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Craft Mechanic

Fairfield University
Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 27, 2024

Job Details

Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT. The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Education and Human Development. As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

Job Description:

TITLE: Craft Mechanic

DIVISION: Facilities Management

DEPARTMENT: Facilities Management

BASIC FUNCTION: Performs craft mechanical functions for maintenance and repair of all campus buildings and facilities involving carpentry, incidental painting, appliance and general maintenance.


EDUCATION: High School diploma. Some trade school education or equivalent related experience.

EXPERIENCE: 3 years of experience in carpentry and general maintenance. Demonstrated interpersonal skills. Possession of a valid CT motor vehicle license. Good physical condition and mobility.

UNUSUAL WORK CONDITIONS: Must be able to operate a motor vehicle. Must be available to work during inclement weather, as well as during peak periods of required overtime, and emergency call-ins on a rotational basis. Must be able to lift a minimum of 50lbs. Able to work on roofs and climb ladders. Able to work at various heights and in all types of weather conditions.

REPORTS TO: Director, Facilities Management


1. Performs craft mechanical functions for the University and Prep Campus. This involves:
  • Providing general maintenance and repair of all buildings and facilities.

  • Perform work requests from staff and students.

  • Interact with staff and students to determine the problem, assessing problem, determining appropriate corrective methods and potential need for assistance.

  • Assess malfunctions, determining appropriate corrective methods and determine when there is a need for outside assistance.

  • Maintain mechanical operations in each facility involving carpentry, general maintenance and incidental painting.

  • Assist other departments by removing ceiling tiles and opening walls.

  • Provide emergency service during, before and after hours.

  • Ensuring the quality and timely schedule of requested services.

  • Maintaining a daily log of completed repairs, and completed work orders.

  • Assist with snow removal and ice patrol process.

  • Assist with unclogging toilets.

2. Performs craft mechanical functions for the university community and in support of the Office of Residence Life. This involves:
  • Repair student damages and vandalism orders, damage infractions, etc., inspecting all dormitories, barnyard and townhouse units annually.

  • Repair or replace damaged furniture in dorm rooms.

  • Loft beds in student dorm rooms.

  • Ceiling repair and installation of new suspended ceilings.

  • Install window air conditioners in both dorm rooms and offices.

  • Drape and shade repairs including rods, hooks and rollers.

  • Wall and door repairs and incidental painting.

  • Bathroom dispenser, stall and bathroom hardware repairs.

  • Repair wood floors, carpet and VCT tile floors.

  • Inspecting facilities and performing preventative maintenance.

  • Interacting with Energy department, Office of Resident Life and Housing, Security and Fire Marshal dealing with problems, damage, infractions, etc.

3. Provides special and/or complex carpentry assistance as requested and assists in the preparation of special and annual campus events. This involves:
  • Gutter installations, repairs and cleanings.

  • Constructing platforms, securing dance floors, manufacturing electrical poles to secure electrical panels, etc.

  • Build venue for Commencement and setting up

  • Setting up venues for Masses and athletic events.

  • Seasonal decorations campus-wide.

  • Install storm windows and new replacement windows.

  • Repair clapboard siding, asphalt shingle and cedar shake roofs.

  • Masonry repairs to walls, slabs, ramps, sidewalks and steps.

  • Troubleshoot and repair appliance issues.

  • Installation of small projects including wall construction with wood or steel stud framing, insulation, sheetrock and taping.

  • Hanging banners, signage, artwork and backdrops, bulletin and white boards.

  • Installing counters, shelves, doors and frames.

  • Clearing roofs of debris.

4. Participates in the professional development of the Physical Plant. This involves:
  • Participating in staff meetings as requested.

  • Communicating effectively with supervisor concerning pertinent university, departmental and other matters.

  • Ensuring the proper maintenance of vehicles, tools and other related equipment.

  • Promoting an image of efficiency and courtesy throughout the university community and consistent with the department’s mission.

5. Promote safe and secure working conditions. This involves:
  • Performing proper inspections of all facilities.

  • Maintaining a safe and clean work environment.

  • Wearing safety shoes, uniforms and any PPE provided at all times as appropriate.

  • Ensure proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies.

  • Promote continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.

  • Ensure proper maintenance of vehicles, tools and other related equipment.

  • Promoting the proper utilization of equipment and tools, notifying supervisor immediately of any unsafe working conditions.

  • Answer requests in a professional manner.

7. Performs other related duties as directed or dictated by responsibilities.

Duties may be changed and/or be added at any time.


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Performs such other duties, responsibilities, and activities as required by supervisor and as departmental/University needs indicate.


The above information indicates the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain and should not be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, activities, and/or qualifications required or expected of employees assigned to this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change and new ones may be assigned at any time, with or without notice.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.

Fairfield University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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Fairfield Univesity

Our scenic, 200-acre campus is situated on the Connecticut coastline, just 60-minutes away from the heart of Manhattan and less than a mile from the beaches of Long Island Sound. But it’s more than just our surroundings that make our campus unique — it’s our commitment to each and every student’s personal and professional growth and their journey to becoming individuals of purpose.

For more than 80 years, Fairfield University has been graduating adept, accomplished, and socially responsible leaders in an academic community where the learning goes deeper, the friendships are more meaningful, and the experiences stay with you long after graduation. As a values-based, student-centric, outcomes-focused Jesuit Catholic University, we are committed to educating the whole person — mind, body, and spirit — and providing students with experiential learning and professional development opportunities that give them a competitive edge in today’s job market. At Fairfield, the future is filled with opportunities as limitless as your potential, and they all begin with you.

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