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Company: University of California
Location: Berkeley, CA
Career Level: Mid-Senior Level
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners.  In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: June 4, 2021

Departmental Overview

Residential  and Student Service Programs (RSSP) is a complex "cluster" of departments  with an aggregated operating budget of approximately $125 million, a head count of over 2,000 employees in over 150 buildings (2.7 million square feet) that provide a variety of services to faculty,  staff, students and the surrounding campus  community. These services include an orientation and transition programs for incoming students, an inclusive community that fosters academic success and personal growth for our residents, single student and family housing for 7,500 students and (in some cases) their families, dining options for the campus and community, an early childhood education program, and conference operations during the summer.



  • Working independently, operate and maintain large chillers, heating,  ventilation and air conditioning systems, high pressure steam plant, gas and oil fired hot water and steam boilers, humidifiers, gas turbines, electric generators, generator controls and switch gear. 
  • Diagnose, repair, maintain pumps, compressors, heat exchangers, pressure reducing valves, temperature change control systems. 
  • Operate, troubleshoot computerized HVAC control systems. 
  • Trouble shoot, diagnose, repair, maintain all types of specialized commercial food service and kitchen equipment including ovens, steamers, ranges, hoods, dish washing and handling equipment, refrigeration equipment and similar commercial food service equipment.
  • Performs maintenance, cleans, chemically treats, cooling towers, various types of chillers and boilers. 
  • Repair pneumatic controls including thermostats and controllers. 
  • Participates in the design or specification of assemblies, systems, equipment, and controls. 
  • Works from drawings or prepares project drawings in detail showing measurements, materials, other required information using information from building blueprints, verbal instructions, and other information. 
  • Perform planned and emergency maintenance, inspections, test operations, troubleshooting and documentation of work performed. 
  • Responds to emergencies, work-on-call, rotating swing shift and holidays.   
  • Demonstrates at all times, good communication skills with campus community, including students, building managers, academic personnel, and craft personnel, in a multi-cultural environment.   
  • Work is assigned by means of verbal and written instructions by lead person or superintendent; service request is carried out by the worker in accordance with standard practices of the Stationary Engineers' trade.  
  • Execute all job assignments in a timely manner.  
  • Work is subject to inspection while in progress and upon completion.   
  • Accountable for his or her own actions within work spaces of the University and Campus facilities.   
  • Keeps accurate time and material records; orders supplies and/or materials.   
  • As required, coordinates the work of other crafts.   
  • As required, handles hazardous waste and will be responsible to safely handle, properly contain and label, and follow appropriate emergency procedures as they relate to hazardous waste materials.   
  • Performs basic mathematical calculations related to performing projects. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 
  • Available for holidays, weekends, weekend on-call procedures, emergencies and shift work.   
  • Performs all work in conformance with EH&S health and safety policies, OSHA and other applicable federal, state and local fire, health, safety, emergency-preparedness, pollution-prevention policies, RSSP policies and procedures and University of California's policies and procedures, including Code of Conduct, IIPP (Safety and Health Procedures), Hazardous Materials Communications Program, Health and Safety Manual, as well as any other document authorized by the RSSP management to have bearing on employee safety and conduct.  


  • Coordinates with project managers and building inspectors.  
  • Keeps up-to-date, accurate, comprehensive project records including maintenance logs, annual reports, maintenance history files, plans, specifications, submittals, schedules, requests, changes, approvals, and costs.  
  • Consults leads/supervisors/or project managers and superintendents who administer requirements and standards for projects and/or modification of projects.   
  • Supports maintenance projects and programmatic work assignments.   
  • Uses information to track jobs job completion status.  
  • Has the ability to prioritize work effectively to optimize customer service.   
  • Completes paperwork in a neat and timely manner.   
  • Reads information from equipment manufacturers' manuals, service requests, layout sketches, blueprints, appropriate state and local government codes, trade-specific manuals and practices, and to determine how the fixture or equipment should perform.   
  • Defines and describes materials, tools and/or equipment, work methods and task sequences.   
  • Serves as liaison with clients, relaying their needs and requirements to the appropriate department or superintendent.   
  • Works and supports shutdowns and project schedules to minimize interference with others.   
  • Orders, procures materials and equipment; maintains records.   
  • Knowledge of relevant building codes and regulations;  
  • Communicates clearly over the telephone and two-way radio.  
  • Attends safety, technical and general meetings. 


