Facilities Maintenance Mechanic, Energy and Utilities

San Jose State University
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 9, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Vocational & Technical Fields, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant, Safety & Security
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Facilities Maintenance Mechanic, assigned to the Energy & Utilities unit, works independently or as a team member under the general supervision of the Utilities Operations Supervisor. The incumbent works as a skilled generalist utilizing journey level skills in the mechanical or plumbing trades along with strong skills in other trade areas to perform a variety of skilled preventive and general maintenance, repair, construction and renovation work on utility infrastructure systems. Typically, skills are utilized to maintain and repair mechanical facilities equipment and systems associated with high and low pressure steam heating, chilled water loop, storm drainage networks and sanitary sewer utility networks, domestic and recycled water distribution including irrigation and fire hydrants, and low voltage fire alarm and security networks to ensure a clean, safe and attractive campus/learning environment. The incumbent uses a computerized maintenance system to ensure the preventive maintenance program objectives are met and also provides safety instructions and directions to unskilled or semi-skilled assistants.

The Energy & Utilities unit is part of the Facilities Development & Operations department which provides maintenance and operations services to a University campus spread across multiple sites and comprised of more than 150 acres, 81 buildings, and more than seven million gross square feet. The Energy & Utilities team employs 19 full time permanent staff responsible for operation and maintenance of a 5.6 megawatt central plant and utility networks and systems including domestic and recycled water, irrigation, storm drain, sanitary sewer, heating and chilled water systems, and low voltage fire alarm and security systems. For FY21-22, the unit’s operating budget is +$14.7M including funds associated with purchased utilities.

Key Responsibilities
  • Maintains repairs, and installs domestic water, recycled water, irrigation, and well water systems, including but not limited to piping, mains, and pumping equipment, filtering /purification equipment, hydrants, backcheck valves, meters, piping, valves, control and instrumentation devices, and other equipment or devices that are part of the system
  • Maintains, repairs, and installs fire alarm and security system networks including but not limited to control panels, wiring, and devices and programs systems as necessary for functionality
  • Maintains, repairs, and installs sanitary sewer and storm drain systems including but not limited to piping, mains, manholes, inlets and drains, cleanouts, sump pumps and other pumping devices, valves, control and instrumentation devices, flow meters and other measurement devices, and other equipment or devices that are part of the system
  • Maintains, repairs, and installs chilled water loop systems including but not limited to insulated chilled water pipes, isolation/pressure relief/safety/pressure regulator valves, strainers, pressure and temperature transmitters, flow meters, associated control and instrumentation devices, and other equipment or devices that are part of the system
  • Maintains, repairs, and installs steam/condensate systems including but not limited to insulated steam/condensate pipes, isolation valves, pressure relief/safety/regulator valves, steam traps, strainers, pressure and temperature transmitters, flow meters, control and instrumentation devices, and other equipment and devices that are part of the system
  • Inspects various types of equipment, systems, and areas to identify problems and needed repairs
  • Operates vehicles and equipment including a utility cart, scissor lift, boom lift and forklift (as certified), jackhammer, sewer rodding devices, and other equipment and tools for assignments
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Ability to estimate cost, time and materials of assigned maintenance, repair and renovation work
  • Ability to analyze and respond to emergency situations
  • Ability to take initiative and plan, organize, coordinate and perform assigned work in various situations where numerous and diverse demands are involved
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work harmoniously with a diverse group of individuals throughout and outside of the organization
  • Ability to maintain records and retrieve data related to work performed using manual and/or computerized record-keeping systems and to prepare standard reports
  • Ability to successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for CSU campuses and pass the course exam
  • May be required to lift up to 50 pounds
Required Qualifications
  • Four years of increasingly responsible experience leading to journey-level skills in facility repair and maintenance, or any reasonable equivalent combination of training and experience as a facilities maintenance mechanic which demonstrates the achievement of journey-level skills equivalent to that acquired through completion of an applicable apprenticeship program
  • Requires the possession of a valid California Driver's License for the operation of any vehicle or equipment required for position and in any emergency situation
  • Must participate in all OSHA required physicals and examinations

A valid driver's license is required for this position. Out of state candidates selected for the position must obtain a State of California driver's license within 10 days of hire in accordance with the California Department of Motor Vehicles regulations.

Once hired the employee must successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for California State University campuses.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Certification indicating completion of an applicable apprenticeship program
  • Journey level standing in the mechanical or plumbing trades
  • Knowledge of mechanical and plumbing systems including an understanding of building and/or automated control systems
  • Five years of journey level work experience in the maintenance, repair, or construction of mechanical or plumbing systems including utility network distribution systems


Classification: Facilities Maintenance Mechanic
Anticipated Hiring Range: $5,402/month - $5,452/month
CSU Hiring Range: $5,402/month - $6,904/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary .

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
All applicants must apply within the specified application period May 9, 2022 through May 24, 2022 . This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Contact Information

University Personnel

CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The system wide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/ and questions may be sent to jobs@sjsu.edu .

Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at https://www.sjsu.edu/clery/docs/SJSU-Annual-Security-Report.pdf. The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at clerycompliance@sjsu.edu .

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at https://www.sjsu.edu/clery/docs/SJSU-Annual-Fire-Safety-Report.pdf . The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at uhs-frontdesk@sjsu.edu .

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

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