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General Mechanic

The General Mechanic performs general building maintenance and repairs in response to tenant call and work orders. The General Mechanic will perform diverse maintenance and repair functions to include electrical, plumbing, HVAC, fire safety, carpentry and general troubleshooting to ensure safe and efficient building operations. The General Mechanic will proactively inspect all buildings and grounds throughout the campus. The General Mechanic will interact with tenants in generating and completing work orders in a courteous, professional, and least disruptive manner. The General Mechanic will monitor the safety and comfort of our tenants and respond to emergency situations as necessary.

The General Mechanic has internal contacts with the entire administrative staff and external contact with tenants and service contractors. This position has access to sensitive UCSC information and equipment and is expected to handle such information and equipment with integrity and professionalism. This position has regular contact with tenants and members of the community and is expected to represent UCSC in a professional manner.

The General Mechanic will report to the Chief Engineer and participate in department/company activities as necessary.


  • Respond to tenant calls and work orders in a timely manner.
  • Perform all plumbing, electrical, HVAC, or other general maintenance tasks associated with tenant work orders.
  • Maintain on-going communication with tenants, property management and vendors.
  • Monitor and adjust all mechanical/pneumatic equipment, control gauges, distributor panels, valves, thermostats, diffusers and other equipment necessary to provide a comfortable environment for the buildings.
  • Perform proactive quality assurance building inspections and evaluations of existing building mechanical systems with emphasis on chillers, boilers, pumps, air handlers, control systems, and cooling towers as directed.
  • Perform preventive maintenance duties, including changing filters, oiling motors, replacing light fixtures, inspecting/adjusting belts, replacing motor bearings, aligning shafts and annual inspections as directed by manufactures.
  • Complete documentation and report activities per established procedure.
  • Monitor and direct outside contractors and vendors as necessary.
  • Respond immediately to emergency situations (fire, evacuation, equipment failure, etc) and customer concerns.
  • Triage building issues in the evening hours in preparation for repair the next day.
  • Comply with all applicable codes, regulations, governmental agency and company directives as related to building operations and practice safe work habits
  • May be only maintenance staff member on duty during certain shifts; may be required to work extended periods of time without relief when responding to priority/emergency situations (including overtime type assignments); may require shift work and/or on call duties.


  1. Attend relevant workshops as necessary to maintain professional and technical knowledge, certifications, and licensure.
  2. Adheres to the UCSC’s security guidelines and ensures the appropriate handling and use of equipment, tools, and sensitive information.
  3. Facilitates and attends relevant staff meetings to promote communication and execution of goals and objectives.
  4. Completes special projects specific to the function of the department or as needed for the department as directed by the Chief Engineer.
  5. Other duties as assigned within the scope of position expectations.


  1. Strong knowledge of basic principles and methods of electrical, plumbing, HVAC, fire safety systems and general building maintenance and repair building operations.
  2. Knowledge of safety precautions and preparedness.
  3. Knowledge of the methods, equipment, tools, and materials used for building operational projects, programs, carpentry, and maintenance and repair.
  4. Knowledge of all building mechanical systems including fire/life safety, plumbing, HVAC and electrical issues; must remain current with latest HVAC trends and technology.
  5. Ability to analyze a complex building operational problem and offer recommended courses of action or notify supervisor appropriately.
  6. Strong verbal communication skills and effectively communicate to individuals and groups.
  7. Strong customer service skills when interacting with tenants, vendors, and the general community.
  8. Ability to follow-up and follow-through with strong attention to detail.
  9. Demonstrates ability to work with other people through a cooperative effort.
  10. Possesses strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by compassionate, courteous, cordial, cooperative, and professional interaction with diverse groups of co-workers, external business partners, and the community.
  11. Adheres to all UCSC and departmental policies and procedures.
  12. Attends all UCSC in-services as required.

Embodies and Models Science Center Values:

  • Unity: Promotes one Science Center, united and guided by our mission.
  • Open Communication: Practices open communication by encouraging a diversity of ideas and recognizing the value of sharing opinions and experiences in our work.
  • Integrity: Creates an environment of trust and integrity. Honest and ethical in everything.
  • Impact: Works to make a meaningful and measurable difference in the lives of others.
  • Equity & Inclusion: Fosters an environment that embraces the strength in the diversity of our team and our community.
  • Innovation in Action: Committed to continuous learning and open to new ideas that drive positive change.


Minimum Experience: 5+ years / 10,000 hours related work experience; strong experience with commercial building electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and general maintenance and repair functions is required.

Minimum Education: High School diploma or GED equivalent required. Trade or Technical School Diploma or certificate equivalent to 400 hours in the area(s) of building maintenance.

Licensure: Valid driver’s license and satisfactory driving record required.

Universal Certification for CFC's and/or appropriate license/permit for trade may also be required, i.e. HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Interested candidates should forward a resume and salary requirements to: Human Resources, University City Science Center 3675 Market Street, Suite 400 Philadelphia, PA 19104 or email

About the Science Center

The University City Science Center is Philadelphia’s premier catalyst of entrepreneurial activity, healthcare innovation, and economic growth. Established in 1963, the nonprofit has been recognized by The Brookings Institution as a best-in-class investor, mentor, and economic development partner for young technology companies. Working alongside industry partners and leading research and academic institutions across the globe, the Science Center has supported over 1,000 early-stage companies. Today, the organization advances healthcare innovation from idea to the marketplace through startup support services, allocating capital, gathering the innovation community, and building inclusive STEM pathways for Philadelphia youth and adults. For more information visit or follow us at @UCScienceCenter