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Lead Emergency Generator Technician

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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Four-Year Institution

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Career Area:

Facilities and Skilled Trades

Is this an internal only recruitment?:


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Application Deadline:


Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

Position Title:

Facility Maint Tech - MechTrd - Advanced

Salary Grade Equivalent:


Working Title:

Lead Emergency Generator Technician

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Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited:

Full-Time Permanent

Hours per week:


Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Work Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Location:

North Carolina, US

Hiring Range:

$57,095 - $74,402

Pay Band Information:

To learn more about the pay band for this branch and role, please see the Career Banding rates spreadsheet.

Be a Tar Heel!:

A global higher education leader in innovative teaching, research and public service, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top public universities. Known for its beautiful campus, world-class medical care, commitment to the arts and top athletic programs, Carolina is an ideal place to teach, work and learn.One of the best college towns and best places to live in the United States, Chapel Hill has diverse social, cultural, recreation and professional opportunities that span the campus and community.University employees can choose from a wide range of professional training opportunities for career growth, skill development and lifelong learning and enjoy exclusive perks for numerous retail, restaurant and performing arts discounts, savings on local child care centers and special rates on select campus events. UNC-Chapel Hill offers full-time employees a comprehensive benefits package, paid leave, and a variety of health, life and retirement plans and additional programs that support a healthy work/life balance.

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

Building Services provide full maintenance and repair services for all UNC facilities and ensure the proper operation of those facilities in support of the UNC mission of teaching, research and public service. Building Services supports more than 400 campus buildings with approximately 18 million gross square feet of space. The teams that provide quality maintenance, repair and construction services that support the teaching, research, and public service mission of the University include Campus Maintenance, EMCS, Facilities Operations Support, Housing Support, HVAC Systems, and Life Safety Services. The Life Safety Services section is a specialized unit within the Building Services Division of Facilities Services. This section is comprised of the Life Safety/Electronic-Specialty Shop, the Access Control/Key Shop, and the Emergency Generator Shop. This organizational unit delivers a high level of maintenance and support to safeguard human life, property, research, and other critical areas of significant financial and time investments for the entire University campus community including: all residence halls, classrooms facilities, research lab facilities, athletics facilities, medical school facilities, and offices facilities. These areas include but are not limited to: the Central Alarm Receiving System (CARS), all fire alarm detection and suppression systems, security and CCTV systems, key control, accessibility controllers, Biometric and Card Access, equipment alarm systems, and backup power emergency generators. Additionally, this unit supports all facets of Facilities Services, Energy Services, Environment Health & Safety, Public Safety, Facilities Planning & Construction, and Residential Student Housing in their efforts to support the campus community, all of which contribute to the University’s mission of teaching, research and public service.

Position Summary:


This Emergency Generator Lead Technician is in the Life Safety maintenance area of Building Services and provides leadership for 1st and 2nd shifts. The positions repairs and maintains complex diesel fuel delivery systems that employ electronic/digital and mechanical controls plus day tank staging. At times, the position also reworks overly complex systems to provide more reliable fuel delivery methods.

The position also inspects, tests, and maintains diesel fire pump engines in accordance with NFPA 20 and NFPA 25 standards. Preventive maintenance and repair on small engine equipment including but not limited to portable generators, pressure washers, blowers, gas operated saws, etc.; and makes repairs to heavy equipment including but not limited to backhoes and skid steers.

Installs and repairs any required electrical raceways and conductors needed to support systems maintained by the Generator shop.

Requirements on campus have increased tremendously in conjunction with the needs of served departments such as with animal and BSL3 research labs. Design trends have utilized common generators between multiple buildings with complex transfer switches requiring an understanding of load shedding and control systems with programming to manage adding and subtracting loads to properly balance KW load on the generator systems and satisfy building needs which can include mixed office, lab, and animal quarters, etc. This includes ensuring critical loads such as fire pumps are maintained without overloading infrastructure, emissions, and maintenance needs. This position must become knowledgeable of these requirements and ensure these systems comply. During the service of generators and other equipment, changes motor oil, antifreeze, hydraulic fluids, washes and cleans equipment and general areas, paints equipment for protection and aesthetics, and maintains a clean and organized shop area and service vehicle.

