City of Durham Facilities Maintenance Technician in Durham, North Carolina

Facilities Maintenance Technician



Facilities Maintenance Technician


Depends on Qualifications


Durham, NC

Job Type

Full time with benefits


General Services

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Position Description

The City of Durham General Services Department (GSD) is proud of our work supporting the sustainable growth of the "Bull City".

Home to great weather year-round, friendly people, beautiful natural sites, a prominent art culture, rich history and award-winning restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries and breweries – it's no wonder that Durham is one of the top places in the U.S. to live, work, and play. The 4th largest municipality in the state, Durham's population has grown by 11 new residents and 5 new households EVERY DAY for the past 10 years. With all this growth, supporting a well-run organization is more important than ever. But to do this, we need the very best people.

When you join the General Services Department, you are joining a team of innovative, highly-qualified, service-oriented individuals committed to the stewardship of the physical and environmental assets of the City we all love. The department's portfolio of responsibilities includes the acquisition and sale of properties, design and management of new construction and renovation projects, building maintenance, landscaping and horticultural services, pruning, planting and removal of trees, cemeteries management, and supporting the nonprofit Keep Durham Beautiful, among others. Building and maintaining city facilities and public spaces is what we do. Supporting the quality of life and serving as a foundation of a healthy economy for all Durham residents is why we do it.

Use your unique skills to make a difference, to give back to the Durham community. General Services Department work culture is one that offers the opportunity for professional growth, to work with other innovative, talented people, and to do meaningful and important work. Be part of something great. Join us as we build the future of Durham together.

Work Days/Hours: Monday thru Friday 6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Facilities Maintenance Technician performs planned, corrective and emergency repair and maintenance for City Buildings. Other duties include performing preventive maintenance, responding to customer requests, soliciting contractor/vendor quotes, and providing 24-Hour Emergency On-Call response. All work efforts will be documented in a CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System).

This position will require thorough knowledge of plumbing codes and regulations, operating knowledge of general plumbing repair and maintenance equipment and efficient use of repair parts and tools. Technician must be able to read blueprints, demonstrate a proficiency in use of personal computers and perform math computations needed in the plumbing trade.


  • Troubleshoot, repair, inspect and maintain plumbing equipment including, but not limited to, faucets, lavatories, toilets, flush valves, sinks, water heaters, drinking fountains, domestic water heaters and boilers, backflow devices, valves and water meters;

  • Perform preventive maintenance inspections and repairs including, but not limited to, domestic water systems and related devices and sanitary waste drainage;

  • Repair or replace water lines, domestic recirculation lines and sewer lines;

  • Respond to emergency plumbing calls such as clogged drains, broken water lines, frozen pipes, gas odors and possible gas leaks;

  • Install new plumbing fixtures including, but not limited to, sinks, commodes, urinals, faucets, drinking fountains, domestic water heaters and related devices;

  • Provide labor and material estimates related to plumbing for small remodel projects and coordinate with inspections for self-performed or contractor performed work for renovation projects;

  • Maintain and repair all natural gas service including valves;

  • Assist other trades with piping and repair issues;

  • Winterize facilities to include park restrooms and drinking fountains and architectural fountains;

  • Repair underground piping and water leaks at swimming pools;

  • Perform other duties as assigned such as: carpentry, concrete and masonry work, painting, welding and sheet rocking work, maintain HVAC systems by replacing filters and belts and electrical maintenance by replacing lamps and ballasts, receptacles and switches.

Minimum Qualifications & Experience

  • High School/GED.

  • Three or more years of related experience.

  • Valid North Carolina Class C Driver's License

  • Ability to complete job related training as required: forklift operation, lock out/tag out, confined space, ladder safety, respirator and emergency evacuation training, etc.

  • Position is critical to emergency operations and will report to work in spite of or because of an emergency or disaster event.

Additional Preferred Skills

  • Plumbing license;

  • Backflow prevention certification;

  • Experience using a CMMS.

  • 11-12 paid holidays per year

  • 12 standard work days of vacation per year

  • 12 standard work days of sick leave per year, which accumulates indefinitely; sick leave may be used toward early retirement

  • Two weeks paid military leave per year

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and supplemental life insurance plans

  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Health and Dependent Care)

  • State and City retirement plans

  • Short and long term disability plans

  • Paid temporary disability leave for specified conditions

  • 401(k) retirement plan (5% of annual salary contributed by the City, and immediately vested)

  • Paid funeral leave

  • Employee Assistance Program - personal and family counseling

  • Paid life insurance equal to annual salary

  • 48 hours for volunteer work each year

  • 4 hours parental leave each year

  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plans

  • North Carolina 529 College Savings Plan

  • Transit Benefits

  • GuidanceResources Concierge Service


Where did you first hear about this opportunity?

  • City of Durham Website

  • Walk in

  • Job fair

  • Employee referral

  • Professional organization Please list the organization in "other" box below

  • Internet posting Please list the specific web site in the "other" box below

  • Craig's List

  • Facebook

  • LinkedIn

  • GlassDoor




  • Employment Security Commission

  • Magazine/Newspaper

  • Other


If you listed "other" above please give specific web site, organization, or publication.


Please select your highest level of COMPLETED education.

  • Less than a High School Diploma or Equivalent (GED)

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent (GED)

  • Associates Degree

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Master's Degree

  • PhD or Juris Doctorate


Do you have a valid North Carolina driver's license "or" if you currently have another state driver's license, are you willing to obtain a valid NC driver's license within 60 days of hire?

  • Yes

  • No


How many years of related experience do you have?

  • No related experience

  • Less than 1 year of related experience

  • 1 year but less than 3 years of related experience

  • 3 years but less than 5 years of related experience

  • 5 or more years of related experience


Briefly explain how your experience is related? If you have no related experience, indicate N/A.


Do you have the ability to complete job related training as required: forklift operation, lock out/tag out, confined space, ladder safety, respirator and emergency evacuation training, etc.?

  • Yes

  • No


Do you currently possess a plumbing license?

  • Yes

  • No


Do you currently have a backflow prevention Certification?

  • Yes

  • No


Do you have experience using a computerized maintenance management system? If yes, what system have you used? If no, indicate N/A.


This position is critical to emergency operations and will report to work in spite of or because of an emergency or disaster event. Do you understand this statement?

  • Yes

  • No

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