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State of Massachusetts Institution Maintenance Foreman in Boston, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS) is seeking a motivated, experienced Institution Maintenance Foreman at the Jamaica Plain Campus/State Public Health Laboratory. The Institution Maintenance Foreman directs and performs skilled mechanical maintenance work in the installation, operation, repair, and maintenance of refrigeration, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, and basic electrical systems for the campus.

The selected applicant will be responsible for planning and scheduling daily and weekly maintenance activities for the general mechanics and assigned trades within the Facilities Maintenance Department. The Foreman also assists in developing, implementing, and monitoring preventive maintenance programs for mechanical systems, and supervises the performance of emergency and routine maintenance on campus facilities and systems.

/_Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all inclusive):_/

  • Assists the Director of Facilities Management with ensuring that all facilities are structurally sound, mechanically operational, electrically efficient, and safe by planning and scheduling daily and weekly maintenance activities.

  • Supervises general maintenance mechanics in the performance of emergency and routine maintenance on facilities and system; assures compliance with building codes and regulations.

  • Assures completion of assigned maintenance and repair tasks by monitoring work progress, inspecting work performance and providing corrections of any deficiencies as necessary, redirecting work efforts to meet critical and/or necessary work requirements, and recommending the use of additional departmental personnel or contract personnel (as appropriate) to meet assigned completion targets.

  • Assists with the development of a competent and efficient mechanical maintenance workforce by training departmental personnel (as necessary) in the proper use of test equipment, hand and power tools, and shop safety, and demonstrating appropriate work methods.

  • Performs highly skilled mechanical maintenance work (as required) in the installation, operation, maintenance, modification, service and repair of electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, plumbing and refrigeration control systems.

  • Inspects and tests elements to locate and diagnose faults and malfunctions, troubleshooting and/or performing required repairs, and providing an estimate of repair (and/or replacement) costs beyond the capability to perform.

  • Provides technical assistance in the purchase of new or replacement mechanical maintenance equipment or systems by reviewing and preparing equipment specifications, and advising the Director of Facilities Management on equipment capability and compatibility, installation requirements and costs, and potential operations and maintenance expenses.

  • Assists with documenting the cost of maintenance repairs and services by keeping records of time and materials to be charged to each job, and providing periodic status reports.

  • Assures that mechanical maintenance personnel have the equipment and supplies necessary to perform mechanical services by monitoring the use of supplies and materials, estimating future material usage, requisitioning those supplies and equipment, distributing supplies/materials and equipment as required; recommends replacement items or related equipment needs.

  • Promotes preventive maintenance as a strategy in maintaining campus electrical, mechanical, control, and plumbing systems by assisting in the development and monitoring of preventive maintenance programs, keeping accurate records on all equipment indicating all repairs/breakdowns, required and performed maintenance, performing spot checks of equipment to determine their working condition, and performing and/or directing periodic cleaning and servicing of tools and test equipment.

  • Assists the Director of Facilities Management with ensuring that contract mechanical maintenance services meet specified results and/or work orders thus minimizing future operational problems by observing (spot checking) the work performed.

  • Reduces the likelihood of a significant disruption of mechanical services (i.e., heating, cooling, plumbing, electricity) and assures around-the-clock responsiveness to mechanical failures or emergency situations. Provides 24/7 on-call support for facility operations.

  • Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage people with diverse cultures or backgrounds;ensures that general safety, fire prevention regulations, and safe working habits are promoted throughout the facility.

/_Required Qualifications:_/

  • Demonstrated knowledge of various building maintenance trades, including the terminology used in such trades as carpentry, painting and masonry.

  • Familiarity with the types and uses of equipment and materials used in building maintenance and repair work and the safety practices and procedures followed.

  • Understanding of the standard preventive maintenance procedures followed in connection with building structures.

/_Preferred Qualifications:_/

  • Massachusetts Unrestricted Construction Supervisor's License andlicensed Massachusetts Journeyman Electrician.

_About the Department of Public Health:_

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth.

We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

More information can be found at:* *MA Department of Public Health

_/Total Compensation:/_

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

/_Pre-Hire Process:_/

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.



Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in building maintenance, repair and/or construction or in a building construction trade, and (B) of which at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity.

Special Requirements: None.


An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.*

Job: *Equipment, Facilities & Services

Organization: *Department of Public Health

Title: Institution Maintenance Foreman

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-305 South Street

Requisition ID: 200008QL