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Position description

Position title: Maintanence Technician - General Worker

Reports to: Director of Facilities and Maintenance

Position summary:

This technician performs semi-skilled and sub journey work in performance of building maintenance for a variety of function to include electrical, plumbing, carpentry, welding, painting and machinist work. This position inspects, repair, install and maintain physical facilities, locks and maintain and repair machinery and equipment.

Mission and strategic plan

The Maintenance Team members provide the grass roots effort to supporting the sixth imperative of “Achieve a High Standard of Excellence”. Their daily efforts ensure expectations of the community for an effective and safe environment. An excellent learning environment is a key building block and a direction connection to an excellent learning experience.

Level of supervision and supervisory responsibility

General Direction: The employee carries out work assignments in accordance with the policies and objectives established by the supervisor. The employee plans and organizes the work, determines the work methods which will be employed and assists in determining priorities and deadlines. Completed work is reviewed in terms of the employee’s effectiveness in producing the expected results.

Responsibilities and essential functions

  • Identifies and corrects building and equipment problems by performing carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting, and HVAC work to maintain buildings and equipment in safe condition, prevent degradation of property and systems, and prevent failures that would cause reduction in service using hand, power and specialty tools.
  • Repairs, modifies, constructs, fabricates, installs and maintains building structures and equipment, (e.g. roofs, floors, walls, ceilings, foundations, generators, HVAC equipment, compressors, etc.) to provide safe conditions for employees, using various hand and power tools (e.g. roto rooter, snakes, welders, oxygen/acetylene torches, volt/ohm meters, ladders, etc.).
  • Replaces or updates inoperable or old building materials and appliances (e.g. motors, belts, pumps, window glass, sinks, doors, smoke alarms, cabinets, shelves, tile, light fixtures, filter systems, patios etc.) to provide a safe, comfortable working environment for employees using various tools and materials (e.g. welding equipment, ladders, power saws, hammers, drills, etc.).
  • Repairs, replaces or installs plumbing components (e.g. water, sewer and drain lines, valves, faucets, etc.). Working knowledge various types of piping, fittings, valves, tanks, pipe wrenches, cutters, adhesives, etc.
  • Repairs water, gas, electric or air pipes and lines in or under floors, walkways, and walls to repair leaks and breaks using cement materials and various hand, power or specialty tools.
  • Removes, relocates, repairs, installs and tests electrical equipment (e.g. switches, conduit wiring, receptacle lights, circuits, etc.) to maintain electrical power buildings and structures, detect shorts and defective connections, and restore operation of non-functioning equipment using various hand, power and specialty tools, computers, blueprints and materials.
  • Removes blockages to restroom/kitchen facilities to restore the flow and drainage of waste water and products using appropriate tools and materials (e.g. hand, electrical and sewer snakes, plunger).
  • Hangs, patches, textures and paints sheetrock and drywall to cover, repair or create various finishes on framed, existing, or damaged walls using various hand, power and specialty tools and materials (e.g. texture gun, taping knife, joint compound, tar, levels, etc.).
  • Reconfigures, installs, positions, and remounts modular offices and space (e.g. furniture, wall panels, work surfaces, storage bins, lighting, file cabinets, etc.) to accommodate user needs and maximize office space using various hand, power and specialty tools, dollies and hand trucks.
  • Paints various structures and equipment (e.g. walls, floors, roofs, doors, restroom facilities, etc.) to preserve wood and metal parts from corrosion and maintain a safe, comfortable working environment using various painting equipment and related tools (e.g. sprayers, rollers, brushes, thinners, etc.).
  • Performs general maintenance work (e.g. trims trees in parking lots, sweeps floors, hangs pictures, etc.) to maintain a clean, safe work area for employees using appropriate tools and materials.
  • Removes, relocates, repairs, installs and tests electrical equipment (e.g. switches, conduit wiring, receptacle lights, circuits, etc.) to maintain electrical power buildings and structures, detect shorts and defective connections, and restore operation of non-functioning equipment using various hand, power and specialty tools, computers, blueprints and materials.
  • Install, repair and maintain wood and metal windows, doors, locks and closures using various hand, power and specialty tools to ensure proper operation and security.
  • Installs vinyl composite and ceramic tile to construct, repair or replace floor or wall surfaces using various tools and materials (e.g. grout, trowel, level, chalk line, tile, cutter, square float, etc.).
  • Replaces and repairs ceiling tiles and ceiling grid systems to correct damaged, stained or broken tiles using hand tools and saws
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  • Installs signage on buildings and fences to identify buildings and direct traffic using various hand, power and specialty tools.
  • Installs, repairs or replaces appliances (e.g. refrigerators, ranges, hoods, etc.) using various hand, power and specialty tools.
  • Builds, repairs, and modifies office furniture using appropriate carpentry techniques and tools and materials (e.g. wood stains, various types of filling, studs, frames, etc.) .
  • Inspects facilities equipment generators, compressors, etc.); systems (e.g. electrical, plumbing, power sources, etc.); to determine condition of facilities, safe operation of equipment, quality and safety of work, and scheduled maintenance using hand, power and specialty tools.
  • Assesses emergency lighting needs and equipment to allow for safe exit of personnel in emergencies using blueprints and plans.
  • Recommends building modifications to improve or alter existing facilities by inspecting and evaluating conditions, recommending appropriate changes and providing the supervisor with a report of alternatives.
  • Document work and purchase orders and material lists to account for materials purchased.
  • Plans and schedules corrective action and preventive maintenance to repair or modify defects and maintain operating condition of facilities and equipment using a computer and appropriate forms.
  • Communicates orally and in writing to notify supervisor and user groups of conditions of building and equipment and scheduling dates for repairs using a computer and telephone.
  • May be required to respond to 24-hour emergency calls for assigned work area to perform emergency building or equipment repairs during off-duty hours using a vehicle, telephone, hand, power and specialty tools and necessary materials.


Knowledge of:

  • Estimating, costing, and ordering materials to complete work assignments.
  • Arithmetic to calculate amounts of materials needed and to measure materials to be laid out, cut, shaped, threaded, joined, etc.
  • The safety precautions and occupational hazards of electrical power testing and high voltage equipment.
  • Electrical principles and theories.
  • Plumbing codes to perform installation, maintenance, and repair work which will meet code requirements.
  • Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning codes to perform maintenance, and repair work which will meet code requirements.
  • The methods and techniques required in lifting, moving, stacking, storing, and protecting tools, equipment and materials.
  • Proper use and hazards of chemical materials (e.g. paints, wood primers, roof coatings, caustic acids, etc.)
  • Lighting fixtures including those for emergency egress routes.
  • Carpentry codes to perform installation, maintenance, and repair work which will meet code requirements.

Skill in:

  • The correct selection and safe use of various applicable hand, power and specialty tools.
  • Inspecting and determining repairs and replacements of materials and equipment.
  • Correctly applying methods, practices, and procedures in preventative maintenance, inspection, repair, renovation, and minor construction of buildings and utilities.
  • Accurately reading and interpreting blueprints, sketches and schematics as they relate to buildings and utilities services systems.
  • Troubleshooting HVAC electronic or electrical systems to their component parts level.
  • Testing electrical components and taking equipment readings with various tools and meters to determine appropriate repairs.
  • Precisely operating gauges and testing equipment.
  • Painting various surfaces and the use of appropriate painting equipment.
  • Performing installation, preventative maintenance, inspection, repair and replacement of various floor surfaces and coverings.

Ability to:

  • Follow safety standards in working with multiple services, tools, and equipment.
  • Follow up and complete work orders.
  • Respond to emergency situations in an efficient and timely manner to effect immediate repairs.
  • Communicate orally with team members, co-workers, employees, contractors and vendors to obtain and provide useful information.
  • Work individually or as a team member to complete work assignments satisfactorily.
  • Be flexible in responding to changes in schedules and job priorities.
  • Work with little supervision.
  • Complete work in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of assignment.
  • Accurately sketch, read, and understand water, gas, electric, or air piping layouts.
  • Observe, record, and report unsafe working conditions.
  • Communicate in writing with team members, co-workers, employees.
  • Understand and prioritize work plans to complete assignments with quality work and in a timely manner.
  • Write reports and other documents legibly.
  • Acquire additional skills to maintain technical competencies.
  • Diagnose problems, input flow and/or drainage of plumbing systems and drains.
  • Use miscellaneous office equipment (e.g. calculators, typewriters, computers, FAX machines, copiers, etc.).
  • Safely operate vehicles and/or construction equipment in all weather conditions.
  • Must be supportive of the Catholic Benedictine philosophy of education.

Physical demands:

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

  • Sit for long periods: Willing and able to work sitting for 4 or more hours per day.
  • Move about the campus to assist end users at their workstation.
  • Operates a keyboard and a variety of standard office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive arm-hand movements.
  • Reading, writing, speaking, hearing, standing, bending, sitting.
  • Learning and comprehending.
  • Requires visual concentration on detail.
  • Manual dexterity and precision required for keyboarding.

The principles of the Catholic Benedictine tradition, equal employment opportunity, and nondiscrimination are fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of Saint Martin’s University. The University does not discriminate in employment or in the delivery or administration of its educational programs, policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic or other University programs on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion (except as a bona fide occupational qualification for certain select positions), marital status, national or ethnic origin, military or veteran status, age, or disability.

Students or employees with concerns or complaints about discrimination on the basis of sex in employment or an education program or activity, or any other inquiries related to the University's non-discrimination policy, may contact the following individual:

Cynthia Johnson
Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey WA 98503

Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the regulations adopted under that law, the University has designated the above individual as the University's Title IX Officer, responsible for coordinating the University's Title IX compliance. Individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 915 2nd Avenue, Room 3310 Seattle, WA 98174-1099, Telephone: (206) 220-7900, TDD: (206) 220-7907.