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Operating Mechanic

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Troy, NY
Categories: Staff, Trades, Service, and Maintenance

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Job Summary

The Operating Mechanic performs maintenance and repairs on steam boilers and steam plant auxiliaries. Works in a shift rotation to operate two central steam plants, and provides maintenance and repair response coverage on evening, night and weekend shifts for all campus facilities.

Minimum Qualifications

  •  High School or equivalent
  • One year experience maintaining commercial or industrial mechanical equipment preferred.
  • Valid US driver’s license

Applicants must meet stated minimum education and experience requirements.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Basic understanding of Steam Cycle
  • Basic working knowledge of plumbing and piping, mechanical repairs, electrical work, and construction
  • Good communication skills and customer relations skills
  • Ability to interpret technical drawings and documents
  • Flexibility in dealing with emergency situations
  • Basic computer skills and experience with Microsoft Windows
  • Constant attention to safety issues for self, co-workers and others


Non Standard Shift: see job details


Local travel between campus locations only


Driving a Rensselaer vehicle for non-passenger use

Application instructions


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Job Posted Date

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

COVID-19 Pandemic Protocols

Rensselaer welcomes undergraduate and graduate students to campus for an in-person academic experience.  To support this experience, all faculty and staff are expected to work primarily onsite.

Rensselaer requires all faculty and staff to be vaccinated (and boosted when eligible) against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.




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