Maintenance Technician (Historic Houses) serves as the primary point of contact and lead on all maintenance related matters for residential historic houses. Performs multi-craft skilled trades work in the renovation, upkeep, repair and maintenance of all residence historic houses and assists in all other residence halls as required. Troubleshoots and performs general building maintenance, including carpentry, drywall, painting, plumbing, electrical, HVAC filter changes, masonry and inspection services. Under supervision of Housing Maintenance Supervisor, employee works independently or with other facilities personnel in buildings, following safety and quality standards to maintain facilities that contribute to a positive on-campus living environment in support of student success, recruitment and retention. Performs services among 13 residence halls, 25 historic residence houses and supporting offices, serving 3400 residents and live-in staff, and varying quantities of summer conference guests. Serves in a flexible position that may assist in other student residences on an as needed basis. This position works in partnership with the offices of Campus Housing and Residence Life and contracted service providers. Monitors and tracks the quality of maintenance services and ensures timely completion of work orders with a focus on customer satisfaction and safety. Must be able to communicate effectively with College students, staff and faculty, using discretion in handling situations that require confidentiality.
A high school diploma and four (4) years of professional trade experience in housing/apartment building maintenance including carpentry, sheetrock repair/finishing, painting, plumbing and inspection services. High level of skill and creativity in carpentry is preferred. Trades experience with historic buildings is preferred. An associate degree in Building, Historic Preservation, or Industrial Maintenance is preferred. Experience using a work order management system is preferred. A valid SC driver’s license is strongly preferred, as the employee may be required to drive state vehicles to transport equipment &/or personnel as needed. Candidates with an equivalent combination of experience and/or education are encouraged to apply.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must have knowledge of the techniques, methods, requirements and practices to maintain historic houses and the ability to make required repairs that meet applicable codes and satisfies requirements as set forth by the City of Charleston Board of Architectural Review concerning historical restoration. Must be an accomplished master carpenter capable of creating detailed millwork. Must be able to interpret building drawings and specifications. Must be able to solicit and oversee work performed by outside contractors. Ability to communicate effectively. Responds to all assigned work orders, performing general building maintenance and ensuring timely, proper completion. Assesses action needed to complete work orders and arranges interdepartmental and/or outside help as needed. Closes work orders upon completion. Communicates with facilities staff to determine scope of outsourced repair and/or maintenance work. Escorts and interacts with vendors to view scope and ensure timely, proper completion of outsourced work.
Requires broad knowledge and ability to perform a variety of maintenance repairs and activities including: ELECTRICAL – Basic electrical maintenance and repair, including replacement of receptacles, ballasts, switches, light fixtures & bulbs/lamps. PLUMBING – Basic plumbing maintenance and repair, including maintenance, repair, and replacement of faucets, sinks, drains, toilets, tubs, water heaters and water service/drain lines. Also includes unplugging drain systems, repairing leaks and installing new valves and washers. Assists journeyman plumbers in the installation and remodeling of plumbing systems. CARPENTRY: Master carpentry including maintenance, repair and replacement of doors, windows, trim, and cabinets/drawers and associated hardware. SHEETROCK & PAINTING – Basic maintenance, repair, and replacement of damaged sheetrock as well as finishing and painting to acceptable standards. HVAC – Basic HVAC maintenance to include replacement of filters.
Must be able to anticipate, locate and correct general and emergency problems as related to building maintenance and repair as well as follow oral and written instructions. Requires knowledge of safety practices/OSHA requirements and applicable local, state and national building codes. Must have knowledge and skill in the use of tools, equipment, materials and supplies related to building repair and specifications and have ability to comprehend blueprints and specifications.
Position requires basic computer skills and working knowledge and experience in using e-mail. Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) is preferred. Experience in utilizing on-line work order systems is a plus. Skill with electronic devices such as iPhone and iPad is preferred. Must be able to follow oral & written instructions. All employees at the College are expected to perform their jobs in a safe manner in accordance with best safety practices as prescribed by their department, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration training as provided by Facilities Management at the College of Charleston.
