Athletic Facilities Mechanic S10

Cornell University

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As a part of the SCL Office of the Vice President’s unit, the SCL Facilities team supports the student campus experience, by ensuring safe, clean, and operational spaces for students to live, learn, eat, recreate, connect, and engage with each other. With this mission in mind, the team is focused on helping our customers and end-users navigate critical decisions regarding the use and maintenance of their space. They do this through analyzing risks and associated costs, exploring additional services that add value, considering safety and security factors, and ensuring business continuity. Members of this group are passionate about customer service, assess small decisions that can have large impacts, and seamlessly integrate people and physical space. This team is literally the “foundation” upon which the student experience here at Cornell is built.

As part of the Athletic Facilities team, working independently with minimal supervision, the S10 Maintenance Mechanic will be responsible for the service and repair of variety of golf and landscape equipment including commercial mowers, aerators, tractors, sprayers and others to ensure they are properly cared for and operational in order to best support the golf course and athletic facility needs of the department.

Utilizing special skills and knowledge, will perform specific duties with precision and under strict guidelines such as sharpening and adjusting cutting reels and blades to a precise measurement (within a few thousands of an inch) to enhance the conditions of the course. Additionally, effective maintenance management techniques must be understood in order to keep machines operational, with an emphasis on small engine repair, and appropriate diagnose, treat, and/or fabricate repairs which including responding to frequent field calls to repair equipment on site. The S10 Mechanic, will also be responsible for providing oversight and training to staff on proper operation and care of equipment as well as oversee the safety and cleanliness of the shop facility and ensure appropriate inventory of tools, supplies, equipment and materials.

Schedules may be subject to change based on the seasonal demand of golf course operations. Position may require extended working hours including regular evening, early morning, weekend, and holiday hours.

A successful S10 Mechanic will possess a commitment to teamwork and a customer service approach that provides helpful and friendly support in a proactive and timely manner. Utilizing independent judgment as well as strong organizational and problem-solving skills, will efficiently handle multiple competing priorities under pressure ensuring a safe and efficient work environment. This role should also demonstrate a willingness to learn and adapt to the growing athletic department needs and expectations through a demonstrated strong work ethic and ability to carry out tasks and responsibilities with little direct supervision.

Required Qualifications:

High School diploma or equivalent with at least 5 years of experience in automotive, truck, tractors, and/or lawn maintenance equipment repairs including: repair of 2-cycle/4-cycle gasoline engines and diesel engines.

Demonstrated ability to perform critical maintenance activities such as:

  • Operate a variety of heavy-duty equipment and turf equipment.

  • Sharpen and adjust high-end cutting units (especially reel units such as putting green mowers)

  • Making repairs and adjustments, in accordance with diagrams, sketches, operations manuals, and manufactures specifications.

  • Use of welding, burning, and brazing equipment to make repairs to grounds equipment

  • Write maintenance reports

Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Must possess and maintain a valid NYS Driver’s License.

Additional physical requirements include:

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds independently

  • Negotiate ladders

  • Able to perform rigorous physical work for sustained periods including physically inspect facilities/equipment, work in confined spaces underneath equipment; work effectively in a noisy environment;

  • Must be able to work in all weather conditions and extreme temperatures for extended periods.

  • Must be free of debilitating bee or pollen allergies, or have the ability to manage such allergy.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Additional education or additional technical training school coursework.

  • Prior experience as a golf course mechanic and/or supervisory experience

  • Experience with electrical, hydraulic and transmission systems diagnosis and repair.

N o relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


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University Job Title:

Mech Maint S10

Job Family:

United Auto Workers



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Remote Option Availability:

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Contact Name:

Laurissa Simon

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