Job Information

University of Utah Maintenance Mechanic Team Lead in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 08/13/2021

Requisition Number PRN27316B

Job Title Maintenance Specialist

Working Title Maintenance Mechanic Team Lead

Job Grade D

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Most work will be done between the hours of 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday. However during busy seasons such as move-in, move-out, and summer conferences, weekend and overtime hours may be necessary. This position may also be in an on-call rotation to respond to after-hours maintenance needs.

VP Area President

Department 00307 - Housing & Residential Educ

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $19.95

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Located in Salt Lake City, the University of Utah is a public, 4-year institution committed to providing an exceptional academic and co-curricular experience for students and the University community. The “U” is a PAC -12 institution with over 33,000 students. Heritage Commons is home to 2,800 students who live in the 2002 Winter Olympic athlete village, residing in 20 co-ed residence halls and 10 apartment buildings. In addition, Housing & Residential Education has two apartment buildings located in downtown Salt Lake City that constitute Downtown Commons. Heritage Commons constitutes 868K square feet and Downtown Commons is 26K square feet. HRE is growing with a 309 bed Honors Living Learning complex (161K square feet) that opened August 2012 and additional 400 bed Entrepreneur-Innovation Living Learning complex (150K square feet) opening August 2016. The University Housing Campus Master plan calls for continued growth and construction to meet the housing demand.

Housing & Residential Education and the University of Utah value interactions among individuals with varying traditions, cultures, identities, expressions, orientation, religious beliefs, economic backgrounds, and racial/ethnic origins. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who will share and explore this value with the team and with the residents.

The Maintenance Mechanic Team Leads report to the Maintenance Supervisor and administers to the CMMS as directed. Maintenance Mechanic Team Lead directs, provides coaching, conducts employee reviews, and disciplinary action as needed with Mechanics to ensure that they maintain the public spaces within the buildings, complete work requests that arise from customers, and conduct preventative maintenance checks. When the students move out in May, as well as prior to their arrival in August, the Maintenance Mechanic Team Leads complete a check of every room after move out and repair to ensure that the facility is maintained to APPA level II standards out by Mechanics. Maintenance Mechanic Team Leads rotate through serving as on-call staff for urgent issues arising after business hours.


1. Inspects equipment, appliances, structures, and buildings to determine if repairs are warranted and may be assigned to estimate cost of repairs.

2. Repairs electrical equipment or appliances by troubleshooting problems, replacing worn parts, switches, fuses, and rewiring electric motors.

3. Installs electrical equipment to include lights, ballasts, switches, sockets, plugs, etc., following manufacturer\’s instructions and safety precautions.

4. May construct or modify small structures such as sheds, hot houses, or make repairs to buildings, roofs, and floors. Determines and orders materials to be used for those repairs or modifications.

5. May construct or repair bedroom furniture, kitchen furniture, counter tops, and cabinets using appropriate carpentry tools.

6. Installs or repairs dry wall in facilities and buildings and prepares surfaces for finishing and painting. Hangs doors and installs hardware such as door knobs, dead bolts, hinges, etc.

7. May be assigned to Paint interiors and exteriors of structures, facilities or buildings using spray equipment or painting by hand; mixes paints, varnishes or stains in order to match existing color scheme.

8. Assists in installing plumbing fixtures such as sinks, toilets, urinals, and shower accessories by detaching the existing plumbing and removing old the fixture. Seats new fixture and reconnects plumbing modifying it (if necessary) to fit the new fixtures. Repairs facets by replacing washers and seats as needed.

9. May perform preventive maintenance on secondary air handling and temperature systems by inspecting units on a scheduled basis, making minor adjustments, replacing steam traps, fan pulley belts, filters, lubricating motors, and pulleys.

10. Replaces broken windows, mirrors, and other glass products by removing old glass, replacing with new and then puttying windows. May also replace ceramic tile and regrout tile area as needed.

11. May inspect mechanical equipment such as diesel engines, high vacuum pumps, air pumps, autoclaves, other appliances and other equipment related to a hospital setting making repairs or rebuilding as needed.

12. Maintains a log of repairs made, materials used, and the date repairs were made so that an audit trail can be followed should the equipment become inoperative.

13. May lay carpet, floor tile, wood and parquet or may patch or mend them in order to keep floors in good repair.

14. May clean out sewer system pipes using hand or power auger in order to keep the system open and running.

15. May repair broken metal equipment and furniture by soldering or welding broken pieces together in order that they may be used again.

16. Uses appropriate hand or machine tools associated with the trade’s area in which the task is assigned. May operate a variety of machines as required in order to complete the job.

17. Schedule work for employees and/or contractors in a manner which supports efficiency and a high level of customer service.

18. Provide technical and departmental training to new hires and tenured maintenance staff.

19. Perform the responsibilities and duties of the Maintenance Supervisor in their absence.

Problem Solving

Depending upon the area of assignment, the incumbent may operate under close supervision or little supervision. Will act as a lead worker over lower classifications and will assist in specific training of lower classification employees.

Challenges encountered in this position may include trouble shooting problems involving heating sources, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, and carpentry difficulties to determine whether repairs can be handled by the incumbent or whether the repairs will need to be made by an outside source. Other problems may center around the keeping of accurate records as to what work has been completed, when it was completed, and by whom, and making sure parts are on hand in order to complete preventive maintenance schedules.

Challenges encountered in this position include working with a diverse staff of varying capabilities effectively, and appropriately meeting the needs of a diverse student population in regards to the facilities the Housing and Residential Education Department provides to them.

Challenges encountered in this position include working around students, visitors and staff without causing any disruptions. For instance, the incumbent may have to decide whether or not to proceed with a repair in a student’s room if the student’s belongings are in the way, if the student is sleeping, or is in the shower.

Security is extremely important. Staff must maintain upmost integrity when in student spaces.

Work Hours

Most work will be done between the hours of 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday. However during situations that arise, busy seasons such as move-in, move-out, and summer conferences, weekend and overtime hours may be necessary while also on-call to maintain responsible areas.


This position exists for those people who have skills in the trades areas but do not meet the criteria for journeyman status in a specific trade. Incumbents are expected to possess their own hand tools for use in their assignments.

Essential Personnel

This position is considered to be an essential personnel position for the department. As such, must be accessible and available in the event of emergencies or when needed to meet the ongoing missions of the University.

Background Check

A successful background check is required before a formal offer of employment can be made for this position.

• This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Minimum Qualifications

Four years relevant work experience in the applicable trades areas with one of those years in a lead capacity; demonstrated knowledge of national, state and local building codes and standards; ability to read wiring diagrams, blueprints, and be able to make mechanical sketches and drawings; and demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills required. Requires lifting and transporting heavy objects. A valid Utah Driver’s license may be required.

Department Specific Qualifications

Four years relevant work experience in multidisciplinary trades.

A working knowledge of carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting, heating, air conditioning, and access control.

The ability to communicate effectively with students, peers, supervisors, and service providers.

Basic computer skills required.

The ability to move heavy objects required.

A valid Utah Driver\’s license; positive oral and written communications skills along with excellent customer service skills.

The ability to read and work from wiring diagrams, appliance handbooks, blueprints, and drawings also required.

Training at a technical college in electrical, plumbing, carpentry, diesel engine repair, welding, or refrigeration and air conditioning is preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Ability to work cooperatively within a diverse population.

Staff must be able to follow department policies regarding entering bedrooms, providing notice, and serving as a professional representative of the department.

During certain times of the year, this position requires staff to work weekends and holidays.

A successful background check is required for employment.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.