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Facilities Maintenance II

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Tucson, AZ 85719
Job Description

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), Tucson office has an opening for a full-time Craftsperson II to support the operation of the Tucson facility. Responsibilities will include operation and maintenance of the Plumbing and HVAC&R systems, other general facility support activities and maintenance efforts, as directed. The work location is at the NOAO Facility on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Arizona. Working hours are generally 8-hour days, Monday through Friday; however occasional over-time or weekend efforts may be required.

Essential Functions:

Oversight of the daily operations of the plumbing, HVAC&R and building control systems within the facility. Troubleshooting, maintenance, repairs and/or replacement of parts, associated equipment and/or components within the systems. The work will incorporate repair efforts as directed, or by using, established trade procedures or practices with little or no supervision. General efforts will include the following: performing preventive maintenance on the various systems such as lubricating equipment, filter/belt replacements, etc.; adjusting unit operations or equipment; calibrating various sensors and control system valves; inspections as may be required; checking, adding and/or recycling Freon and refrigerants as needed; cleaning tubes and coils within chillers, boilers and air handling equipment; repair, replace and/or rebuild various sizes of pumps as necessary; repair, replace and/or rebuild toilet, sink and urinal valves; repair and/or replace plumbing and pipes as necessary. Efforts may be directed toward adjustment, operation and expansion of the control systems that maintain the building environment. Other responsibilities will include the operation of lifts and forklifts as necessary, maintaining written or electronic records, maintaining tools and a clean orderly work area, and general assistance to other crafts persons or staff members as required or requested. Efforts may also include support to the Kitt Peak facility on an as-directed basis.

NOAO offers an excellent benefits package, competitive salary commensurate with experience, and a very attractive work environment.

Preference will be given to qualified internal candidates.

Please list 3 professional references in your application and attach a CV or resume (PDF files preferred) to your application. Please name any attachments with the following format: LastnameDocname. Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent to

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) manages several astronomical observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory and the Gemini Observatory) and construction projects (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and Daniel. K. Inouye Solar Telescope) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.

AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. The statements below as well as the requests for self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements which are included for protection and to assist us in our recordkeeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly confidential.

Preference granted to qualified Native Americans living on or near the Tohono O’odham reservation.

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