Boston Symphony Orchestra

Human Resources - MCC301 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Date Posted:
February 07, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Facility Maintenance Mechanic:


 Symphony Hall, the home of the world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), is considered one of the top concert halls in the world. Built in 1900, it is an historic building designated as a national landmark, requiring special skill in preservation, restoration, and maintenance by the House Crew and specialty contractors. As a member of the House Crew, the Facility Maintenance Mechanic performs general maintenance and repairs to the building infrastructure and surrounding exterior, routine preventive maintenance of equipment, maintenance of interior furnishings and finishes, and operational support of events.


· Repair and maintain machinery in accordance with diagrams, sketches, operating manuals, manufacturers' specifications or supervisor instructions

· Perform routine preventive and corrective maintenance to ensure machines run smoothly e.g. dismantle, adjust, replace gaskets and filters, lubricate and clean pumps, motors, compressors, fans, machinery equipment and operating hardware

· Perform minor repairs and/or replace plumbing fixtures, valves, faucets, toilet components, water coolers, kitchen equipment, etc., and clear drainage stoppages.

· Replace bulbs in lighting, and alert electricians to electrical connection or safety issues requiring diagnosis and repair

· Maintain and repair building surfaces and flooring, perform light carpentry, repair finishes and drywall, repair windows, doors, window treatments and furniture

· Diagnose and fix ceiling and roof leaks

· Assemble kit of components, set up machinery or equipment

· Do general cleaning and upkeep of buildings and properties

· Perform auditorium seating adjustments and changeovers

· Set up and configure office and event furniture, equipment and supplies

· Monitor general building conditions, fuel levels, and system functionality

· Secure building, check and address environmental and energy conservation conditions

· Respond to monitored security and fire alarms and other emergent facility needs

· Maintain fire extinguishers (portable and fixed systems) throughout facility

· Perform snow removal operations including all weather emergency response 24/7

· Perform administrative tasks:

o Order supplies and parts from catalogs and storerooms

o Observe and report, through the work order system, defects, deterioration, and wear and tear on the facilities

o Update PM records and Facility Condition Assessment system

· By operational necessity, the House Crew is versatile in nature, so the mechanic is expected to perform other duties as assigned

Physical and Demands and Working Conditions:

· Strenuous physical activity required: must be able to access all areas of the facility including climbing extension ladders and scaffolds, balancing, stooping, kneeling; crawling underneath objects; and entering confined spaces, roofs, and crawl and attic spaces

· Must be able to lift or move up to 50 pounds

· Operate power tools and equipment

· Work environment involves exposure to hazardous materials, tools, and situations that require following MSDS and OSHA safety precautions including the use of personal protective equipment, tool usage, ladder safety, fall protection, confined space entry, lockout/tagout, fire protection, etc.

· Exterior tasks will require working in all seasons and weather conditions

· Must be available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to respond to facility emergencies

Knowledge and Skills:

The Facility Maintenance Mechanic is well-rounded, with a good working knowledge of many repair and maintenance tasks, including electrical, plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning systems; light carpentry, painting, drywall repair and roofing tasks. Specific skills should include:

· Mechanical aptitude to inspect and diagnose problems, and figure out the best way to correct them

· Experienced in working independently, exercising judgment in resource usage by knowing when to self-perform or solicit skilled trades support

· Ability in interpreting blueprints, technical manuals, and specifications

· Troubleshooting skills to diagnose and repair problems.

· Dexterity and good eye-hand coordination in tasks such as repairing small devices, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools

· Sound technical writing skills for documenting preventive maintenance steps and equipment standard operating procedures

· Strong customer service skills, with experience in providing comfort to office occupants

· Experience in meeting quality assurance standards in anticipation of inspections and audits, and reporting unsafe conditions

· Basic computer skills related to internet access for researching maintenance information, completing maintenance records, sourcing parts, reviewing contractor manuals and methods, etc. Must be adept at using email, including interacting with internal customers on work status


High School diploma or GED, ideally with coursework in shop, mechanical drawing, electricity, woodworking, blueprint reading, mathematics, etc. Preference to advanced education with a trade or vocational technical school diploma. 3 – 5 years’ experience working as a mechanic, working in an historic facility and/or public institution a plus. Must be willing to seek continuing education and training to enhance or learn new skills. Must qualify in operating a fork truck. Maintain Massachusetts motor vehicle operator license.

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March 29, 2019
About this Organization:
The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc., was founded in 1881 and is comprised of major sub-organizations including Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center, Days in the Arts, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Boston Pops, Esplanade Pops, and the Chamber Players.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra performs in historic Symphony Hall from October through May under the direction of Maestro Andris Nelsons. The Boston Pops Orchestra, under conductor Keith Lockhart, performs in Symphony Hall during May and June in addition to, annual series Holiday Pops concerts in December. In July and August the orchestra performs at Tanglewood, its summer home in the magnificent Berkshires of western Massachusetts. The administrative offices of the BSO employ approximately 175 people.