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Maintenance Mechanic

South Carolina Aquarium
Charleston, United States Posted: January 28, 2024

Bring Your Passion and Expertise to Our Team

Join a team of passionate individuals at Charleston's No. 1 family attraction! Every South Carolina Aquarium employee plays a crucial part in helping us care for sick and injured sea turtles, provide education programming for students, continue critical conservation work and create an exceptional visitor experience.

  • Inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility are core values of our institution, and we are committed to fostering a workplace filled with active participation from diverse voices throughout all departments and leadership roles.
  • We look forward to applications from all who qualify, and we encourage people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, veterans and those with disabilities to apply.
  • The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
  • Responsible for troubleshooting, designing, planning, and implementing repair and construction projects for mechanical equipment throughout building facilities, vehicles, boats, and life support systems. Orders and installs components and parts for necessary tasks.
  • Assists life support operators and other maintenance technicians in various assignments as needed. May be required to work after normal working hours.
  • Adhere to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies.
  • Diagnose, troubleshoot, replace a variety of pumps and electric motors.
  • Diagnose, troubleshoot, plan and perform all mechanical operations necessary to modify, dismantle, repair, overhaul, and rebuild all types of complicated mechanical systems for building, vehicles, boats, and life support systems.
  • Identify improvement projects and submit plan of action.
  • Maintain appropriate spare parts inventory.
  • Provide training to staff on associated mechanical equipment.
  • Performs and recommends preventative maintenance tasks as needed. Including using vibration analysis and laser alignment techniques.
  • Perform minor fabrication tasks.
  • Able to work flexible hours throughout the week including weekends. May be called on after-hours for emergency work.
  • Must be able to operate a company vehicle while meeting company insurance eligibility requirements.
  • Maintains outstanding housekeeping standards.
  • Maintains workshop equipment properly.
  • Capable of using appropriate administrative tools to keep accurate maintenance records.
  • Assists internal and external staff as needed.
  • Read and understand blueprints, as-builts, and specification sheets.
  • Supports the mission by participating in Aquarium sponsored programs and events on a regular basis.
  • Support Husbandry and Facility staff in assignments as needed.
  • Required member of the Severe Weather Rideout or Recovery Team
  • Welding and soldering skills.
  • Experience with industrial and pool pumps
  • Understands proper use of industrial tools and equipment.
  • Experienced in plumbing, HVAC, and other relevant mechanical systems.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Effective communicator.
  • Understands animal care issues related to facilities and life support systems.
  • Able to be trained in ozone system repairs and maintenance.
  • Able to be trained in HVAC controls computer system.
  • An understanding of Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook
  • Working on heights of 20' or more on scissor Lift
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Forklift experience
  • Scissor lift experience
  • N/A
  • Walking
  • Bending/Stooping/ Crouching
  • Climbing ladders
  • Climbing heights (30')
  • Carrying (up to 50 lbs)
  • Lifting (up to 50 lbs)
  • Sitting
  • Kneeling
  • Balancing
  • Pushing & Pulling
  • Crawling
  • Driving
  • Required to wear PPE when applicable
  • Exposure to confined spaces
  • Repetitive Repair and Maintenance and project work
  • Shift work or late-night work when required
  • Weekend work as scheduled or required
  • On 24-hour call, required to wear a Cell phone, or 2 way radio
  • Contact with other departments
  • Contact with VIP's
  • Contact within department.
  • Contact with customers and the public.
  • Contact with outside vendors.
  • Place of Work, such as:
  • Location: Throughout back-up areas, outdoors, warehouse, exhibits, and work shops
  • Exposure to elements such as heat, cold, dirty, noisy, wet, temperature changes, poor lighting, confined work spaces

The South Carolina Aquarium is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Experience Required
  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • 1-year relevant experience in maintaining aquatic life support systems.
  • Robust Benefits,
  • Generous PTO,
  • Reciprocity Pass Program,
  • Amazing Culture!
  • $20 - $22 Hourly Rate

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