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Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC), a non-profit agency founded in 1989, is seeking highly motivated individuals to fill the following positions. ILRC is the largest urban independent living center to offer quality programs in Central New Mexico, including the city of Albuquerque and the surrounding counties. As an independent living center and as a grassroots organization that is consumer-controlled, its Board of Directors and staff are comprised of a majority of people with disabilities, including those in decision-making positions. ILRC is part of a nationwide movement led by and for people with disabilities working toward equality, justice and full participation in community life. Our services are designed to be transformational.



General Maintenance and Repair Worker

Alamogordo, NM

ILRC is hiring a General Maintenance and Repair Worker in Alamogordo, NM. The General Maintenance and Repair Worker will maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings and seek outside help when needed. They will also paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems and maintain landscaping. This position reports to the Executive Director/Operations Manager.

This is a non-exempt, hourly position. Rate of pay is $20 – $26  per hour with up to 20 hours per week.

To Apply: Submit an application through ILRC’s online Job Application portal

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings.
  • Fix or replace faulty electrical switches, outlets, and circuit breakers.
  • Inspect and diagnose problems and figure out the best way to correct them.
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that plant equipment and machines continue to run smoothly.
  • Assemble and set up machinery or equipment.
  • Plan repair work using blueprints or diagrams.
  • Do general cleaning and upkeep of buildings and properties.
  • Order supplies from catalogs and storerooms.
  • Meet with supervisor to estimate repairs and costs.
  • Keep detailed records of repair costs.

Work Environment: General maintenance and repair workers are hired for maintenance and repair tasks that are not complex enough to need the specialized training of a licensed tradesperson, such as a plumber or electrician.

General maintenance and repair workers are also responsible for recognizing when a job is above their skill level and requires the expertise of an electrician; a carpenter; a heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanic or installer; or a plumber, pipefitter, or steamfitter.

General maintenance and repair workers may fix plaster or drywall. They may fix or paint roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, and other parts of buildings.

General maintenance and repair workers also maintain and repair specialized equipment and machinery in offices. General maintenance and repair workers fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.

General maintenance and repair workers get supplies and repair parts from distributors or storerooms to fix problems. They use common hand and power tools, such as screwdrivers, saws, drills, wrenches, and hammers to fix, replace, or repair equipment and parts of buildings.

General maintenance and repair workers often carry out many different tasks in a single day at this one location – responsible for the maintenance of one building. Work may be outside or indoors.

General maintenance and repair workers may have to stand for long periods or lift heavy objects – may work in uncomfortably hot or cold environments, in uncomfortable or cramped positions, or on ladders. The work involves a lot of walking, climbing, and reaching.

General Schedule: Part time, including evenings or weekends if necessary – on call for emergency repairs.

Qualifications: Formal education beyond high school is not required. General maintenance and repair worker experience – learned skills on the job doing simple tasks and watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers. Experience learning some basic skills in high school shop or technical education classes, postsecondary trade or vocational schools, or community colleges required. Courses in mechanical drawing, electricity, woodworking, blueprint reading, mathematics, and computers are useful. Good working knowledge of many repair and maintenance tasks since doing work that involves electrical, plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning systems or painting and roofing tasks will be needed. Practical training, through adult education centers and community colleges, to learn tasks such as drywall repair and basic plumbing highly desired. Training beforehand is required.

Training
General maintenance and repair workers usually start by watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers. They begin by doing simple tasks, such as fixing leaky faucets and replacing lightbulbs. After gaining experience, general maintenance and repair workers move on to more difficult tasks, such as overhauling machinery or building walls. Some general maintenance and repair workers learn their skills by assisting other types of repair or construction workers, including machinery repairers, carpenters, or electricians. Training will not be provided.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registration
Licensing is not required for this position. For more complex tasks that requires licensing, outside help will be sought, such as for electrical or plumbing work.

Important Qualities:

  • Customer-service skills. Interact with customers on a regular basis – need to be friendly and able to address customers’ and staff questions.
  • Dexterity. Many repair and maintenance tasks, such as repairing small devices, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools, require a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination.
  • Troubleshooting skills. Find, diagnose, and repair problems. Perform tests to figure out the cause of problems before fixing equipment.