Grounds Mechanic/Equipment Operator

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UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. We are growing with the DFW region, enrolling a record 47,000+ students across our system and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year.

Posting Title:

Grounds Mechanic/Equipment Operator



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Salary Information:

Salary commensurate with experience.

Department Summary:

The Maintenance division consists of seven Departments: Custodial Services, Grounds Department, Electrical Maintenance, Utilities Maintenance, Structural Maintenance, Construction Services, and Auxiliary Services. For additional information on the Facilities Maintenance department you may visit our website at:

The Facilities Maintenance Department supports the academic, research, housing, and dining facility needs for the University of North Texas while providing responsible stewardship and efficient operation of the University’s physical assets. The Facilities Maintenance team performs routine and preventative maintenance and repairs of the campus buildings and utility infrastructure. Grounds services provides an aesthetically pleasing environment for University faculty, staff, students, and visitors by maintaining all campus turf, landscapes, irrigation system, litter control, solid waste management and recycling. Facilities Maintenance maintains, repairs, constructs, and renovates University facilities and installed systems in accordance with applicable codes and regulations, and in conformance with University policies and standards.

As one of the nation’s largest public universities and the most comprehensive in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, we are dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to a diverse student body of approximately 38,000 students. UNT is a student-focused Tier One Public Research University with 12 colleges and schools offering 101 bachelors, 82 masters, and 38 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. With more than 400 student organizations, NCAA Division I athletics and an array of concerts presented by our world-renowned College of Music, there’s something for everyone at UNT. UNT has been named by Forbes as one of America’s 100 Best College Buys® for 21 consecutive years, the state’s most affordable research university, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and The Princeton Review named us a “Best in the West” university. named Denton the 9th Best College Town in the nation.

The Facilities organization at UNT is a service provider comprised of the following divisions FPDC; Facilities Maintenance (FM) and Facilities Support & Services (FSS). We are responsible for the planning, renovation, maintenance and repair of university buildings and facilities, as well as other services playing an essential role to the mission of the University of North Texas. Facilities has over 325 employees who lead the way in caring for and operating over 170 facilities and 904 acres of landscape. Our goal is to provide world-class support for the University by ensuring safe, reliable, efficient facility and utility services delivered with outstanding customer services and effective stewardship of resources and the environment. For additional information on Facilities, you may visit our website at: . University of North Texas Career Bands are located on the Human Resources website at: under the subtitle of Pay Plan.

Position Overview:

This position is responsible for advanced skilled craftwork that involves mechanical work. Duties include installation, maintenance, repair, and service of vehicles, equipment, building systems and requires advanced skills in a primary craft and may require limited competency in a secondary craft.

  • Repairs malfunctions on all types of automotive and industrial equipment, including repairing and changing tires, repairing manual and automatic automotive transmissions, wheel alignments and balancing wheels, and installing and/or adjusting brakes, heaters and defrosters.
  • For repair purposes, uses all types of testing equipment, including engine analyzers, electrical system testers, electric and gas welding equipment, hydraulic systems, and various hand and power tools used in automotive repair.
  • Completes necessary paper work in order to document all repairs and prevention maintenance tasks performed.
  • Makes periodic inspections and does incidental repairs; disassembles and performs partial or complete overhaul of engines, transmissions, differentials.
  • Writes repair work order tickets and out of order tags preparatory to equipment repair; reports needed equipment and supplies in order to maintain proper amounts of inventory to perform jobs in a timely manner.
  • Complies with emergency call-up procedures when conditions effect University operations, including driving and operating University tow truck for service and emergency/breakdown calls and assisting with emergency snow removal operations.
  • Schedules, executes, and tracks preventative maintenance program on all vehicles and equipment.
  • Operates equipment to install, move, load, and unload materials. Also load and unload, equipment from vehicles and trailers.
    • Operate heavy equipment (backhoe, skid steer, etc. in compliance with the operating safety policies and procedures. Heavy equipment operators must follow regulations and guidelines for construction work, such as using shoring when digging trenches. Clean equipment before and after use, and perform maintenance tasks. Keep maintenance records for each piece of equipment.
    •Ensure equipment, material, and the work site are maintained, kept clean, and stored in a safe manner.
    •Assists with Grounds Maintenance, Irrigation, Recycling tasks, and other duties as assigned.
    •This position is considered to be essential personnel, and may require working overtime, which could include nights and weekends as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma/GED equivalent and five years of experience in related maintenance/repair field. Substitution of education for experience allowed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Knowledge of use of gasoline, diesel, and liquid propane gas fuel systems.
• Knowledge of and skill in use of standard tools, equipment, materials, methods, and practices of general maintenance task; knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions of general maintenance; knowledge of blueprints, schematics, and working drawings.
• Ability to use basic shop math applications.
• Ability to locate and identify problems in appropriate building system or equipment and to plan and execute necessary repairs.
• Physical ability to perform moderately heavy physical work which includes lifting and crawling, and to remain outdoors in inclement weather.
• Knowledge of appropriate safety and security precautions appropriate to work performed.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Completion of one or more certifications or training programs related to mechanic work
-Experience working with small engines

Required License / Registration / Certification:

Valid driver’s license and ability to drive a vehicle, and maintain coverage under University auto insurance policy, if required to drive University vehicles.

Work Schedule:

Mon-Thurs or Tues-Fri 6:30am – 5:00pm

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Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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Physical Requirements:

Carrying, Cleaning, Climbing, Crawling, Driving, Kneeling, Lifting or moving up to 75 pounds, Pulling , Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Squatting, Stooping, Bending, Standing, Twisting, Walking, Writing, Grasp, Talk or Hear

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter and a list of three professional references with their online application.

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Job No:
Posted: 4/3/2021
Application Due: 7/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time