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Maintenance Assistant (Refrigeration)

Apply now Job No: 494710
Local Title: Maintenance Assistant (Refrigeration)
Budget Title: Maintenance Assistant
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Categories: Maintenance & Skilled Trades



Are you looking to take your career to new heights with a leader in healthcare? SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is one of the nation's leading metropolitan medical centers. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also highly-ranked by Castle Connolly Medical, a healthcare rating company for consumers, among the top 5 leading U.S. medical schools for training doctors.

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Job Summary:

The Department of Facilities Management and Development at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is seeking a full-time Maintenance Assistant (Refrigeration). The successful candidate will: 

  • Perform the more routine, repetitive maintenance, installation, and repair tasks in one or a combination of the mechanical, building construction, motor equipment, and electrical trades.
  • Perform journey-level activities, under supervision, or after receiving detailed instructions, to learn and perfect their skills.
  • Work under the supervision of a skilled trades or supervisory maintenance position; in turn, they may supervise Facility Operations Assistants 1 and other relatively unskilled workers in performing manual tasks involving elementary skills.
  • Operate and maintain heating and hot water equipment in a facility by replacing parts, such as filters and pumps; cleaning equipment and fireboxes; replacing and adjusting components, such as thermostats and points; and checking oil levels in storage tanks. 
  • When deemed necessary by the supervisor, Maintenance Assistants may be assigned to other maintenance activities, such as snow and ice control, etc.
  • May occasionally operate trucks and light construction equipment.

(*Maintenance Assistants with a parenthetic designation, such as Carpenter, Mechanic, or Painter, etc. usually spend most of their work time performing tasks typical of the trade indicated by the parenthetic designation, although they may be assigned to perform activities in other trades.)

Required Qualifications:

  • Two years of full-time experience in maintenance and/or mechanical work under the supervision of a skilled tradesperson;
    • OR completion of an appropriate two-year technical school course in the plumbing and/or steamfitting trade at a school, institute, or branch of the Armed Services, such as the New York State Civil Service Employees Association-Partnership Applied Skilled Trades Certificate Program*;
    • OR or an equivalent combination of experience and training gained by completion of appropriate technical courses in plumbing or steamfitting at a school, institute, or branch of the Armed Services.
  • When required to operate motor vehicles, candidates must possess a valid New York State driver's license appropriate for the type of vehicle to be operated.

(*Successful completion of the NYS CSEA-P Applied Skilled Trades Certificate Program includes a total of 288 hours of trade-specific classroom instruction, 45 hours of technical math course work, 45 hours of technical communications course work, and 15 hours of blueprint/schematic reading course work. It does not include 4,000 hours of on-the-job training, as required for the NYS CSEA-P Applied Skilled Trades Traineeship.)

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Work Schedule:

Variable Days; 7:30am-4:00pm

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As per civil service guidelines

Executive Order:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact Human Resources at 718-270-3025.


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