General Maintenance Technician II

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, CA 920371002, USA
  • Sep 30, 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 Facilities Worker is a semi-skilled general facilities maintenance classification. Incumbents in this classification perform a variety of general and preventive maintenance and repair work that does not require journey-level skills. Incumbents independently perform a variety of semi-skilled facilities and systems maintenance functions or may work under the direction of journey-level crafts worker on complex assignments. Incumbents typically respond to daily service calls; perform routine preventive maintenance functions for facilities and systems; set up jobs and perform the manual labor preparation; clean, maintain and repair fixtures, equipment and appliances; assist in the installation of facility and systems materials, fixtures and mechanical equipment; assist in electrical work; assist in maintenance and repair of electrical lines and fixtures; assist in the installation, maintenance and repair of plumbing and HVAC systems; assist in facilities renovations and new construction; assist in wall framing and drywall installation; assist in painting buildings and equipment; participate in construction site/remodel tear down and set up. All incumbents clean and maintain materials, tools and equipment used in the performance of duties; perform all work in accordance with established safety procedures; maintain a safe and clean work environment; maintain records and retrieve data related to work performed using manual and/or computerized record-keeping systems; prepare standard reports; and consult and work with other trades workers.


Carpentry (20%)

  • Works from blueprints, specifications, drawings and instructions to assist with the build, remodel, maintenance and repair various types of facilities, buildings, offices, restrooms, forms, frames, fences and other structures; install, build and repair internal and external structures.
  • Assists with install and repair of drywall, ceiling and floor tiles, and roofs; assists with the making of cabinets, counters, shelves, benches, partitions, floors, and door and window frames; assist with the door hanging and window installations.
  • Assists with installation of door hinges, locks, strikes, sweeps, and closures; assist with the creation of concrete molds and structures; make rough sketches of repair work.
  • Installs and repairs modular furniture; advise in the selection and storage of building materials; assist in the maintenance and operations of a carpentry shop; clean, maintain and service tools and equipment used in the performance of duties.

Painting (20%)           

  • Paint and apply finishes to walls, doors, furniture and equipment.

Plumbing (20%)

  • Maintains and repairs general plumbing components to include toilets, urinals, faucets, hose bibs, eyewash stations, showers, and drains.
  • Installs, repairs, and replaces various hot and cold-water lines.
  • Performs maintenance on vacuum pumps and fire extinguishers.
  • Assists with repairs and replacement of various specialty gas lines and components.
  • Assists with repairs and replacement of steam valves, steam traps, and steam and condensate pipes.
  • Assists with repairs and replacement of sump pumps, sewage pumps, and laboratory waste pumps.

HVAC (20%)

  • Maintains and repairs general HVAC systems to include air handlers, fan coil units, split and package direct expansion systems. This work includes filter and belt replacement; greasing of bearings; duct and register cleaning.
  • Assists with ductwork installation and removal.
  • Assists with sheet-metal fabrication.

General Duties (20%)

  • Performs a variety of routine manual duties as required, such as move supplies, furniture, equipment; remove trash, scrap material; sweeping and mopping; replace light bulbs; pulling cables; install window shades, venetian blinds, and curtain rods, and various wall mounted holders, etc.
  • Performs all work in accordance with established safety procedures; maintain a safe and clean work environment.
  • Maintains records and retrieve data related to work performed using manual and/or computerized record-keeping systems; prepare standard reports; and consult and work with other trades workers.



  • + 3 years of hands-on experience in general facilities, systems maintenance and repair, or comparable experience as a trades assistant or laborer with demonstrated proficiency in the required duties. Minimum years of experience can be combination of hands on experience and related training.


  • Two or more years of experience with wood and metal framing and drywall installation.



  • High school diploma or equivalent experience


  • Trade certifications related to landscaping, painting, carpentry, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing desirable.



  • Ability to perform proficiently a variety of semi-skilled facilities maintenance and repair tasks.
  • Ability to maintain proper, effective and safe operation while performing job duties
  • Ability to safely use ladders to gain access to work areas and to works from heights.
  • 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.
  • Ability to learn maintenance and repair functions.
  • Ability to read and write English at a level appropriate to understand necessary documentation and instructions.
  • Ability to perform basic arithmetic calculations in algebra and geometry.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of Microsoft Word and email.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including 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.
  • Ability to apply knowledge, skills and Institute policies and procedures to resolve issues for customers.
  • Ability to perform strenuous manual labor.


  • Ability to cut, core and repair concrete.
  • Ability to install and repair travertine tile, bricks, asphalt, and concrete masonry units (CMU).


  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Institute's background investigation.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Post-offer physical required.
  • Must be willing to sign an employee confidentiality agreement.
  • Regular, reliable, on-time attendance required.
  • Must be able to work overtime as needed.
  • Must be able to adjust regularly assigned work schedule based on workload and deadlines.
  • Must be willing to use ladders to provide access to work areas and works from heights.
  • 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.


  • 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 (every six months / twice a year)
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (proof of immunization and/or vaccination)


This position requires constant seeing, and touching/feeling. 


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