Building Maintenance Worker I - Graham A...
City of Rochester, MN - Rochester, MN

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Building Maintenance Worker I - Graham Arena

Park and Recreation Department

The City of Rochester, Minnesota (pop. 106,000) Park and Recreation Department provides a variety of leisure time opportunities for people to enjoy and manages more than 3500 acres of park land including over 100 individual parks and 85 miles of paved trails. Graham Arena maintains indoor ice playing surfaces for 10 months each year.

"Providing traditional, innovative, and affordable quality services (activities, programs, and facilities) for Rochester's citizens and visitors."

Nature of Work:

The position performs a variety of technical maintenance duties within the Graham Arena Complex.

Work requires skill in performing maintenance and repairs on geothermal/ice arena refrigeration systems, HVAC equipment and systems, and in operating the computerized automated energy management programs, which monitor and control those systems. Work also requires skill in such tasks as carpentry, plumbing, electricity, painting and staining to ensure the building is properly maintained. Independent decision making and judgment are required.

Most work is performed independently under the general supervision.


The winter work schedule is Tuesday through Saturday from 2:30 pm to 11:00 pm.
The summer work schedule is Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Additional hours are required as necessary.

2012 starting rate is $22.13 an hour with advancement to $24.59.


*Care for specialized systems and equipment.
Monitors, adjusts, cleans, maintains, and repairs specialized systems and equipment including: HVAC systems and the automated energy management programs, which monitor and control those systems; various plumbing and electrical systems; computer equipment, and various types of audio-visual equipment; and any other systems or equipment unique to a specific facility.

*General repair, maintenance and custodial duties.
Performs work such as painting and staining on a periodic basis as needed. Completes custodial duties such as cleaning glass/plexi-glass, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, waxing, dusting, stripping, polishing, shampooing, shoveling, replenishing supplies, removes rubbish, waste paper, and recyclables and empties trash cans, etc. as necessary to fill in for the custodians.

*Maintain ice rink and ice resurfacing equipment.
Perform daily maintenance on ice surface according to prescribed standards by edging, shaving, flooding, and maintaining proper ice thickness; Repair minor problems with boards and plexi-glass; Maintain the ice resurfacing machines by greasing the bearings, changing oil, checking hydraulic hoses, changing the blade and LP tank, and performing other related maintenance tasks; Maintain refrigeration unit by recording daily gauge readings, monitoring water softeners and chemical feed to cooling towers; Troubleshoot or diagnose refrigeration units including geothermal units and boilers and perform necessary repairs; Maintain/repair hockey nets, scoreboard, and P.A. system.

*Responsibility for assigned facility during closed hours.
On-call duty is required when circumstances require maintenance attention.

Perform other duties as assigned or necessary.
Coordinate facility events with supervisor and assist clients and the general public with equipment needs and building services; Coordinate tasks for temporary personnel; perform other duties as assigned or necessary.



Education and Experience

Graduation from a two-year building utilities/maintenance program, or equivalent educational program; AND three years building utilities/maintenance experience using automated building energy management programs for a large commercial facility.


Completion of the STAR (Serving The American Rinks) Certified Ice Technician (CIT) program; AND five years building utilities/maintenance experience using automated building energy management programs for a large commercial facility AND three years of experience maintaining recreational ice playing surfaces.

Licenses and/or Certifications

Valid driver's license.
Class "C" Boilers License for the operation of low pressure boilers, or obtain within six (6) months of hire.
STAR (Serving The American Rinks) Certified Ice Technician (CIT) , or obtain within three (3) years of hire.

Desirable Qualifications

A combination of advanced training, experience and/or licensure resulting in proficiency in the operation, maintenance, and repair of HVAC equipment; plumbing and electrical systems; automated building energy management monitoring and control programs (METASYS by Johnson Controls, for example); the general building trades and building maintenance and repair.
Prior experience with geothermal/ice arena refrigeration systems.
Basic knowledge of computers and ability to perform computer related work.



Advanced knowledge of: custodial and building maintenance practices, supplies, and equipment.

Knowledge of: the functions and servicing requirements of building systems mechanical equipment; basic building and ground maintenance and repair; the operations of HVAC systems and components; automated energy management monitoring and control programs; geothermal/ice arena refrigeration systems.

Ability to: perform maintenance and repair work related to -- but not limited to -- painting, carpentry, electricity, plumbing, and small construction projects and repairs; read meters, gauges, charts, etc. accurately and to keep accurate records; detect flaws in the operation of electronic, electrical, and mechanical equipment, and to make recommendations for repair; work pleasantly, tactfully, and effectively with co-workers, contractors, and the public; understand and effectively carry out oral or written assignments and instructions; set priorities and to be flexible, and to work independently, steadily, efficiently, and accurately even at routine or repetitive tasks.

Advanced skill in: maintaining quality ice surfaces and thicknesses; the use of custodial and building maintenance tools, supplies, equipment, and systems.

Skill in: the use of water testing reagents to control chemical dosages in cooling towers, closed loops and water softening equipment.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the following represents the physical and environmental demands for this position. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions with or without accommodation.

Work is primarily done while standing, with a combination of bending, stooping, kneeling, pulling, pushing, and reaching also necessary. A minimum amount of sitting is involved.

Working on ladders and/or above the head is required.

Lifting objects weighing 80 pounds or more is occasionally required.

Use of custodial and building systems agents and chemicals is required.

The bulk of the work is done indoors, in a controlled environment, with some work required outdoors or in mechanical/electrical spaces.