23-41 General Construction Technician (MR2) - Project Workforce
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Higher Education Institution
Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s Project Workforce Department invites applications for the position of General Construction Technician (MR2).
We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good. As part of this community, the Facilities Division designs, constructs and maintains a dynamic, safe, and sustainable campus to continually advance its nationally benchmarked living and learning community. The shops are responsible for preventative maintenance according to their expertise and keep all operating systems in good repair; make the campus a comfortable, safe, and attractive place to learn, live, work, and recreate; respond quickly to the emergency maintenance and repair needs of the campus community.
WCU proudly offers a positive and purposeful work environment; comprehensive employee benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance along with many wellness programs; generous retirement plans;a commitment to work-life balance including generous paid vacation, paid sick time, military leave and paid time off for most major holidays; and a University mission to support employee personal and professional growth including a tuition waiver for self and family members, training and development, and advancement opportunities.
Under the supervision of the Project Workforce Foreman, this position works with other members of the Project Workforce team to complete small, specialized projects from start to finish with a high level of quality and workmanship. The General Construction Technician performs journey level work in multiple trades and participates in all interior and exterior work projects performed on campus with a focus on all aspects of carpentry and painting.
The ideal candidate demonstrates the ability to follow oral and written directions; effective communication skills; the ability to utilize an electronic work order system and can recognize problems and determine proper repair solutions and corrective courses of action.
Ensure all project work is in adherence to specifications and standards set by the University, Federal, State, and local municipalities
Plan and lay out work from blueprints, drawings, models, or verbal instructions
Utilize a variety of carpentry and masonry hand tools, portable and stationary power tools, and leveling and measuring instruments
Install and repair campus sidewalks
Construct forms, mix, and pour concrete, and apply different finishes in accordance with all building standards and codes
Prepare and lay all types of brick, block, pavers, and tiles (including mixing the proper mortar/grout)
Perform minor masonry work on buildings including pointing, stone/block/stucco repair
Construct wood/steel stud walls/partitions
Install and repair structural foundations and supports
Estimate, install drywall, finish trowel or skim coating walls
Perform minor bathroom and kitchen renovations including installation of countertops, cabinets, fixtures, and partitions
Renovate small office and classroom areas including demoing existing space, reconstructing walls, installing, finishing, and painting drywall, installing doors and trim
Install suspended ceilings and ceiling tiles
Layout and install various types of flooring including carpet, tile, and wood
Perform skilled bench work and operate power saws, joiners, wood lathes, planers, drill press, sanding and mortising machines
Act as a lead worker over helpers and other maintenance for small, specialized projects performed on campus
Provide on-the-job training and assistance to co–workers and helpers
Perform related work as assigned
Apply water-based or oil-based paints, stains, varnishes, and other coloring materials to a variety of interior and exterior wood, masonry, metal, and other surfaces using brushes, rollers, and spray guns
Perform building caulking and power washing
Knowledge of the materials, tools, methods, and techniques of the painting trade
Knowledge of the hazards and safety practices of the painting trade
Ability to determine proper paint materials for specific applications and requirements
Able to work alone using experience and trade skills to complete the project
Ability to use and maintain paint brushes, rollers, spray guns and other painting tools and equipment
Ability to mix paints and match and blend colors and finishes with surrounding surfaces
Perform related work as assigned
Required to estimate materials needed and record time and material expended on each work order
Assemble and disassemble scaffolding; haul and erect ladders
Ability to work at heights from scaffolding and ladders
Ability to work from scissor lifts, bucket truck and man lifts, interior and exterior
Able to climb, balance, stoop and crouch for lengthy periods of time
Ability to make routine decisions in the absence of on-site supervision
Two years of experience as a Maintenance Repairman 1 OR
Four years of experience in building and plant maintenance work, which has involved at least two of the building, electrical, plumbing, or mechanical trades OR
Any equivalent combination of experience and training that affords the applicant the required knowledge, skills, and abilities
Ability to lift 80lbs
A valid driver’s license
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, and practices used in at least two of the building, electrical, plumbing, or mechanical trades
Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions in the trades involved
Ability to care for and use the tools and equipment utilized in the trades involved
Ability to detect defects in equipment and to make proper repairs or adjustments
Ability to interpret and work from pencil sketches and diagrams
Ability to follow oral and written instructions
Ability to lift and move heavy objects and to work under adverse weather conditions
Project construction experience
Remodeling construction experience
Metal framing experience
Knowledge of drop ceiling tiles and systems
Ask about advancement opportunity.
As a member of the Facilities Divisional staff, this position is deemed "essential" and must remain or report to work during partial or full day closings of the University due to hazardous road conditions, emergency circumstances or for other reasons.
Applicants must successfully complete interview process to be considered as a finalist.
Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU's educational mission. The University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer encouraging diversity. Women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background checks.
West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania is among the top regional comprehensive public universities in the nation, serving more than 17,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a national reputation for excellence, value, and student success. Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester offers more than 118 undergraduate and 103 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to the main campus in West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, the Philadelphia campus, and online. Five colleges and two schools comprise the University: Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the School of Music, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Located in Chester County (25 miles from downtown Philadelphia) the area combines the best of enjoyable daily living with easy access to the full spectrum of country and city attractions. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.