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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) a department within E&F, offers primary building maintenance, landscape, fire safety, custodial and event support services to Harvard schools and departments on a fee-for-service basis.  All services are provided in strict accordance with regulatory requirements and customer-determined standards. 

Position Summary: 

A specifically trained Mechanic skilled in the trade of operating and servicing entire building and support systems including standard metal working machine systems such as fans, pumps, motors, hand and electric trucks, conveyors, kitchen equipment, laboratory equipment, etc., for HVAC, steam, HHW, CHW, refrigeration, pneumatic and building safety equipment.   

Position Description
  • Fabricates parts such as shafts, bearings, supports, etc.
  • Modifies and rebuilds equipment to achieve satisfactory operation
  • Erects and aligns equipment such as fans, pumps, conveyors, etc.
  • Fabricates specialty items for other trades
  • Inspects and repairs condensate meters, prepares and updates prints and records as necessary
Basic Qualifications
  • Five (5) years related experience as a machinist in the trade or equivalent trade or vocational school training and licensed as required by the University. 
  • Must have experience maintaining and/or rebuilding pneumatic ejector systems. 
  • Must possess a valid driver's license. 
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • As a journeyman mechanic, the incumbent must be knowledgeable and experienced in the installation, operation, troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of all standard metal working machine systems pertaining to the physical plant.  
  • Also must be capable of reading and interpreting plans, blueprints, sketches, specifications, and operational manuals associated with his/her work.  
  • Must possess a sense of ownership and pride in one's work along with a service-oriented approach.  
  • Able to work independently and take initiative when necessary as well as capable of working as a member of a team and in conjunction with other trades. 
  • Must observe and comply with all standard safety codes and practices and perform work in accordance with the recognized trade and University standards.  
  • Must be quality-focused, customer service-oriented and able to routinely communicate with peers and customers, clearly and professionally. 
  • Experience with Yeomans or Nash systems preferred. 

Special Requirements: 

  • Must supply a complete set of hand tools. 
  • Incumbent is required to wear safety equipment and clothing when appropriate and/or required.  
  • Required to wear a clean, neat uniform and maintain a professional image at all times. 
Certificates and Licenses
  • Must possess a valid driver's license. 
Physical Requirements
  • Required to bend, reach, and hold awkward positions for prolonged periods.  
  • The incumbent needs the ability to lift up to 50 lb. and to lift and transport various types of equipment and tools with others in excess of 300 lb.
  • Must be able to push and pull heavy loads as listed above.  
  • Frequently works from ladders, platforms, high places, and cramped spaces.  
  • Considerable climbing, walking, and stooping. 
Working Conditions

Work Format: On Site/On Campus

Emergency Status Designation: Critical 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 - Cambridge

Job Code
268000 Machinist

Work Format

Energy & Facilities

Salary Grade

Facilities Maintenance Operations

42 - Int Un Oper Engineers Loc 877

Hourly Rate and/or Rate Range

Time Status

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

Monday-Friday: 7:00am - 3:30pm

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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