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General Maintenance Mechanic

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Nov 28, 2023

General Maintenance Mechanic

Job no: 532987

Work type: Classified Staff

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Construction/Planning, Facilities/Grounds/Skilled Trades, Operations/Infrastructure

Department: Campus Planning and Facilities Mgmt - Utilities and Energy
Classification: General Maintenance Mechanic
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $20.62 - $26.00 per hour
FTE: 1.0

3 positions available

Review of Applications Begins [UPDATED]

December 20, 2023; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a complete application. Complete applications must include an online application and resume that addresses how you meet the minimum and if any preferred qualifications.

We are interested in finding the best candidate for the position. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't think you meet every one of our preferred qualifications--use your application to let us know what is meaningful to you about the role and what transferable skills or other qualities you would bring.

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 will typically work Monday through Friday from 8:00am - 4:30pm. This position may work non-typical hours and shifts including nights, and weekends, and subject to shift rotation. This position is classified as Essential Personnel.

Driving Requirement:
It is an essential requirement of this position to qualify for and maintain UO driver's certification eligibility, which includes maintaining an Oregon driver's license throughout employment in this position.

On Call Rotation:
This position may be required to participate in an on call rotation. Being on call requires the participant to live in an area with cell phone reception or to be within cell phone reception for the entire duration of the on call period. On call also requires the participant to be within a 1 hour drive of the UO campus for the entire duration of the on call period to be able to respond to issues if needed. On call periods are typically 1-4 weeks in duration.

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

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.

    This is a classified position represented by the SEIU Local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

    In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at

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