Appliance Maintenance Technician

Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
May 28, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Appliance Maintenance Technician
Whitman College


Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman's beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually dynamic, diverse, and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty and 1,500 students. With an endowment exceeding $700 million, fiercely loyal alumni, exceptional students, and accomplished faculty and staff, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence ranking as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.


The Appliance and Maintenance Technician is responsible for maintaining and repairing appliances and small equipment owned by Whitman College used in program areas such as Food Service, Resident Halls, Custodial, and Academic Buildings as well as performing all general maintenance tasks and assisting other trades technicians as needed. This job requires good judgment, an eye for detail, and a desire to achieve perfection for maximum energy efficiency and maximize the life of equipment. Emphasis is placed on preventive maintenance to prevent major failures and nuisance problems when equipment is needed most. This position will also be assigned maintenance duties in support of other Facilities Services departments and other projects as needed. This technician consults with the Maintenance Supervisor on all matters involving the operation and maintenance of related equipment and work scheduling.

  1. Repairs and maintains appliances and small equipment (e.g. washers, dryers, vacuums, steamers, ovens, grills, freezers, ice machines, slicers, etc.).
  2. Responds to appliance complaints, reports damages and repairs.
  3. Maintains and organizes a reasonable parts inventory.
  4. Keeps an accurate inventory of appliances in service, including equipment history with accurate age, repairs, and location of the appliance.
  5. Operates maintenance vehicles and equipment in a safe manner.
  6. Organizes daily work schedule and consults with the Maintenance Supervisor to prioritize projects.
  7. Assists with other maintenance projects and maintenance personnel as needed.
  8. Coordinates kitchen exhaust duct and grease trap cleaning and dryer vent cleaning.
  9. Utilizes Facility Services work order system and computers (e.g. email, creating reports).
  10. Works within the safety regulations for federal, state, and Whitman College. Actively participates in the accident prevention program, including attending safety programs. Observes safety precautions and procedures at all times, being alert for unsafe conditions and reports them to supervisor.
  11. Responds to campus emergencies for repair work as needed. Required to be on‑call at minimum four weekends per year
  12. Completes other duties as assigned (e.g. vacancy coverage, inclement weather, moving, furniture set-up, other trade responsibilities).
  13. Serves as essential personnel, meaning duties are essential to the operations of the College and requires that the position report to campus for work even during full or partial closures, emergencies, inclement weather, etc.


Individuals must be able to explain and demonstrate that they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely perform the essential functions of the job described below with or without reasonable accommodation:

  1. Ability to work closely and collaboratively with faculty, students, and staff.
  2. Ability to effectively communicate orally with others.
  3. Ability to effectively communicate in writing and maintain proper records.
  4. Ability to interpret service manuals, schematics drawings and use a multi-meter correctly.
  5. Ability to use basic plumbing skills and tools including sewer machines, soldering, gas piping, etc.
  6. Ability to operate a fork lift and mechanical equipment, including power tools, saws, and hammers.
  7. Must be able to move heavy appliances with the assistance of mechanical devices. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  8. Ability to climb up and down ladders and work from on an extension ladder at heights above 20 feet.
  9. Ability to work in confined spaces, close quarters or a kneeling position for extended periods.
  10. Ability to be on call and work after hours or on weekends if necessary. This position will be on-call at least four weekends per year.
  11. Ability to organize a daily work schedule and use a computerized work order system.
  12. Ability to use computers for emails, creating reports, work on spreadsheets etc.
  13. Ability to positively and actively contribute to the College's core values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  14. Ability to be reliable and capable of working independently on the assigned shift.

  • High School diploma
  • Valid driver's license
  • Firm mechanical and electrical background with four years related work experience on appliances
  • Must pass an employment physical and background check

  • Trade school training
  • Past experience in standard HVAC and maintenance practices and procedures in an organization with extended hours of operation and multiple high-traffic areas such as higher education, K-12 schools, or healthcare


Work environment is primarily inside Whitman facilities and sometimes outside, both of which may include working in high places. This position may be exposed to dirt, dust and equipment solutions. Work may require periodic use of personal protective equipment (e.g. respirators, arc fault). Physical skill and sustained physical effort may be required for some of the maintenance responsibilities. Job requires moderate strength and agility and typically requires balancing, bending, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping and repetitive motions. Lifting and carrying materials weighing up to 50 pounds occurs with varied frequency.


Application review will begin June 11 and will continue until the position is filled.

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