Human Resources

Building Mechanic III

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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 Management

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.

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, with a minimum of two years in a related trade school OR an Associate Degree in Construction, Technology, or related field OR an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

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

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• 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 knowledge of computers including email and search engines and demonstrated ability to use computerized building control systems.
• Demonstrated ability to use basic internet and web-based applications.
• Excellent interpersonal, customer service and oral/written communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to independently organize and prioritize work assignments.
• Demonstrated ability to learn and follow instructions.
• Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with people in varying situations, and in all areas when assigned.
• Demonstrated ability to maintain a clean and safe facility.
• Demonstrated understanding of safe operating and maintenance procedures.
• 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.
• Basic knowledge of parallel and series electrical circuits.
• Basic knowledge of 3-phase circuits up to 480 volts.
• Ability to use a work order related software program to process and create work orders for your particular building(s).
• Must be able to demonstrate competency in evaluating, prioritizing, and completing work orders in a timely manner.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
• Possess a valid Michigan driver’s license and meet Michigan Tech University’s vehicle use requirements.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• 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.

• Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints. **

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.


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 amount ($21.68/hr).

Title of Position Supervisor

Facilities Manager

Posting Type

Internal & External Posting

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

AFSCME Posting 12/06/2023 - 12/12/2023
External applicants are encouraged to apply, however internal AFSCME applicants are given first consideration if they apply during the internal AFSCME posting dates.

Additional Information


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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