Maintenance Technician - Electrical/Mechanical IV

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, CA 920371002, USA
  • Sep 24, 2021
Full time Facilities Management

Job Description


Application Instructions:

Employment History Include your last ten (10) years of employment history, or length of your employment history if less, including all positions (even those that are not relevant to this position) and periods of unemployment. Incomplete information could disqualify you from further consideration.

The Electrical/Mechanical Technician IV - Electrician is the highest level in the series, and is distinguished from the other Technicians in the class by the level of complexity and responsibility that is required. Under limited direction from the Supervisor, Facilities Services, provides the most senior-level technical service/support in one of the general maintenance areas and trains lower-level employees in various technical areas. May act as supervisor in the absence of the Supervisor, Facilities Services. Incumbent responds to service calls, performs preventative and corrective maintenance in accordance with scheduled procedures. Trains lower-level employees in various technical areas. 

Incumbents are expected to have lead level expertise in the following area:

  • Industrial Electrical: Organize and coordinate electrical projects; installs, maintains, and repairs lighting fixtures, conduit, receptacles, switches, magnetic starters, electrical panels, switchgear, motors, transformers, VFD's, power supplies, and other electrical devices in accordance with the NEC.

Incumbents are expected to have additional working knowledge in at least one of the following areas:

  • Central Plant Mechanical: Assures proper operation and maintenance of high temperature hot water generators, steam generators, chillers, air conditioning, exhaust fans, and other equipment.
  • HVAC&R: Installs and repairs industrial heating and refrigerating systems.
  • Plumbing: Assembles, installs, and repairs pipes, fittings, and fixtures of heating, water, and drainage systems.
  • Fabrication and Welding: Welds metal components together with brazing and variety of arc and gas welding equipment to fabricate or repair products such as machine parts, plant equipment, motors, and generators.

The incumbent acts independently and responds with acquired skill, exercising Institute and professionally established safety precautions.  



  •  Repairs and maintains all facility electrical wiring and fixtures in accordance with blueprints, manuals, and building codes using appropriate hand and electrician's tools.
  • Measures, cuts, bends, threads, assembles, and installs electrical conduit.
  • Pulls wiring through conduit.
  • Installs and repairs electrical fixtures, apparatus, and control equipment.
  • Repairs and maintains major equipment such as motors, motor controllers, generators, and electrical distribution systems.
  • Tests defective equipment to determine the cause of malfunction or failure using standard electrical test equipment.
  • Observes functioning of installed facility equipment to detect hazards and need for adjustment, relocation, or replacement.
  • Inspects circuits and wiring for specified shielding and grounding and repairs or rewires plant equipment systems according to applicable codes and safety regulations.
  • Plans layout of new wiring installations.
  • Prepares sketches showing location of wiring and equipment.
  • Inspects all equipment on a regularly scheduled basis; meets all requirements of the established preventive maintenance program.
  • Installs cabling for network and phone systems. Makes terminations in accordance with industry standards.
  • Estimates cost, time and materials for projects.
  • Ensures adequate inventory of necessary supplies and parts.
  • Maintains the files necessary to support all maintenance activities.
  • Ability to read and interpret construction plans, prints, specifications and Operations and Maintenance Manuals.
  • Ability to read electrical schematics.
  • Performs other duties as required


  •  Operates, maintains and repairs a wide range of central plant equipment including but not limited to: boilers, steam generators, chillers, cooling towers, diesel generators, air compressors, vacuum pumps, water softeners, and reverse osmosis systems.
  • Manipulates features of building automation systems to adjust space temperatures and air intake to optimize comfort, while conserving energy; affect building automation programming schedules for the heating and cooling of campus facilities.
  • Responds to trouble calls such as: hot and cold calls, equipment alarms, water leaks, clogged drains, electrical power issues, and lighting issues.
  • Conducts chemical analyses for water treatment for various systems such as: chillers, cooling towers, boilers, and water softeners.
  • Installs central system parts, gauges, valves and various types of pipes which may require soldering, brazing, threading and gluing.
  • Repairs and replaces belts, filters, bearings, shafts, seals, and rings for equipment such as: fan coil units, air handlers, water pumps, compressors, and vacuum pumps.
  • Maintains, inspects, and makes repairs to steam, natural gas, various water systems, drains, air and vacuum distribution systems.
  • Takes readings and maintains logs of maintenance and repairs using manual and computerized recordkeeping systems.
  • Estimates cost, time and materials for projects.
  • Ensures adequate inventory of necessary supplies and parts.

