8780 Facilities Maintenance Apprentice


TITLE Facilities Maintenance Apprentice




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Designated Supervisor

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Maintenance Supervisor


The Facilities Maintenance Apprentice responds to training and practical instruction by learning and demonstrating the ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the Maintenance General Mechanic which must be mastered within a specific period of time, not to exceed two years. Failure to master the essential duties and responsibilities of the Maintenance General Mechanic within the specific time period may result in termination. During the period of training, the Facilities Maintenance Apprentice performs semi-skilled maintenance under the direct supervision of a Maintenance General Mechanic or other designated administrator following established procedures and guidelines. The Facilities Maintenance Apprentice performs semi-skilled routine maintenance work using hand and power tools and following established procedures in the construction, repair, maintenance, and alteration of campus buildings and facilities. The Facilities Maintenance Apprentice prepares work sites for repair/maintenance work and returns work sites to a useable condition at the completion of construction or repair work.


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent is required. Completion of a maintenance vocational or technical school or a recognized apprenticeship program in general mechanical maintenance is preferred. However, previous work experience beyond that required for the position in any of the building trades may be substituted for the required education.

Experience: Requires at least two years of work experience in one of the mechanical, building, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, or maintenance trades. Knowledge of plumbing and electrical codes is preferred.

Skills: Requires mechanical aptitude. Skill in the use of small hand and power tools, mechanical equipment and materials applicable to the mechanical trades is preferred. Ability to read wiring diagrams, blueprints, and schematics is preferred. Computer literacy is required.

Effort: Must be able to lift and carry 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. Requires a full range of physical motion in order to operate manual and electrically-powered tools and mechanical shop equipment. Must be able to move throughout campus, including climbing stairs in all University buildings, in order to perform maintenance work. Work is performed indoors and out-of-doors, occasionally in environments that are dusty, noisy, or which could have work hazards.

License: A valid Missouri driver’s license is required.

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. Must be able to read English language sufficiently to understand written work orders and instructions as well as directions for the proper mixture, use, and disposal/storage of cleaners, solvents, paints, and similar products used in mechanical services.


1. Performs semi-skilled routine maintenance work using hand and power tools and following established procedures, by making carpentry repairs such as nailing down loose boards or replacing worn or rotten floor boards to physical structures, replacing defective electrical switches and similar non-complex electrical fixtures such as light bulbs, fuses, and fluorescent ballasts, and painting structures.

2. Assists in the construction, repair, maintenance, and alteration of buildings and facilities by performing semi-skilled mechanical or construction tasks such as erecting scaffolding and arranging equipment and construction materials for work; mixing, cutting, and preparing materials or obtaining needed supplies for use by craftsmen; preparing tools and equipment for use by craftsmen; correctly measuring and placing materials for finish work performed by craftsmen.

3. Prepares work sites for repair/maintenance work by scraping and/or cleaning walls, floors, buildings and other surfaces as required or directed.

4. Protects University property and equipment from damage during construction or repair work 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, and erecting safe scaffolding or support structures in a manner that prevents damage.

5. Returns work sites to a useable condition at the completion of construction or repair work by cleaning work areas, removing debris, scaffolding, and used materials, disposing of waste, and salvaging leftover materials.

6. Minimizes institutional 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.

7. Performs preventive maintenance of mechanical tools and equipment by spot checking 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. Contributes to an accident-free work environment by complying with operator's instructions for the use of power tools, wearing protective gear 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.

9. Contributes to the overall success of the Mechanical Maintenance Department by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Facilities Maintenance Apprentice is supervised by the designated supervisor and does not exercise supervision of others.




Factor 1: Educational Requirements of the Job

Level 2 - 100 Points: The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent.

Factor 2: Skill Requirements - Craft and Trade Skills

Level 2 - 350 Points: General mechanical or technical aptitude and a general knowledge of, and experience in, a skill, craft, or trade. A general ability to understand procedures, operations, and/or operate basic equipment, that typically require some previous experience or training is required. Jobs at this level typically require at least one and up to two years of related experience for successful performance.

Factor 3: Managerial Responsibility

Level 1 - 25 Points: No responsibility for the work of others. Limited responsibility for expenses, purchases, or inventory.

Factor 4: Guidelines

Level 1 - 20 Points: Specific detailed guidelines covering most aspects of the job. Deviations from guidelines must be authorized.

Factor 5: Contacts

Level 2 - 50 Points: The purpose may include obtaining or clarifying facts, or providing factual information to others. Contacts may be with coworkers or structured exchanges with students or the general public, and are generally for the purpose of exchange of information. Contacts at this level might include discussing a work order with individuals in a departmental office to more clearly define the problem, or providing directions or information to students or the general public.

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 4 - 150 Points: Work requires considerable and strenuous physical exertion such as climbing ladders, frequent lifting of objects over 50 pounds, crawling or crouching in restricted areas. Occasional lifting of heavy objects weighing 75 pounds or more is required.

Factor 8: Responsibility for Facilities and Resources

Level 2 - 40 Points: Jobs at this level might require frequent but routine responsibility for facility security, public safety, equipment, or money.

Factor 9: Complexity

Level 1 - 100 Points: The work consists of tasks that are clear-cut and directly related. There is little or no choice to be made in deciding what needs to be done. The actions to be taken are usually easy to discern and unambiguous, otherwise the employee requests assistance from a supervisor. Work is performed as it arrives or in an order set by someone else. The work can be learned relatively quickly.