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Facilities Maintenance Specialist Advanced

University of Wisconsin La Crosse
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 3, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Vocational & Technical Fields, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Posting Details

Recruitment Number


Working Title

Facilities Maintenance Specialist Advanced

Position Type


Appointment Percentage



Administration and Finance Division

Position Summary

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse invites applicants for the vacant position of Facilities Maintenance Specialist.

This position performs repairs and preventative maintenance on electrical, plumbing,
heating, residential and commercial grade kitchen equipment, painting, building
envelope, and other mechanical systems and apparatus on the UWL campus (academic
buildings, residence halls and student centers). This position performs a majority of the
work independent of supervision and must be able to make correct judgment calls in
responding to various types of emergencies. This position reports to the Building
Maintenance Manager. The normal work schedule for this position is Monday through
Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. but hours may vary based on the needs of the department.
This position is required to respond to occasional after hours emergencies.

Description of College / Department / Program / Division / Unit

The Division of Administration and Finance is committed to providing quality campus services to faculty, staff, students, and external constituencies in support of the university’s mission of teaching, research, and public service. The division includes Facilities Planning & Management, Budget, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, and Police & Parking Services.

Required Qualifications
  • Minimum of high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience with plumbing, mechanical and electrical repairs.
  • Hold and maintain a valid driver’s license, meeting the criteria for driving a state vehicle.
  • Ability to grasp, lift and/or carry tools, equipment or supplies, up to 75 pounds on a regular basis.
  • Physically be able to work in various environments without adverse physical reaction, e.g.; in confined areas; within extreme temperature ranges; in hot, noisy, dirty or dustfilled areas; at heights above 30 feet, etc.
  • Physically be able to work in various positions, i.e. with arms above your head for periods of time; bending, twisting, crawling, squatting, climbing, stooping or kneeling; on scaffolding, ladders or stairs; standing, sitting or walking, while continuously performing job functions.
  • Ability to wear protective equipment, i.e. respirator, breathing apparatus, hearing, or eye protection, etc.
  • Analytical skills necessary to diagnose and correct the cause of both common and infrequent failures in equipment and systems.
  • Knowledge of mathematical skills necessary to prepare cost estimates, maintain inventories and prepare charge-back documents.
  • Ability to effectively deal with stressful situations such as responding to urgent or emergency situations involving system failures.
  • Initiative to problem-solve and identify job functions that may serve as preventative measures to minimize future repairs or maintenance.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Associate’s degree in a directly related field.
  • Experience working in construction, carpentry, maintenance or related field.
  • Experience in the installation, maintenance, or repair of commercial kitchen equipment.
  • Experience working in a higher education institution.
  • Knowledge of essential job functions and ability to safely perform the duties with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge or ability to learn relevant software and/or computer languages in order to operate preventive maintenance, work order, time reporting and inventory control programs.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally or in writing, using the English language, in various situations, i.e. face to face, via phone or two-way radio, correspondence, editing reports, taking messages, etc.
  • Ability to read blue prints relating to building equipment and systems.
Physical Demands
  • Ability to grasp, lift and/or carry tools, equipment or supplies, up to 75 pounds on a regular basis.
  • Physically be able to work in various positions, i.e. with arms above your head for periods of time; bending, twisting, crawling, squatting, climbing, stooping or kneeling; on scaffolding, ladders or stairs; standing, sitting or walking, while continuously performing job functions.
Working conditions and environment
  • Physically be able to work in various environments without adverse physical reaction, e.g.; in confined areas; within extreme temperature ranges; in hot, noisy, dirty or dustfilled areas; at heights above 30 feet, etc.
  • The individual in this position may be contacted outside of scheduled work shifts and need to perform emergency repair, maintenance, and/or installations.
  • This position is required to wear steel or composite – toe footwear compliant with ASTM F2413.
Miscellaneous Information
  • Required to maintain current field related skills and knowledge and its associated codes by attending training programs, conferences and subscription or memberships of professional organizations.
  • Must comply with all University of Wisconsin System work place expectations, including safe work practices.


Your benefits add an additional 40%+ to the overall financial package from the university.
Highlights include:
  • paid vacation for 12-month positions.
  • excellent flexible health insurance with low co-pays and good coverage.
  • paid holidays and sick days.
  • after 5 years of employment, you become vested in our retirement system which ensures income post-career.
  • benefits at UWL are highly competitive with local industry and some of the strongest in state and nation.

Learn more at:

Benefit eligibility is determined at point of hire. This information is provided for illustrative purposes only. Benefits are also pro-rated based on the appointment percentage.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

UW-La Crosse’s diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “… our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ -Friendly Colleges for 2018-19 by ( ACO ).

For more than a decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared prominently on theU.S. News & World Reportlist of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4 on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the Midwest.

With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs through the following three colleges, the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, the College of Business Administration, and the College of Science and Health, as well as the School of Education. There are over 600 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 84 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.

UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining Excellence is available .

The UW-La Crosse campus is located in southwestern Wisconsin, nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse and positioned as part of a larger metro area with a population close to 140,000. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation. More information about the La Crosse metro area can be found here:Choose La Crosse .

Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction records.

Learn more about UW-La Crosse here:


These are the job duties required for the position.

