General Maintenance Mechanic

Employer: 
University of Oregon
Division: 
Campus Planning and Facilities Management - Utilities & Energy

Job no: 528027
Work type: Classified Staff
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Facilities/Grounds/Skilled Trades

Department: Campus Planning & Facilities Management - Utilities & Energy
Classification: General Maintenance Mechanic
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $19.51 - $24.61 per hour
FTE: 1.0

Review of Applications Begins
Posting closes September 13th, 2021

Special Instructions to Applicants
To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a complete application, including an online application, a cover letter, resume and answers to the following supplemental question:

1. What about the University’s Utility Plant interested you and what skills or trade experience would you be bring to the plant?

Department Summary
Campus Planning and Facilities Management (CPFM) is a vibrant department, which comprises five units, and approximately 270 employees: Facilities Services, Utilities & Energy, Campus Planning, Office of Sustainability, and Design & Construction. The units of CPFM strive to provide excellent customer service to the University of Oregon campus and operate with the highest professional standards, communicating and collaborating with customers to support the stewardship of the campus.

Utilities and Energy (U&E) provides Steam, Chilled Water, Electricity, and other district energy services for the University of Oregon. The Utilities and Energy Department is comprised of specialized and diverse staff including Electrical Technicians, Utility Plant Operators, Maintenance Technicians, and administrative staff. The Utilities and Energy staff work 24 hours a day to ensure safe, reliable, and energy efficient utilities are delivered to the University of Oregon. The department is responsible for all aspects of operations, maintenance, and repairs of the campus utility systems including a 10MW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, 6.5MW emergency power generation, production and distribution of campus heating steam using two industrial natural gas fired boilers, production and distribution of electrical power, 7,500 ton chilled water plant, 4 million gallon chilled water thermal tank and distribution system, compressed air, and other services to more than 80 buildings and over 4 miles of distribution tunnels. The department works closely with other campus departments from across different business units to ensure effective operations, avoid unsafe conditions, and mitigate service interruptions in all utility functions.

Position Summary
The General Maintenance Mechanic provides the technical skills needed to perform small repairs and preventive maintenance. This includes performing routine, preventive and planned corrective maintenance on mechanical system related to the operation of the steam and chill water plants including steam boilers, chillers, air compressors, heat exchangers, pumps, electro-pneumatic control components, de-aerating feed tanks, valves, piping, steam traps and flow meters. This position is expected to learn the Utility Plants operation, for inspecting, adjusting, maintaining and repairing plant operating systems, such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, refrigeration units, pneumatic controls, boilers, or conveyor, locking, or irrigation systems and controls direct digital controls for boilers and energy management systems.

Interaction and contacts occur daily with CPFM and the campus community in the course of performing work and responding to emergencies. This position will also work with the electrical and maintenance staff within the Utilities and Energy Department on a daily basis. The position will also be in contact with outside contractors, vendors and regulatory agencies.

Position works as a member of a team. Decisions made by this position effect the entire University. The incumbent will be part of a team that is responsible for maintaining a continuous flow of electricity, steam, chilled water and other utilities to the University in normal and emergency situations.

Work is reviewed regularly by the supervisor to ensure it is performed efficiently, safely, and meets both expectations and applicable requirements. A performance appraisal is conducted annually.

Work Schedule:
This position works Non-Typical hours and shifts including nights, weekends and subject to shift rotation. This position is classified as Essential Personnel.

Essential Personnel:
This unit provides essential services during times of emergencies and inclement weather. This position may be required to fulfill essential services and functions during these times.

Career Track Position:
This position is part of a career track for a Co-Generation Engineer. UO and SEIU recognize that the UO has a need for qualified Co-Generation Engineers ("CGE") to work in its Utility Plant (CPS), and that employees immediately qualified to fill these positions are difficult to find and recruit. To meet this need UO has developed and SEIU has agreed to a training plan to hire employees at this classification and to train them through succeeding levels until they are qualified to fill the necessary CGE position. The goal of this plan is to provide training and high quality jobs that fill a crucial need at the UO. The Utility Plant’s Co-Generation Engineer Career Track Steps will be as follows and employees are required to move up through a reclassification process outlined by a comprehensive training plan.

1 - Trades/Maintenance Worker 1
2 -Trades/Maintenance Worker 2
3 - Stationary Boiler Operator OR General Maintenance Mechanic
4 - Stationary Engineer
5 - Co-Generation Engineer

This means that the employee in this position is expected to complete the required position training within the timeframe outlined in the training plan and upon completion, the employee will be automatically reclassified to the next highest classification in the career track. Incumbents Employees in this position are required to meet these training expectations to maintain employment in the position.

Minimum Requirements
• Four years of experience maintaining, repairing, and fabricating parts for machinery, tools, and equipment such as automobiles, trucks, hydraulic systems, lift trucks, etc.; OR
• Completion of an approved Mechanical Maintenance Apprenticeship Program.

Professional Competencies
• Perform duties in a way that advances and supports the mission of the department and university.
• Work effectively in a diverse team environment and create effective relationships for problem solving and positive interactions.
• Take initiative, looking for what needs to be done and doing it.
• Pay close attention to detail.
• Maintain a safe and safety-conscious workplace.
• Maintain a respectful workplace and model a positive and proactive attitude.
• Model the highest ethical standards.
• Provide superior customer service.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience working with boiler and steam system.
• Experience working with HVAC or industrial chillers.
• Experience working in a large utility distribution system.

FLSA Exempt: No

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

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