Physical Plant Lead

Physical Plant Lead

  • 528243
  • Ketchikan, Alaska, United States, 99901
  • Crafts and Trades
  • Staff Full-time
  • Crafts & Trades T1
  • UAS Ketchikan Campus Director

UAS Ketchikan is looking for a Physical Plant Lead. This position is a full-time position covered by Local 6070 Collective Bargaining Unit, with excellent benefits.

This position will lead existing team members within their range of hire to provide maintenance and service work at our three building locations in Ketchikan. Under general supervision, may routinely perform a variety of maintenance, repair, and construction tasks in a combination of several trades with skill levels between apprentice level and journeyman level. To thrive in this role, the candidate should possess good interpersonal and communication skills, good building systems troubleshooting and repair skills, demonstrated building systems management, experience with safety, some heavy equipment operation and repair knowledge, ability to work in an environment involving a variety of diverse backgrounds and age levels.

This position is the Physical Plant Lead within the Facilities & Maintenance Department of the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan. In this position you will act as lead for existing employees within the department to fulfill all aspects of facilities & maintenance of the buildings and grounds of UAS Ketchikan. You will also keep records, maintain files, monitor and repair building systems and maintenance equipment, ensure building protection, safety, drive vehicles and equipment, sort and store materials, inventory and maintain department consumables levels, maintain and issue building and vehicle keys, and provide management with anticipated annual projections and expenses by providing input on facilities budget items.

Individuals should possess a combination of technical skills, knowledge, and personal qualities and demonstrate a keen interest and aptitude for the role. Following are some essentials that can empower someone to excel in this role:

Technical Skills: Understanding computer use and computer systems used in building maintenance. Mechanical Aptitude: Understanding the mechanics of building systems, such as Elevators, HVAC, pumps, filters, heaters, and automation systems, is essential. Plumbing Skills: Knowledge of plumbing systems is crucial for maintaining building infrastructure. Electrical Knowledge: Familiarity with basic electrical components involved in buildings, and grounds maintenance is important for troubleshooting and repairs.

Problem-Solving Skills: The ability to identify and solve building and building systems problems efficiently is essential for success in this role.

Attention to Detail: Precision and attention to detail are crucial for tasks like building systems monitoring, equipment inspections, and maintenance procedures.

Communications Skills: Effective communication and interpersonal skills are important for working with team members, managers, faculty, vendors, and contractors. Being able to explain maintenance procedures and address concerns through excellent written and verbal communication contributes to job success.

Safety Consciousness: Understanding and implementing safety protocols is critical for both personal safety and the well-being of university staff, faculty, and students.

Adaptability: The ability to adapt to variables within the regular operation of the organization is beneficial.

Problem Prevention Mindset: Proactive maintenance and addressing potential issues before they become major problems are key aspects of the job.

Continuous Learning: The building maintenance industry evolves with new technologies and best practices. A willingness to stay updated on the latest advancements through ongoing education is crucial.

Time Management: This position involves keeping multiple systems in good working order. Efficient time management is important for completing tasks and maintaining buildings and property.

Minimum Qualifications:

Requires apprentice level or other equivalent certification appropriate to a specific trade (journeyman level certification as a carpenter, plumber, boiler firer, building maintenance mechanic or electrician); with a minimum of three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

A valid Alaska Driver's License and a clean driving record in compliance with the UA Safe Driver criteria is required.

Position Details:

This position is located on the UAS Ketchikan campus in Ketchikan. This is a full-time, non-exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified. Successful submission of an application does not guarantee employment.

Current University of Alaska Local 6070 employees will be provided priority employment considerations for the first 5 days, when they meet the minimum qualifications for the posted position. However, there is no requirement to be a Bargaining Unit Member in order to apply.  

Salary Minimum: CT1 /Step 1 $24.36/hr. Salary is commensurate with experience.  (See Article 9.2 in the L6070 Collective Bargaining Agreement, Wage Grade Schedule).

This position is represented by the Alaska Higher Education Crafts & Trades Employees (L6070).

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Clair Fitzpatrick, Ketchikan HR Coordinator, at or (907)228-4509.

*Each university within the University of Alaska system publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains information regarding campus safety and security including topics such as: campus law enforcement authority; crime reporting policies; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications); fire safety policies and procedures; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; the procedures the University will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in On-Campus Student Housing Facilities; in Noncampus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.  The report also contains fire statistics for any fires occurring in an On-Campus Student Housing Facility during the three most recent calendar years.  

Access to the reports is available at:

UAA: (Addresses Anchorage campus, Aviation Technology Complex, JBER - Elmendorf Extension, JBER - Richardson Extension, Kenai Peninsula College - Kachemak Bay campus, Kenai Peninsula College - Kenai River campus, Kodiak College, Kodiak High School Extension, Matanuska-Susitna College, Prince William Sound College, and Prince William Sound College - Cordova Extension) Online: Request a paper copy in person: UAA Police Department Office at Room 114 of Eugene Short Hall on the Anchorage campus / UAA Dean of Students Office at Room 122 of Rasmuson Hall on the Anchorage campus. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-786-1120 or / 907-786-1214 or

UAF: (Addresses Fairbanks Campus, Bristol Bay Campus, Chukchi Campus, Community and Technical College, Kasitsna Bay Campus, Seward Marine Center, Tok Campus, Kuskokwim Campus, and Northwest Campus) Online: Request a paper copy in person: UAF Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability on the 3rd Floor of Constitution Hall. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-474-7300 or

UAS: (Addresses the Juneau Auke Bay Campus, Juneau Technical Education Center, Sitka Campus, & Ketchikan Campus) Online: Request a paper copy in person: Hendrickson Building, Suite 202 on the Juneau campus. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-796-6371 or emailing

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