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Building Maintenance Trades Specialist I

West Virginia University
Job Location:
Facilities Management


The Facilities Management unit of the Division of Facilities and Services is seeking applications for Building Maintenance Trades Specialists. Under the direction of the Operations Manager or Trades Specialist Lead, these positions will perform various tasks in general construction and building maintenance type work. By keeping our buildings and facilities operating at peak efficiency, the Building Maintenance Trades Specialist is vital to improving the on-campus experience of our Students, Faculty, and Staff members.

Applying to this position today, will allow you to submit your application for consideration to multiple Zone Maintenance Trades Specialist openings available at WVU.  Please be sure to answer the prescreening questions when submitting your application so that we can filter your application to the correct supervisory teams/ locations based on your employment preferences. 

The Division of Facilities and Services encompasses four units that are integral to the University's success. Each of our units employs talented and skilled workers whose jobs range from planning and managing construction of the institution's outstanding facilities to maintaining, protecting, and improving the University's buildings and grounds. Facilities and Services takes care of every aspect of WVU so that its employees, students, and guests are safe and satisfied on campus.

We strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU offers generous benefits, including:

  • 37.5-hour work week
  • 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
  • 15 annual leave (vacation) days per year or more based on years of service (employee leave)
  • 18 sick days per year
    (for when you're ill, for when you need time to care for sick family, for your own, or your family's, regularly scheduled medical appointments. Who is family for the purpose of this leave? A lot of people in your life including immediate relatives and in-laws as well as others considered to be members of your household living under the same roof)
  • WVU offers a range of health insurance and other benefits.
  • 401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match, eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks. Looking for more retirement benefits information? Check out retirement health insurance benefits, retirement income, and FAQ's.
  • Wellness programs

What you'll do:

  • Perform maintenance duties as related to carpentry, such as but not limited to, fabrication and repair of various casework and furniture; installation and repair of various floors and ceilings; installation and repair of various window coverings, doors, trim, locksets, and windows; installation of window AC units and ventilation fans.
  • Install and repair drywall, insulation, trims and moldings.
  • Fabricate, install, and maintain walls, concrete forms, ramps, scaffolding, all permanent or temporary shelters, wooden steps, work platforms, handrails, wheelchair ramps, barricades, ladders, shipping crates, pallets, etc.
  • Perform electrical maintenance duties, including replacing light switches, ballasts, outlets, sockets and lamping.
  • Complete plumbing tasks, such as but not limited to, repair and maintenance of faucets, opening plugged drains, replacing worn or damaged traps, tightening loose packing, repairing flush valves, replacing worn or damaged commode seats, etc.
  • Work with mechanical equipment systems, performing tasks such as installing parts in mechanical apparatus, repairing condensing and chilled water pumps, and repairing air handling and cooling tower equipment.
  • Perform general maintenance duties as related to HVAC, such as but not limited to, calibration and adjustment of temperature controls, changing of V-belts, and minor repairs to AC and HV units.
  • Erect various working platforms to include, but not limited to, metal and aluminum pipe scaffolding, pick boards and work stages, ladder jacks, extension ladders, step ladders, etc.  
  • Request parts, supplies, etc. from Warehouse and Tool Crib ensuring timely delivery and sequencing to include operating a state vehicle.

Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Work Location:  Varies based on needs.

Pay Grade: 13 (Starting at $16.01 an hour) WVU provides competitive wages for its employees and takes related experience and education into consideration when determining appropriate salary.

 Please note:  This is a pool requisition so your application will be considered for all current Zone Maintenance Trades Specialist openings.  If selected to move forward in the hiring process, your application will be moved to a specific Zone Maintenance Trades Specialist opening.



Must have high school diploma or GED.


Must have one of the following:

    • 2 years experience in general trades building maintenance experience in the areas of basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, or other craft trades.
    • Completion of an associate degree in building maintenance or other craft trade.
    • Completion of a 2-year accredited vocational craft trades program

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to read blueprints.
  • Ability to operate a computer.
  • Ability to follow OSHA guidelines and associated codes.
  • Knowledge of equipment, tools, parts, and materials related to the building maintenance trades.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain proper attendance and punctuality standards.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain average or above work standards.
  • Ability to read and write in English and perform basic mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to distinguish colors in the workplace.
  • Ability to rapidly learn all policies and procedures impacting the affected area.
  • Ability to operate a state vehicle.
  • Ability to climb ladders, heights may exceed ten feet.
  • Ability to lift materials over 75 pounds.
  • Ability to bend, stoop, walk, crawl, etc.
  • Ability to work in inclement weather.
  • Ability to work in confined areas.
  • Ability to hear and interpret sounds and verbal instructions in the work area.
  • Ability to operate hand and power tools such as saws, drills, and jackhammers.
  • Ability to erect and work from scaffold, ladders, and man lifts at heights exceeding ten feet.


  • Valid US driver's license required.
  • Physical demands include:
    • Bending, stooping, crawling and climbing 
    • Lifting materials over 50 pounds
    • Carrying equipment
    • Utilizing various PPE

About WVU

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.  

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley - the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position. 

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb. 

Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic learning environment is core to WVU's academic mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences.

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.


Job Posting: Jul 2, 2024

Posting Classification: Classified

Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

Benefits Eligible: Yes

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