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Cornell University SO-11 Backup Shift Mechanic in Ithaca, New York

SO-11 Backup Shift Mechanic


The Cornell University campus is widely admired as one of the world's most beautiful academic settings. The Division of Facilities and Campus Services is committed to providing the highest quality service to faculty, students, staff, alumni, and visitors. With more than 260 major buildings enhancing the magnificent landscape of the Ithaca campus, approximately 1,000 highly talented and dedicated staff serve as steward of the campus resources and operations.

Facilities Management (FM) provides maintenance, grounds, and custodial services to the entire campus. FM serves as a partner within the zone structure for the Contract Colleges (CC), Endowed (EN), and Student and Campus Life (SCL) zones. As a key steward of the University's facilities, FM is responsible for facility assessments, skilled trades, general construction, building care, grounds, recycling, asbestos, and the management of planned, corrective, and preventive maintenance.

All employees are accountable for supporting the organization's values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity, in addition to supporting inclusive and sustainable practices in carrying out everyday responsibilities.

Position Summary:

Serve as backup shift mechanic, which involves responding to all facilities related trouble calls, including emergency calls. Act independently to assess situations, troubleshoot problems, and take appropriate actions. Possess authority to call trades people in on overtime for assistance or repair. If necessary, alert building occupants and others to potentially dangerous conditions. Provide support and assistance to members of the Cornell community who are experience facility related problem situations (e.g., locked out of room or stuck in an elevator). Document and record all maintenance activities and related billable hours for equipment maintenance records as required. Troubleshoot and maintain building heating systems (i.e., boilers, burners, electric, and university steam), cooling systems (i.e., package units, chillers, and university chilled water), and other mechanical and HVACR equipment found in commercial, industrial, residential, and research facilities. Perform routine and preventive maintenance on facilities equipment.

Operate and maintain specialized equipment or systems in support of generators, pools, water, and window covering performing full responsibilities on an as needed basis. Perform Preventive Maintenance on all building mechanical equipment. Monitor all building systems to ensure proper functioning of all equipment.

Ours is a value-based organization where all employees are accountable for supporting the organization's values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity. FCS employees are required to attend staff development trainings and participate in the performance evaluation process.

This is an endowed position within the UAW Local 2300. The starting pay rate is $28.32/hour.

We Require These Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of five years' experience in building trades or other relevant mechanical experience.
  • The position requires a thorough understanding of facilities systems and equipment.
  • Must have excellent communication skills, verbal and written, as well as excellent customer service skills.
  • Experience working in a team environment to accomplish goals required.
  • Ability to learn and maintain a working knowledge of the entire campus and building systems.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, drawings, tech manuals and detailed work instructions.
  • Ability to use common test equipment such as multi-meters, tension meters, alignment tools, etc.
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to use computers.
  • Must be able to lift and/or move 100 lbs.
  • Ability to work in confined spaces.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver's license; may be required to operate a motor vehicle (your own vehicle or Cornell-owned) to travel to/from job sites.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Delivers heavy materials to workers.
  • The ability to ascend and descend heights and have agility and freedom of movement. Climbs stairs and ladders.
  • Able to move easily in confined spaces.
  • Must be able to wear a respirator.
  • Ability to work a rotating 12-hour shift as needed. Subject to shift changes and extended working hours (including nights, early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays) to meet seasonal work demand.
  • Subject to working in weather related extremes of heat and cold for extended periods as well as exposure to extreme dust, dirt, and insects, including bees.

You Will Be a Top Candidate with Our Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with the MAXIMO Computerized Maintenance Management System.

This is a full-time, non-academic staff, benefits-eligible opportunity located in Ithaca, New York. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

Rewards and Benefits:

Cornell provides great benefits that include educational benefits, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions: 3 weeks of vacation leave, health, and personal leave, 13 holidays (including end of year winter break through New Year's Day) and superior retirement contributions.

Cornell has also been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. For more information .

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University Job Title:

Mech Maint S11

Job Family:

United Auto Workers



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Remote Option Availability:

Fully Onsite



Contact Name:

Grace Dembia

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EEO Statement: Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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