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This position is represented by SEIU Local 2007 and the collective bargaining agreement between the university and SEIU Local 2007 governs the terms and conditions of employment.


Job Purpose

The Maintenance Mechanic is tasked to perform the ongoing maintenance of all Energy Operations assets: Central Energy Facility, the Redwood City Energy Hub, the Process Steam Plant, and the Heating and Chilled Water distribution Systems. The Mechanic performs inspections, maintenance and repair duties required to maintain efficient operation of the plant. Working under general supervision, the Mechanic carries out prescribed preventative tasks and minor repairs and related operational tasks in accordance with standard maintenance procedures. 


Core Duties

40% - Routine Maintenance

  • Perform routine maintenance, such as inspecting drives, motors, or belts, checking fluid levels, replacing filters, or doing other preventive maintenance actions on high and low pressure water and steam systems. Plant equipment includes Heat Recovery Chillers, Conventional Chillers, Hot Water Boilers, emergency diesel generator, cooling towers, pumps, valves, Variable Frequency Drives, etc.
  • Check and change oil, clean or change filters, clean strainers, etc. as part of a planned maintenance program. Clean or lubricate shafts, bearings, gears, or other parts of machinery.
  • Reading and interpreting vendor manuals and plant equipment diagrams.
  • Mechanical maintenance of rotating equipment.
  • Dismantle machines, equipment, or devices to access and remove defective parts, using hoists, cranes, hand tools, or power tools.
  • Performs cleaning, mopping, painting, re-lamping and other general housekeeping duties needed for efficient and safe sanitary work environment.

30% - Corrective Maintenance

  • Inspect, operate, or test machinery or equipment. Diagnose mechanical problems and determine how to correct them, checking blueprints, repair manuals, or parts catalogs, as necessary.
  • Repair machines, equipment, or structures, using tools such as hammers, hoists, saws, drills, wrenches, or equipment such as precision measuring instruments or electrical or electronic testing devices.
  • Perform pump and motor alignment.
  • Repair and replace piping, pipefittings, and valves. 
  • Dismantle and repack valves, prepare boilers and chillers for inspections, clean machinery under repair, cut gaskets.
  • Assist in installation of piping and equipment, cutting threading, soldering, fitting of piping, installation of brackets and hangers.
  • Purge chillers in accordance with established procedures.
  • Tighten valve-packing glands, blow down compressed air tanks, clean strainers, and purge chillers, etc. under the direction of the Maintenance Supervisor.

30% - Optimization and Administration of Plant Operations

  • Assist Facilities Energy Management and Building Operations groups as needed to troubleshoot and optimize all facets of Energy Operations.
  • Participate in the initial development and updating of plant operating procedures.
  • Order parts, supplies, or equipment from catalogs or suppliers
  • Work within the CEF computerized maintenance management system  
  • Complete maintenance logs.



  • High school degree or equivalent
  • Four years’ experience with using mechanics hand tools and shop power tools, such as band saw, drill press, table grinder, pipe threading machine, etc.
  • A California driver’s license 


  • Sufficient knowledge of all plant equipment and understanding of the function and interrelationship of the same.
  • Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Ability to use logic and reason to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches. 
  • Knowledge of and ability to adhere to environmental and safety rules, regulations, and plant operating procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with others. 


  • Experience working with large chiller systems
  • Experience with mechanical, I&C, or electrical maintenance
  • Experience with Distributed Controls Systems, Plant Historians, and standard office computer applications. 


  • Frequently lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 50 pounds.
  • Frequently stand/walk, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 11-20 pounds.
  • Frequently kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds. 


  • Requires ability to perform call back and overtime work due to emergencies, sickness, vacation, and other staffing needs in support of a 24/7 operation.
  • Power Plant conditions require wearing of Personal Protective Equipment, including hearing protection with normal plant noise > 80dB TWA. 
  • May work at heights >4ft. 


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations. 
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned. 
  • Subject to and expected to comply with the applicable collective bargaining agreement and all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu/

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and 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, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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