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TRADES HELPER M - F 6:55am - 3:25pm

Company name
University of Washington, Bothell

$2,723 to $3,536/month

Seattle, WA
2 hit(s)  


Union Position:


This classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit Union Information


First Shift

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for four consecutive years.

Facilities Services (FS) is a world-class organization providing exceptional services anywhere, anytime in support of the University of Washington’s mission of teaching, research, and discovery. FS engages employees through LEAN practices and continuous improvement. FS includes eight departments that operate, maintain and support the University: Administration & Strategic Initiatives (AVP), Building Services Department (BSD), Campus Engineering & Operations (CE&O), Facilities Employee Services (FES), Facilities Maintenance & Construction (FMC), Finance and Business Services (FABS), Transportations Services (TS), and UW Emergency Management (EM). Our staff must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty and staff of many social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Facilities Maintenance & Construction (FMC) is responsible for general maintenance, repair and renovations of all University of Washington (UW) main campus facilities including building interiors, exteriors and grounds.

We have an outstanding opportunity for a Trades Helper

Duties & Responsibilities:

Perform semiskilled work in maintenance and construction under the direction of the supervisor and lead, assisting journey-level trades workers.

Have knowledge of common materials used by the trade. Obtain, prepare and deliver materials to the job site for installation by journey workers.

Clean up, service and operate a variety of hand and power tools.

Assist in shop office routines, including material storage and recordkeeping.

Set up and work from a variety of ladders and scaffolding.

Clean up and maintain shop areas, work sites and storage areas.

Assist journey electricians in pulling wire, hanging fixtures, cutting and threading conduit.

Take electrical meter readings.

Clean up and wash light fixtures.

Cut and prepare metal shapes for use in hanging electrical devices.

Operate hand and portable tools, including drill motors, metal cutting equipment and power hammer.

Operate machinery such as fork-lifts and scissor-lifts.

Operate vehicles such as University vans and trucks to transport tools and equipment to various worksites. Load and unload materials and supplies.

Communicate and collaborate with other Facilities Services shops to facilitate work.

Know and comply with occupational health and safety regulations specific to the work actions and conduct on the job, including Safety Data Sheet (SDS), Hazard Review Checklists (HRCs) and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as required.

Comply with all UW and Facilities Services policies and procedures, FMC protocols, i.e. Individual Accountability Protocols (IAP). Support all management directives and the vision and values of FMC.

Participate in and follow through with FMC process improvement initiatives, including Balanced Scorecard (BSC), incorporating metrics and Lean principles into internal work processes, and promoting employee engagement in continuous improvements and innovation.

Actively participate in meetings and training as scheduled.

Provide excellent customer service through effective, courteous and professional interactions with clients, colleagues and the campus community.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Core Competencies:

-Demonstrate strong personal integrity and trustworthiness.

-Possess the ability to effectively handle stressful situations and changing priorities.

-Anticipate, recognize and resolve problems.

-Demonstrate responsibility and accountability.

-Demonstrate strong organizational skills and attention to details.

-Demonstrate a positive, optimistic, success-oriented attitude.

-Demonstrate professional demeanor which includes being tactful, civil and courteous.

-Demonstrate professional work ethics.

-Continuously promote a safe work environment.

Requirements include:

High school graduation or GED certificate;

AND six months’ general work experience requiring use of trades tools at the unskilled level.

Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license.

Additional requirements include:

Demonstrated successful ability in taking direction, working well with others and as a member of a team.

Demonstrated excellent effective verbal and written communication skills.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


Knowledge and practical experience with WISHA (Washington Industrial Safety & Health Act) and OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Act) regulations.

Demonstrated proficiency with standard productivity software including Microsoft Office Suite or equivalent products

Experience in electrical work: assisting journey-level electricians in pulling wire, hanging fixtures, cutting and threading conduit; replacing incandescent lamps and fluorescent tubes in a wide variety of lighting fixtures throughout the campus; taking electrical meter readings; cleaning up and washing light fixtures; cutting and preparing metal shapes for use in hanging electrical devices; operating hand and portable tools, including drill motors, metal cutting equipment and power hammer.

Experience in sheet metal work: handling and placing sheet metal roofing materials; using common shop instruments, including rules and micrometers, cutting, grinding and polishing sheet metal materials; operating power shop equipment, including drill press and punch press; operating the sand blaster; making minor assemblies of preformed sheet metal components including installation of fasteners.

Conditions of Employment:

Possession of a valid Washington State Driver’s License or a license recognized as valid by the State of Washington.

Regular and predictable attendance is required. May be required to accept variable work shift.

Work may require access to confined spaces and heights using approved safety precautions.

Must be able to work in a smoke-free environment.

Ability to lift and move heavy material may be required.

Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions.

Approved footwear must be provided at the employee’s expense and worn on the job.

Must be able to be fitted for and wear a respirator on the job.

Must participate in medical screening/monitoring (such as TB screening and proof of measles inoculation) required for work assignments in locations, including but not limited to, nonhuman primate areas, the Animal Research and Care Facility, and the University of Washington Medical Center.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your My Jobs page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability

, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or

Company Profile
A regional, metropolitan university With more than 5,000 students and 45 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the University of Washington Bothell is the fastest-growing four-year public university in the state of Washington. For more than 25 years, UW Bothell has fulfilled its mandate to provide access and opportunity to students from North King and Snohomish counties and across the state of Washington. UW Bothell: A national reputation For two years in a row (2014-15), the University of Washington Bothell has been ranked No. 1 in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest, according to Money magazine. In 2015, Money ranked UW Bothell No. 36 in its overall list of best colleges. Read the Money magazine story. Washington Monthly ranked UW Bothell no. 13 in the nation in the “best bang for the buck” category. UW Bothell is gaining a national reputation for its STEM program. Money magazine has listed UW Bothell third on its national list of “25 great, accessible colleges for aspiring scientists and engineers”

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