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Foreman/CAD Operator
DATE:   4/11/2013
JOB TITLE:   Foreman
WORK LOCATION:   Facility Services
TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:   Supervisor of Skilled Trades
DEPARTMENT:   Facility Services
SECTOR:   Business Affairs


Under general supervision, assists in the planning and direction of maintenance and repair activities. Supervises the maintenance and repair of all equipment such as pumps, motors, boilers, steam, water and sewer lines, streets, sidewalks, elevators, building maintenance and repairs; estimates work times for H.V.A.C. mechanics, carpenters, plumbers, electricians and utility workers.  CAD operator will create and save documents with AutoCAD - Version 09. 

Supervise and inspect work performed by skilled trades to ensure work is satisfactory;

Monitor progress of daily operations to ensure a productive shift for staff;

Help determine necessary time required to perform tasks based on experience and investigation;

Estimate materials and supplies needed to perform work and requisitions same;

Assist the Supervisor of Skilled Trades with employee performance evaluations and makes recommendations;

Make regular inspections of buildings and equipment to identify conditions that require repair;

Personally performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled maintenance tasks; 

Considered essential personnel which means that this position may be needed at times when the University is closed or in emergency situations as determined by the supervisor;

Perform other duties as assigned.


20%    Supervise daily work activities, assign staff, trucks and equipment and monitor progress;

20%    Supervise and inspect work performed by skilled trades to ensure quality;

15%    Requisition materials, supplies and equipment;

15%    Make periodic inspections of buildings and grounds to identify concerns;

15%    Develop CAD drawings

10%    Make periodic inspection of building and grounds to identify concerns

10%    Personally perform a variety of skilled and semi-skilled work;

10%      Monitor compliance to life safety, fire and building codes.


Ability to read and comprehend the English language sufficiently to be able to read and understand various forms, documentation, files, blueprints and information in the department.

Thorough knowledge of principles, practices, materials, tools and equipment used in general building construction, maintenance and repair.

Good knowledge of building trades to include: heating, ventilating and plumbing systems, including electrical and mechanical trades.

Ability to lay out and inspect the work of trades persons.

Ability to supervise the work of others.

Ability to recognize areas in need of maintenance, repair or improvement.

Ability to evaluate and resolve day-to-day problems pertaining to the maintenance or repair of the physical facilities.

Ability to work extended hours to respond to emergencies.

Ability to participate in on-call responsibilities.

Knowledge of computer systems or ability to learn in a timely manner.

Ability to drive a university vehicle for university business.

Ability to work occasional weekends and periodic midnight shifts.


The functions of the position usually performed standing. Some amount of stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, heavy lifting, climbing ladders, walking, carrying and other movements may be required. The foreman/scheduler must be able to work in steam tunnels, pits, and crawl spaces. The foreman must be able to work from ladders, scaffolds, and staging. Under special circumstances, protective equipment and garb may be required. Tasks involving maintenance work involve extensive wrist and hand movement. All individuals are required to be able to perform these movements without significant risk of injury to themselves or others, or to otherwise demonstrate or explain how they can perform the essential functions listed above.

  1. High school diploma with technical training in building trades or significant (10+ years) experience in the construction industry required; Associates degree preferred. degree or certificate in CAD with exposure to AutoCAD preferred.
  2. Formal training or equivalent experience directing a diverse staff in a similar environment.
  3. One year of CAD experience preferred.
  4. A valid New York State driver’s license is required that satisfies both University and insurance company underwriting rules and regulations for driving a motor vehicle.
  5. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  6. Proficient in computer skills including CAD. Experience with
    maintenance work order systems preferred.

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NIAGARA UNIVERSITY is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with our Catholic mission, Niagara University is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunities and will not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex (gender), national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristic, status as veteran or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Ryan Thompson, Esq., Title IX Coordinator, Office for Equity & Inclusion, 716-286-8324, rthompson@niagara.edu, www.niagara.edu/oei, Office Location: O’Shea Hall, B27. For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

Niagara University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. A copy of the Student Right to Know Annual Security Report is available at: http://www.niagara.edu/safety
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