• Senior Plant Mechanic

    Job ID
    Location : Location
    US-MA-Woods Hole
  • Job Summary

    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Senior Plant Mechanic to join the Facilities Department. This is a regular full-time, non-exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.  


    Reporting to the Plant Supervisor, the Senior Plant Mechanic assists with the maintenance, repair, and installation of all mechanical and related facility process systems in Institution buildings and laboratories.  Ensures safe and efficient scientific and administrative operations and maintenance and insures that work is in accordance with appropriate building codes and safety regulations.


    Requires limited direction; through training and/or work experience, is skilled in several trades, with a large emphasis on plumbing, enabling the application of technical knowledge to perform assigned tasks independent of supervision; unusual and unprecedented situations are reviewed with Plant Supervisor.

    Essential Functions

    • Routinely monitors the operations and maintenance of the following plant/building systems: heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, waste water treatment, processed sea water, pneumatic and electric/electronic controls and lab utilities (e.g., compressed air, gas and distilled water)
    • Locates and diagnoses equipment failures, leaks and problem areas related to above systems; independently and/or with assistance, is responsible for timely corrective action
    • Coordinates plant/building maintenance and service needs with other Institution personnel (e.g., Shop, Services; scientific laboratories)
    • Leads, assigns or directs the activities of all Plant Mechanics when necessary
    • Works collaboratively on Institution major construction and renovation projects and may recommend basic design changes and enhancements for optimal plan efficiency and service
    • Coordinates construction, renovation and service requirements with outside contractors and technicians
    • Performs routine building checks on weekends and holidays
    • Responds to after-hour emergency calls for repairs, power outages, storm protection and snow removal
    • Performs such other duties as the supervisor may, from time to time, deem necessary

    Education & Experience

    • Trade school certification(s) representing demonstrated technical knowledge in several of the work areas, building codes and safety regulations related to the position or equivalent on-the-job training
    • Minimum 10 years directly related experience is desired
    • Must possess Massachusetts Masters or Journeyman’s plumbing license
    • May be expected to qualify for other local, state, and federal licenses and certifications
    • Must have demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment as well as commitment to working collaboratively with colleagues

    Physical Requirements

    Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift 25-50 lbs independently above shoulders, 5 times per day; carry 10-25 lbs, 10 times per day. Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions, communicate effectively in loud areas (pier/dock, warehouse). Other physical tasks include frequent and prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic/fine grasping and manipulation, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, twisting, stooping, and climbing ladders/stools. Other occupational requirements include talking, working around others, with others, and independently. Will be exposed to dust or other irritants, excessive heat and humidity, excessive cold, grease and oils, infectious and contagious diseases (through maintenance of piping/waste systems), odorous chemicals and specimens, severe weather, prolonged work hours, and electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards. Physical duties are subject to change.


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