts and work in high, precarious places.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months


1st Shift

Pay Rate/Salary

Contractual. External candidates will receive the minimum amount ($17.75/hr).

Title of Position Supervisor

Facilities Manager

Posting Type

Internal & External Posting

Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

AFSCME Posting 7/22/2022 - 7/28/2022
External applicants are encouraged to apply, however internal AFSCME applicants are given first consideration if they apply during the internal AFSCME posting dates.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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