City of Boston

Senior Maintenance Mechanic ( Building Systems)

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Property Management
Regular Full-Time
Prm Property Management
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In addition to applying via the City of Boston Career Center, individuals wishing to be considered for this position must also complete the civil service labor service registration process for the position at  


Brief Job Description:


Under the direction of the Chief Power Plant Engineer, the Senior Maintenance Mechanic (Building Systems) will perform a variety of complex and technical work to maintain building systems for all City-owned buildings and locations under the care and custody of the Property Management Department, including heating and cooling, be responsible for an entire shift or a specific building on that shift, and provide front-line troubleshooting of issues as they arise.


The mission of the City of Boston Property Management Department (PMD) is to manage, maintain, repair, and provide security for the City's municipal buildings including City Hall and Faneuil Hall; to preserve the useful life of City facilities and reduce operating costs through effective preventative maintenance measures.




The Senior Maintenance Mechanic (Building Systems) is responsible for operating equipment in a power plant operating at less than 15 psi, general repairs to and troubleshooting of heating and cooling equipment, addressing work orders related to this equipment, and coordinating with HVAC technicians, Elevator Technicians, Fire and Life Safety Technicians, Generator Technicians, and other trades to ensure the smooth and constant operation of critical building systems :

  • Acts as the Senior on-site maintenance technician when assigned to buildings outside of Boston City Hall or Faneuil Hall, responsible for tracking and reporting building issues through the work order system and to the Chief Building Engineer.
  • Responds to work orders, troubleshoots issues with heating and cooling equipment along with other building system issues such as power outages, elevator entrapments, leaks, fire alarm, sprinkler, or life-safety system issues, or property damage, notifies other staff or vendors as necessary to resolve issues
  • Directs Maintenance Mechanics (Building Systems) in performing the above duties.
  • Works with Property Management Operations and Alterations and Repair staff, along with Property Management vendors and trades, to ensure the safe and smooth operation of all building systems and to maintain building integrity
  • Performs preventive maintenance and repairs on HVAC and other systems; installs, relocates, tests, and expands existing systems, monitors, inspects, tests, and repairs pipes and boiler systems.
  • Troubleshoots and repairs heating and cooling systems using the right tools and according to the manufacturer's repair manuals while complying with all safety regulations for repairing systems.
  • Acts as Fire Safety Director in the event of a fire or emergency evacuation at buildings outside of Boston City Hall or Faneuil Hall.
  • Procures spare parts for replacement and completes necessary documentation
  • Studies plans, drawings, specifications, and work orders to determine work requirements and sequence of repair and/or installations.
  • Keeps updated records of work performed, completion dates, parts used, and time allocated to work performed, utilizing the Department provided resources.
  • Uses systems used to control HVAC devices like remote controls, handsets, and laptop computers. Follows standardized operating procedures and local and state guidelines relating to the safe operation of HVAC and other systems.
  • Reads and understands engineering blueprints for the repair of HVAC and related appliances.
  • Effectively operates cooling and air conditioning, including heat exchanging compressors, thermostats, motor fans, ducting and electrical controls.
  • Works on electrical and compression devices. Effectively troubleshoots and diagnoses air conditioning appliances, and detects technical defects, malfunctions, and other faults.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of principles of electricity and mechanical processes of HVAC systems. Demonstrates adequate knowledge of electro-mechanical systems.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of mechanical functions like welding, soldering, fabrication, and brazing. Demonstrates good analytical thinking and communication skills.
  • Works in small spaces requiring bending and/or crawling.
  • Physical ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds and maneuver a minimum 6-foot ladder.
  • Performs related work as required.


Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Must have at least four (4) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, paid experience as an HVAC Technician, Stationary Engineer, Operating Engineer, Steam Fireman, or in a related field, such as pipe fitter, steamfitter, plumber, electrician, sprinkler fitter, facilities manager, engineer, gas fitter, or refrigeration technician.
  • Must have the ability to complete required responsibilities under minimal supervision or while working a shift alone. 
  • Must have and maintain a current Massachusetts driver’s license.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.



  • Progress toward, or possession of one or more of the following is preferred:
    • Mass. Licensed 2nd or 3rd Stationary or Operating Engineer
    • Mass. Steam Fireman
    • Mass. Licensed Pipe-fitter or Steamfitter
    • Mass. Licensed Plumber or Gasfitter
    • Mass. Licensed Refrigeration Technician (“HVAC”)
    • Mass. Licensed Sprinkler fitter
  • Willingness to obtain Mass. 2nd Stationary or Operating Engineer License within the first 12 months of employment
  • Hoisting license.


CORI check required.

City of Boston Residency Required




Hours per week: 40


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