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Job #: G295
Posted Date: November 27, 2018
Closes On: Open Until Filled
Job Title: Supervisor, Trades (Facilities Services)
Status: Regular Full Time
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Laboratory/Department: Facility Services
The Salk Institute Facility Service department is responsible for overseeing building maintenance, ground maintenance, the interior and exterior building systems, and grounds.
Position Description:

Under general supervision, the Supervisor of Trades primarily is responsible for supervising and working with one or more small groups or crews of skilled and semi-skilled workers involved in the installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of mechanical and electrical systems including heating, ventilating, refrigeration, air conditioning, power, water and sewer systems and equipment as related to HVAC and/or Mechanical and Electrical systems throughout the institute. The Supervisor of Trades is distinguished from the other trade and lead classifications by the larger scope of supervisory, project planning and coordination duties and the greater amount of time devoted to these activities. Incumbents typically prioritize and coordinate the work of multiple crews or projects; assign work to qualified crew members; provide overall technical leadership; determine necessary materials, supplies, equipment and staffing to meet work orders and preventive maintenance schedule; provide work and safety instructions; provide on-the-job training and instructions to less skilled workers in trade and safety practices; provide written input on performance evaluations; prepare and issue written or oral work directives; monitor work in progress; inspect completed work to ensure it is in compliance with specifications, codes, special instructions and sound trade practices; maintain computerized maintenance management systems, including accounting for labor, materials and purchasing, as well as prepare reports. Work on new construction and remodels requires: collaborating with engineering and design; interpreting complicated plans and drawings; coordinating work schedules and work assignments to meet the overall construction/modification objectives; sequencing of work; ensuring the availability of required materials and equipment; analyzing operations; preparing cost and time estimates; and providing a high level of inspection to ensure appropriate building and safety codes are met. Incumbents also may design minor tenant improvements and coordinate and supervise the work of related trades workers on specific projects.



  • High school graduation or equivalent.


  • Bachelor's Degree preferred in electrical engineering or mechanical engineering or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • APPA Leadership Academy.
  • EPA Section 608 Universal Technician Certification.


  • Minimum of 5 years leading mechanical or electrical teams in an industrial environment to install, maintain, and repair MEP equipment.


  • Central utility plant operations.
  • Electrical power generation and distribution.
Special Requirements:
  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Institute‚Äôs background investigation.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Post-offer physical required.
  • Must be willing to sign an employee confidentiality agreement.
  • Regular, reliable, on-time attendance required.
  • Must be able to work overtime as needed.
  • Must be able to adjust regularly assigned work schedule based on workload and deadlines.
  • Incumbents may rotate through various shift assignments at stations either in the Central Plant or in the Facility Services Shop.
  • Must be able to work first, second, or third shifts.
  • Must be willing to use ladders to provide access to work areas and works from heights.
  • Must be willing to maintain First Aid/CPR/AED training/certification.
  • As a safeguard for employees and animals, all FS employees may be subject to vaccines, tests, and physical exams prior to working with specific animals, as research needs dictate, including but not limited to: TB testing and measles immunization.
Physical Requirements:

This position requires constant seeing and touching/feeling.