Maintenance Technician

Applications are being accepted for a Maintenance Technician at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography of the University of Georgia (SkIO), a multidisciplinary research institution located on the Georgia coast near Savannah, GA (  Reporting to the Director of Lands and Facilities, the Maintenance Technician/Skilled Tradesman is a full-time professional staff position.  The Maintenance Technician/Carpenter performs skilled work in the construction, repair, and maintenance of wooden and wood substitute items and structures. Also, performs duties in the general repair and maintenance of buildings and university facilities. Strong customer service skills and the ability to work independently with little supervision is required.

Duties and Responsibilities

Skilled Trades:

Performs general carpentry work in construction, alteration and repair of wood and wood substitute items and structures such as cabinets, bookcases, drawers, partitions, panels, and building structures.

Installs, repairs, and replaces doors, door hardware, and locks. Maintains Lock/Key database.

Installs, repairs, and replaces windows and window hardware.

Installs special activity floor, floor coverings, floor partitions.

Builds shelving, toolboxes, and map and picture frames; repairs office furniture. Hangs pictures or bulletin boards in offices.

Operates equipment such as skill saw, table saw, band saw, drill press, jigsaw, cutting torch, etc. Operates various equipment in general maintenance. Also operates yard equipment such as tractors, backhoe, forklifts.

Covers tables and desks with various protective coverings.

Installs and repairs acoustical ceilings.

Hangs vinyl wall covering, and installs door frames.

Drives truck to various locations on and off campus.

Assists in various general maintenance projects.

Other duties as assigned. Performs general painting, plumbing, electrical and carpentry repairs, such as unstopping clogged sinks, drains, and garbage disposals, resetting circuit breakers

Perform emergency repairs on various types of machinery, including mechanical, electric and hydraulic; identify and replace worn or damaged parts in a timely manner.

Use a variety of power and hand tools to perform job functions.

Drives trucks to transport materials such as furniture, supplies, or equipment as required.

Education and Experience

High school diploma or GED required and one to three years similar experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable experience in one or more of the applicable trades (i.e.: carpentry, machinist, electrician, plumber); or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

Ability to work independently, conceptualize project and manage multiple priorities.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Considerable knowledge of the standard practices, methods, materials, and tools of the carpentry trade.

Ability to stand, stoop, climb, bend, stretch and walk as required to successfully install, inspect, repair and/or construct.

Ability to lift, hold and carry equipment and materials weighing up to 75 pounds on an occasional basis.

Considerable knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.

Ability to plan, lay out, and perform carpentry work of average difficulty.

Ability to work from sketches and blue prints.

Skill in the care and use of hand and bench tools and equipment of the carpentry trade.

Ability to perform more complex plumbing, electrical and carpentry maintenance and repairs such as replacing solenoid valves, switches, relays, and thermostats, rewiring appliances, constructing partitions and small out buildings, and installing plumbing pipe and related plumbing fixtures.

Ability to communicate effectively.

Ability to understand and interpret information.

Ability to multitask and coordinate multiple projects.

Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, staff, supervisors and customers.

Application deadline is “Open Until Filled”.  To apply, please submit application via the UGA website with a cover letter and resume using the job search function for Position # S05873P at the following URL:

Please contact Levon Calloway, Business Manager, at or Chuck Hartman, Director Land and Facilities, at for any additional information regarding this position.

Apply for this position using the contact information below.

Position Type: Full Time
Company: Skidaway Institute of Oceanography/University of Georgia
Address: 10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA, 31411
Phone: 912-598-2481
Fax: 912-598-2310
Salary: $45,000 to $55,000 Commensurate with Experience