Project Team Maintenance Mechanic

Central Washington University

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: Project Team Maintenance Mechanic
Location: Ellensburg
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 4881
Job Summary Central Washington University is recruiting a Maintenance Mechanic 2 to join our Building Repair & Maintenance team in Ellensburg, Washington. This role is an important member of our team as they enhance the vision for the University. The role is a campus-based position, which means you get to see the lives you are impacting. We're offering a salary, depending on experience, from $51,432 - $58,260 plus the awesome CWU benefits.

Who we are:

We are a team of individuals committed to Changing Students' Lives. No matter what job, each of us plays a part in supporting and empowering our students to fulfill their dreams.

Working in higher education provides career growth and career choice. Think of a university campus like a mini city, operating across 380 acres. You’ll find diverse academics, libraries, athletics and sporting events, full service and quick serve dining, conferences and events from small to large, recreation centers, housing for ~10,000 students, health services, police and public safety.

For the seventh time in eight years, CWU is a recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Come join us on our journey to encourage, inspire, and create spaces where all identities thrive on campus.

What we offer:

Our investment in you begins the day you join our team, a healthy and successful future for you is important to us. We offer medical, dental, life and disability insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, tuition assistance for you and your dependents, discounts across town, an employee assistance program for individualized counseling, and a wellness incentive program. Learn more:

Tour our campus in Ellensburg here:

The Role:

The Maintenance Mechanic 2 performs skilled work in the operation, maintenance, repair, remodeling and construction of buildings, mechanical facilities, and equipment both individually and with other Facilities Maintenance staff as needed. Incumbents work independently and utilize a general knowledge of several related skill fields such as plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and painting. The duties, specific tasks or combinations of tasks are performed professionally and efficiently, incorporating both personal integrity and mutual respect. All employees are expected to support CWU’s commitment to diversity and to bring and support inclusion into the university environment.

Job Duties

Perform general maintenance, repair, remodeling, and construction. Work may include but not limited to:
- Effectively communicate and maintain positive working relations with faculty, staff, students, and the campus community as well as FMD management team. Perform work in a manner that provides excellent service with nominal to no inconvenience or disruption for the client. Perform quality work that meets or exceeds the expectation and satisfaction of the client.
- Perform work using Best Practices while maintaining compliance with applicable laws, policies, and procedures to provide a safe workplace.
- General construction work including rough and finish carpentry work; examples include framing walls, install sheetrock and finish trim; install doors and trim. Install roof coatings and repair roofs; install and repair floor coverings, plastic laminates, and ceramic/quarry/marble tile.
- Install and repair carpet, carpet pad, carpet tile, vinyl, rubber cover base, and ceramic/quarry tile. Work includes but is not limited to preparation of surfaces, applications of adhesives, pastes, mortars, and grouts. Cabinet and furniture installation. Fence repair and new installation of fencing. Window and door repair/replacement. Equipment installation.
- General painting and coating work to include surface preparation, tap and mud wall board, application of all types of coatings, and paints utilizing brush, roller, and spray equipment. Install and repair plaster and synthetic plaster.
- Improvement project work on University facilities.
- Perform work on electrical systems such as 110-volt electrical switch and receptacle replacement, electrical connection repair, light fixture repair, hot water heater repair and replacement, repair and replace fractional horsepower motors, maintain, and repair branch panel systems.
- Erect, maintain, use, and dismantle equipment such as scaffolding, ladders, barricades, and temporary fencing. Operate high lift equipment.
- Perform work on hot water heat systems.
- Maintain throughout employment a Washington State Asbestos Worker Certification.
- Performs asbestos abatement under supervision.
- Perform preventive maintenance on all types of mechanical systems including changing belts and filters. Maintain and repair shop equipment. Perform maintenance and repair on plumbing systems such as unplugging drains replacing finish plumbing fixtures and repair of flush meters. Cleans roofs, roof drains, and gutters.
- Respond in emergency situations.
- Ensure all tools, equipment and vehicle are maintained in good working order.
- Keep all work areas clean, well-organized, and safe at all times.
- Attend departmental meetings, safety meetings and actively participate in training sessions.

- Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Experience and/or education demonstrating a substantial working knowledge of a variety of skilled fields such as carpentry, plumbing, painting and/or electrical or any applicable field.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license
  • Obtain a Washington State Asbestos Worker Certification within twelve months of hire. Maintain throughout employment
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions and communicate both orally and in writing in a clear and professional manner
  • Able to work independently and monitor progress against defined parameters
  • Demonstrated willingness and/or experience working with students and/or co-workers from a wide range of abilities, backgrounds, and experiences
  • Experience using Word, Excel, e-mail, and/or similar software applications to produce written correspondence, documentation, create simple reports, receive, and respond to e-mail inquiries, report time, etc.
  • OR applicable combination of education and/or experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position

Preferred Qualifications

  • Journey level status in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting, or related fields
  • Ability to incorporate multicultural perspectives and issues into everyday conversations
  • Life experiences that demonstrate an ability to contribute to CWU‘s commitment to inclusion and diversity


  • Perform our Best: Interact daily with faculty, students, staff, and others in the campus community in a professional manner. Treat others and be treated with respect; perform with integrity, honesty and professionalism; participate constructively in open communication; help to resolve issues and difficult situations in ways that reduce conflict and maintain good working relationships; improve work performance and take an active part in generating a mutually supportive environment. Recognize that diversity is an asset and value cultural, physical, and professional differences.
  • Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines, and work schedules.
  • Judgement: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.
  • Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
  • Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create environment that supports and embraces diversity.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary: $4,286 /month with periodic increases up to $4,855 /month

Schedule/Appointment: Monday - Friday, 6:00am-2:30pm (1/2 hour lunch) / Schedule shall vary depending on department need. Position may become swing shift / WFSE Bargaining Unit 1

Working Conditions: This position may work indoors and outdoors, at times in hot/cold/noisy/dirty/wet/confined areas such as mechanical rooms, manholes and excavations, and may need to physically access work areas with the equipment and tools necessary for completion of the job. This often requires standing/crawling/bending/walking/climbing while carrying/pulling/pushing/lifting associated with equipment or tools up to 50 pounds. Occasional overtime is required, and shift work may be required. May need to drive a service vehicle in congested areas. Utilize and wear appropriate personal protection devices such as respirators, ear protection, and eye and face protection and fall protection.

Scheduled hours and days off may vary depending on the needs of the department. May be required to work weekends, evenings, and holidays. This position is subject to unplanned overtime including emergency call back situations. Occasional travel may be required. The incumbent will work outdoors, including working in inclement weather during daylight and dark hours. In addition, this position will work with and be exposed to machinery, tools, electrical equipment. Will work around all utilities during excavations, maintenance and installations and be exposed to insects that may be in the environment. Must maintain awareness of immediate vicinity in order to recognize, respond to and/or avoid potentially hazardous conditions/surroundings. Must possess dexterity of hands and fingers to operate tools, materials, and equipment necessary to perform functions of the job. This position is considered an essential position and availability will be required to respond to University emergencies.

Benefits: CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance, along with vacation and sick leave plans depending on employment classification. For additional information please visit:

An employee of CWU may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program if the employee has student loans. To learn more, visit:

How To Apply To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach:

  • A detailed cover letter clearly demonstrating how your education and experience: (a) meet the required (and, as applicable, preferred) qualifications, and (b) demonstrate the ability to perform the responsibilities as described by the posting;
  • Resume including work history, education, training; and

  • Contact information for three professional references.
  • Screening Begins: May 5, 2022

    **Priority will be given to applications received by the screening date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Contact Information Name: Michael Cox
    Title: Construction Coordinator
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: (509) 963-1654

    Please contact Human Resources at [email protected] or 509-963-1202 if you require technical assistance with the on-line application process.

    Conditions of Employment Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21.14.1, CWU employees are to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of October 2021. Your vaccination status will be verified if/when a job offer is made. Information about how to apply for medical and religious accommodations are available here: Failure to meet the vaccination policy (or approval of a medical or religious accommodation) will result in revocation of the offer.

    Prior to employment, final candidate(s) will be required to sign a Sexual Misconduct disclosure in pursuant to RCW 28B.112.080 and submit to a background check. All information obtained through background investigations will be strictly confidential and revealed only to those required to have access.

    This position is part of a Washington Federation of State Employees Bargaining Unit I.

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