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Utilities Person
DATE:   2/28/2014
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
SALARY:   $12.50 an hour

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.

40%   Complete work orders in carpentry, plumbing and electrical work as requested. Repairs to residential heating system. .

20%   Perform preventative maintenance on plumbing and heating equipment as assigned. 

15%   Install, repair, or replace plumbing, heating and electrical devices. 

15%    Assist other skilled trades personnel as instructed.

10%  Inspect facilities for issues of repair and document findings.

  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:

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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