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Job Details

Building Operations Technician

Category: Service and Trade
CHA Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, MA

Department: Repairs & Maintenance
Job Type: Per Diem
Job Class: Non-Union
Work Days: Varied
Hours/Week: 0
Date Posted: 04/29/2019
Requisition Number: hrq-83265

Job Details

  • Job Purpose

    Under the general direction of the Director of Plant Operations or his/her designee performs general maintenance for all systems and equipment within the hospital; preventative maintenance; repairs to all mechanical systems.

    Job Duties:

    1. Correctly completes preventive and corrective maintenance work requests in a timely manner.

    2. Records and maintains data pertinent to the healthcare mission of Cambridge Health Alliance.

    3. Maintains acceptable mechanical knowledge and skills base to meet the requirements of the facilities.

    4. Reads, interprets, and follows NFPA codes, TJC accreditation requirements, Commonwealth of Mass. State Health Department licensure regulations, Commonwealth of Mass. State Electrical Codes, EPA regulations and Current Commonwealth of Mass. State Building Codes as they relate to the daily functions of the Alliance Facilities.

    5. Monitoring and troubleshooting of assigned equipment and devices using test equipment, technical manuals, control drawings, electrical schematics, and mechanical diagrams.

    a. Follows preventive and predictive maintenance for testing, cleaning, planned repairs, equipment maintenance, and operations.

    b. Orders and maintains stock

    c. General maintenance duties including but not limited to working to reduce energy consumption, replacing ceiling tiles, performing minor carpentry such as cutting of drywall for repairing of holes, painting of small areas, applying fire stopping materials to ensure fire safety as required, floor tile replacement, performing minor furniture repairs, and minor roofing repairs

    d. Observes outside contracting work and communicates code violations or concerns to supervisor for follow-up.

    e. Completes required paper work and makes required computer based entries into CHA systems as needed

    f. Participates in appropriate role in fire drill and disaster drills, fires and other situations

    g. Provides assistance support for snow removal, moving, and other infrequent, extraordinary tasks as requested.

    6. Periodically tours boiler room checking boiler steam pressure water level. Test and add chemicals to boiler and deaerator as needed. Deaerator water temperature and steam pressure. Boiler feed pump operation gas pressure blowdown boiler as needed makes all repairs as necessary

    7. Must be familiar with the operation of all building systems.

    8. May assist the licensed electrician in performance of their duties.

    9. Performs basic electrical duties such as replacing nurse call cords replacing light bulbs etc.

    10. May assist the licensed plumber in performance in duties.

    11. Performs basic plumbing duties such as fixing leaking faucets and clogged toilets.

    12. Performs mechanical duties such as minting and inspecting machines devices and equipment for defects.

    13. Repairs tables other furniture and equipment such as door locks and door closers involving replacing and adjusting.

    14. Performs preventative maintenance on other hospital equipment and systems.

    15. Checks all lighting in and around the hospital buildings. Replaces burnt out bulbs as necessary.

    16. Removes and replaces defective or outdated equipment.

    17. Procures necessary parts and material for jobs.

    18. Make necessary repairs to the ground on the Everett campus.

    19. Performs project work as assigned.

    20. Performs equipment/machine space rounds on assigned shifts or as otherwise requested.

    21. May assist the licensed HVAC mechanic in the performance of their duties.

    22. Performs minor carpentry such as adjusting doors, closers, installing shelving.

    23. Cleans shop and mechanical spaces/equipment.

    24. May drive hospitals truck for pickup of equipment and supplies as requested.

    25. Moves furniture, file cabinets, beds, tables and boxes as required.

    26. May be required to work overtime when necessary.

    27. Performs other related duties as assigned or directed.



    o Equivalent to 4 years of high school vocational training or equivalent experience.


    o Commonwealth of Massachusetts 2nd class team fireman license preference or relevant experience.


    o EPA Section 608 Refrigeration Certification preferred.

    Work Experience:

    o Three years' experience working in Plant Operations in the Healthcare industry.

    Physical Skills:

    o Extended periods of sitting, bending, and walking.

    o Eye-hand coordination.

    o May work irregular hours between meals or breaks

    o Able to manipulate small to large objects, align heavy furniture, as well as objects and tools.

    o Able to enter data in logs work orders records etc. with legible numbers and letters.

    o Visual acuity to accurately read small print and or numbers from work orders, instruction manuals.

    o Can maneuver up and down moderate to high ladders on tops of equipment small tight spaces.

    o Able to reach arm's length in front of the center line of body full length overhead.

    o Able to lift carry heavy objects tools of no more than forty (40) pounds weight.

    o Able to bend, twist, rotate around body axis to service, repair, and equipment.

    o Auditory acuity to hear phones, equipment alarms, voices and converse in a very noisy environment.

    Mental Skills:

    o Can work independently self-starter accepts responsibility readily

    o Cognitive ability to read write understand analyze work order requests policies procedures.

    o Can evaluate process information rapidly make appropriate judgments decisions.

    o Multi-task oriented good organizational abilities

    o Able to work in demanding stressful environment with concentration to complete the task in spite of interruptions distractions customer comments etc.

    o Able to work with little or no direct supervision.

    o Working Conditions and Physical Environment:

    o Fluorescent lighting some natural light in some areas.

    o Concrete floors some vinyl flooring in some areas.

    o Physical hazards due to

    Hazardous chemicals.

    Infectious materials.

    Electrical shock.

    High-Temperature steam, liquids.


    Potential for fire.

    Equipment hazards.

    Wet, slippery floors.

    Noisy, dust, dirt.

    Some air conditioned-warm hot work areas

    Small uneven surfaces narrow workspaces in around equipment work areas.

    o Protective equipment work uniforms used in Hospital including


    Face shield.

    Back support.

    Safety work shoes.

    Hearing Protection.

    Work uniforms.

    Heavy rubber insulated gloves.

    Varied workstation heights.

    o Routine, sometimes boring, redundant, repetitive tasks, activities.


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