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General Maintenance Mechanic Foreperson

Wesleyan University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 15, 2024

Job Details

Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

Position Details
The Physical Plant team is responsible for leading and coordinating the operations and maintenance of Wesleyan buildings and grounds. The team includes skilled tradespeople who maintain and repair campus buildings and associated equipment.

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Building Trades, the General Maintenance Mechanic Foreperson is responsible for planning, scheduling, and monitoring the preventive, planned and corrective maintenance and project work to be performed by the General Maintenance shop team, including the provision of materials and equipment.

Responsibilities include:
  • Ensuring that general maintenance shop work, including labor, materials, and contracted work is completed efficiently and at the best value to the University.
  • Meeting with University clients to determine work requirements.
  • Preparing scopes, estimates, and coordinating general maintenance work including accurate record keeping of labor and materials.
  • Ensuring all campus buildings and grounds are maintained to the highest achievable standards by proactively resolving or reporting items requiring maintenance or repair for all shops.
  • Working closely with all departments to provide a clean, safe secure and hazard free campus in compliance with all local, State and Federal codes.
  • Promoting a productive working environment with high morale and a commitment to the quality of the built environment at Wesleyan University.
  • Ensuring the quality of work and level of productivity achieved by each member of the maintenance shop team.
  • Participating with managers in ongoing performance reviews of the general maintenance shop team.
  • Responding to emergency calls for assistance when needed after hours, on weekends and holidays.
  • Performing general maintenance and painting work and all other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions include Balancing, Climbing, Carrying, Pulling/Pushing, Reaching, Repetitive Movement, Sitting, Standing, Twisting, Bending, Lifting (50-100 lbs.), Climbing ladders, and working from platforms and heights as needed, with or without reasonable accommodations.

This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, and is in the physical plant bargaining unit. Typical work hours are Monday – Friday 7am – 3:30pm with a ½ hour lunch break.

This position may be required to work overtime shifts which may include returning to work between shifts, nights, holidays, and weekends as directed.

This position is classified as essential personnel and as such are required to report to work/remain at work even if classes are cancelled and the campus is working on limited operations in an emergency.
Minimum Qualifications
High school graduate or equivalent.
Five (5) years of progressive employment in the field of general maintenance and painting of institutional and residential facilities.
Working knowledge of all local, state, and national building codes and other regulations applicable to area of responsibility including but not limited to: NFPA , OSHA , EPA .
Proper use of personal protective equipment related to each trade.
Knowledge of Material Safety Data Sheets, proper and safe application of various finish systems and proper waste disposal methods.
Demonstrated ability to read, interpret and build to blueprints, drawings and specifications.
Effective communication skills.
Customer service competencies and customer follow-up.
Desktop computer skills including the fundamental use of MS Word, Excel, internet, Email, and maintenance management systems.
Ability to perform the responsibilities of the position listed above with or without reasonable accommodations.
Must have (or be able to obtain prior to hire) and maintain a valid driver’s license. Must have the ability to be insured under the University’s driving.

Preferred Qualifications
General maintenance skills including, but not limited to proper use and application of basic hand tools and hardware, painting and application of various finishes (e.g. paint, stain, varnish, epoxy, glues), ceiling, wall and flooring maintenance and repair, ceiling system maintenance and repair.
Supervisory experience.
OSHA30 certification.
Completion of a trade school program.
Special Instructions to Applicants
This opportunity is only available to internal applicants.

Application close date is February 29, 2024.
Additional Information
All offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of apre-employment background check screeningand pre-employment physical to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504 or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator. Wesleyan University complies with the Clery Act and maintains records of campus crime statistics and security policies. Copies of Wesleyan University?s Clery Act Report are available on request and online at


Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand. 

Our student body of approximately 3,000 undergraduate and 200 graduate students is housed on a beautiful 316-acre historic New England campus that offers the comfort of an intimate and collaborative learning environment supported by renowned faculty, cutting-edge facilities, and unique research opportunities.

With our distinctive scholar-teacher culture, creative programming, and commitment to interdisciplinary learning, Wesleyan challenges students to explore new ideas and change the world. Our graduates go on to lead and innovate in a wide variety of industries, including government, business, entertainment, and science.

At Wesleyan, we are all educators. We welcome your interest in Wesleyan's diverse, energetic community of employees who, by their creativity, innovative thinking, and generosity of spirit, help make Wesleyan a great place to work. In this energetic and inclusive community, our talented faculty and staff foster a liberal arts educational experience characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism. Genuinely open-minded, intellectually curious, and mission-driven, our employees invest their impressive talents in fulfilling careers.

Wesleyan offers a broad range of growth and wellness opportunities—comprehensive health benefitsfitness incentives, generous paid time offretirement plansflexible work schedules, and educational benefits, including free employee access to Wesleyan’s Graduate Liberal Studies program and undergraduate tuition reimbursement for dependents of eligible employees. Benefits-at-a-Glance

Campus life affords employees countless opportunities to experience general-interest, academic, artistic, and athletic events. Our location in scenic central Connecticut provides easy access to Boston, New York, and the many other exciting and culturally rich destinations of New England. Few workplaces are like Wesleyan, and we welcome your interest in learning more about us.

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