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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

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 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.


  • Maintain boilers, turbines, air compressors, cooling towers, fans, and related equipment through preventive maintenance such as fitting and adjusting bearings, packing or lubrication. 
  • Inspect all Power Plant equipment for defects or wear, and determine whether repair, replacement or maintenance is necessary for proper operation. 
  • Balance, set and align Power Plant equipment and check tightness, alignments and settings to prevent defects or wear using laser alignment and vibration monitoring tools. 
  • Repair, maintain or replace electrical motors, pumps, heat exchangers, valves and all other components of turbines, boilers, cooling towers, fans and other associated Power Plant equipment. 
  • Dismantle and repair boiler, turbine, air compressor or other equipment using cranes, cables, slings, rope-falls, riggings, scaffolding, booms, block and tackle and any other apparatus for moving heavy objects. 
  • Enter data into a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS).
  • May coordinate the work of Powerhouse Maintenance Repairperson Designees or other assigned assistants.
  • Work independently or in a team of other Maintenance Repairpersons and/or other Skilled Trades Repairpersons to trouble-shoot and repair equipment.
  • Perform other assigned job functions as designated by Supervisor.

Required Qualifications*

  • Graduation from high school, GED, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 4 year mechanical apprenticeship or two year associate degree from an accredited mechanical trades school plus minimum of four years of associated mechanical work experience (i.e. Military Training, Technical Training, Mechanical Service Technician including 8000 hours of documented mechanical experience from previous job or employers).
  • Satisfactory and reliable performance as an E3 Powerhouse Maintenance Repairperson Designee is an acceptable alternative to the experience described above.
  • Considerable experience in rotating equipment or power plant equipment maintenance. 
  • Ability to tolerate high levels of heat and noise.
  • Considerable mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to interpret relevant blue prints, diagrams, sketches and specifications. 
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook or Google Suite.
  • Knowledge of Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS).
  • Considerable knowledge of Safety Standards and Procedures.
  • Ability to exercise tact and discretion in relationships with co-workers, staff, and members of management.
  • Must be able to perform the full range of duties, with or without a reasonable accommodation, in the classification in an environment that has high levels of heat and noise. This position constantly maneuvers to service and repair powerhouse equipment traversing under and over obstacles, ascends/descends ladders to service and repair powerhouse equipment, and routinely moves powerhouse equipment and materials weighing up to 50lbs.
  • 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 International Union of Operating Engineers, 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.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.