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Maintenance Engineer I

Department: Facilities Services
Position: Full-time, plus complete benefits package
Wage: $23.48 per hour, rotating shifts
Union Affiliation: The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
Posting Date: December 2019


The Maintenance Engineer is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all mechanical systems and components within the University of Montana Western facilities. This includes maintenance and repair of all HVAC systems including motors, controls, coils, lubrication, filters, belts, and all controls and wiring. Operation of boilers equipped with pneumatic and electronic automatic controls.  Maintaining proper steam pressures and water levels, adjusting equipment to maintain flow of steam to meet load requirements, tending boiler feed water pumps, water treatment system and other boiler room equipment. Maintaining a constant watch on all boiler auxiliary equipment (pumps, fans, compressors, pressure reducing valves, safety valves, and all related equipment) and all gauges and recorders. Conducting water chemical tests and monitor all water softeners. Monitor building management system, respond to and troubleshoot mechanical alarms. Assist in the installation and maintenance of drain, waste, vent plumbing systems and water supply piping. Responding to and maintaining fire alarm systems. Reading blueprints to install and/or maintain systems. Performs other related duties as assigned. Required to work rotating shifts. 

Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma and license or certification in any of the following: cooling and refrigeration, mechanical repair, heating and ventilation, electrical, plumbing, or building systems.
  • Experience in troubleshooting, repairing, and maintenance of at least two of the following:
    • Cooling and refrigeration systems
    • Building automation systems
    • Heating and ventilation systems
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing systems
    • Building systems
  • Must have a 3rd class boilers license, or be able to obtain one upon employment.
  • Possess good oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to read and interpret blue prints, specifications, control diagrams, and maintenance manuals.
  • Ability to work safely from ladders, scaffolding, in tunnels and confined spaces.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate or bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • Experience with HVAC and building controls.
  • Proficiency in using computers; spreadsheets, word processing, experience with digital control software.


To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter stating reasons for your interest in the position. Include three professional references and a completed State of Montana Government Job Application (available at or through Montana Job Service) to:

Patti Lake
Payroll & Benefits Supervisor
The University of Montana Western
710 South Atlantic Street
Dillon, MT 59725

For additional information, call 406- 683-7145.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The University & Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 60 full-time faculty and 1,500 students. It is located in Dillon, Montana in the scenic Rocky Mountains and has been awarded numerous top national rankings for delivering high quality, affordable education.

Montana Western is the only public four-year college in the nation offering Experience One (X1), experiential learning delivered on the block schedule. Class sizes are small and students take a single course at a time, three hours each day for 18 days, before moving on to the next course. Each course is four credits and four blocks are offered each semester. The block schedule facilitates field and lab work, undergraduate research, study travel, and interdisciplinary teaching. Montana Western’s faculty strongly believe in mentoring and inspiring students, and assisting them in the transition from university life to professional careers.

The University of Montana Western is an integral part of the Dillon Community. With a population of 5,000 people, Dillon is known for outstanding public schools, safe environments, recreational opportunities, and an excellent quality of life.

The University of Montana Western is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities. Qualified candidates may request veterans‚ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. Finalists for any position will be subject to a criminal background investigation.

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