  • Completes job related tasks in a safe manner by adhering to appropriate safety regulations. 
  • Aware of potential hazardous operations, and takes appropriate precautions. 
  • Immediately stops work in the event of danger to people or property. 
  • Proceeds with work only after ensuring that appropriate safety procedures have been implemented. 
  • Reports all accidents and/or incidents immediately to supervisor for record keeping. 
  • Attends monthly Safety Tailgate meeting and/or Safety Training meetings. 


  • Utilizes good judgment in interpersonal communications in situations requiring sensitivity and tact. 
  • Treats co-workers, supervisors and managers with respect and courtesy
  • Demonstrates the ability to work in a cooperative manner with co-workers. 
  • Promotes a cooperative team environment. 


  • Has a good working relationship with a complete understanding of the roles of students, professors, staff and other RSSP employees as clients. 
  • Demonstrates at all times good communication skills with campus community, including students, building managers, academic personnel, and craft personnel. 
  • Interacts directly with all levels of clients throughout the division in defining project requirements. 
  • Responds to requests for service in a timely manner 
  • Treats customers with respect and courtesy. 
  • Supports and achieves organizational goals established to maintain and enhance customer satisfaction. 
  • Reports progress or delays and refers major problems to lead or superintendent for resolution and informs customers as needed. 
  • All duties are essential 


  • Work in a safe and responsible manner while not putting self or others at risk. This includes complying with applicable policies and regulations, using personal safety gear, observes warning signs, learning about potential hazards, and reporting unsafe conditions. 

Required Qualifications
  • Must have served four year apprenticeship or equivalent work experience and demonstrated six years journey-level experience in a craft-related trade.
  • Must have three years experience in the Stationary Engineer's field and demonstrate working knowledge of local, state, national, fire, mechanical, steamfitter codes and standards.  
  • Must have demonstrated experience in working independently performing troubleshooting, maintenance and operation of large chillers, heating systems, and boilers.  
  • Must have a thorough understanding of the operation, maintenance,  troubleshooting and repair of pumps, compressors, heat exchangers, pressure reducing valves, control systems, thermostats, controllers and the ability to perform repairs within industry standard labor times for these operations.  
  • Must have the ability to read and interpret blueprints, drawings 
  • Must have the ability to prepare drawings in detail showing measurements and materials with information obtained from blueprints and verbal instructions.  
  • Must have a thorough understanding of materials, equipment, their characteristics and applications as used in performing stationary engineer's work. 
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of all hand and power tools used in stationary engineer's work, their proper application and operation. 
  • Must be experienced in using computerized energy management systems or similar computer control systems. 
  • Must have the ability to work in confined spaces such as sewer manholes, crawl spaces, attics. 
  • Must have the ability to be fitted with a respirator and perform work properly using a respirator as required. 
  • Must be able to gain access to areas that require ladders or other access equipment to enter and perform job tasks in these environments. 
  • Must be able to safely move supplies and objects up to 75 pounds with or without a reasonable accommodation.   
  • As required, provide direction to semi-skilled or unskilled assistants. 
  • Must have an understanding of preventive maintenance, its role in a comprehensive maintenance program and the ability to perform preventive maintenance work as directed. 


  • Performs accurate material take-offs for projects, plans projects including material and equipment requirements, staffing needs, and estimate time required for completion. 
  • Able to work safely at heights; able to gain access to work in small/tight areas and be able to gain access to work or maneuver around obstacles that requires stairs and ladders, able to safely maneuver supplies and objects up to 75 lbs; sets up and uses scaffolding and/or ladders to perform tasks above ground level. 
  • Available for holidays, weekends, weekend on call-procedures, emergencies and shift work.   
  • Reads information from equipment manufacturers' manuals, service request, layout sketches, blueprints, appropriate state and local government codes, trade-specific manuals and practices, and to determine how the material or equipment should perform. 
  • Understands preventive maintenance and its role in a comprehensive maintenance program.  
  • Performs preventive maintenance work as directed. 
  • Must assist with the development of a preventive maintenance program and perform preventive maintenance work as directed. 

Salary & Benefits

This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is $42.32 (step 1.0)   

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Skilled Crafts Unit (KB) between the University of California and the Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council (ACBCTC). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at: 

Physical Exam

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities.  Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities.  The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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