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Maintenance Assistant

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Department: FM&D
Local Title: Maintenance Assistant
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.

The Maintenance Assistant is a non-competitive position, and as a semiskilled employee, performs the more routine, repetitive maintenance, installation, and repair tasks in one or a combination of the mechanical, building construction, motor equipment, and electrical trades. Incumbents may also perform journey-level activities, under supervision, or after receiving detailed instructions, to learn and perfect their skills.
Generally, Maintenance Assistants 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.
Illustrative Tasks
  • Operates machine tools, including, lathes, shapers, milling machines, metal cutting saws, planers, and radial drill presses to manufacture metal items, such as large bushings and special bolts, and performs the less difficult machine operations, such as threading bolts and cutting keyways.
  • Repairs, maintains, and services automotive and mechanical equipment by performing activities such as adjusting hydraulic brakes, replacing wheel bearings, performing minor body work, and replacing components, including starters, fuel pumps, water pumps, mufflers, and gas tanks.
  • Performs routine replacement and repair of plumbing and steamfitting equipment and installation of new equipment, according to layouts provided by the supervisor, by cutting, fitting, and threading pipe; removing existing pipes and fixtures; repairing and adjusting water mixers, thermostats, and other fixtures; locating and unplugging stoppages; repairing domestic steam equipment such as steam tables, dishwashers, and laundry equipment; repairing leaks in steam and water lines; overhauling vacuum pumps; and insulating steam lines.
  • Cuts, welds, and brazes a variety of metal materials and equipment; manufacturers standard items of sheet metal ware such as pails, dippers, and garbage cans; and assists in maintaining and erecting signs.
  • Performs semiskilled carpentry activities including repairing doors, windows, window sashes, storm windows, stairs, railings, furniture, locks, and door hardware; operating shop machinery to make and assemble bookcases, shelves, tables, trenches, signs, and modular furniture; erecting and moving partitions; building forms for concrete work; and, under supervision, assisting in erecting and renovating buildings and structures.
  • Operates and maintains heating and hot water equipment in a small 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.
  • Assists in repairing and maintaining locks by making keys; changing lock combinations; opening locks when keys are not available; installing locks; and cleaning and repairing locks.
  • Performs semiskilled masonry repairs and installation activities such as pointing up brick and stone work; patching plaster walls; setting tiles; laying brick and stone; finishing concrete work; replacing fire brick in boilers; and operating equipment including mixers and concrete block machines.
  • Repairs, rebuilds, and assists in installing metal, slate, shingle, and built-up roofs.
  • Assists in painting and decorating work by performing interior and exterior painting not requiring fine finish or decorative treatment; staining and finishing wood and furniture; painting equipment; installing wallpaper; and spray-painting surfaces and equipment.
  • Performs the routine tasks of the electrical trade, including repairing electrical equipment such as overhead door motors, vacuum cleaners, electric ranges, and other appliances; replacing brushes on large electric motors; laying and repairing electrical cables and wires; installing and maintaining lighting fixtures, outlets, and switches; and adjusting points and contacts on electrical equipment.
  • When deemed necessary by supervisor, Maintenance Assistants may be assigned to other maintenance activities, such as snow and ice control.
  • May occasionally operate trucks and light construction equipment.

Required Qualifications:

  • Non-competitive: Two years of full-time experience in maintenance or mechanical work under the supervision of a skilled tradesperson;
    • OR completion of an appropriate two-year technical school course at a school, institute, or branch of the Armed Services, such as the New York State Civil Service Employees Association-Partnership (NYS CSEA-P) Applied Skilled Trades Certificate Program*;
    • OR an equivalent combination of experience and training gained by completion of appropriate technical courses 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; Variable Hours (Full-Time)

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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


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