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Building Equipment Operator

Location: Central - Travel required between buildings
Position Type: Full-time
Salary: $45,199.00

Job Description


Under the general supervision of the Building Maintenance Supervisor; periodically reports to the Library Director and/or the Library Deputy Director. Participates in the operation, maintenance, and repair of heating, lighting, ventilating, electrical, air conditioning, plumbing and other equipment. Also performs other tasks such as related to repairs to buildings, grounds, furniture and equipment. Performs custodial work and period security inspections. Performs periodic heavy lifting. Drives library vehicle(s). Does related work as required. May require evening and weekend hours.

Essential Job Functions

  • Operates Building HVAC systems that includes chillers, boilers, and related equipment.
  • Performs general maintenance and repairs, using skills in carpentry, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and painting/finishing.
  • Grounds Maintenance.
  • Performs periodic janitorial work, snow removal and meeting room setup.
  • Works in tunnels, shafts, and at heights, and performs heavy lifting tasks.
  • Drives library vehicles.
  • Performs roof and solar panel inspection and periodic repairs.
  • Knowledge and experience in the installation and operation of Building Automation and Security Systems.
  • Successfully completes monitoring and readout record keeping.
  • Assists in building and equipment license/permit inspections.
  • Successfully completes continuing educational and safety training as assigned.
  • Related work as directed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of the methods, materials, and equipment used in servicing and repairing heating and cooling and auxiliary equipment.
  • Knowledge of the operation, maintenance and repair of boilers, large ventilating and air conditioning units and auxiliary equipment.
  • Skill in performing mechanical tasks.
  • Skill in carpentry.
  • Ability to interpret and work from sketches, drawings, plans and blueprints.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment in determining operating conditions, making repairs, and meeting emergency situations.
  • Ability to detect malfunctions in equipment and troubleshoot repairs.
  • Ability to keep accurate records.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and with others.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work without supervision.
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service both in person and on the telephone.
  • Ability to work with mechanic and metric equivalents of measure.

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to be able to communicate effectively.
  • Sufficient vision to be able to produce and review a wide variety of reports and related materials in both electronic and hard copy form.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity to be able to operate a keyboard, tools and meters.
  • Sufficient mobility to be able to transport materials and equipment.
  • Ability to lift in excess of 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to be on feet for long periods of time between breaks working on building projects.
  • Ability to drive a panel van.

Education and Experience

High School diploma or GED. Preference given for on the job work experience in skilled trade area. Preference given to supplemental training from union trade association, vocational school, college or trade association. Other certifications that may be preferred include boilers operators’ license, OSHA Competent Person certification and other OSHA type training certifications. Valid driver's license is required.

Application Information

Send resume, transcripts, and letter of application to Deputy Director Linda L. Roe ( 1000 Grand Ave. Des Moines, Iowa 50309. Electronic applications will be accepted. Applications must be received by 5:00 pm, February 16, 2016.

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The Des Moines Public Library welcomes your questionsabout employment opportunities. 

Linda Roe | Deputy Director
1000 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 283.4102