HVAC&R: (5%)

  •  Operates, maintains and repairs a wide range of HVAC&R systems and equipment including but not limited to: fan coil units, air handlers, reheat systems, VAV/CAV systems, cold rooms, freezers, refrigerators, and building automation systems (BAS).
  • Performs major overhauls of HVAC&R systems involving disassembly and inspection of all parts, replacement of defective and worn parts, reassembly of equipment instruments and controls, and the testing of equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Diagnose malfunctions using a wide variety of test equipment and instruments; analyze the efficiency of campus refrigeration and air conditioning systems and recommend action for improvement; respond to service requests; diagnose problems in the distribution of air to individual rooms and buildings and make necessary adjustments; use building automation system to diagnose and troubleshoot problems in HVAC systems.
  • Installs electrical power feeds and controls for a wide range of HVAC&R systems and equipment.
  • Utilizes plans and own knowledge to determine how and where to fabricate, assemble and install sheet metal products such as air ducts, reheat systems, supports and control boxes.
  • Estimates cost, time and materials for projects.
  • Ensures adequate inventory of necessary supplies and parts.


  •  Operates, maintains and repairs a wide range of plumbing systems, including but not limited to: raw water soft water, RO/DI water, sewer, steam, laboratory waste, compressed air, vacuum, natural gas, nitrogen, liquid nitrogen, oxygen, carbogen and carbon dioxide.
  • Assembles, installs and repairs devices and fixtures such as: sinks, showers, toilets, water heaters, hot water tanks, garbage disposal, dishwashers, water softeners, pumps, backflow prevention devices, fume hoods, biosafety cabinets, lab water purification systems, autoclaves.
  • Installs gauges, valves and various types of pipes which may require soldering, brazing, threading and gluing.
  • Ensures adequate inventory of necessary supplies and parts.


  •  Reviews blueprints, drawings and other specification papers before starting work on a fabrication process and during the steps to ensure accurate completion
  • Lays out steel construction efficiently and with a high degree of accuracy prior to welding.
  • Operates fabrication related tools such as: manual mill, manual lathe, drill press, table saw, horizontal band saw, portable band saw, hydraulic shear, manual break, bench grinder, angle grinder, roller bender, tap & die.
  • Operates multiple welding processes such as: shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), metal inert gas (MIG) welding, tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), plastic welding, hard facing, oxygen/acetylene welding, and brazing.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in plasma cutting, oxygen/acetylene cutting, sheet metal cutting/bending, and pipe bending.
  • Demonstrates proficiency with various materials such as: mild steel, high carbon steel, aluminum, stainless steel, brass, and plastics.
  • Ensures adequate inventory of necessary supplies and parts.


  •  Receives requests for corrective repair work on a variety of building physical structures, equipment and system components.
  • Utilizes several trades' skills, in the performance of maintenance and repair work.
  • Prepares routine reports and makes estimates of time and materials needed for task completion.
  • Prepares schematics and diagrams in laying out work areas.
  • Provides work direction to lower-level Technicians, and may act as supervisor in the absence of the Supervisor, Facilities Services.
  • Checks own work and possibly work of others.
  • Prioritizes own weekly schedule.
  • Uses broad guidelines and independent judgement in resolving problems and making recommendations for improvement in processes and assigned tasks.
  • Trains employees on technical skills and may occasionally assist them with problem solving and technical procedures.



  •  5 years of experience in Industrial Electrical and working knowledge in at least one of the following: Central Plant Mechanical, HVAC&R, Plumbing, or Fabrication and Welding.



  •  High school graduate/GED
  • 5 years of training and experience in industrial electrical plus at least 1 year of trade/vocational education, or apprenticeship.



  •  Demonstrated ability to read construction drawings and construction documentation.
  • Use ladders to gain access to work areas and to works from heights.
  • Cleans and paints all required areas to maintain proper, effective and safe operation.
  • Ability to work well independently or in a group, always exercising Institute and professionally established safety precautions.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations.
  • Maintain records and communications using the work management system, MS Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that include tact, good judgment, diplomacy, and flexibility to relate to diverse scientific research staff, faculty, executive management, administrative staff, and external contacts.
  • Ability to work as team member and team resource.
  • Ability to apply knowledge, skills and Institute policies and procedures with a high level of independence to resolve issues for customers.


  •  Post-offer physical required.
  • Must be willing to use ladders to provide access to work areas and works from heights.
  • Must be able to work overtime as needed.
  • Willing to sign an employee confidentiality agreement.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Post-offer physical required.
  • Must be willing to maintain First Aid/CPR/AED training/certification.
  • A DMV driving record background check may be required. A Class C motor vehicle license and clean driving record will be required in order to drive Institute vehicles.
  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Institute's background investigation.


  • As a safeguard for employees and animals, all FS employees may be subject to vaccines/tests/physical exams prior to working with specific animals or animal populations as required by research needs including but not limited to:
  • TB Testing/Clearance (once a year)
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (proof of vaccination)


This position will be constantly seeing, touching/feeling and frequently balancing, bending, carrying 0-50 lbs, handling, hearing, lifting 0-50 lbs, pushing/pulling 0-50 lbs, reaching, standing, talking, walking, analyzing, communicating, reading, reasoning and working inside. 


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