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Utilities Person
DATE:   5/28/2013
JOB TITLE:   Utilities Person
FLSA STATUS:   Non-Exempt
WORK LOCATION:   Facility Services
TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:   Supervisor - Skilled Trades
DEPARTMENT:   Facility Services
SECTOR:   Business Affairs

Under specific supervision, the Utilities Person performs various minor/medium repairs to the university's buildings in the plumbing, carpentry, electrical and masonry fields.


·       Maintain and repair sinks, toilets, urinals, showers and drinking fountains;

·       Perform fire extinguisher inspection and EPA inspections;

·       Maintain and repair furniture, cabinets, counter tops, med par partitions, ceiling and floor tiles;

·       Maintain and repair lighting fixtures, switches, receptacles and fire protective devices;

·       Perform various painting, spackling and staining;

·       Inspect buildings, facilities and equipment to ascertain required repairs and make recommendations to supervisor;

·        Prepare and submit requisitions for materials required to complete tasks. Plan work to insure cost effective use of labor and materials;

·        Assemble equipment and merchandise;

·         Adjust and repair door hardware;

·        Perform preventative maintenance on the university buildings and equipment;

·        Occasionally workers are required to perform work not related to their primary classification;

·        Perform masonry repairs and do concrete work;

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

·          Maintain confidentiality of information (including but not limited to: proprietary information, student and employee personal information, vendor information, pricing and cost information, etc.), both during and after their employment with the University.  Any question regarding the confidentiality of material, should be referred to the supervisor.  Any violation shall subject the employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

·         Perform other duties as assigned.


50%   Complete work orders in carpentry, plumbing and electrical work as instructed.

20%   Repair work on renovation projects, as well as dorm repairs as assigned.

15%   Perform project work (basic carpentry, plumbing, and electrical) as assigned;

15%    Assist other skilled trades personnel as instructed.

  1. General knowledge of carpentry, plumbing and electrical.
  2. General knowledge of construction principles.
  3. Knowledge of proper use and maintenance of hand and power tools related to job functions, with or without reasonable accommodations.
  4. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  5. Ability to work effectively as an individual or within a team as well as with diverse groups.
  6. Ability to respond to off-hour calls for emergency repairs.
  7. Ability to work effectively in a service oriented environment subject to frequently changing priorities.
  8. Problem-solving skills and sound judgment.
  9. Ability to understand and apply university and departmental policies and procedures.
  10. Ability to work nights, weekends and evenings as necessary.
  11. Adhere to safety procedures in the performance of job and be conscious of security issues involved in daily routine.
  12. Ability to perform all above essential job functions for a minimum of an eight-hour shift, with one-half hour unpaid meal break, without significant risk of serious injury.
  13. Ability to learn and perform all essential job functions accurately, with minimal direct supervision, within two weeks after the employee begins work.
  14. Ability to drive a university vehicle for the purpose of university business on a regular basis.



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. Tasks involving carpentry, plumbing and electrical work involve extensive wrist and hand movement. The utility person must be able to work from ladders, scaffolds, and staging; and be able to work in crawl spaces. All individuals are required to be able to perform these movements without significant risk of injury to themselves or others.


1.      High school diploma required, otherwise, any combination of education, training and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities. 

2.     Minimum of five (5) years of experience in building maintenance.

3.    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.

4.    Ability to drive a university vehicle for the purpose of university business on a regular basis.

Non Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Policy:

The University affirms its commitment to equal opportunity and non-discrimination and recognizes its responsibility to provide for all employees an environment that is free of discrimination and harassment based on gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, national origin, age, marital status, predisposed genetic disorder, Vietnam Era or disabled veteran status, disability or other category protected by law. The University also does not tolerate any actual or attempted reprisals or retaliation against an employee who raises a sincere and valid concern regarding harassment or discrimination. All such discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation is, therefore, strictly prohibited. This policy protects and covers the conduct of all employees, without regard to job title or status. Anyone engaging in the above mentioned conduct is subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge or termination of any other status.

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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