Maintenance Engineer (008197), International House - 3656
University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720

Job Description

Maintenance Engineer (008197), International House - #3656
About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

Founded in 1930 through a gift from John D. Rockefeller, Jr., International House is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, self-supporting residential and community-oriented center located in the southeast foothills of the Berkeley Campus. The historic facility is adjacent to the California Memorial Stadium along Piedmont Avenue. The building has six floors of residential rooms, including a conference center featuring the Chevron Auditorium with a capacity of 350, several other smaller meeting rooms, plus a library, and a dining commons with a capacity of 325. Since its founding, it has housed more than 95,000 residents including two Governors of California and eight Nobel Prize laureates. Its mission is to foster intercultural respect and understanding among people throughout the world across cultural, economic, and ethnic lines.

Each year I-House provides some 1,100 students and scholars from 75+ nationalities (including the USA) with an opportunity to live and learn together over the course of a typical 12-month cycle. With a renewed emphasis on the acquisition of intercultural leadership skills, I-House strives to augment and expand the impact of the residential life experience by encouraging lifetime personal and professional connections that transform lives and offer skills that enrich and enhance career opportunities. I-House's rich array of programs serves the residents, the campus and local community.


Under the direction of the Director of Physical Operations, we are in search of a talented, creative, customer service oriented Maintenance Engineer to join our Physical Operations team. This position is covered by the Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council (ACBCTC) collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

The incumbent performs a wide variety of skilled maintenance, construction and renovation work. Requires working knowledge of plumbing and electrical systems, construction building codes, ADA compliance regulations, air/refrigeration systems, carpentry and painting, hazardous waste and chemical procedures, Title 19 Life safety codes, and seismic upgrades. This position also requires the ability to read blueprints, drawings, and technical manuals; and experience using and repairing hand and sophisticated power tools, evaluates, troubleshoots and diagnoses problems and makes recommendations working from verbal and/or written instructions, drawings, or manuals. Effectively manages multiple priorities, quickly evaluates complex issues and identifies a resolution. The Maintenance Engineer, performs the following duties and responsibilities independently, as part of team, or as an assistant to tradesmen and contractors.


  • Installation or repair of water, steam, gas, sanitary, storm and drain systems or other types of pipe, fitting, traps, vacuum breakers, vents and valves.

  • Installation or repair steam pressure regulators and control valves.

  • Opening clogged and clearing drains with manual/electrical snakes or water jet.

  • Make gas, steam, and water connections to various equipment such as ovens, brazing units, steamers, deep fat fryers, grills, laundry equipment, steam heaters, and hot water heaters.

  • Fabricate and install new pipe systems for water saving devices such as low consummation toilets and urinals.


  • Repair, replace and troubleshoot interior and exterior electrical fixtures, lighting fixtures, wall receptacles, switches, timers and wiring, circuit breakers, fuses, and power distribution panels.

  • Disconnect and repair all electrical supply for food service equipment (110/220 volt) ovens, waste disposal units, dishwashing machines, steamer ovens, coffee urns, refrigeration equipment freezers, shill boxes, thaw boxes, ice cream/yogurt machines, serving line equipment and lighting, permanently install refrigeration freezers that box, dairy box, produce box.

  • Test and replace local safety devices and smoke alarms.

  • Perform routine testing of installed emergency diesel generator and power distribution.

  • Trouble shoot and repair elevators.


  • Performs a variety of carpentry work related to alterations, additions and repairs, such as removal and demolition work, erection of wall frames (Metal and Wood), door and window openings. Prepare plaster and lath.

  • Patch and prepare surfaces for painting. Maintain inventory of paint and supplies.

  • Prepare surfaces and install sheetrock, ceiling tiles, ceramic tiles, and Corian counter tops.

  • Maintain in good repair building woodwork and equipment including counters, benches, floors, doors, and trims made of wood, and wainscoting.

  • Install new locks/deadbolt latches. Repair and open locks, make keys, change locks/combination locks, re-pin and re-key locks. Repair mortise style lock fixtures.

Required Qualifications
  • Minimum of 5 years of hands on carpentry experience, carpentry certification or equivalent desired and basic computer skills.

  • Ability to lift 75 lbs.

  • Demonstrated organizational, communication and customer service skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with a team, inventive and creative in resolving challenges.

  • Must have excellent interpersonal, verbal and written skills, active listening, critical thinking and ability to be persuasive.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working in a university housing environment.

  • Experience working in multi-ethnic environment a plus.

Salary & Benefits

Step 1 - $43.67 Hourly

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter, three professional references and resume as a single attachment when applying. Failure to submit the required documents will result in disqualification.

Other Information

This is a Full-Time, 100% career position

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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Preferred Years Of Experience:

5 Year(s)

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Date Posted : 01/16/2020