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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 596M
Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor


Evaluate equipment operations problems and emergencies in buildings on campuses having multiple buildings which are non-contiguous; take appropriate action to return equipment to its normal operating condition; monitor building systems operations to ensure their normal functioning. 

Respond to emergency calls and reported malfunctions on mechanical, electrical or utility systems, e.g., elevators, hospital life support systems; apply journey-level knowledge in associated trades; work independently without on-shift supervision and exercise independent judgment to solve problems; call in and coordinate the work of other mechanics during emergencies.

Typical Work

Inspect and initiate corrective action on a variety of mechanical, electrical and air-conditioning equipment; determine need to call in and coordinate other mechanics as necessary to resolve emergency conditions; 

Perform emergency maintenance, operation and repair of electrical, mechanical and structural systems of buildings and utility systems; 

Respond to, and establish alternate operating modes for, malfunctions of utility systems and personnel service systems, e.g., elevators, escalators, food service equipment; 

Coordinate with campus police during off-hour emergencies, e.g., during fires, bomb threats and disruptions of primary utility systems; 

Coordinate with campus operations personnel and initiate operating procedures to maintain building environmental systems and achieve optimal levels of energy consumption including initiating changes in campus operation through computerized Central Supervisory Control System; 

Develop and participate in equipment identification program; 

Adhere to safety rules, regulations and precautions; 

May provide intermittent training to other trades and crafts workers; 

May perform occasional preventive maintenance; 

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Four years of journey-level experience in one or more skilled trades, including experience in heating and air-conditioning systems, mechanical and electrical systems. 

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Class Specification History

New class adopted November 13, 1975.
Revised class adopted November 18, 1982.
Revised class adopted January 23, 1984.
Revised minimum qualifications adopted July 2, 1990.
Class code change (formerly 5221) general revision, replaces basic function with definition and merges distinguishing characteristics, adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.