Columbia University Apprentice - Level 1 in New York, New York

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Job Title

Apprentice - Level 1

Job Code Title

Job Requisition Number



1215- FAC MV Operations



Job Type

Support Staff Full-Time Regular

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Hours Per Week


Job Family

Facilities / Maintenance

Salary Grade

888 - Support Staff

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Advertised Summary Job Description

LOCATION(S): Manhattanville

SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm

An Apprentice serves as an entry level position into the facilities department providing high quality and effective work that supports experienced personnel in the execution of their tasks related to Columbia University-Manhattanville Campus (CUMVC) equipment, services, and systems. An Apprentice will cross over all departments in engineering and operations gaining valuable experience and exposure to the various facets of the facilities department. An Apprentice will assist or work alongside other staff in the various trades, or under their direction, with the overhauling, maintenance, and repair of the various systems, services and equipment that comprise the CUMVC. Under supervision or direction; operate, inspect/round, maintain, and repair equipment and machinery in a professional and skillful manner while maintaining a high level of safety, reliability, efficiency, and cost effectiveness.

Minimum Qualifications for Grade

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

-HS diploma or GED

-Must demonstrate minimum professional proficiency in the English Language; as defined by the U.S. Department of State.

-Must be a quick learner and exhibit self-motivational skills.

-Adequate ability to discern colors for monitoring alarm conditions.

-Strong team mentality (ability to work with others).

-Well-refined interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with all levels of staff, customers, clients, students, and management.

-How to read and interpret Safety Data Sheets (SDS) information.

-Certificate of Fitness for Fire Guard (F-60) within the probationary period of employment and maintain valid.

-Responsible for obtaining and maintaining other applicable NYC Certificates of Fitness as required by the FDNY and/or other authorities having jurisdiction.

-OSHA 10 Certification within two (2) weeks of employment and maintain valid.

-Must be capable of performing fire brigade duties as assigned.

-Must be able to work all shifts as assigned.

-Must demonstrate knowledge of all CUMVC's safety policies and procedures within the probationary period.

-Must demonstrate applicable institutional knowledge and practices of the facility and its operations within the probationary period.

Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

Physical Requirements & Environmental Conditions

The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the job and are not meant to be all-inclusive.

-Use strength to lift and transport items needed to perform the functions of the job, with the ability to lift 50 pounds independently and support team lift with reasonable accommodations.

-Sit, stand, bend, kneel, crouch, and squat for prolonged periods of time and/or repeatedly over a required period of time.

-Reach with and work with hands and arms overhead.

-May work in an environment where a variety of pathogens, chemical substances, and gases are used for research.

-Ability to work while wearing a full-face respirator.

-Required to be Tuberculosis (TB) negative, submit to periodic TB testing, and a chest x-ray if a positive TB test is read.

-Able to perform work in power plant and campus environments.

Employee will be required to practice the use of proper PPE when exposed to the conditions above including participating in pulmonary testing for the ability to wear respirators.

Special Instructions

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred: Hold and maintain an active Motor Vehicle Class D License.

Essential Functions

Work Performed

-Assist all facilities staff to ensure duties are carried out efficiently and accurately.

-Participate in the delivery and set up of tools and materials to job sites.

-Clean, store, and inventory all tools and materials upon completion of a job.

-Ensure that the job sites are neat and clean, during and after the job.

-Clean and keep clean the mechanical workshops and keep surrounding areas tidy. This may include; sweeping, mopping, general cleaning, trash removal, and painting in engineering spaces, including shops, control rooms, and stock rooms.

-Assist facilities staff with preventative maintenance and servicing of equipment and systems.

-Assist with maintaining daily records of labor and materials used during work tasks.

-Assist in general maintenance, repair, and inspection of campus equipment.

-Construct and demobilize any temporary barriers or containment in support of work.

-Perform apprentice work tasks, report deficiencies, and maintain and complete daily records of labor and materials used during work tasks via the CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System).

-Maintain completeness, timeliness, and accuracy of the work and work orders.

-Must perform any duties assigned in an emergency as determined by management.

-Attend and participate in all departmental trainings and meetings.

-Attend and complete relevant on‐the‐job training as required.

-Must attend all assigned educational classes and labs, both internal and external, as part of the Development Program. Classes will be assigned based on availability and individual progression, therefore, can be any time of day and any day of the week.

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified but rather a description of the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. An Apprentice will assist, work alongside, or under the direction of other staff in the various trades as follows:

-Change out filters, minor insulation repairs/replacement, and minor/basic mechanical work.

-Maintain and repair non-electrical components of light fixtures (bulbs, shades, etc.) and the proper disposal of used lamps.

-May perform PM inspections on interior, exterior, emergency, and exit lights, emergency showers, and eye wash stations.

-Cleans pits and drainage areas as required, including roofs and their associated drains and gutters.

-Accompany and/or assist facilities staff, project leaders, consultants, and contractors as directed or assigned.

-Clean coils, diffusers, intakes, chilled beams, strainers, filters, etc.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work herein.

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