Through our three primary operating departments, Engineering & Utilities (E&U), Facilities Maintenance Operations (FMO), and Green Building Services (GBS) we maintain the University's energy supply and utility infrastructure, provide facilities support (including MEP, fire safety, custodial, and landscape), and provide a wide range of engineering and technical services that improve efficiency and sustainability.
Facilities Maintenance Operations (FMO) Sub-Unit offers building & landscape maintenance, and custodial services to Harvard faculties and departments on a fee-for-service basis. All services are provided in strict accordance with customer-determined standards. As such, FMO operates as an in-house alternative to contractor services and therefore must manage itself under the same principles that guide any successful maintenance service business.
Provides responsive customer support in all phases of building maintenance and operations.
Under the direction of licensed mechanic or supervisor, inspects and tests heating, ventilating, and air conditioning equipment as well as other primary building systems to ensure proper functioning.
Reports noted deficiencies to supervisor or foreman to initiate corrective actions as needed.
Assists licensed trades persons in the installation, repair and operation of all types of building equipment.
Collects detailed equipment data needed to establish and update preventive maintenance records and work performance logs.
Identifies and labels equipment in accordance with preventive maintenance plans.
Performs scheduled preventive maintenance routines on primary building equipment, including: lubricating components, changing filters, repacking small valves, replacing lamps, adjusting and replacing belts, cleaning or replacing sedimentation traps and strainers.
Cleans work area(s) shops and mechanical rooms and maintains tools and equipment.
Performs other core skills of the trade and related duties as required.
Assists and advises customers by providing follow-up on progress and status of work performed.
May be assigned to work independently or as part of a multi-trade team under the guidance and direction of the Area Supervisor and/or Working Foreperson.
May be assigned to perform property maintenance work or escort / assist inspectors from the City Water Departments (Cambridge/Boston) throughout the campus.
Minimum two years field experience with HVAC equipment and/or trade or vocational school training.
Previous experience working with heating, ventilation and air conditioning machinery and components required.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Must observe and comply with all standard safety codes and practices, and perform work in accordance with recognized trade and University standards.
Must be able to read and interpret basic plans, specifications, operating manuals and other materials associated with this trade.
Demonstrate legible penmanship and organizational skills and be able to effectively communicate with peers and customers.
Special Requirements (and ongoing conditions of employment):
Must be willing to work overtime during peak heating and cooling seasons and respond to emergencies.
Must possess a valid State driver's license and satisfactory driving history.
Must supply a complete set of hand tools.
Must be willing to work in research laboratory environments and around hazardous materials.
May be required to pass a Respiratory Physical and certification for use of a respirator.
Required to wear/use appropriate safety clothing/equipment at all times.
Required to properly wear a department-issued uniform and maintain a professional image at all times.
Emergency Status Designation:
Critical Operations Personnel
Certificates and Licenses
Must possess a valid State driver's license
Must be able to lift up a minimum of 50 lbs. and transport piping and equipment in excess of 200 lbs. with others.
May use chain falls and come along for heavier lifting.
Must be able to push and pull heavy loads as listed.
Must be able to stoop and bend for long periods of time and work on hands and knees and other awkward positions for extended periods, to routinely walk to and from various buildings carrying tools, equipment and other essentials to the job site.
Must be able to work alone and climb multiple sets of stairs, work off ladders, staging, lifts, etc.
Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety, and well-being of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage. Harvard University Health Services employees and other healthcare individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University's COVID-19 Information Website.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening.
Harvard Central Administration & Campus Services is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship.
This position has a 90-day orientation and review period.
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About Campus Services
Campus Services is a multi-department organization within Harvard's Central Administration providing a wide range of non-academic services to the University community. We employ more than 1,600 employees, 66% of which are front-line service and trades workers. Our workforce is also quite diverse, with employees representing 20+ countries.
We service the university by supporting Campus Operations, supporting international students and programs, bringing the Harvard Community together and our Campus Services shared services. Learn more about Campus Services at: www.campusservices.harvard.edu
Harvard University welcomes individuals with disabilities to apply for positions and participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact our University Disability Resources Department at: https://accessibility.harvard.edu/
Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on the date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary caregivers.
Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability, and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on-campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Programs, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options are handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts, and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging:
Harvard University Central Administration's commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging is rooted in our belief in drawing on the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity. Our community strives to uphold these beliefs by honoring the rights, differences, and dignity of others and embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values. We aim to foster a campus culture where everyone can thrive, a key to which is ensuring that each of us experiences a profound sense of inclusion and belonging. For more information, visit our page: https://hr.harvard.edu/diversity-inclusion-belonging
EEO Statement We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.