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Preventative Maintenance Technician


The Living Desert

Job Description


Job Title:               Preventative Maintenance Technician

Department:           Maintenance

Exemption:            Non-exempt

Reports to :            Director of Park Design and Maintenance


Assists Maintenance Supervisor in cost estimating and ordering materials and parts for repairs after funding approval. Experience level includes good understanding of principles, mechanical, bearings/pillow blocks, lubrication, motor repair, gear/transfer box troubleshooting and repair fan coil and air handler operation. Performs scheduled maintenance of equipment. Responds to radio maintenance support requests. Provides cost-effective and creative solutions for installation or repair challenges. Understands maintenance management ownership and assists Director of Park Design and Maintenance with improving operational efficiency in these areas:

Specific Tasks:

Electrical:  Understands and practices electrical safety. Solicits help from manager, experienced co-workers, or electrical contractors when necessary. Maintains troubleshoots and repairs the following: building and park facility equipment and systems; power distribution; system and equipment controls; lighting; electric motors for compressors, pumps, and fan systems; appliances; heat lamps; exhibit hot wires; power doors and gates; emergency power sources.

Plumbing:  Maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs the following: building and park piping systems; minor water leaks; unclogs drains; faucets; installs/replaces water filters; drinking fountains and animal drinkers; manages sewage pumping station contract work; coordinates park water distribution repairs with Garden team (excludes landscape irrigation).

Specific Skills:

This class specification should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.

Equipment Used:

Computer, gas powered vehicles including heavy equipment, electric carts, miscellaneous electric power tools, gas powered and hand tools, electric power and temperature sensing test equipment.

Education and Prerequisites:

Conditions of Work:

PHYSICAL EFFORT: Occasional standing, walking, bending, twisting, climbing, crawling, kneeling, reaching motions. Some lifting up to 50 lbs.

DISCOMFORT/RISKS: Occasional exposure to extreme heat, chemicals, and dust/airborne materials. Works with heavy equipment.

HOLIDAY WORK: Holiday, evening and weekend work may be required.

TRAVEL: Conference and workshop attendance available. If funding available, some or all expenses paid.


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