Montana State University

Classified Position
Vacancy Announcement
November 6, 2013

Facilities Services

Position Number     0984
Start Date Upon successful completion of selection process
Starting Salary

  • Repair Maintenance Engineer (RME): $22.07 per hour
  • Maintenance Engineer I (ME I): $22.32 per hour
  • Maintenance Engineer II (ME II): $22.56 per hour

    FTE Full-time (1.0 FTE)
    Benefits Eligible for benefits
    Bargaining Unit Operating Engineers
    Overtime Status Eligible for overtime

    Facilities Services is charged with the maintenance and operations of all university buildings, grounds, and infrastructure systems. Facilities is comprised of the four service management areas of Environmental Services, Campus Maintenance, Engineering and Utilities, and General Operations, as well as the Business Management and Administrative areas necessary to support the Facilities operation.

    Heat Maintenance provides heating and ventilating operations for the MSU campus which includes the operation, preventive maintenance and repair of facility air-handling/heating systems.

    Duties and

    Under direction of the Heat Maintenance Foreman and HVAC Supervisor, the person in this position performs trouble-shooting, corrective and preventive maintenance on heating, ventilating and control systems and equipment for approximately 4.5 million square feet (70 academic and housing buildings) of University building space. Duty areas include: HVAC systems, pneumatic/electric/electronic controls, building management systems, energy conservation systems, steam and water tube boilers, steam driven turbines, boiler feedwater water treatment, steam distribution and return systems, terminal heating equipment, steam piping accessories, heating loop systems, pumps, compressors, valves, motors, meters, heat exchangers. The person in this position may work individually or as a team member as job conditions demand. Position duties require inspecting, maintaining and repairing building and utility distribution systems located throughout the campus and performing related duties as required.

    To be considered for the ME I level, the candidate must hold a valid State of Montana Third-Class Boiler Engineer's license and meet the qualifications of RME listed below. Please include copy of license with application materials. In addition, an ME Level I will service outlying boilers.

    To be considered for the ME II level, the candidate must hold a valid State of Montana First-Class Boiler Engineer's license and meet the qualifications of RME listed below. Please include copy of license with application materials. Along with servicing outlying boilers, this position could work as a relief boiler fireman.

    Please respond, on a separate sheet(s) of paper, to EACH required and preferred qualification listed below by summarizing how your work experience and training relates to each of them. Specific examples should be included to aid the search committee in evaluating your qualifications.

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    1.   High school graduation or G.E.D., plus five (5) years full-time (or part-time equivalent) relevant work experience in the maintenance and repair of institutional/commercial building HVAC mechanical systems and equipment, or one of the following:
  • successful completion of Vocational/Technical institute training (minimum two years); or
  • 1,200 hours of equivalent formal certification program training, in HVAC maintenance and/or controls; or
  • an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Please attach copy of relevant diplomas/certificates.

    2.   Demonstrated working knowledge of, and experience with, computerized building management systems, pneumatic, electric and electronic HVAC controls and systems. (Please indicate types and manufacturers of systems you have worked on.)
    3.   Demonstrated competence trouble-shooting, calibrating, maintaining and repairing building control and air-handling/heating systems and equipment. (Please give examples.)
    4.   Demonstrated competence using test equipment, and hand and power tools used in the adjustment, maintenance and repair of building HVAC and piping systems. (Please list equipment used.)
    5.   Demonstrated experience with preventive maintenance programs and manual computerized record keeping systems.
    6.   Demonstrated competence interpreting and applying plans, specifications, control diagrams, and operations and maintenance manuals (such as for HVAC systems and controls.)
    7.   Demonstrated experience working independently with minimal supervision, while establishing effective working relations as a team member.
    8.   Demonstrated working knowledge of work safety procedures, such as lockout/tagout and asbestos safety.
    9.   Must possess a valid driver's license, an acceptable driving record, and meet all State of Montana requirements to operate State/University vehicles. Please do not send a copy of the driver's license at this time. (If successful candidate possess a valid out-of-state driver's license, must obtain a valid Montana driver's license within 60 days of hire.)
    1.   Knowledge of chemical treatment of boiler water and heating loops.
    2.   Experience working in a University or institutional environment.
    3.   Knowledge of air and water system balancing.
    4.   Knowledge or experience in the maintenance of Biological/Chemical Safety Laboratories.
    The Successful
    Candidate Will

    The successful candidate will also have the following abilities: consistently exercise initiative and good judgment; effectively operate work-related equipment; keep computerized records, work proficiently in the use of a computerized maintenance management system, e-mail, and other computer applications as assigned or required; demonstrate a prior attendance record which did not adversely affect work performance; communicate effectively with employees and the public both in person and over the phone; establish and maintain effective working relations with supervisor, coworkers and the public; be a successful team player; and represent the department and MSU to others in a professional and courteous manner.

    1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
    2.   Position duties include performing physical tasks such as moving and lifting materials and equipment (50-75 lbs.); working from and negotiating elevated catwalks, stairs, ladders, manholes, crawlspaces and tunnel systems; working with and around moving equipment such as motors, pumps, fans and air compressors; working under temperature extremes, especially heat; handling and feeding water treatment chemicals.

    Screening of applications will begin on November 21, 2013, and will continue until a suitable candidate is hired.


    To apply, please submit the following application materials:

  • The MSU Application Cover Sheet. **(Indicate the level of position you are interested in.)** Download the MSU Application Cover Sheet and pertinent application information by clicking here MSU Classified Employment Application;
  • Written responses to the Required and Preferred qualifications listed above;
  • Employment History or Resume; and
  • At least three (3) supervisory/professional references with contact information (most recent/current supervisor preferred).
  • Electronic submissions in Word or PDF are highly preferred but hard copies will be accepted. An original signature on the MSU Application Cover Sheet is required via scanned PDF, fax, or hardcopy original to the address below. Submit materials to:

    Kerry Evans, Personnel Officer
    Montana State University
    Facilities Services
    Plew Building, 6th & Grant
    P.O. Box 172760
    Bozeman, MT 59717-2760
    Phone: 406-994-7664
    Fax: 406-994-6572

    Posted November 6, 2013/lkc