Provides emergency response during adverse weather events and/or other emergencies.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalency; or demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work. Some positions may require special licenses or certification. Optional Guidelines: experience in the trade(s) areas related to the area of assignment may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

In-depth knowledge of the National Electrical (NEC) codes, rules, and regulations; mechanical knowledge that requires use of hand and power tools and welding equipment, and ability to perform maintenance, service, installations and upgrades of systems that are supported by the Generator shop.

Ability to serve as a mandatory employee and report to work in support of mandatory University operations, even when adverse weather or other emergency conditions, including but not limited to a public health emergency, may require the University to close.

North Carolina Driver’s License or ability to obtain one prior to start date.

Strong knowledge of plumbing installation methods and hydrodynamics. Basic mechanical understanding of two stroke engines, four stroke engines and mechanical pumps, and a strong mechanical knowledge of hydraulics.

Ability to become familiar and proficient with all manufacturers of emergency generators and transfer switches on campus. Ability to perform advanced level tasks in a variety of trades including but not limited to the Electrical, Mechanical and Vehicle/Equipment repair trades. Ability to perform in-depth analysis of and problem solving on complex building systems and to identify critical and less critical needs to make independent decisions during power outages to restore power to critical research and medical buildings throughout campus. Ability to become skilled with three phase electrical circuits up to 4000A and 480V, repair and troubleshooting that may include use of basic multi-meters and power monitoring equipment, replacement of electronic control boards utilizing hand tools and soldering irons. Ability to become competent and authorized to comply with the University’s Arc Flash requirements.

Ability to apply a basic working knowledge of electronic principals and use non-standard tools and specialized test equipment needed to design, install, program, test and troubleshoot complex systems with several interconnected devices.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

Progressive experience with Preventive Maintenance (PM) inspections on generators and automatic transfer switches, including packaged units in fire pump controllers, Generator Monitoring Systems, and other miscellaneous systems such as fuel pumping systems based on the established monthly scheduled intervals. Experience accurately completing all paperwork associated with the applicable systems’ testing procedures. Experience completing service orders (SO) for further required maintenance issues that could include generator systems fuel delivery, coolant systems, associated sensors, automatic transfer switch controls, parts requisitions of issues found during the inspections, and daily time reporting.

Previous experience using PC’s and Microsoft Office a plus.

Special Physical/Mental Requirements :

Ability to stand for long periods of time, work from personal lifts, climb ladders and/or work from scaffolding at least 10 ft high, crawl under buildings, enter manholes and/or enter or work in confined spaces, and ability to stoop, squat and move heavy objects weighing at least 40 lbs. overhead with or without reasonable accommodation.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

Not Applicable.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Evening work occasionally, Night work occasionally, On-call, Overtime occasionally, Valid NC Driver’s License, Weekend work occasionally

Special Instructions:


The selected candidate for this position may be eligible for a sign-on bonus. Qualified applicants must apply and be selected from the candidate pool of this posting and meet the State policy following requirements:

To be eligible for a Sign-on bonus, an individual must not have worked in a probationary, permanent, or time-limited appointment in the last 12 months as an employee in North Carolina state government, including without limitation the judicial system, state executive branch agencies, and the university system.

A newly hired permanent full time or permanent part-time (more than 20 hours a week) employee are eligible for a sign-on bonus (this will be prorated for employees working more than 20 hours and less than 40 hours per week).

This SHRA Sign-on Bonus is contingent upon budget and final eligibility determination as of the effective date of hire. All recipients must sign the Pay Back Agreement form. Additional information regarding the SHRA Sign-on Policy can be found


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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