Facilities Maintenance Technician

9420 Athena Cir, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA Req #335
Friday, August 25, 2023

Job Summary 


Under the supervision of the Facilities Chief Engineer, this position will undertake, support, and oversee repairs and preventative maintenance activities for both the building’s interior and exterior, as well as its infrastructure and equipment. Additionally, this position will be active in projects that will range from administrative organizational projects to minor tenant improvement construction management projects, which may span from one week to as long as one year.


This position serves a a point of contact for external maintenance contractors and provides clear directives to ensure the completion of required tasks. Responsibilities encompass the upkeep of high-pressure air systems, vacuum systems, HVAC, plumbing, and DI water system. Furthermore, it includes overseeing and performing general maintenance tasks, such as painting, drywall work, carpentry, and the installation or relocation of equipment and furniture. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Assists in the continued operation, maintenance and repair of the central plant’s electrical, mechanical, structural, and control systems, encompassing chillers, exhaust fans, air handlers, pumps, steam systems, and related equipment.
  • Timely and efficiently addresses work order requests for general maintenance task. Provides supports for work orders that require extra coordination, communication with contractors, and sourcing of parts and tools.
  • Engages directly with Operations, EH&S, and other administrative groups to effectively plan and schedule various projects.
  • Actively identifies problems or potential situations and works with the Facilities Engineer Supervisor to determine the appropriate course of action.
  • Assists in writing, maintaining and implementing new policies and procedures.
  • Actively researches and offers recommendations for system improvements aimed at improving efficiency and/or reducing costs.
  • Supervises the preventative maintenance, servicing, and repair of laboratory equipment, including but not limited to CO2 manifold delivery systems, air compressors, DI water system, vacuum system, environmental rooms, BSC’s, pumps, ice machines, centrifuges, refrigerators, freezers, and other research related equipment.
  • Oversees all contracted maintenance activities. Conducts daily and monthly inspections and testing of the DI water system, emergency generator, safety equipment, air conditioning, heating units, and related systems.
  • Executes routine repairs and maintenance tasks for the building’s interior and exterior, floors, walls, ceilings, doors, drains, restrooms, lunchrooms, laboratories, electrical, plumbing, lighting, and parking lot.
  • Manages tenant improvement projects, encompassing project scope defenition, contractor coordination, and supervision.
  • Maintains accurate logs, records and service manuals.
  • Responds to equipment and building alarms during both operational and after-hours.
  • Works with Operations on furniture purchases, space coordination, scheduling, and installation.
  • Performs additional duties and manages special projects as required by the Operations department.


Skills, Abilities and Conditions of Employement

  • Minimum 1-year prior experience in a maintenance or mechanical service related industry  
  • High school diploma/GED required
  • Must have general computer skills and working knowledge of Gmail, Microsoft Word, and Excel. 
  • Satisfactory completion of the Institute’s background investigation 
  • Satisfactory completion of the post-offer physical required  
  • Must be willing to sign an employee confidentiality agreement 
  • Regular, reliable, on-time attendance and reliable transportation 
  • Must be able to work overtime as needed 
  • Must be able to adjust a regularly assigned work schedule based on workload 
  • Possess a valid California driver’s license and ability to run errands for the Institute  
  • Must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time 
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs 
  • Must be able to lift and carry 25 lbs easily  
  • Must be able to use and work on step stool/ladder and work from heights 
  • Must have manual dexterity in both hands  
  • Must be able to bend down and/or stoop repeatedly throughout the workday 
  • Must be able to pull carts that could require a rolling starting force of 125 lbs 
  • Must be able to open doors and pull loaded supply carts through 
LJI provides Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment, and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type, regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, disability status, genetics, medical conditions, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, reproductive health decisions, or pregnancy, or any other condition protected by state and local laws. This applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placing, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfers, educational assistance, terminations, layoffs, recalls, transfers, leaves of absences, and social and recreational programs.

With over 30 different countries represented, diversity is respected and celebrated at LJI. We are committed to ensuring a safe and compassionate environment that is equal, just, and fair. Science and discovery benefit from a diversity of talents, a diversity of approaches, and a diversity of perspectives. The La Jolla Institute’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative is designed to help us identify areas at the Institute that need improvement so we can together create an environment that is inclusive, provides equal opportunities, and opens doors that propel our research for human health. 
La Jolla Institute is committed to compensation that is externally competitive and internally equitable. We validate this commitment by conducting regular market analyses to remain competitive with organizations of similar size in the nonprofit, independent research sector. Compensation decisions consider a variety of factors including experience, education, unique skill sets, organizational need, and internal equity. 

Other details

  • Job Function GA
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $26.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $33.00
Location on Google Maps
  • 9420 Athena Cir, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA