Maintenance Mechanic

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 09, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Working Title: Maintenance Mechanic Official Title: Facilities Maintenance Specialist Employment Class: University Staff FTE: 1.0 Compensation: $16.88 - $20.43 FLSA Status: Non-exempt Terms of Employment: Continuous Position Summary:

This position performs advanced mechanical maintenance, installation, and repair work of a complex nature on building systems. This position independently troubleshoots problems, diagnoses the problem, identifies alternatives, recommends the best alternative, and performs the maintenance, installation, or repair work. This position operates, maintains performs (preventative maintenance), and makes repairs on HVAC, electrical, plumbing, heating, refrigeration, air conditioning, air handling, boiler and other mechanical systems and equipment. Operation of the automated logic energy management system and related building systems is also a responsibility of this position. Some work on buildings and grounds maintenance and repair work associated with the upkeep and enhancement of the campus facilities may also be performed. This position requires the employee to take individual initiatives and exercise independent judgement. The position also serves as a lead worker for other campus maintenance positions, student labor positions, and community service workers. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds.

Must have or be able to obtain a valid WI driver’s license and be authorized to drive a University vehicle, upon appointment. Employees are expected to be flexible in the performance of their job functions and to communicate openly with supervisors and co-workers, other departments, and University staff. This position may occasionally be asked to work hours in excess of the normal shift (6:00am to 2:30pm Monday through Friday) and after-hour call-ins. Must pass a pre-work screen to ensure the ability to perform essential physical functions of the position.



  • Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) maintenance and repair
    1. Repair and maintain HVAC equipment – air handling units, compressors, exhaust fans, boilers, air conditioners, refrigeration controls, pneumatic and DDC controls and devices, etc.
    2. Inspect and troubleshoot system failures.
    3. Repair or replace defective motors, compressors, electric pressure controls, valves, etc.
    4. Adjust air damper and flow valves to balance air systems and to control air flow rate and enthalpy of return supply and outside air.
    5. Replace worn or broken parts, seals, bearings, filters, etc.
    6. Repair and rebuild heating, AC, water, etc., pumps and related equipment.
    7. Maintain chemical treatment programs for heating and air conditioning systems. Install, adjust, and repair chemical injection equipment. Ensure the treated water is sampled and tested as required and maintain adequate chemical inventory.
    8. Make changes to the Automatic Logic Controls (ALC) system to ensure efficient heating and cooling of the occupied and unoccupied spaces on campus.
    9. Maintain and program all timers and clock systems on campus.


  • Building maintenance
    1. Review complaints or other data available to identify problems, locate system, component and/or equipment malfunctions.
    2. Work with other departments as needed to ensure the campus grounds and equipment are maintained and all public spaces are kept clean and orderly.
    3. Maintain, adjust, and regulate building heating and air conditioning systems.
    4. Perform seasonal shut down and winterization of all systems. Drain and clean sumps for winter storage.
    5. Check and assure efficiency of units.
    6. Perform annual maintenance on all major systems.
    7. Adjust or replace thermostats and DDC controls (24 volt/low voltage) work on HVAC equipment.
    8. Inspect, test, maintain and repair the campus backup generator system.
    9. Maintain logs on preventative maintenance checks.
    10. Complete and process work orders.


  • Maintenance and repair of food service equipment
    1. Review complaints and data available to identify equipment problems, malfunctions, etc.
    2. Inspect, repair, and maintain a variety of kitchen equipment – gas ranges, steam cookers, dishwashers, small appliances (e.g. can openers, toasters); voltage from 24 to 480 volts.
    3. Inspect and maintain refrigerator systems – walk-in freezers, refrigerators and freezers, drinking water coolers, ice machines, liquid dispensers, etc.
    4. Repair or replace defective motors, air compressors, electric pressure controls, valves, etc.
    5. Repair dishwashing systems and garbage disposals.
    6. Repair valves and controls on food service equipment.


  • Miscellaneous Duties
    1. Test and maintain emergency eyewash and shower stations in classrooms and labs.
    2. Inspect and maintain fire protection equipment, such as fire extinguishers, hoses, etc.
    3. Test and maintain lab and classroom fume hoods.
    4. Keep files on vendors, supply parts, service agreements, and equipment logs.
    5. Research information and requisition parts and equipment. Make recommendations to the Building and Grounds Superintendent regarding equipment, parts, and supplies.
    6. Repair and maintain laundry equipment.
    7. Assist with campus snow removal and grass cutting
    8. Other duties as assigned.
    Qualifications Required:
    • Minimum of high school diploma or equivalent.
    • Completion of an accredited technical, vocational and/or apprenticeship program, or a minimum of 6 years work experience in building maintenance or building trades, such as plumbing, heating, air conditioning and refrigeration, welding and electrical work.
    • Must have minimum of 2 years’ experience working with a Direct Digital Control (DDC) software program.
    • Must hold and maintain a valid driver’s license and be authorized via Risk Management to drive a University vehicle upon appointment.
    • Ability to perform physical labor including properly lifting 25 lbs. consistently, up to 75 lbs. individually, and 80+ lbs. with assistance with or without reasonable accommodations.
    • Ability to climb stairs, ladders, scaffolding, and work at heights above 30 feet in order to reach equipment as well as to bend, stoop, and twist.
    • Ability to perform duties within extreme temperature ranges to complete job assignments.
    • Must pass a criminal background investigation.
    • Proven experience in the operation, maintenance and repair of electrical, plumbing, heating, refrigeration, air conditioning and other mechanical systems used in office and institutional buildings and complexes. Thorough knowledge of the tools, equipment, materials, methods, and practices related to building maintenance and HVAC systems.
    • Experience with the knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions related to mechanical maintenance.
    • Ability to read, interpret, and work from plans, blueprints, drawings, and sketches.
    • Knowledge, understanding and ability to implement OSHA, State of Wisconsin and UWO safety regulations.
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations by promoting and maintaining an inclusive work environment and culture that is respectful and accepting of diversity.
    • Ability to enter, exit, and perform duties in confined spaces when performing assignments.
    • EPA Type I, II, III or Universal Certifications
    • North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Certification
    • OSHA 30 Hour
    • Certified Electrical Safety Technician (CEST) Certification
    To Apply:

    Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application:

    Resume and 3 professional references

    For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at or 920-424-1166.

    The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in 2021. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: .

    Application Deadline:

    TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by May 23, 2021, are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

    If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

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    The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

    DEI Statement
    Diversity drives innovation, creativity, and progress. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the culture, identities, life experiences, unique abilities, and talents of every individual contribute to the foundation of our success. Creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment is of paramount importance to us. This pursuit prepares all of us to be global citizens who will contribute to the betterment of the world. We are committed to a university culture that provides everyone with the opportunity to thrive.

    Reasonable Accommodations
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    Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
    UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

    CBC & Reference Check Policy
    All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

    Work Authorization
    The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

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