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Job ID: 180298

Preventive Maintenance Mechanic - Grafton, Facilities
Tufts University

Date Posted Mar. 2, 2022
Title Preventive Maintenance Mechanic - Grafton, Facilities
University Tufts University
N. Grafton, MA, United States
Department Grafton, Facilities
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Facilities/Maintenance/Transportation


The Department of Facilities Services is responsible for the efficient and cost effective operations, maintenance and management of all Tufts University facilities consisting of approximately 5 million square feet of space on three campuses (Somerville/Medford, Grafton, and Boston).


A broad range of services are provided to support the University campuses including: facility maintenance by all trades, capital maintenance, information technology systems for operations (work control, time capture, preventative maintenance), energy and utilities systems, recycling and waste management, event services, residential facilities coordination, grounds maintenance and facility condition assessment and tracking. Facilities Services plays a critical role in planning for the $30M/year deferred maintenance investment.


Related functions, which require close coordination with this department, are public and environmental health and safety, campus planning and design and construction of capital and deferred maintenance projects including major repairs, renovations and new construction.

What You'll Do

This position has a schedule of Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm.


Primarily responsible for performing repairs and maintenance (and possible installations) to a variety of equipment including, but not limited to: refrigeration, air conditioning, electric motors, heating units, motor controllers, waste/supply lines, light commercial furnaces, boilers, burners, intake and exhaust fans, VAV boxes. This position is considered essential as defined in the Tufts University Employee Handbook.




1. Understands basic refrigeration cycle to include: identifying components in refrigeration circuit, understanding how each component works, diagnosing problems in the refrigeration circuit, using manifold gauge set, pressure/temperature chart and temperature measuring devices for routine maintenance and to troubleshoot. Understands refrigeration recovery, evacuation and charging process and regulations.


2. Understands basic electron theory, how electricity travels, AC and DC currents, single phase and three phase circuits, and series and parallel circuits. Ability to read basic wiring diagrams. Understanding of Ohms Law. Ability to use multi-meters to read voltage, current and resistance values. Must be able to troubleshoot basic electrical circuits.


3. Understands the process of treating air so as to simultaneously control its temperature, humidity, anddistribution. Must be able to read and understand mechanical drawings.


4. Understands basic heating cycle to include: identifying components in heating system, understanding howeach component works, diagnosing problems in the heating system using a gas pressure test and other devicesfor routine maintenance and to troubleshoot. Understands the theory of combustion and how it relates tocombustible fuels such as gas and oil.


5. Understands basic installation, repairing and maintaining pipes, fixtures and other plumbing used for waterdistribution and wastewater disposal in commercial and industrial buildings.


6. Understands how to read blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine the layout of plumbingsystems, water supply networks and waste and drainage systems. With the ability to connect tubing andfittings using solder paste, or solder and torch, to form sewer, drain, and water lines.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Must hold either a current Massachusetts refrigeration, plumbing or electrical license.
  • Preferably 10+ years of professional experience in the facilities industry, performing maintenance and light construction.
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent GED certificate.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Reliable transportation and clean driving record
  • Ability to complete work proactively as well as on an urgent/immediate basis
  • Excellent communication and team-building skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • • Must have effective oral and written communications skills
  • Must possess excellent time management skills
  • Must work well under pressure and be able to perform urgent equipment repairs
  • Must have the ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize competing requirements
  • Must be able to deal with difficult people and/or stressful scenarios   
  • Must have excellent organizational skills
  • Must have strong PC and tablet skills; proficiency in MS Office
  • Must be able to work well with other technicians, tradesmen, students, lab managers, customers, faculty
    and staff
  • On-call and overtime hours as needed, per assigned schedule.
  • Good hygiene and cleanliness is required at all times.
  • Willing to obtain Massachusetts Waste Water License


An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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