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Facilities Maintenance Mechanic

Apply now Job no: 499995
Work type: Staff
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 6 - Teamsters Local 2010, Probationary, Full Time, Trades


Job Summary

The Facility Maintenance Mechanic works independently or as a team member under the general supervision of the Utilities Ops Supervisor. The incumbent works as a skilled generalist and performs at a journey-level in one trade with strong skills in other trades to perform a variety of skilled preventive and general maintenance, repair, construction and renovation work on facilities and systems, particularly in mechanical facilities equipment and systems including HVAC and plumbing systems, to ensure a clean, safe and attractive learning environment. The incumbent uses a computerized maintenance system to ensure the preventive maintenance program objectives are met. The incumbent provides safety instructions and directions to unskilled or semi-skilled assistants.

The Central Plant unit of Facilities Development & Operations provides services to a University campus spread across nine sites comprised of +150 acres, 81 buildings, and more than seven million gross square feet. Maintenance & Operations employs approximately 250 full-time permanent staff and up to an additional nine part-time, seasonal, or contract staff. In FY20-21, the assigned operating budget for the unit is $49 million not including funds associated with purchased utilities or maintenance and repair projects.


Key Responsibilities

  • Performs at a journey level in at least one trade and assists with basic and advanced level maintenance and minor repair work for various trades including HVAC/Controls, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, and lock.
  • Performs various types of preventive maintenance and routine maintenance work to include: motors, pumps, fans, controls, duct work, drains, meter readings, condensate sampling, filters repairs, and general cleaning. Identifies problems and needed repairs.
  • Inspects various types of equipment, systems, and areas to identify problems and needed repairs.
  • Inspect completed work for conformance with specifications, requirements and compliance with applicable building and safety codes and regulations.
  • Read, interpret and work from blueprints, plans, drawings, and specifications; make rough sketches; and estimate cost, time and materials of maintenance, repair and renovation work.
  • Operates state vehicle and equipment to include; utility cart, scissor lift, boom lift and forklift (as certified) to be used for maintenance, delivery of supplies, tools and equipment to job site.
  • Attends and participates in departmental meetings, training sessions and functions.
  • The incumbent maintains records and retrieves data related to work performed using manual and/or computerized record-keeping systems. Prepares standard reports, to include as-built for database update. Keeps time records to assist in completion of documentation.
  • Provides response to Service Desk to responds to facility services related emergency situations around campus and miscellaneous trouble calls as assigned (during both normal and after hours).


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of the methods, materials, equipment and tools used in one skilled trade area.
  • Working knowledge of materials, methods, equipment and tools in related trade areas pertaining to facilities, systems, construction and renovation.
  • Thorough knowledge of generally accepted trade practices in trade specialty.
  • Working knowledge of computerized maintenance and building automation systems.
  • Working knowledge of applicable building and safety codes and regulations related to facilities, systems and renovations.
  • Ability to demonstrate journey-level skill in one trade and strong skills in other applicable trades.
  • Ability to operate construction and related equipment; use considerable judgment and discretion in performing duties
  • Ability to read, interpret and work from blueprints, plans, drawings, and specifications; make rough sketches; and estimate cost, time and materials of maintenance, repair and renovation work.
  • 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 provide instruction to unskilled and semi-skilled assistants.
  • Ability to analyze and respond to emergency situations.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for CSU campuses and pass the course exam.
  • Ability to accommodate a work schedule that varies according to operational needs and may include evening and weekend hours
  • Knowledge, skills, and ability to assess, formulate, and evaluate the impact of recommended or implemented policies from a strategic and operational perspective.
  • Ability to effectively interpret, organize and present information, ideas and concepts in written or presentation format and use consultative, collaborative and facilitation skills to obtain decisions required to move forward toward implementation.
  • Ability to implement a customer (constituent) service approach, with a commitment to high ethical standards and to present work to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work harmoniously with a diverse group of individuals throughout the organization as well as those outside of the organization who are directly or indirectly involved with projects and/or assignments. Work often requires active problem solving and effective interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to independently recognize and accommodate changing priorities; meet deadlines/goals; and complete routine tasks despite intermittent interruptions. This includes managing multiple tasks and working proactively to avoid crisis and backlog.
  • Ability to initiate, establish, and foster a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere while establishing effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to operationalize sustainability concepts (economic justice, social justice, environmental justice) into all aspects of performing job duties.



Required Qualifications

Must possess those abilities normally would be acquired through four years of increasingly responsible experience leading to journey-level skills in a mechanical or facilities/building trade, or any equivalent combination of training and experience as a facilities and systems mechanic which demonstrates the achievement of journey-level skills equivalent to that acquired through completion of an applicable apprenticeship program.


Preferred Qualifications

  • General experience with building plumbing and pump systems
  • General experience with toilet and urinal repairs and services.
  • General experience with unplugging drains, sinks, toilets, and urinals
  • General experience with electrical and carpentry



Classification: Facilities Maintenance Mechanics
Anticipated Hiring Range: up to $5,402/month
Salary 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: July 19, 2021 through August 2, 2021. 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


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.


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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Last Updated Sep 13, 2021