8855 Maintenance Foreman


TITLE Maintenance Foreman




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Facilities Maintenance Supervisor


The Maintenance Foreman directs and performs skilled mechanical maintenance work in the installation, operation, repair, and maintenance of refrigeration, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, and basic electrical systems for the campus.  The Maintenance Foreman is responsible for planning and scheduling daily and weekly maintenance activities for the general mechanics and assigned trades within the Facilities Maintenance Department in coordination with the Work Management Center, and assigns work to Maintenance General Mechanics and other assigned trades.  The Foreman also assists in developing, implementing, and monitoring preventive maintenance programs for mechanical systems, supervises the performance of emergency and routine maintenance on campus facilities and systems, and enforces 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 or commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), electrical, plumbing and refrigeration systems.

Skills: Must be highly skilled in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, as well as skills in plumbing.  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.  Supervisory skills and administrative ability are 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.

Effort: Must be able to lift and transport materials and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds on a frequent basis and up to 100 pounds on an occasional basis; prolonged standing and frequent bending, stooping, and reaching on a daily basis; and working in confined spaces.  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. 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.

License: A valid Missouri driver’s license is required.  Certification by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for universal handling of Type I, Type II, and Type III refrigerants is preferred.  Documented journeyman status in an electrical, mechanical, or plumbing trade is preferred.

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 ensuring that all facilities are structurally sound, mechanically operational, electrically efficient, and safe by planning and scheduling daily and weekly maintenance activities in coordination with the Work Management Center, making work assignments based upon an evaluation of job requirements and individual expertise, and supervising general maintenance mechanics in the performance of emergency and routine maintenance on facilities and systems.

2. Assures completion of assigned maintenance and repair tasks 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.

3 Assists with the development of a competent and efficient mechanical maintenance work force by training departmental personnel (as necessary) in the proper use of test equipment, hand and power tools, and shop safety, and demonstrating appropriate work methods.

4. Performs highly skilled mechanical maintenance work (as required) in the installation, operation, maintenance, modification, service and repair of electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, plumbing and refrigeration control systems by inspecting and testing elements of those systems to locate and diagnose faults and malfunctions, troubleshooting and/or performing required repairs, and providing an estimate of repair (and/or replacement) costs beyond the capability to perform.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Assures that mechanical maintenance personnel have the equipment and supplies necessary to perform mechanical services by monitoring the use of supplies and materials, estimating future material usage, requisitioning those supplies and equipment, distributing supplies/materials and equipment as required, and advising the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor regarding potential shortages, recommended replacement items, or related equipment needs.

8. Promotes preventive maintenance as a strategy in maintaining University electrical, mechanical, control, and plumbing systems by assisting in the development and monitoring of preventive maintenance programs, keeping accurate records on all equipment indicating all repairs/breakdowns, required and performed maintenance, performing spot checks of equipment to determine their working condition, and performing and/or directing periodic cleaning and servicing of tools and test equipment.

9. Assists the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor with ensuring that contract mechanical maintenance services meet specified results and/or work orders thus minimizing future operational problems by observing (spot checking) the work performed and advising the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor when contracted services fail to meet specifications or endanger University property or lives.

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. Contributes to the operation of safe University pools and fountains by supervising the testing and treatment of their water chemical systems.

12. Enforces University and departmental rules and policies regarding employee conduct by advising mechanical personnel of the rules and policies on employee conduct, issuing verbal warnings and written reprimands for violations, and recommending progressive disciplinary action to the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor as necessary.

13. Reduces the likelihood of a significant disruption of mechanical services (i.e., heating, cooling, plumbing, electricity) to the University and assures around-the-clock responsiveness to mechanical failures or emergency situations.

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

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


The Maintenance Foreman is supervised by the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor, however, generally works independently under established guidelines and with minimum supervision.  The Maintenance Foreman supervises General Maintenance Mechanics, assigned trades, and personnel as required.