Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods.
Who We Are:
Facilities Management manages and maintains Swarthmore's 73 buildings as well as 423 acres of gardens, lawns, athletic fields, and natural woodlands. In addition, it supports and maintains 101 faculty and staff housing units, which range from efficiency apartments to historic homes. We also manage our own Heat Plant, water cooling systems, and water tower. In total, the department cares for 1.7 million square feet of structures on campus. The Sustainable Maintenance Department, which is part of Facilities Management, is staffed with approximately 30 staff members who perform all building maintenance (Mechanical, electrical, HVAC plumbing, paint for all campus facilities. Our goal is to provide a comfortable, pleasant, and safe environment for students, faculty, and staff so that the focus on academic excellence remains at the forefront.
Swarthmore college desires to fill the position of Maintenance Mechanic II. This position provides a broad range of mechanical and electrical expertise as part of College repair crews responsible for maintenance and upkeep of buildings and their related systems on campus. This includes performing tasks that require ability and aptitude to trouble-shoot, diagnose and repair in a timely and safe manner, a variety of problems including but not limited to: interior and exterior surfaces, doors and hardware, lighting, plumbing fixtures and equipment, food service equipment, heating systems, elevators, electrical outlets and other electrical appliances. A primary component of this position is to support the college locksmith.
Who you are:
The skills and abilities need for this position include a broad range of maintenance skills with a focus on supporting the maintenance of campus doors and locksmithing. These also include general maintenance and repair, electrical, equipment repair, plumbing, and other areas as defined in the full position description.
What you bring:
Ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize workload and adhere to an established work schedule.
Ability to work independently as well as in a supportive and collaborative fashion.
Ability to communicate effectively with supervisors and coworkers to define problems.
Ability to trouble shoot and repair mechanical and operational problems in equipment and machines with a high degree of success.
Adapts to new work situations, people, ideas, procedures, and organizational structures, in order to accommodate an evolving work environment. Demonstrates the ability to decide a course of action to make repairs in a timely fashion in order to minimize disruption of classes (e.g., due to faulty laboratory equipment) or other College services (e.g., food services, faculty and staff offices, etc.).
Builds successful relationships with customers, coworkers, and administrators by acting in a professional, courteous manner. Communicates and works effectively as a team member, in order to maximize the effectiveness of the work group.
Exhibits maturity, reliability, composure, and stability under pressure in order to handle on-the-job challenges.
Works successfully with diverse others and upholds the College’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, in order to help the organization realize its commitment to excellence through diversity.
Use computer work stations for data input and reporting into the computerized maintenance management system.
Understands and abides by a high standard of professional ethics in order to ensure the integrity of the organization.
Valid Driver’s license to operate College equipment
Minimum of a High School or GED diploma
A minimum of 5 years experience in a commercial setting performing facilities maintenance, repairing mechanical equipment or similar experience in a particular trade.
A minimum of 3 years locksmithing / door hardware experience in a commercial setting.
The ability to be bonded and pass a background check.
Safely conducts all work and follows all safety procedures. Operates all hand and power tools required for the job in order to ensure safe working conditions. Maintains an alert sense of the dangers inherent in working with electricity, cutting tools, heating systems, elevated work, confined space work and other potentially harmful elements of the work.
What You Will Get:
You’ll work at one of the world's most renowned liberal arts Colleges, with incredible benefits, a stunning 420-acre campus, and work environment. And you will join a team of passionate, creative, and supportive people who work hard and have fun supporting the College community.
Review the Swarthmore Benefits Guidebook, we offer benefit plans starting at $0 per month! Upon benefit eligibility, the College contributes 10% of an employee’s salary to their retirement account. Employees are 100% vested in their accounts on the date participation begins.
Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. Offering a liberal arts and engineering curriculum, the College is private, yet open to all regardless of financial need. It is also decidedly global in outlook, drawing students from around the world and all 50 states. The diversity of perspectives represented by Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff - including different viewpoints, identities, and histories - contributes to the community's strong sense of open dialogue and engagement with ideas and issues.