Human Resources

Custodian to BMI - Training Position

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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

Operate and maintain the assigned buildings and building systems to provide a safe and comfortable environment for students, faculty and staff in a cost effective manner under minimum supervision.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Perform routine maintenance and repair work in university buildings to maintain structures, electrical systems, machines, pumps, heating systems, plumbing, etc.
2. Conduct daily operational inspections of doors, snow conditions, elevators, HVAC equipment, temperature control equipment, water systems, and steam systems.
3. Conduct weekly inspections of lighting, roof drains, cooling systems, chemical treatment, generators and fire systems.
4. Conduct monthly checks of utility meters, elevator reports, clean-up of mechanical/electrical areas, spare parts inventory and fire alarms.
5. Perform preventive maintenance according to computerized schedule.
6. Update and improve preventive maintenance schedule as needed.
7. Replace and repair lights, ballasts, receptacles, switches, fuses, pipe insulation, steam traps, expansion joints, thermostats, plumbing, fixtures, gaskets, doors, windows, furniture, ceilings, hardware, and clocks.
8. Respond to fire and elevator alarms and provide a variety of building occupant needs.
9. Responsible for first line building energy management.
10. Operate and maintain heating and air conditioning systems.
11. Utilize a network terminal to interface with and operate the building system HVAC energy management system.
12. Perform janitorial work as required and assigned.
13. Assist Building Mechanic IIIs and Trades in making repairs.
14. Responsible for cleaning, sanitation and safety in assigned area.
15. Perform janitorial work as required and assigned.
16. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.
17. Integrate safety practices into daily activities.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• High school diploma, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.
• Possess a valid driver’s license and meet Michigan Tech University’s vehicle use requirements.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• One year continuous full time experience within the last 3 (three) years with primary duties/position title as a custodian, or an equivalent combination of experience to equal one year full time within the last 3 (three) years.
• One year experience maintaining a variety of floor surfaces using auto-scrubbers, burnishers, zambonis, buffers, carpet extraction vacuums, and other commercial cleaning equipment.
• Experience or training in building operations and maintenance of electrical, HVAC, and plumbing systems.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Two (2) years electrical/mechanical experience in building operations or maintenance with electrical, HVAC, and water systems, or equivalent position.
• Graduate of a mechanical trades school program in HVAC Technology, Environmental Controls Technology, Building Automation Technology or a similar field.

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

• Excellent communication, customer service and interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated ability to use basic internet and web-based applications.
• Demonstrated ability to follow instructions and perform work with minimum supervision.
• Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with clients, students and staff in varying situations and in all areas when assigned.
• Demonstrated ability to maintain a clean and safe facility.
• Demonstrated ability to perform general maintenance tasks. The use of ladders will be required to perform some of these tasks.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.
• Ability to pass a basic maintenance skills test.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• 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.
• 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, compressors chillers, and related equipment.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to complete routine reports. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one situations to customers or employees.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of problems in standardized situations. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written or oral form.

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands:

The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to stand and walk; talk and hear; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; reach with hands and arms; and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to sit.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; occasionally moving 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 possess the ability to pass a respiratory pulmonary physical exam.

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.


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

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


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months


1st Shift

Pay Rate/Salary

Contractual. External candidates will receive the minimum of the level ($14.25/hr. – per Memo of Understanding - Union and Management agree to post and fill the Building Mechanic I Training position at the current Custodian wage rate.

Title of Position Supervisor

Facilities Manager

Posting Type

Internal & External Posting

Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

AFSCME Posting 11/4/2022 - 11/10/2022
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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