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Facilities Mechanic 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina's top family destinations, located less than five miles from downtown Durham. Situated on 84-acres, our interactive science park includes a two-story science center, one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the East Coast and beautifully landscaped outdoor exhibits which are safe havens for rescued black bears, lemurs, and endangered red wolves. Other popular attractions include over 60 species of live animals, Dinosaur Trail, Ellerbe Creek Railway, and Hideaway Woods. Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people, from young child to senior citizen, embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  

The Facilities Mechanic supports the Museum’s mission by assuring proper maintenance and safety of Museum vehicles, utility vehicles, train, and other equipment.

Job Duties

  • Safely fulfills facility requests as assigned by supervisor.
  • Coordinates repairs with supervisor and end users.
  • Maintains and repairs Train engine, coaches and track.
  • Performs routine mechanical and preventive maintenance duties and recommends improvements in PM task lists.
  • Performs scheduled and emergency vehicle maintenance.
  • Diagnoses problems, adjusts, repairs, and overhauls engines, transmissions, rear-ends, clutches, brakes, hydraulic systems, valves, pumps, electrical problems, and other vehicular systems.
  • Maintains and repairs other museum mechanical equipment (i.e. mowers, composting, tractors, generators, etc.)
  • Places orders for parts and supplies.
  • Maintains required computerized and manual records of all repairs.
  • Interacts with customers and vendors as needed.
  • Makes recommendations for outsourcing repairs of equipment and vehicles.
  • Performs welding repairs as required
  • Assists in other assigned Facilities projects or activities
Position Requirements


• High school diploma/GED
• 10+ years work experience as a vehicular mechanic
• Valid NC driver's license
• Knowledge of standard materials, tools, equipment and skills applicable to general and specific automotive service and repair
• Physically able to perform duties, to include lifting and carrying up to 75 lbs., walking, manual dexterity, pulling and pushing equipment as required

Skill Qualifications

• Aptitude: Senior level mechanical skills, able to provide expertise in diagnosis and repairs.
• Complexity: Works on assignments requiring significant judgment and initiative. Understands implications of work and makes recommendations for solutions.
• Supervision: Works independently and prioritizes daily workload. Determines methods and procedures on new assignments. May provide guidance to other nonexempt personnel.
• Interaction: Works and communicates well within the Facilities team, and interacts well with staff and guests. May provide specific task instruction and assistance for other team members
• Experience/Education: Typically requires a minimum of 10 years of related experience. High School degree or GED required. Trade school, 2 year technical degree or equivalent experience desired.


• Certification from the National Institute for Auto Service Excellence (ASE)
• Welding experience and proficiency

Shift Days  
Pay Range $17-19/hr  
EOE Statement The Museum is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Category Maintenance  

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