Responsibility Statement

Mechanical, plumbing and electrical repairs

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Repair a variety of plumbing, faucets, toilets, urinals, drinking fountains, outside water
spigots, garbage disposals, etc.
• Repair a variety of piping. This includes soldering copper, cutting and threading
galvanized and black pipe, assembling PVC and replacing compression fittings, etc.
• Repair slow draining or stopped up drain lines.
• Repair custodial de-liming machines and extractors.
• Repair or replace electrical switches, outlets, lights, ballasts, etc.
• Perform repairs to kitchen and food service equipment including dish washers,
refrigerators, freezers, kitchen appliances, etc.
• Remove and install kitchen and food service appliances as needed.
• Test and replace components of building fire alarm systems including smoke and heat
detectors, pull stations, horn/strobe units, etc.
• Repair vacuums and wet-dry vacuums.
• Perform core drilling and wire installation for mechanical, data, phone, and cable
• Service and maintain water softeners in all academic and residence halls. This
includes coordinating salt deliveries, filling softeners with salt, monitoring consumption,
cleaning salt tanks, repairing softeners, etc.

Percentage Of Time




Responsibility Statement

Facility repairs

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Assemble, repair, refinish furniture, chairs, etc.
• Repair, fabricate and install broken windows and screens.
• Repair and install drapes, blinds, window shades, etc.
• Install or adjust wall hangings, coat hooks, screens, bulletin and marker boards, trim,
• Perform carpet installation and repair.
• Construct book shelves/bookcases, platforms, decks, enclosures, etc.
• Perform work with, and independent from, trade employees on projects including
installation of metal and wood studs, drywall, paneling, ceilings, etc.
• Install interior trim, cabinets, etc.
• Cut, fit, and install moldings, baseboards and similar finishing or trim work.
• Perform and coordinate complex installations for Information Technology Services
( ITS ) including mounting overhead projectors, screens, and other complex electronics.
• Perform installation and repair of resilient floor tiles.
• Assist in the laying and finishing of concrete.
• Prepare surfaces for painting and perform touchups.
• Perform interior and exterior painting.
• Relocate building and departmental equipment including specialized moving
processes, mounting/installing equipment to the building structure, etc.

Percentage Of Time




Responsibility Statement

Miscellaneous duties

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Repair or replace steam traps and steam valves on low pressure steam systems.
• Maintain the shop, tools and vehicle.
• Respond to “too hot/too cold or no ventilation” complaints in the absence of HVAC
• Repair and maintain pneumatic air compressors (draining moisture from the air tank,
adding or changing oil, belt maintenance and replacing other parts as required).
• Repair and maintain air handling units and exhaust systems (lubricating, filter
replacement, coil cleaning, motor repair/replacement, belts, pulleys, bearings and
damper adjustments and/or repairs).
• Complete work order forms and other reports as required.
• Order materials and supplies as required.
• Participate in require safety training.
• Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Percentage Of Time




Posting Detail Information

Special Instructions

Posting Date


Close Date

Continuous Recruitment


Continuous Recruitment First Review Date


Position Contact Name

Scott Brown, Director of Facilities

Position Contact Email
Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identities of finalists must be revealed upon request. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).
    • I wish for my name to remain confidential until the university is no longer able to do so.
    • I waive my right to keep my name confidential through the application process.
  2. * Will you now or in the future require visa sponsorship for employment at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse? (UW-L and UW System institutions pay for some or all of the sponsorship costs. Some candidates may require an H1B or another form of employment sponsorship to work in the US. This question is asked so that if you are the successful candidate, Human Resources can work with your work unit to begin the process of obtaining this visa).
    • Yes, I will require sponsorship prior to employment.
    • Yes, I will require sponsorship for continued employment if hired.
    • No, I do not require sponsorship and am eligible to work in the US.
  3. * Please provide your most recent employer, supervisor name and contact information, including phone number and email address. (Pursuant to UW System Administrative Policy 1275, UW System requires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexual violence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most recent employer and with all previous UW System institution and State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven years. UW-L will notify you prior to contacting your supervisor).

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Are you currently employed by or have you been employed by a UW System institution or a State of Wisconsin agency during the last seven (7) years? Please answer yes or no. If yes, provide the institution or agency name, your supervisor and contact information, including phone number and email address.
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * After you retire from a Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) employer, you may return to work with a WRS employer as a rehired annuitant, provided certain requirements are met. There are no restrictions on what type of position a rehired annuitant can hold. Under the WRS, there is no limit to how much you may earn as a rehired annuitant. (Learn more: Are you currently collecting an annuity from the Wisconsin Retirement System, (WRS)?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Are you an alum of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Were you ever found to have engaged in any sexual violence or sexual harassment in a previous work assignment? (Required under UW System Administrative Policy 1275)
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Are you currently under investigation or have ever left employment during an active investigation in which you were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment? (Required under UW System Administrative Policy 1275)
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * Are you legally eligible to work in the United States?
    • Yes
    • No
  10. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education Web Site
    • Discipline-Specific Publication/Web Site
    • HERC Web Site
    • Web Site
    • Job Center of Wisconsin Web Site
    • Minority Publication/Web Site
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Social Media (i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Web Site
    • La Crosse Tribune
    • Personal Referral
    • LinkedIn
    • Indeed
    • Department of Workforce Development (WISC)
    • Other

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