Additional Comments Regarding Position
Must be able to perform duties as described and work both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Must be able to work in close quarters, climb ladders/stairs, enter/exit hatches, and work on rooftops. Must be able to work in areas of excessive heat/cold and lift or move furniture, objects, heavy components, and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds. Overtime and call back work is required after normal working hours and on weekends as needed. May be required to be on campus prior to and immediately following all emergencies such as hurricanes, floods, snow/ice storms, etc. May be required to work on days when the College is closed for holidays over winter break.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please complete the application to include all current and previous work history and education. A resume will not be accepted nor reviewed to determine if an applicant has met the qualifications for the position.
*Salary is commensurate with education/experience which exceeds the minimum requirements.
Offers of employment are contingent upon a successful background check.
The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.
Performs a variety of maintenance and repair duties related to work orders or projects for assigned residential historical houses. Responds to assigned work orders within 24 hours of receipt and ensures timely completion. Effectively utilizes the facilities management work order system to review, assign, track and close all work orders assigned to Historic House Maintenance. Assesses action needed to complete work orders and, working with the supervisor, arranges interdepartmental and/or outside help as needed. Replaces electrical receptacles, switches, light fixtures & bulbs. Repairs and replaces plumbing equipment and systems, including faucets, sinks, drains, toilets, tubs, water heaters and water service/drain lines. Unplugs drain systems, repairs leaks, and installs new valves and washers. Assists journeyman plumbers with installing and remodeling plumbing systems. Performs carpentry maintenance, including replacing doors, windows, trim, cabinets/drawers and associated hardware. Works with sheetrock and painting upkeep, including replacing/repairing damaged sheetrock, finishing and painting to acceptable standards. Performs minor repairs to furniture including but not limited to head and foot boards, bed springs, chests of drawers, wardrobes, desks, desk chairs, soft seating like couches, loveseats and lounge chairs, dining tables and chairs, tv stands, etc. Repairs include but are not limited to repair/replacement of slides, pulls, hasps, feet, support bars, drawers, doors, laminate trim pieces, etc. Replaces HVAC filters in accordance with the preventive maintenance schedule.
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Performs regular interior/exterior inspection of assigned territory, documenting all needs for repairs and preventive maintenance. Places trade specific work orders to Facilities Management shops when necessary and works with shop personnel to ensure that work orders are completed in a timely, safe, and efficient manner. Escorts and interacts with vendors to view scope and ensure timely, proper completion of outsourced work. Works closely with HVAC Shop personnel to ensure that work orders are completed in a timely manner or secondary equipment (spot coolers, space heaters, etc.) are placed in assigned residential historic houses as needed to maintain comfortable temperatures until appropriate actions can be taken and repairs completed.
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Contributes to the annual budget planning and request process as needed. Maintains an accurate inventory of repair parts, appliances, supplies and other equipment as necessary to perform timely building repairs in assigned area. Generates material list of supplies that need to be kept in stock for efficient and effective response to building maintenance and repair work orders. Makes recommendations of supplies and materials that need to be kept in stock and places orders with supervisor when appropriate. Demonstrates safety knowledge by practicing and adhering to all proper safety procedures and OSHA regulations pertaining to the maintenance trade. Consistently wears/uses appropriate personal protective equipment as required. Responsible for ensuring that furniture, floors, walls, and surrounding work area is protected from dust and debris while work is being performed. Also responsible for ensuring that all job sites are thoroughly cleaned when work has been completed.
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Performs highly skilled carpentry using different types of wood and specialty materials to replicate, renovate, repair, and replace historic/original millwork, plaster moldings, and detailed trim ?in kind. This includes shutters, windows, window sashes, window and door trim, crown molding, chair rails, cornices, medallions, railings, bannisters, balusters, porches, piazzas, flooring, stairways, etc. Responsibilities include ensuring the integrity of the distinctive materials and significant features remain intact according to the Secretary of Interior’s standards and treatment for historic structures. Skilled carpentry work performed must ensure that as much of the original ?historic fabric is preserved as possible to retain the property’s historic integrity. Works closely with and under the direction of the in-house preservation expert to ensure that appropriate means and methods are utilized to preserve the integrity of the historically significant structures and remaining architectural fabric.
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