University of Colorado Preventative Maintenance Mechanic in Boulder, Colorado

Preventative Maintenance Mechanic

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Boulder, Colorado

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Classified Staff



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Job Summary

Facilities Management’s Trades Services is seeking a Preventive Maintenance Mechanic to join our team. This position is part of the Preventive Maintenance Shop, performing inspections, minor repairs and preventive maintenance procedures on HVAC equipment, mechanical equipment and electrical rotating equipment. We are looking for a journeyman who has experience and training in HVAC, boilers, and chillers, who is reliable and hard-working.

This full-time position offers excellent benefits, including:

  • Paid vacation and sick leave

  • 10 paid holidays

  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance

  • Life insurance

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • EcoPass for free RTD rides

  • Flex schedules

  • An unparalleled retirement plan

Who We Are

Facilities Management (FM) is responsible for the overall physical development and maintenance of the campus. The mission of the department is to provide a safe physical environment that promotes the advancement and transfer of knowledge.

The Preventive Maintenance Shop is responsible for ensuring the operations of mechanical-based equipment that serves vital functions all across the CU Boulder campus, from classrooms and faculty offices to laboratories that conduct advanced scientific research. Preventive Maintenance is a close-knit shop, where PM mechanics work together in teams to service the campus. As a PM mechanic, you will help to stop mechanical failures before they even start, as well as perform surveys on equipment in order to develop and refine maintenance processes.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Mechanical/Electrical Component Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance

  • Perform preventive maintenance and inspection procedures (PMs) on mechanical equipment as directed by the PM Shop supervisor.

  • These PMs are specific to each component, including CRAC units, ultra low freezers, chillers, boilers, and HVAC systems.

  • Perform seasonal start ups and shut downs of related equipment and minor repairs of all related components.

  • Follow all safety protocols including: environmental hazards safety procedures, use of personal protective equipment, and lockout/ tag out and confined space policies.

Building Inspections, Audits, and Surveys

  • Perform building surveys, including compiling information and documentation for mechanical systems in both existing and newly acquired buildings on campus.

  • Review prints and specifications for projects and performing inspections, as needed.

  • Examples may be- deferred maintenance audits, information gathering for the formulation of preventive maintenance checks or routes, survey information such as condensers or coils, or the restructuring of existing PMs to meet the needs of the shop.

Project Support

  • Provide support for projects.

  • Projects may include: small remodel projects, renewal and replacement projects, large capital projects and other similar projects.

  • Review project documents (drawings, specifications, component submittals and requests for information) reviewing outage notification requests, performing outages related to projects, performing quality assurance inspections, attending project walks, performing equipment start up and final commissioning of new projects.

What You Should Know

  • Lifting requirements for this position are designated as “heavy.” The incumbent will be required to exert in excess of 100 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 lbs. of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 lbs. of force constantly to move objects.

  • Normal work hours are Monday-Friday. This position may be required to occasionally work alternative shifts, for example, 3:30 PM - 12 AM or 7:30 AM - 4 PM, Tuesday - Saturday.

What We Can Offer

Annual starting salary is $60,338, NON-NEGOTIABLE. Employee may be eligible for a 5% new hire salary increase within 12 months.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Three years of experience in HVAC/mechanical trades work. SUBSTITUTION: Appropriate education or successful completion of a formalized apprenticeship program may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

  • Universal EPA Certification.

  • Must be a Colorado resident to apply.

  • Valid CO Driver's License.

  • To comply with ITAR regulations, must be either:

  • US Citizen (has a US passport, certificate of naturalization, original or certified copy of US birth certificate, Native American Tribal Document, Certification of Birth Abroad by Department of State).

  • Legal, permanent resident in the US (has a green card, or foreign passport has a temporary I-551 stamp imprinted on visa).

What You Will Need

  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Knowledge of chiller systems over 250 tons.

  • A degree in HVACR.

  • Experience with boiler operation.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • A current resume. Must include date ranges and whether full time or part time work.

  • A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

  • DD-214 for veteran applicants.

  • Qualified veterans are eligible for veteran’s preference points within the State classified system. If you are a veteran and would like to have your DD214 evaluated to determine your eligibility for preference points, please attach a copy of your DD214 to this posting. If you do not wish to upload a DD214, please email a copy to or send via fax at 303-492-4693 and reference the job to which you are applying.

  • If using the educational substitution for experience: proof of degree or transcripts.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by January 28, 2019 for consideration.

Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer