Utilities Technician (2nd Shift)

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Facilities

Bucknell Facilities is looking for a 2nd Shift Utilities Technician to act as the liaison to the Bucknell community and a first responder and primary troubleshooter for technical issues. You will need a thorough working knowledge of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and associated equipment as well as water, sewage, oil, gas, steam, condensate and fire sprinkler/prevention systems and associated equipment. Some fundamental knowledge of electrical systems / electronics and carpentry will be necessary as the scope of this position is wide-ranging. If this describes your skill set, please see the posting for the full details of the position. This is a full-time, non-exempt, benefits eligible position.

Job Duties:
* Troubleshoot and repair heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and associated components. Use diagnostic equipment, line diagrams and campus Building Automation System to identify issues and develop solutions.

* Perform preventive maintenance tasks on HVAC equipment including air handlers, fans, condensing units, air compressors, vacuum pumps, motors and other campus utility system components.

* Periodically monitor the Building Automation System (BAS) for system alarms. Identify cause of alarm and resolve.

* Perform repair/maintenance, inspection and modification of mechanical plumbing systems, equipment and fixtures for domestic water, sewage, gas, oil and fire sprinkler/prevention systems.

* Perform maintenance on campus steam and hydronic systems and associated equipment.
Includes maintaining building steam, condensate, chilled water, and hot water piping systems, pumps, pump motors, steam traps, humidifiers, and heat exchangers.

* Perform repairs and/or replacement of electrical fixtures, devices, and appliances as required.

* Troubleshoot and repair food service equipment as required.

* Perform small carpentry tasks as required.

* Provide first response for elevator outages.

* Maintain maintenance records through site computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) including generating, updating and closing out work orders.

* Adhere to OSHA standards, employ safe practices and follow safety policies/procedures. Use PPE in a safe manner, set examples for others, notify supervisor of potential hazards, and demonstrate good housekeeping habits.

* Support and promote the University’s sustainability efforts.

* Perform other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:
* High School Diploma or equivalent with strong math and shop background

* Three years commercial/institutional experience in all areas of facilities maintenance and operation including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and associated components, mechanical plumbing systems and associated equipment and basic electrical systems OR two year technical degree from a qualified technical/trade school with emphasis in HVAC, plumbing or electrical along with one year commercial/institutional experience.

* Thorough working knowledge of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and associated equipment.

* Working knowledge of water, sewage, oil, gas, steam, condensate and fire sprinkler/prevention systems and associated equipment.

* Working knowledge of electrical systems.

* Working knowledge of methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in the HVAC and plumbing trade as well as applicable federal, state, and local health and safety code requirements.

* Ability to interpret engineering drawings and specifications to determine layout for mechanical systems.

* Ability to understand oral and written instructions and procedures.

* Computer literacy.

* Ability to work independently and as a team member; take initiative; use good judgment; and communicate effectively.

* Strong customer-focus and time management skills.

* Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

* A valid driver's license and the ability to drive University vehicles.

* This position is classified as part of essential services. Individual is required to report to work even if campus has a delayed opening, early closing, or is closed, unless instructed otherwise by facilities supervisor; or when the individual has concerns related to their personal safety.

* Must communicate closely and effectively with supervisors, peers and various groups and departments throughout the campus to provide reliable building/utility systems and support campus activities and events.

* Use sound judgment and make decisions by gathering all relevant information and analyzing it in a logical manner. Seeks advice and assistance from peers and supervisors when needed.

* Able to work as a valuable team member with other maintenance technicians, contractors and University personnel. Willing to share information and provide assistance at all times. Willing to accept work assignments and follow directions.

* Work with minimal supervision. Take the lead in identifying, analyzing, and correcting problems and deficiencies, with appropriate input from coworkers and supervisors.

* This is normally a second shift, weekday position, but may require occasional first shift work.

Preferred Qualifications:
* Two year technical degree from a qualified technical or trade school with emphasis in HVAC, plumbing or electrical.

* Experience utilizing Building Automation Systems (BAS) or Energy Management Systems (EMS) such as Johnson Control (JCI) and Automated Logic (ALC).

* EPA Refrigerant Recovery Certification

Physical Demands:
* Lift and carry 75 pounds unassisted.

* Ability to move around and work from heights on the entire work site including climbing ladders, stairs, scaffolds, man lifts, aerial lifts, and entering confined areas and crawl spaces.

* The position requires the following physical movements: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, and reaching.

* Must be able to perform work in a safe manner and adhere to department’s safe practice guidelines, including but not limited to trenching, lockout/tagout, and confined spaces.

* The scope of the position requires exposure to and use of chemicals, solvents, cleaners, and lubricants common to maintenance work that may be hazardous and/or cause injury if specific instructions regarding their mixture, use, and disposal/storage are not properly followed.

* The person in this position works indoors and outdoors. There is daily exposure to dust, dirt, weather, and temperature changes.

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About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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