Food Service Equipment Technician/Plumber/Low Voltage Electrician

Seattle Pacific University   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on September 22, 2022
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Food Service Equipment Technician/Plumber/Low Voltage Electrician

About Seattle Pacific University:

Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University has a long and distinguished history in Christian higher education. Located just minutes from downtown Seattle, SPU seeks to be a premier Christian University fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community. Seattle Pacific University seeks applicants committed to its Christian mission.

Diversity Statement

As part of our mission of cultural engagement, SPU is committed to building an excellent and diverse staff and faculty. Diversity is an ethos that is inseparable from our Christian faith. At SPU, we recognize diversity as a basic feature of God's creation and a core theme of the gospel. At the heart of our mission-centered commitment to becoming a more diverse community is a desire to represent the breadth of God's kingdom more fully.

We strive to become a workplace of choice and to recruit, develop, and retain faculty and staff who can embrace, value, and engage differences with humility and care. We invite you to join us on our journey by starting a career at SPU! Learn more about SPU's commitment to diversity and opportunities for our employees to deepen their capacity to serve our increasingly diverse student body.

Seattle Pacific University provides reasonable accommodation to applicants. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any portion of the application or hiring process please contact the Human Resources Department at (206)281-2809, or email Notification must be given at least five (5) working days before the accommodation is needed.

Job Description:

General Summary: Inspects, tests, maintains, repairs, and replaces food service equipment (kitchen) as required in various campus dining facilities. Performs work on piping systems transporting liquids, gases, and steam, including both supply and drain piping and related fixtures. As the Low Voltage Electrician, also performs electrical work related to electrical systems of less than 12 volts, including electronic circuitry.

Job Duties:

  • Inspects, tests, maintains, repairs, and replaces food service equipment (kitchen) as required in various campus dining facilities, such as steamers, grills, ovens, griddles, refrigerators and freezers, ice machines, mixers, dish belt, disposers, exhaust hoods, etc.  May service dish machine when called upon.
  • Diagnose and repair malfunctions in various types of food service equipment (kitchen).
  • Install new food service equipment and refrigeration systems as required.
  • Repair replace, recalibrate controls thermostats switches, fuses, and electrical wiring.
  • Fabricate, assemble, and install electrical wiring, controls and piping according to specification and code.
  • Wire and connect motors, compressors, temperature controls, and humidity controls according to wiring schematics.
  • Maintain cleaning, and preventative maintenance schedules and procedures for all food service equipment, refrigeration systems, and cleaning and sanitizing equipment.
  • Orders parts and maintains an inventory of critical spare parts in Facilities maintenance stores warehouse.
  • Serves as a backup boiler engineer. Earns and maintains a Seattle Grade 4 Boiler Fireman license.


  • Maintains, clears, repairs, and replaces:  drain lines including grease traps, basket strainers, disposals, roof drains, storm water systems, and catch basins, made from metal or plastic; including piping and venting. This also includes water supply lines and related fixtures such as faucets, water filters, pumps, hot water tanks, valves, drinking fountains, hot water heaters, safety showers, and eye wash station.       


  • Inspects, tests, calibrates, repairs, and replaces various low voltage components and systems including building security, communication, building automation, and master clock.
  • Inspects, tests, calibrates, repairs, and replaces electronic systems.
  • Inspects, tests, calibrates, repairs, and replaces low voltage components built into larger equipment or systems.
  • Performs minor installation or modification work, including pathway conduit, on low voltage systems, including planning the work; estimating and arranging the materials, supplies, and equipment required; and coordinating with other trades.


  • Carries and deploys ladders. Performs work from ladders, elevated platforms and rooftops.
  • Inspects worksite for planned work's impact on other faculty and staff. Consults with his supervisor and our departmental safety plans to ensure safety and regulatory compliance. Works with his/her supervisor to either prevent or communicate planned outages with key staff and departments.
  • Will be on-call on a rotating basis approximately 4 times per year. The person on-call is responsible to be available via phone or pager during off-hours, including weekends, and be able to respond to the campus within two hours of being contacted. While serving on-call this position may perform a variety of maintenance activities such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing, door hardware/locks.
  • All Facilities employees are designated as "essential staff" and are subject to working during times that the university closes due to inclement weather or an emergency.


  • Abates minor amounts of asbestos, lead, and mold under direction and supervision of an Asbestos Supervisor. Earns and maintains a minimum of 32-hour Asbestos Worker Certification. Receive training and perform some mold remediation. Earns and maintains a HAZWOPER certification and will serve as the backup to the primary HAZWOPER Supervisor.


(Any Equivalent Combination of Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, and Experience)

  • Graduation from a vocational technical school with journeyman level skills certification in refrigeration, plumbing, or low voltage electric.
  • Knowledge of building codes and work practices involved in the refrigeration, plumbing and/or electrical profession. Experience with building codes, electrical codes, and fire codes, a plus.
  • Minimum of 4 years journeyman level work experience in food service equipment (kitchen), plumbing, low voltage.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, schematic drawings, and other technical instructions.
  • Work experience that proves good judgement in making decisions, asking for help, bringing forward problems, communication with others, and working around moving machinery and electricity.
  • Valid Washington State Driver's license with good driving record.
  • Ability to achieve and maintain a minimum of 32-hour Asbestos Worker Certification (training will be provided as needed). HAZWOPER.
  • Forklift certification, ability to obtain one.
  • Must be physically able to wear a tight fitting half mask respirator and pass annual medical exam. Must be physically able to perform mold remediation (training will be provided).
  • Ability to properly use hand tools and power equipment used in the trade. Ability to operate trailerable jackhammer and equipment. 
  • Must be able to load and unload materials. Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds. Must be able to carry, deploy, climb and lift different size ladders. Ability to work from ladders and elevated platforms. Must be able to climb stairs and ladders while carrying supplies or equipment. Must be able to access all areas of campus, including building roofs, any hour of the day or night.
  • Must be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English.
  • Ability to learn and act on new technical or complex information. Effective work habits, including commitment to quality of work, attention to detail, time management and organizational skills.
  • Strong commitment to the University's Christian ministry and mission statement.

Additional Information:

Position will remain open until filled.

Salary:  $56,500 - $61,500  DOE

This is a full time position with excellent benefits. SPU pays the employee premium for medical, dental, and vision insurance. SPU makes contributions to an employee HSA account and to a retirement account after one year of eligibility in the plan. Tuition discount program available for the employee and qualified immediate family members.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter and resume along with the online application.

All SPU employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to submit documentary proof of vaccination unless an exception applies. For more information, see SPU's Vaccination Requirements FAQs web page.