8856 Special Projects Technician


TITLE Special Projects Technician



CLASSIFICATION Nonexempt                                                                                                               

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR  Facilities Maintenance Supervisor

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR  Superintendent of Facilities Maintenance


The Special Projects Technician advises, observes, tests and balances equipment and performs skilled mechanical maintenance work in the installation and commissioning of refrigeration, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, and electrical systems for the campus. The Special Projects Technician is responsible for estimating, planning, scheduling, and coordinating mechanical and electrical projects that are within the capability of the Facilities Maintenance department to complete. For projects that are outside the capability of Facilities Maintenance, the Special Projects Technician assists in reviewing blueprints, identifying the scope of the project, and monitoring the status of the project through completion. Upon completion of the project or the systems within the project, the Special Projects Technician commissions (or assists in commissioning) the mechanical/electrical systems. The work of the Special Projects Technician is done in coordination with Work Management, Design & Construction, and the Maintenance Foreman. The Special Projects Technician assists in developing, implementing, and monitoring preventive maintenance programs for newly commissioned mechanical systems, assists in the supervision of emergency maintenance on campus facilities and systems, and follows federal regulations governing environmental protection, hazardous waste disposal, and the use of chemical substances and materials.


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent plus completion of a technical training program in a maintenance trade worth a minimum of fifteen hours of college credit or completion of a recognized apprenticeship program, or a combination of the two, is required. 

Experience: At least six years of progressively responsible experience is required in the installation, repair, and maintenance of industrial electrical-mechanical systems.

Skills: Must be highly skilled in theory, application, and operation of mechanical and electrical systems. Skills in the proper use of test equipment, hand and power tools, diagnosing and trouble-shooting equipment malfunctions and systems failures are required. Must be able to read and interpret blueprints, schematics, and wiring diagrams. Training skills and administrative ability are required. Computer literacy is required.

Effort: Must be able to lift and transport materials and equipment weighing up to fifty pounds on a frequent basis and up to one-hundred pounds on an occasional basis. The job requires prolonged standing and frequent bending, stooping, and reaching on a daily basis and working in confined spaces. The job requires a full range of physical motion in order to operate manual and electrically-powered tools and electrical test equipment, to move throughout campus, including climbing stairs in all University buildings, and to work at heights. Work is performed indoors and out-of-doors, occasionally in environments that are dusty, noisy, or which could have work hazards.

License: Documented journeyman status in an electrical, mechanical, or plumbing trade is required. A valid Missouri driver’s license is required.

Other: The scope of the position requires exposure to and use of chemicals, solvents, and cleaners common to most maintenance trades that may be hazardous and/or cause injury if specific instructions regarding their mixture, use, and disposal/storage are not properly followed.


1. Assists the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor with the commissioning of new facilities and systems by gathering start-up data for University records, verifying proper operation and break-in of new equipment, and verifying contractor and/or Facilities Maintenance compliance with University standards.

2. Performs highly skilled electrical-mechanical work related to new electrical, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing, and refrigeration systems by becoming knowledgeable of the installation and proper operation of new systems and installing and commissioning, retro-commissioning, modifying, servicing, and repairing new systems.  

3. Performs commissioning work on new contractor-installed systems following the specific written approval of the Design & Construction Project Manager and provides no direction to Design & Construction contractors.

4. Provides technical assistance in the purchase of new or replacement mechanical maintenance equipment or systems by reviewing and preparing equipment specifications and advising the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor on equipment capability and compatibility, installation requirements and costs, and potential operations and maintenance expenses.

5. Assists the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor with ensuring that contracted mechanical maintenance projects meet specifications and desired results by reviewing blueprints, the scope of the project, observing the work performed throughout the job and the status of the project through completion, providing corrective action recommendations, and advising the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor when contracted services fail to meet specifications.

6. Assures completion of installations performed by Facilities Maintenance by monitoring work progress, inspecting work performance and providing corrections of any deficiencies as necessary, redirecting work efforts to meet critical and/or necessary work requirements, and recommending the use of additional departmental personnel or contract personnel (as appropriate) to meet assigned completion targets.

