8715 Construction Technician


TITLE Construction Technician




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Construction Supervisor


The Construction Technician performs a wide range of skilled construction tasks including maintenance of plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilating, and/or air conditioning facilities and equipment at a level not requiring formal licensure. The Construction Technician may be required to perform tasks of other unlicensed trades, such as operating light equipment, carpentry, and painting. The Construction Technician practices preventive maintenance of tools and equipment and complies with federal regulations governing safety, environmental protection, hazardous waste disposal, and the use of chemical substances and materials common to construction.


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent is required. Certification from a vocational or technical training program in one or more trades is preferred.

Experience: At least four years of successful experience in a plumbing, electrical, mechanical, or carpentry building trade is required.

Skills: Plumbing, electrical, HVAC, or carpentry abilities are required, including the ability to use small hand and power tools, precision measuring and testing devices, mechanical equipment, and various building trades materials. The ability to understand and interpret blueprints and schematics is required. The ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures is required. The ability to understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures is required. Computer literacy is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. The ability to repair and maintain commercial appliances and heating and cooling equipment is preferred.

Effort: Incumbents in this position frequently lift and carry materials and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds and up to 100 pounds on an occasional basis; prolonged standing and frequent bending, stooping, and reaching occur on a daily basis. Mobility and dexterity sufficient to operate manual and electrically powered tools and related carpentry shop equipment is required. The work performed by incumbents in this position occurs throughout campus and often involves climbing stairs in University buildings and working at heights from ladders or scaffolding. The work is performed indoors and out-of-doors, occasionally in environments that are dusty, noisy, or which could have work hazards. Vision sufficient to inspect and perform repairs and maintenance and read blueprints and building code manuals and other similar documents is required. Some positions in this job classification (job title) are designated as essential employees who must report to work as scheduled when University offices are closed due to severe weather; the supervisor will communicate whether the particular position is considered essential and under what situations.

Other: The scope of the position requires exposure to and use of chemicals, solvents, cleaners, and lubricants common to mechanical work that may be hazardous and/or cause injury if specific instructions regarding their mixture, use, and disposal/storage are not properly followed. A valid driver’s license is required.


1. Performs plumbing, electrical, HVAC and/or carpentry work in the construction, maintenance, repair, remodeling and alteration of building structures and facilities according to work orders or verbal instructions by using hand and power tools such as saws, hammers, chisels, levels, drills, presses, sanders, table saws, joiners, planers, wood lathes, and mortising machines to repair doors, windows, window frames, floors, walls, ceilings, partitions, and office furniture, installs, repairs, and finishes sheetrock/drywall, paints interior and exterior finishes, installs finished hardware such as door locks, hinges, door checks, installs floor coverings such as linoleum tile, constructs minor buildings or small additions to existing structures and makes minor roofing repairs.

2. Installs plumbing fixtures and connects them to outlet and inlet pipes by fitting with gaskets, couplings, traps, and valves, soldering connections to seal joints, installs new electrical conduit, wiring, switches, lights, and outlets, removes or relocates existing lights, switches and/or outlets, and does concrete work.

3. Completes assigned project tasks with quality workmanship by inspecting the work site to determine the materials, equipment, tool requirements, and method to be used, developing a plan or layout for the project or following a blueprint, wiring diagram, sketch or schematic, assembling, fabricating or building and installing materials, equipment, or fixtures as required by the scope of work, providing an estimate of repair or replacement costs beyond the capability to perform, and recommending the use of additional departmental personnel or contract personnel to meet assigned completion targets.

4. Protects University property and equipment from damage during projects by removing furniture, wall fixtures, and equipment from work sites if possible or covering immoveable items with protective cloths, covering floors with cloths or tarpaulins as necessary, and erecting safe scaffolding in a manner that prevents damage.

5. Restores office areas and facilities to their original condition at the completion of work by removing debris, scaffolding, and equipment used during the project, returning furniture and equipment to their proper location, and setting up equipment that had been dismantled.

6. Assists with documenting the cost of repairs by keeping records of time and materials to be charged to each job and provides periodic status reports to the Construction Supervisor and/or Construction Manager regarding the status of work projects, material consumed, and man-hours utilized.

7. Practices preventive maintenance of tools and equipment by performing spot checks of equipment to determine their working condition, oiling moving parts, cleaning and servicing tools and equipment as directed or specified in the operator's manual, and returning damaged tools and equipment for repair or replacement.

8. Provides technical assistance in the purchase of new or replacement shop equipment by being knowledgeable of the capabilities of various types of equipment and recommending the purchase of shop tools and equipment that meet the needs of the shop.

9. Reduces the likelihood for liability regarding the University's compliance with federal regulations by complying with policies, laws, and regulations governing environmental protection, safety, hazardous waste disposal, and the use of chemical substances and materials common to construction and maintenance work.

10. Contributes to an accident-free work environment by complying with operator's instructions for the use of power tools, wearing protective equipment such as goggles, hearing protectors, back supports, and work gloves, reporting incidents of unsafe work activity to supervisors, and following standard safety precautions during work.

11. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

12. Focuses on customer needs and customer satisfaction, projects a positive customer service environment to both internal and external customers, and promotes and encourages an attitude of exemplary customer service and high integrity to all of the staff within Facilities Management.

13. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, and attending professional development courses, training meetings, and other courses as assigned.

14. Contributes to the overall success of the Campus Construction Team by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Construction Technician is supervised by the Construction Supervisor, however generally operates independently within established guidelines and policies. The Construction Technician may instruct or direct others who are assisting in project work.