General Maintenance Worker


Job Title: General Maintenance Worker (Signage & Upholstery)

Department: Facilities Management Division, Operations & Maintenance, Architectural

FTE: 1.0 FTE

Status: Permanent

Competition No.:  12539-C

Salary Information: $3,364.14 to $4,541.51 per month (Facility Services, Phase 4). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Primary Purpose: The General Maintenance Worker is responsible for the preventive and general maintenance, repair, and inspection of fixed architectural and mechanical building assets at the University of Saskatchewan. The General Maintenance Worker supports a wide variety trades and ensures that the University of Saskatchewan’s assets are maintained in compliance with University standards and all legislative and regulatory requirements in an efficient, safe, effective, and accountable manner.  

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Carpentry Supervisor, the incumbent provides expertise, innovative solutions, and safety in the application of skills and training to a wide range of operational challenges across the University of Saskatchewan. Collaborating with the Carpentry Supervisor, other units within and outside of FMD, clients, contractors, etc.,the General Maintenance Worker strives for the highest quality of workmanship and performance in meeting and maintaining University of Saskatchewan standards in the areas of mechanical, flooring, glazing, masonry, roofing, signage, upholstery, and scaffolding. The incumbent is further expected to inspect and report conditions within and outside of their scope of work to their supervisor.

The position requires strong decision-making, effective communication, and time management skills.  Working independently and in a team environment, the work is of high volume, variety, and complexity, often involving inspection, material requirement planning and acquisition, and the organization of execution with coworkers, other trades, clients, and contractors. The General Maintenance Worker frequently acts as the first responder, applying basic troubleshooting skills to assist in securing a fault or determining a final solution.

The incumbent , often works in extreme climates (cold, wet, hot, windy, etc.), confined spaces (air plenums), crawlspaces, and elevated spaces (rooftops, lifts, scaffolding). The incumbent must fully understand safety hazards and work in compliance of all departmental and University safety practices and procedures as errors in execution of work can result in cosmetic imperfections, structural deformities, premature breakdown and aging, indoor air quality and comfort issues, and injury and harm to self and others. The incumbent is expected to work shifts, during evenings and/or weekends, and must be able to be on-call for emegencies.

Typical Duties: Inspecting and reporting on asset/equipment damage, troubles and failures; assessing and acquiring needed material for repair/replacement. The incumbent assists qualified trades people with their work to aid in the completion of tasks and projects.  In consultation with the client and the signage committee the incumbent will order and install all types of signage on campus. Repair of office chairs, student chairs and all types public furniture; installation and repair of roller blinds; repair and recovering of upholstered furniture; lay-out, cutting, sewing, stitching of materials and fabrics. Repair and refurbishment of wooden furniture components, including re-gluing, fabricating new components, repair of frames (dowelling, jointing, pegs, screws, nails etc.). Repair of furniture suspension components including springs, and webbing; sstapling and nailing of furniture components and fabrics. Lay-out and sewing of custom covers and materials; replacement of furniture stuffing, materials, foam and webbing; working with clients in the selection of appropriate materials and fabrics; manufacture of cushions, pillows with variety of materials and fabrics and installation of zippers, button holes, and layout complex shapes with variety of materials

Education: The incumbent must have completed grade 12. The incumbent must hold a valid Province of Saskatchewan driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record.

Experience: The incumbent is required to have a minimum of three years commercial, institutional, construction, or demolition experience in at least one of the following areas: mechanical, flooring, glazing, masonry, roofing, signage, upholstery, and scaffolding. Equivalent three years experience working with a wide variety of power tools or working under the direct supervision of a Journeyperson in one of the aforementioned areas would also be considered. Courses, certifications or experience in either commercial or residential upholstery would be considered an asset.

Skills: The incumbent will have well developed decision-making, interpersonal, and communication skills that enhance the incumbent’s ability to work both independently and cooperatively as part of a team. Sound trouble shooting, diagnostic, and problem-solving skills are critical in order to identify maintenance trends, proactively resolve potential problems, and develop recommendations for improvements and implementation of cost-effective solutions. Effective organization and time management skills, in addition to the ability to multi-task under stressful timelines are also crucial. The incumbent will be results-oriented, demonstrate support for progress, and will exhibit strong personal effectiveness and relationship building skills.

The incumbent should have the demonstrated ability to perform rigorous manual labour tasks that regularly involves heavy lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, kneeling, and prolonged standing. The ability to use various hand and power tools while adhering to safety practices and policies is critical. The ability to work with upholstery needles, hammers, webbing stretchers, and specialty scissors in addition to industrial sewing machines, air operated equipment such as staplers, hammers, and tackers is important for the upholstery area. The incumbent should be comfortable working at heights and in confined spaces.  

This position is in scope of CUPE 1975.

Please apply no later than December 4, 2012.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Shannon Toporowski at 966-8976.

Be sure to apply online as emailed applications will not be accepted.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.