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Shop Superintendent Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Plans, organizes, schedules, and coordinates the activities of Facilities Management crafts, trades, grounds or labor operations to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness. Evaluates request for major repairs, replacement or modification of facility systems and equipment. Determines the extensiveness of needs and recommends to the Facilities Management Assistant Director methods of corrective action, costs, feasibility, and priority. The Shop Superintendent will coordinate through subordinate shop supervisors, outside contractors, and/or other support services, the completion of major repairs, modifications or replacements of equipment and/or systems.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is a specialized classification and not part of a series.

Examples of Duties:

  • Hires, coaches, reviews, supervise, and terminates assigned employees, or makes effective suggestions and recommendations that are given particular weight regarding the employment status of assigned employees.
  • Coordinates with building users and management of other departments in reviewing their facility/grounds requirements as it relates to shop operations in terms of equipment, systems, and usage.
  • Schedules work projects, set standards, and inspects job sites to ensure code compliance, quality of craftsmanship, and Division and/or University procedures and standards are met.
  • Establishes, manages, forecasts, and recommends to the Facilities Management Assistant Director adjustments to the operating budget and staffing requirements for the shops' operations.
  • Plans and develops work schedules, equipment, usage schedules, priority of expenditures, and procedures for equipment and system maintenance.
  • Develops long and short-term plans pertaining to equipment and systems maintenance and/or projected replacement needs.
  • Interprets University and department policies to assigned personnel; enforces safety regulations and adherence to proper codes and standards.
  • Reviews plans for future buildings and inspects new buildings to ensure compatibility with existing codes and maintenance standards and to ensure proper grounds and irrigation management.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of building construction, maintenance, or grounds and irrigation management as they relate to the skilled crafts.
  • Knowledge of the managerial and supervisory practices, principles, and techniques.
  • Knowledge of administrative practices and personnel management.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal building codes, regulations and mandates, including those applicable to a medical center and medical research facility.
  • Knowledge of the operation, skills, and techniques of a large central refrigeration and heating plant.
  • Skill in planning and supervising a maintenance/construction operation.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Business Administration, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical or Structural Engineering, Construction Management, Management or related field AND five years' construction or maintenance experience, which includes one year supervisory experience; OR, Nine years' construction and/or maintenance experience, which includes one year supervisory experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.


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