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Maintenance Operator

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Facilities Management
Campus Services


Job Summary

Energy & Facilities (E&F) operates and manages Harvard's energy supplies, district energy plants, and utility infrastructures on the Cambridge/Allston campuses, as well as 24/7 facilities -related call, alarm monitoring and dispatch center.  E&F provides a broad portfolio of labor-based services, including building maintenance, landscaping and custodial to a large portion of the University, as well as engineering, technical, and sustainability services.  Facilities Maintenance Operations (FMO) is group within Harvard Campus Services that offers building and landscape maintenance, and custodial services to Harvard schools and units on a fee-for-service basis.  All services are provided in strict accordance with customer-determined standards.  As such, FMO operates as an in-house alternative to contractor services and therefore manages by the same principles that guide any successful maintenance services business. 

Position Description
  • Provides initial response, triage, stabilization and/or repair for all types of building infrastructure maintenance requests, with emphasis on HVAC systems.  
  • Inspects, adjusts, modifies, and repairs all types of boilers, heating systems, cooling systems and auxiliary equipment.  
  • Interprets mechanical plans and prints and updates as necessary.  
  • Monitors, queries and reports on the status of building systems managed by DDC technology.  
  • Initiates follow-up actions as required.  
  • Provides responsive customer support in all phases of building maintenance and operations.  
  • Assists and advises customers on maintenance solutions and provides follow-up on progress and status of work.  
  • Performs other core skills of the trades and related duties as required.  
  • May be assigned to work independently or as part of a multi-trade team under the guidance and direction of the Area Supervisor and/or Working Foreperson.   
Basic Qualifications
  • Five years related experience in the maintenance and operation of complex building system infrastructure.  
  • Must possess a current State HVAC license (or equivalent). 
  • Must have Siemen's experience and relevant training 
  • Must possess a valid driver's license
Additional Qualifications and Skills

Additional Qualifications  

  • Must be knowledgeable and experienced in the installation, operation, trouble-shooting, maintenance and repair of all types of commercial building heating and cooling systems.  
  • Must observe and comply with all standard safety codes and practices, perform work in accordance with recognized trade and University standards.  
  • Must be able to read and interpret detailed plans, specifications, operating manuals and other written materials associated with this trade.  Must be able to effectively communicate with peers and customers.   

Technology Skills Required: 

  • Basic proficiency and understanding of Windows® based software applications.   
  • Demonstrated proficiency with electronic mail, MS® Office, and related desktop and handheld devices and applications required.  
  • Familiarity with smartphone technology and willingness to expand skills with handheld device use as required. 
  • The Customer has requested the Maintenance Operator must have Siemen's experience and knowledge on making scheduling and setpoint adjustment in the Siemen's System. 

Special Requirements: 

  • Must possess a valid driver's license. 
  • Must supply a complete set of hand tools.   
  • Required to wear/use appropriate safety clothing/equipment at all times. 
  • Required to wear to properly wear a uniform and maintain a professional image at all times. 
Certificates and Licenses
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Must possess a current State HVAC license (or equivalent). 
Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to lift up a minimum of 50 lbs. and transport piping and equipment in excess of 200 lbs. with others.  
  • May use chain falls and come alongs for heavier lifting.  
  • Must be able to push and pull heavy loads as listed.  
  • Must be able to stoop and bend for long periods of time and work on hands and knees and other awkward positions for extended periods, routinely walk to and from various buildings carrying tools, equipment and other essentials to the job site.  
  • Must be able to work alone and climb multiple sets of stairs, work of ladders, staging, lifts, etc.  
Working Conditions

Work Format: On Site

Emergency Status DesignationCritical Operations Personnel (required to provide on-site support during emergency situations as determined by management). 

Additional Information

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Work Format Details
This position is based primarily on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. Certain visa types may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off
  • Health and Welfare
  • Work/Life and Wellness
  • Retirement
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Professional Development
  • Commuting and Transportation
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks
Job Function

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
269000 Maintenance Operator

Work Format

Energy & Facilities

Salary Grade


42 - Int Un Oper Engineers Loc 877

Hourly Rate and/or Rate Range

Time Status

Shift Differential

Pre-Employment Screening
Criminal, DMV, Drug Testing, Employment, Identity, License/Cert.

Tuesday- Saturday: 2:00pm-10:00pm
Scheduled days off: Sunday & Monday

Location: Harvard Medical School

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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