General Maintenance Worker

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


FS Maintenance Services

Position Overview

Facilities Services supports KU's mission of learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor by operating and maintaining the University's physical plant and grounds.  This position requires the operation of work issued vehicles.  The incumbent will function as part of a team of maintenance staff who are responsible for the preventive maintenance program for Facilities Services.  Work involves general maintenance and repair which may pertain to a wide variety of areas such as plumbing, HVAC, electrical and carpentry.  The incumbent also responds to emergency calls involving loss of utilities and/or equipment failure, performs equipment inspection, and maintains records of equipment. This position includes a shift differential.

In addition to a competitive salary, KU offers great benefits to employees with up to 176 hours of paid vacation per year, 72 hours of sick leave earned per year, nine paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a retirement program, medical & dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options and State of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors.  KU also offers employees educational and professional development opportunities.

The University actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.
KU is a great place to work!

Work Schedule:

3:30pm to 12:00am Su-Th with overtime and after hours call back as needed.

Job Description

25% - General Maintenance and Repair: Performs a wide variety of assigned maintenance and repair tasks such as replacing ceiling and floor tiles, patching holes in walls and repainting, replacing leaking plumbing parts and fixtures such as faucet washers, lavatories, remounting mirrors, towel dispensers, and other restroom fixtures.  Performs lubrication, cleaning inspections, changes of belts and filters in HVAC and exhaust equipment.  Replaces, or repairs lights, switches, receptacles, and other electrical equipment.  Works alone or with other technicians under general supervision by more skilled tradespersons.

40% - Equipment Inspection:  Follows a daily inspection route through and assigned area.  Notes any conditions needing attention and/or performs minor repairs to correct problems such as damage to paint or walls, damaged ceiling or floor tiles, leaking water or gas pipes and fixtures, malfunctioning HVAC equipment, burned out lights, etc.  Reports findings and any repair work done to supervisor.  Performs monthly testing of life safety equipment, emergency generators, stand- alone lighting invertors, and other smaller power sources.  Performs any related work assigned by supervisor.

20% - Equipment Records and Inventories:  Inventories new or added equipment to appropriate lists.  Corrects and/or updates equipment information to maintain accurate listings for assigned area.

10% - Emergency Calls: Responds to emergency calls involving loss of utilities and/or equipment failure.  Resets breakers, rigs emergency power cables, helps repair leaks in water or steam lines, repairs elevators, air conditioners, etc.  Repairs are performed as time and expertise permits.  More complex repairs are performed under the direct supervision of more skilled tradespersons.  Performs any related work assigned by supervisor.

5% - Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Six months of experience in building, grounds or mechanical trades.
  • High school diploma or GED equivalency.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license by the time of hire and maintain the license throughout employment.
  • Associate’s Degree or vocational school certification may be substituted for the required experience.
  • Position Requirements: 
  • Reach, grasp, lift, carry, and place moderately heavy loads frequently, and heavy loads occasionally (50 lbs) with or without accommodation.
  • Work in temperature extremes, both hot and cold inside and outdoors.
  • Report to work during declared periods of inclement weather.
  • Respond to after-hours emergencies as needed.
  • Work overtime as needed.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional plumbing experience in large institutional or residential commercial buildings.
  • Professional HVAC experience in large institutional or residential commercial buildings.
  • Professional electrical experience in large institutional or residential commercial buildings.
  • Experience working in a university or college environment.

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Josie Hyde, 785-864-7102 or

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    Complete the online application and include a resume/cover letter addressing how you meet the required qualifications and the names and contact information of three references.

    Review of applications begins Monday, June 24.  For full consideration, apply no later than Sunday, June 23.

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    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Employee Class

    B-University Support Staff

    Work Schedule

    Sunday-Thursday 3:30 pm -12:00 am.

    Shift Differential

    40 cents

    Job Family

    Facilit Plan Design&Operat-KUL


    The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access,, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY 9for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

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