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Job Summary

Provide a broad range of support services including assisting skilled tradespeople by performing semi-skilled manual labor.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Who We Are

Utilities is a division of Facilities & Operations, made up of about 135 dedicated employees responsible for providing utilities services for the university 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Services include campus-wide utilities purchasing, generation, and distribution, as well as metering and billing energy consumption for all university buildings. Distribution includes the operations and maintenance of 300 miles of underground utility systems from outdoor lighting and high voltage circuits to water mains to tunnel piping. The division also provides a wide range of engineering services primarily dedicated to energy management, the operations and maintenance of university facilities, and the utilities infrastructure.

Why Work at Michigan?

Being part of something greater, of serving a larger mission of discovery and care — that's the heart of what drives people to work at Michigan. In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. It's adding a purpose to your profession. Work at Michigan and become a victor for the greater good.


Perform general laborer work in support of maintaining and operating the utility infrastructure including:

  • General cleanup and disposal of materials.
  • Power washing.
  • Shop cleaning and organization. Load and unload stock and equipment.
  • Assist with demolition of infrastructure such as steel pipe and structural steel by removing materials disconnected by others using tools such as cutting torches, winches, hoists, saws, power tools, hammer, crowbar, shovel, scraper, and broom.
  • Demolition of infrastructure such as concrete, rebar and other construction materials using tools such as jackhammers, winches, hoists, saws, power tools, hammer, crowbar, shovel, scraper and broom.
  • Breakup concrete and asphalt using air hammers and drills.
  • Wheel or carry demolished materials such as pipe, structural steel, concrete, brick, stone, sand and other construction materials. Cleanup rubble, using shovel, pick, wheelbarrow, and broom.
  • Erect barricades and place appropriate signals around work sites. Install dust barriers and temporary security doors in the tunnel system.
  • Participate in the mixing, pouring, and curing of concrete, mortar or plaster.
  • Remove damaged sections of structures using hammer, crowbar, scraper and broom.
  • Clean and assist in the repair and installation of catch basins, storm sewers, and drain systems.
  • Unplug clogged drains.
  • Operate material hoists and compressors.
  • Mix plaster, mortar, and concrete.
  • Cut or bore through walls, ceilings, and partitions.
  • Within the tunnel system only, bore or cut through floors.

Prepare and paint any surface within the tunnel system for the purpose of maintaining painted surfaces for surface protection including steel support structures (new and existing), anchors, wall and ceiling surfaces, doors, hatches, conduit, fixtures, and piping within the tunnels.

Assist with the insulation of all types of piping systems, valves, and appurtenances (steam, hot water, potable water). This work includes activities in support of the insulator/Pipecoverer such as removing pipe wrap, mixing materials, handling materials, removing and installing specialty insulation covers, and assisting with placement of materials.

Perform preventative maintenance and repairs to tunnel hatches, doors, and sump pits.

Erect scaffolding and take down scaffolding such as tube and coupler and fabricated frame types.

Perform asbestos removal/abatement:

  • Encapsulate, remove and dispose of asbestos containing materials such as pipe insulation, wall insulation and spray on insulation using glove bags and full enclosure techniques.
  • Scrape, cut, saw asbestos containing materials using saws, pry bars, razor knives, and wire brushes.
  • Build air tight enclosures by measuring, cutting, and assembling materials such as visquine, plywood, duct tape, and spray glue. Set up and operate air moving equipment and filters, as required.
  • Clean, wipe, sweep, shovel and vacuum asbestos containing materials from pipes, tunnels, walls, floors, and crawl spaces.
  • Dispose of asbestos containing materials using double plastic bags and fibre barrels in especially designated refuse containers.
  • Set up and place required air monitoring equipment. Collect required data.

Load, unload and drive trucks in the transportation of construction materials and waste. Operate fork lifts.

Read and interpret blueprints, diagrams, sketches, and job specifications.

Prepare records and service reports of materials and time expended, materials removed, and disposed materials, as required.

Perform other duties as assigned, such as:

  • Confined space monitoring (certification required)
  • Fire watch (certification required)
  • Access assistance for tunnel system
  • Lead abatement

Required Qualifications*

  • Graduation from high school or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of and experience in the methods, equipment and materials used in the installation of piping systems, insulation of pipes and equipment, painting, and the removal of asbestos containing materials.
  • Completion of a recognized and accredited program for asbestos removal and lead abatement. Possession of a State of Michigan asbestos abatement competent person certificate.
  • Ability to work from ladders, scaffolding and in confined spaces for extended periods.
  • Ability to observe safety precautions in the operation of power equipment and doing work while in confined spaces.
  • Must be able to perform the full range of duties, with or without a reasonable accommodation, in the classification including walking, climbing, bending, stooping, twisting, reaching, pushing, pulling, traversing under and over obstacles, ascending/descending ladders, and being able to transport up to 94lbs.
  • Ability to exercise tact and discretion in relationships with others.
  • Act in accordance with the Facilities and Operations' guiding principles: respect, collaboration, proactive, solutions-based and responsibility to the environment.

Additional Information

Facilities and Operations seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the U-M Skilled Trades Union, Inc., which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.