7. Assists the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor with ensuring that all facilities are mechanically operational, electrically efficient, and safe by providing maintenance instructions and specifications related to new electrical-mechanical systems to Work Management, planning maintenance programs for the systems, and when necessary, advising general maintenance mechanics in the performance of emergency and routine maintenance on facilities and systems.

8. Assists with documenting the cost of maintenance repairs and services by keeping records of time and materials to be charged to each job and providing periodic status reports to the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor.

9. Promotes preventive maintenance as a strategy in maintaining University electrical, mechanical, control, and plumbing systems by developing and monitoring preventive maintenance programs for newly commissioned systems and performing spot checks of equipment to determine working condition.

10. Reduces the likelihood for liability regarding the University's compliance with federal regulations by complying with and enforcing policies, laws, and regulations governing environmental protection, hazardous waste disposal, and the use of chemical substances and materials.

11. Remains available for around-the-clock responsiveness to mechanical failures or emergency situations.

12. Contributes to the overall success of Facilities Maintenance by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Special Projects Technician is supervised by the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor, however, generally works independently under established guidelines and with minimum supervision. 




Factor 1: Educational Requirements of the Job

Level 3 - 160 Points: The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent and up to one year (30 credit hours) of technical training, certification, and/or vocational classes or course work in a specialized area.

Factor 2: Skill Requirements - Craft and Trade Skills

Level 5 - 1100 Points: This level represents journeyman-level skill in building trades or related areas requiring extended training and/or experience and considerable practical knowledge in a trade or technical area, or other skills requiring similar levels of training. Skill at this level normally requires six years of experience within the trade.

Factor 3: Managerial Responsibility

Level 5 - 500 Points: Supervision of a work group or department including hiring, training, disciplining, and directing the work of others. At this level the required supervision will likely include general rather than close supervision of others. Typically, the nature of the work may involve the supervision of other supervisors or work group leaders, or the responsibility for a rather large group of operative employees in non-technical or non-highly skilled areas. At this level, supervisory responsibilities consume significant amounts of work time and include substantial responsibility for budget development as well as financial control, purchasing, and work planning responsibilities.

Factor 4: Guidelines

Level 3 - 90 Points: Procedures and standards exist, but considerable latitude in applying procedures and selecting a sequence of activities must be exercised. The employee uses judgment in interpreting and adapting guidelines such as agency policies, regulations, precedents, and work directions for application to specific cases or problems. The employee analyzes results and recommends changes.

Factor 5: Contacts

Level 4 - 175 Points: The purpose is to coordinate activities involving employees, students, and/or the general public. At this level, contacts involve considerable interpersonal skill involving cooperation and coordination and may involve the organization of activities of programs requiring working relationships among several parties. While contacts may require some level of persuasion, potential for conflicts and disputes are relatively minor.

Factor 6: Work Environment

Level 3 - 70 Points: The work area involves moderate discomfort and/or risk such as operating heavy machinery or dangerous equipment, or frequent exposure to hazardous materials. Alternatively, the work area may be subject to environmental discomfort such as poor ventilation. Loud noises, and/or extremes of heat or cold. The work often requires wearing protective gear that may be uncomfortable. The nature of the work environment may produce moderate levels of stress.

Factor 7: Physical Demands

Level 3 - 100 Points: Work requires continuous moderate with some strenuous physical exertion including standing, climbing, crawling, and regular lifting of objects over 50 pounds.

Factor 8: Responsibility for Facilities and Resources

Level 3 - 70 Points: At this level would be jobs in which the incumbent has considerable ongoing responsibility for building security and public safety.

Factor 9: Complexity

Level 4 - 700 Points: The work involves varied duties requiring many different and unrelated processes and methods such as those relating to well-established administrative or professional fields. Decisions regarding what needs to be done include the assessment of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, and incomplete or conflicting data. The work requires making many decisions concerning such things as the interpreting of considerable data, planning the work, or refining methods and techniques to be used.