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UW Facilities manages the University’s buildings, infrastructure and land, with more than 1,100 employees in a variety of fields. The Asset Management group includes Capital & Space Management, Real Estate, Sustainability and other teams responsible for planning and workload management. The Operations group includes Project Delivery, Maintenance & Construction, Campus Utilities & Operations, Building Services, Transportation Services and Safety. Supporting these groups, as well as the separate Emergency Management team, are the Business Intelligence & Information Technology group and the Finance & Administration group.
Campus Utilities & Operations has an outstanding opportunity for a Facilities Operations Maintenance Specialist (FOMS) to provide the first-line of defense to emergency-situations in the UW Tower complex. The UW Tower FOMS provide 24 hour - 7 day-a-week coverage for the evaluation of equipment, operational problems, and emergencies; taking appropriate action to return equipment to normal operating condition and monitor building systems operations to ensure their normal functions. The incumbents will make permanent repairs to operational systems as time and circumstances permit.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
•Responsible for proper operation of all building systems while on shift; including (HVAC) boiler, chiller, building controls, life-safety and auxiliary equipment •Perform preventative maintenance, repairs and improvements to equipment and facilities •Respond to customer requests with professionalism and competence •Evaluate equipment operations problems and emergencies taking appropriate action to return equipment to its normal operating condition; monitor building systems operations to ensure their normal functioning •Respond to emergency calls and reported malfunctions on mechanical, electrical or utility systems; apply journey-level knowledge in associated trades; work independently without on-shift supervision and exercise independent judgment to solve problems •Inspect and initiate corrective action on a variety of mechanical, electrical, mechanical, life-safety, and HVAC equipment; determine need to call in and coordinate other UW support staff or vendors as necessary to resolve emergency conditions •Respond to building fire alarms and assist Seattle Fire Department personnel as required •Coordinate with UW Police Department during off-hour emergencies, e.g., during fires, security threats and disruptions of primary utility systems •Respond to and establish alternate operating modes for, malfunction of utility systems and personnel service systems •Collaborate with UW Tower operations personnel and initiate operating procedures to maintain building environmental systems and achieve optimal levels of energy consumption including initiating changes in Automated Building Controls System •Maintains supply inventory including equipment parts and other supplies and orders according to established departmental procedures •Maintain service manuals and records •Occasionally works with high profile clients, such as University President, Board of Regents, executives, or visiting dignitaries •Develop and participate in equipment identification programs •Adhere to safety rules, regulations and precautions •May provide intermittent training to other trade and crafts workers •This UW Tower FOMS position provides 24-hour coverage; which may involve working nights, weekends, and holidays •Other duties as required
•Demonstrate personal integrity and trustworthiness •Manage stressful situations and changing priorities effectively •Anticipate, recognize and resolve problems •Be responsible and accountable •Use organizational skills and provide attention to details •Maintain a positive, optimistic, and success-oriented attitude •Exercise professionalism, which includes being tactful and courteous •Exhibit a professional work ethic •Continuously promote a safe work environment
•Four years of journey-level experience in one or more skilled trades, including experience in heating and air-conditioning systems, mechanical, electrical and life-safety systems
Additional Requirements include:
•Demonstrated effective communication skills with clients, peers, supervisors, and managers •Strong computer skills or willingness to learn and use computers/related applications •Have knowledge and understand of safe work practices and policies •Must be able to wear all proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
•Journey-level experience in at least two skilled trades •Experience working in an urban high-rise building •Experience using computerized work order and scheduling system •Excellent HVAC skills and repair experience •Excellent electrical repair experience and troubleshooting in a commercial high-rise setting •Excellent plumbing skills •Ability to work directly with high level clients such as staff for the Board of Regents, Office of the President, and senior level management •Must be able to obtain a City of Seattle Grade III Steam Engineer License
Conditions of Employment:
•Must be able to work overtime and cover other shifts as required •Must be able to work in mechanical/electrical spaces, including confined spaces, and around operating equipment such as boilers, fans, pumps, and transformers •Must be able to climb ladders and work at heights •Must have a demonstrated ability to work under adverse conditions and in pressure situations •Must always have a professional skilled trade appearance •Must be able to use effective communication skills with clients to help mitigate major facilities emergencies •Must work extremely well in a team setting as well as working alone •Must be able to lift 40 pounds and carry/manipulate cumbersome equipment •Must be able to communicate effectively on portable FM radio with the Seattle Fire Department, the University Police Department, and the Facilities staff •Approved safety shoes must be provided at the employee’s expense and worn on the job •Must be able to work outside under all weather conditions •Must be able to be fitted for and wear a respirator on the job •Must have a valid Washington State Driver’s License •Must be able to work in a non-smoking environment •Regular and predictable attendance is required
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
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