Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: Q0014 / Utilities Maint Mech(Pre-Cert)
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 08

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under direct supervision and guidance from certified mechanics, performs or assists with preventive maintenance and repairs on utility plant equipment and systems to promote safe and efficient operation of high pressure steam boilers, refrigeration units, potable water systems, electricity production systems, and associated equipment. Works occasional 16-hour shifts as scheduled or otherwise required.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Examines machinery or mechanical equipment; identifies reasons for malfunction and completes repairs and/or maintenance.
  2. Inspects parts for any changes in dimensions utilizing rules, calipers, micrometers, or other appropriate tools.
  3. Participates under guidance and instruction in the installation, repair, and replacement of piping and fittings for oil, natural gas, water, steam, compressed air, heating and plumbing lines, and systems for equipment such as gas and steam turbines, air and natural gas compressors, pumps, chillers and boilers.
  4. Uses hand tools, power tools, and testing instruments to repair and maintain rotating and stationary machinery and equipment.
  5. Cleans plant facilities, equipment, and work areas as required.
  6. Participates under guidance in the installation of new equipment and systems, and the repair and maintenance of current equipment and systems.
  7. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies.
  8. Follows established Federal, State, and University safety and environmental policies and procedures, and promotes adherence to these policies and procedures in the workplace.
  9. Assists as instructed in the data entry of technical information into personal computer for the purpose of record keeping and preventive maintenance.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 6 months of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to physically enter boiler steam and water drums, boiler fireboxes and exhaust stacks, deaerating feedwater tanks, and other tight spaces.
  • Ability to work in elevated locations up to 75 feet.
  • Ability to use hand and power tools applicable to trade.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Ability to accurately use rules, calipers, micrometers, and other related measuring tools.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex, detailed technical instructions.
  • Knowledge of inspecting and cleaning utility plant equipment.
  • Knowledge of maintenance and repair of mechanical equipment and systems.
  • Computer data entry skills.
  • Ability to perform inspections and make necessary adjustments to conform to job specifications.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Inspecting parts and machinery or mechanical equipment, completing major repairs and/or maintenance; b) installing, repairing and replacing equipment, piping and fittings for various systems; c) installing new equipment and systems.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Must have Basic First Aid and Adult CPR/AED Certificates or obtain within 3 months of date of hire.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Considerable physical effort. Requires heavy lifting, handling, pushing, or moving objects up to 50 lbs. Constant standing/walking.
  • Work involves almost constant exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, toxic chemicals, biohazardous materials, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 10/26/2022