General Maintenance Repair Technician - HVAC

University of Kansas   Lawrence, KS   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on November 18, 2021
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General Maintenance Repair Technician - HVAC

FS Maintenance Services

Position Overview

Facilities Services supports KU’s mission of learning, scholarship, student experience and creative endeavor by operating and maintaining the University’s physical plant and grounds.  The HVAC GMRT will function as part of a dynamic team of maintenance staff who are responsible for the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) maintenance program within the Facilities Services department.  The incumbent performs inspections, maintains records of equipment, completes proactive and reactive repairs, and may occasionally respond to equipment failures and campus wide emergencies. This position will work primarily in academic buildings. This position requires the operation of work issued vehicles.

The University of Kansas offers dynamic career opportunities and growth.  In addition to a competitive salary, KU offers great benefits to employees with up to 176 hours of paid vacation per year, 96 hours of sick leave earned per year, 9 paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a great retirement program, medical and dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options and state of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors.  KU also offers educational opportunities and tuition assistance for employees.

There are two positions available. At time of application, please indicate your preference of work site:

  • Residential/Student Housing - 7:30am-4pm, Monday through Friday
  • Academic/Campus Facilities - 7:30am-4pm, Monday through Friday OR option for a four-day, 10-hour work week option Monday-Thursday or Tuesday to Friday.

Job Description

General Maintenance Repair Technicians are primarily responsible for the troubleshooting, repair and installation for University HVAC equipment but may also be assigned general routine maintenance tasks.  GMRT’s work under the direction of a supervisor or skilled tradesperson.  Assignments may be varied depending upon the customer need and could require working in a team or independent assignment.  Work order information and other communications are often performed digitally. 

70% General Maintenance, Inspection and Repair

  • Utilizes digital work orders to follow an established inspection route for needed preventive maintenance and repairs to assigned equipment. 
  • Performs lubrication, cleaning, inspections, material changes such as belts and filters.  Replaces associated parts such as belts (including tension adjustments), filters, bearings, electric motors, reducers, air compressors, various electric and pneumatic control components and any other parts necessary to the proper function of the equipment. 
  • Repairs and maintains air compressors and air dryers. 
  • Installs window air conditioners and adjusts properly. 
  • Stays current on assigned equipment.
  • Suggests improvements (mechanical or process) to improve efficiencies and service delivery to the customer.
20% Equipment Records, Inventory, and Customer Service
  • Inventories new or added equipment and updates activities appropriately. 
  • Records equipment, work order and other information digitally on handheld devices.
  • Engages with customers as required.  Ensures work order is completed to customer satisfaction. 
  • Corrects and/or updates equipment information to maintain accurate listings and associated work.
5% Emergency response – responds to HVAC or other trade emergencies as assigned.  Assists with snow removal as needed.
5% Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  1. Reach, grasp, hold, lift and place moderately heavy loads and heavy loads occasionally (50 lbs) with or without accommodation.
  2. Perform work above normal heights, in confined spaces and extreme temperatures (hot and cold) inside and outdoors.
  3. Operate work issued vehicles for transporting staff and materials
  4. Work occasional planned and unplanned overtime as needed including responding to after-hours emergencies as needed.
  5. Report to work during declared periods of inclement weather.
  6. Must have a valid driver’s license by the time of hire and maintain that license throughout employment.

Required Qualifications

  1. Two years of experience in a building or facility service trade (ex. HVAC, plumbing, electrical, grounds, relocation, etc.).  Associate degree or vocational school certification may be substituted for one year of the requirement.
  2. High school diploma or GED equivalency.
  3. Must have a valid driver’s license by the time of hire and maintain that license throughout employment.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Professional HVAC experience in commercial or residential buildings.
  2. Professional plumbing or electrical experience.
  3. Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions of skilled crafts and building trades.
  4. Experience working in a multi-building environment.

Contact Information to Applicants

Dave Henricks

Additional Candidate Instruction

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required to be considered for this position:

  1. A cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met.
  2. Resume or curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information for three professional references.
Review of applications will begin Friday, November 12th and continue until a qualified pool of applicants is identified. 

Advertised Salary Range Starting at $16.35

Anticipated Start Date 01-Dec-2021

Primary Campus University of Kansas Lawrence Campus


Reg/Temp Regular

FLSA Status Nonexempt

Employee Class B-University Support Staff

Work Schedule 7:30am-4pm, Monday through Friday. Campus/academics work site position has an option for a four-day, 10-hour work week option Monday-Thursday or Tuesday to Friday.

Union 055

Job Family Facilit Plan Design&Operat-KUL

Work Location Assignment On-Site


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: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for 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).