Maintenance Technician III

Location: Takoma Park, MD
Date Posted: 09-12-2018
Department of Facility Services
(Position is open until filled)


Washington Adventist University (WAU) is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that supports a culture of excellence where all feel valued.  Nestled in a desirable residential community in Takoma Park, Maryland, WAU offers its faculty and staff an environment where professional expertise is valued and lasting connections between co-workers are formed as we work together to ensure the success of our students.  Regardless of title, every employee supports WAU’s vision of producing graduates who bring moral leadership and competence to their communities.

The Maintenance Technician III performs a variety of maintenance and engineering duties for the Facility Services Department.  They are assigned work by the Director of Facility Services.  May also be assigned, at times to, receive guidance and instruction from another Technician. In addition, the Maintenance Technician III could be called upon to give direction and guidance to other maintenance personnel or contractor as assigned by the Director of Facility Services.
Maintenance Technician III is guided by a basic knowledge with proven skill in at least one discipline with building trades and the operation of utilities equipment (boilers, chillers, pumps, steam, hot water, compressed air, controls, medical gases, alarms, lighting, and emergency power systems), plant maintenance methods, techniques, procedures and, repair and use of department equipment and supplies.

Performs a variety of duties in maintaining, repairing, and renovating plant and facilities, such as:
  • Assists in making decisions on all normal and minor repairs and reports major problems to Director of Facility Services.
  • Ability to read blueprint or model to learn work layout or plans own work layout, making routine computations as needed.
  • Ability to start up and shut down hot water boilers, steam boilers, chillers, pumps, air handling units, water softeners, compressors, medical gas system, alarms, and emergency generators to ensure the comfort and safety of students, staff, and visitors.
  • Ability to perform water treatment tests, and takes corrective action from published standards.
  • Constructs, finishes, installs, maintains, and repairs equipment, systems, and facilities related to any craft or combination of same, using power and hand tools and other necessary equipment.
  • Performs a variety of other semi-skilled and skilled work in various crafts such as carpentry, plumbing, welding, painting, electrical work, sheet metal work, masonry, machinist work, etc.
  • Cleans, lubricates, services, repairs, installs, and diagnoses malfunction of HVAC equipment, sterilizers, laundry, and dietary equipment, sprinkler and standpipe systems, ice makers and refrigeration equipment, electrical system and other plant and specialty equipment.
  • Performs tasks at the Technician I and Technician II levels.  In addition, performs the following duties: Install and finish drywall; install tile; perform door adjustments; fabricate new walls install doors, frames and hardware; constructs cabinets and counters; perform detailed repairs on furniture; perform minor HVACR repairs, key and lock repair.
  • Identifies system failures and troubleshoots equipment to restore to operation or contain problem.
  • Can work alone to solve problems, and when called upon can take the lead on a given job with a mechanic.
  • Maintains shops, mechanical spaces, faculty and staff areas, etc., in a clean, safe manner.
  • Follows department policy & procedures. 
Performs a variety of building services duties, such as:
  • Responds to emergency problems in the facility and makes emergency repairs as needed.
  • Provides the various skills required to maintain the systems, equipment and facilities, in a clean, safe operating condition in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations and hospital policy.
  • Maintains logs, performs rounds, complete P.M. work orders, tests, and inspections.  Makes recommendations for modification or improvement of preventive maintenance system.
  • Operates motor vehicles.
 Other Duties:
  • Serves as a member of facility’s fire response team.
  • Assists in removing snow from facility’s grounds and maintains grounds as required.
  • Performs related and other departmental duties as required.
  • Supports and affirms a culture of distinctive excellence and exceptional service.
  • Attends University events and, required meetings (including weekly Convocation)
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:
  •  High school diploma and graduated from approved trade or technical school
  • At least five years of experience as a Maintenance Technician in plant operations/engineering in a similar-sized organization
  • Must possess a valid MD driver’s license
  • Command of English grammar and spelling
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Good mathematical skills
  • Ability to diagnose and solve technical and mechanical problems.
Physical Demands: 
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Good physical condition including the ability to sit, stand, walk, bend, kneel, climb stairs, ladders and equipment, and a good sense of balance to work on heights is required.  Some lifting of medium and heavy materials, equipment and tools is required.
  • The employee will frequently be called upon and must be able to work long hours under stressful conditions, including weekends and nights, as needed. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk and hear. 
Benefits package includes:
  • Healthcare, including vision, dental and prescription drug
  • Flexible Spending Plans
  • Competitive 403B plan Retirement Plan
  • Tuition assistance for employees, spouse and dependents
  • Life insurance including supplemental and accidental death and dismemberment policies
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Aflac Insurance
  • Legal Insurance Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
Title VII Exception Notice
Washington Adventist University is a religiously qualified Equal Opportunity Employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  As such the University has the legal right to prefer a member of the Seventh-day Adventist ("SDA") Church in its hiring process. In the event that a qualified SDA candidate is not identified, the University will give the opportunity to candidates who must understand and respect the mission, purpose, and identity of Washington Adventist University as a condition of their employment.
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