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Housing Repair Technician

at City of Auburn, Washington

Posted: 9/23/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2532692
Keywords: repair

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Details

**The first review of applications will be on Monday, August 26th**
*To be considered for the first review, you must submit an application by Sunday, August 25th at 11:59 PM*

The anticipated start date for this position is October 1, 2019.

Why work for the City of Auburn?
We provide our employees with:
  • 9/80 work schedules, allowing work-life balance
  • Excellent healthcare, dental, and vision plans 
  • Employer contributions to the State Retirement System pension plans
  • 12 Days of Paid Vacation per year
  • 12 Days of Sick Leave per year
  • 10 Paid Holidays per year
  • 2 Paid Floating Holidays of your choice per year
  • Employer contributions towards VEBA (Tax-free Health Savings Account)
  • Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Benefit Plan
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Care Insurance options
  • Deferred Compensation Plans
  • And more!
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Position Summary
This position performs technical, skilled, and unskilled minor home repair tasks for low and moderate income residents including, but not limited to, basic plumbing, electrical, roofing, carpentry, painting, flooring, windows, doors, and heating; performs comprehensive housing inspections to assess necessary repairs and inspect projects upon completion to ensure compliance with program and contract specifications; completes daily paperwork; coordinates and sets up projects.

Primary Duties

*Implements the daily repair operations of residential housing repair program in Auburn under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in accordance with established regulations, requirements, codes, ordinances, etc.
*Performs carpentry for a wide variety of home repair purposes, which includes, but is not limited to, construction, repair, replacement, and/or installation or adjustment of floors, walls, ceilings, screens, windows, sashes, doors, furniture, fixtures, stairs, cupboards, roofs, cabinets, weather stripping, mirrors, brackets, blinds, linoleum, gutters, or downspouts.
*Installs, replaces, repairs, or performs preventative maintenance on electrical or mechanical apparatus and fixtures; installs smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
*Conducts comprehensive house inspections of client-owned residences; evaluates the necessary repair work; inspects electrical panels, appliances, furnaces, and heating systems; corrects code violations; and prepares work descriptions and drawings; repairs electrical switches or outlets; repairs faucets and/or toilets; check breakers and fuses; installs or replaces locks; changes filters in furnaces; resets garbage disposals; performs caulking.
*Completes basic soldering techniques and methods which are usually applied to plumbing work; ensures codes and laws relating to plumbing installation, repair, and maintenance work; and safety regulations and procedures.
*May counsel individuals or program participants on eligibility and applicable services related to the Housing Repair Program; prepares specialized checklists and fully documents appropriate processes and notifications; prevents future safety and health hazards by educating homeowners about home maintenance and basic repairs.
*May maintain files; collect and compile data; develop and create administrative, technical, and statistical reports; update manual and computer records and tracking systems; perform all actions in compliance with City policy; ensures the completion of releases of liability forms, bids, work orders, and any other necessary recordkeeping.
*Maintains knowledge, and the appropriate principles and practices, of the Uniform Building Code (UBC), Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC), Uniform Housing Code (UHC), National Electrical Code (NEC), Washington State Energy Code (WSEC), fire, and construction related to residential construction and repairs.
*Purchases materials and tools in compliance with the appropriate budget; and may negotiate large material purchases with suppliers.
*Performs testing and control of lead-based paint; historic preservation; lead and radon testing of residences; ensures compliance with federal regulations governing Lead Based Paint (24CFR) as required by HUD.
*Uses common hand and bench tools and diagnostic equipment, and common carpentry tools; requires hand dexterity and eye/hand coordination in working with the plumbing and carpentry related tools and equipment; uses welding equipment.
*Comprehends and makes inferences from written materials.
*Accurately follows oral and written instructions; works independently on projects to completion according to instructions and within the time specified.
*Positively interacts and communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals of diverse cultural, social, and economic backgrounds.
*Maintains records; collects and compiles data; prepares written reports with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence structure, punctuation, and grammar.
*Performs duties utilizing recognized safety regulations.
*Shows initiative in performing job functions.
*Works effectively under pressure and with frequent interruptions.
*Completes work and projects in a thorough and timely manner.
*Understands and follows directions from supervisor, posted work rules and procedures.
*Plans and organizes work to meet established deadlines and goals.
*Works independently; may be required to work on some weekends and evenings.
*Regular, reliable, and punctual attendance.
*Due to internal and external customer service needs, the incumbent must be able to work a full-time schedule, onsite and at client homes.
*Shows initiative in performing job duties.
* = Primary function


Minimum Qualifications

Required Education and Experience
High School Diploma, AND three (3) years of equivalent work-related experience; OR in place of the above requirements, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education, training, and experience that would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. 
Licenses, Certifications, and Other Requirements
Possesses and retains valid state driver's license during tenure of employment, without impending loss at time of appointment.
Obtain and maintain a valid First Aid Certification.

Additional Information

Working Conditions
The employee works indoors in a clean, climate-controlled workspace, and in client homes, confined spaces, and outdoor environments subject to all types of weather conditions.  The incumbent is required to sit, talk, and hear; frequently required to use hands to finger, feel, or handle writing utensils, computers, and/or office supplies, which require repetitive arm, wrist, and hand movement; occasionally required to stand and reach with arms and hands, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, bend or crawl. Specific vision abilities include close, distant, color, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  The employee is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  The incumbent is required to visit sites that require walking on uneven, rocky, or rough ground.  The position requires mental acuity to ensure thorough mental analysis of situations in a fast-paced environment.  The employee is required to maintain confidentiality of information.  The employee may be required to deal with irate individuals requiring the use of conflict management skills.  The employee may be required to perform strenuous physical activity; operate power tools and equipment; work in high, precarious places; be exposed to potentially hazardous materials, fumes, airborne particles, and toxic or caustic chemicals; and be exposed to risk of electric shock.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to very loud.  The incumbent performs under pressure for deadlines, and is required to maintain professional composure, tact, patience, and courtesy at all times.
Reporting Relationships
Under the direction of the Community Services Manager, the employee plans and schedules work, and establishes methods and procedures within the scope of legal and policy requirements.  Judgment is exercised in determining and selecting alternatives, interpreting policy, and making decisions.  Unusual situations and decisions are forwarded to the employee's supervisor.  Work is reviewed through periodic discussions, reports, and/or formal performance appraisal.