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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Engineering Specialist (Lawrenceville, GA) in Atlanta, Georgia

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Dedicated to discovering causes, prevention, treatments, and cures, Emory National Primate Research Center (NPRC) is fighting diseases and improving human health and lives worldwide. One of seven NPRCs funded by the NIH, Yerkes conducts studies that make breakthrough discoveries possible. Learn more at

The department of Operations and Maintenance at the Emory National Primate Research Center at Emory University is currently seeking a full time Engineering Specialist to join our team located at our Field Station in Lawrenceville, GA. The Emory Operation and Maintenance team maintains the safe operation and maintenance of building facilities which include electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems. We are responsible for operating and maintaining specific equipment, preventive maintenance activities, responding to customer needs, and repairing equipment. We rapidly and appropriately respond to emergency events such as leaks, floods, power outages, or any other situation which could adversely affect humans, animals, and/or research at the Center. This can include responding quickly and appropriately to remote notification alarms including animal housing temperature, pressure, and humidity alarms, laboratory freezer alarms, and other space condition and equipment status alarms.

Collaborate. Innovate. Serve. These three simple words capture what we do at Yerkes to help advance science and improve the health and well-being of humans and non-human primates. If you are someone with maintenance experience, this is an amazing opportunity to indirectly save and change lives and make a positive impact in the science and research community.

The ideal candidate should be motivated, dependable, and have good communication skills. The Engineer Specialist may perform boiler blow-downs in the absence of the stationary engineer. Responds to work orders assigned by the department supervisor. Works in high containment areas when necessary. This involves getting the proper vaccinations, wearing personal protection equipment (PPE), and attending regularly scheduled training sessions. High containment areas can include biosafety level 3 (BSL3) facilities, animal holding rooms, confined space, and others. Works closely with maintenance shop and assists when needed for other building system related tasks. The hours for this position are Monday – Friday 7:30 AM until 4:00 PM.


• Reads and interprets blueprints, drawings, schematics and written technical machinery documents to troubleshoot areas and make repairs accurately.

• Abides by and monitors staff compliance with applicable federal and state regulations.

• Uses personal protective equipment as required.

• Maintains the safe operation and maintenance of building facilities, electrical and mechanical systems and plumbing.

• Is responsible for operating and maintaining specific equipment, conducting surveys and inventories, performing preventive maintenance activities, responding to customer complaints and repairing equipment.

• Installs and Maintains Hydraulic and Pneumatic systems

• Installs and Maintains Water/Gas/Sewer Mains

• Operates Heavy Equipment

• Maintains Vehicle Fleet Gas/Elec/Diesel

• Performs related responsibilities as required.

• Fills in as after-hours on call mechanic when conditions dictate.


• A high school diploma or equivalent. Three years of experience in the repair and maintenance of a research facility, research or general equipment or a machine shop.


• Working knowledge of HVAC, plumbing, electrical, structural and general carpentry

• Have experience in maintaining commercial facilities during off-hours with no other maintenance staff present.

• The ideal candidate will have experience with health-care, research, laboratory and/or other critical/biomedical facilities.

• Experience with a commercial building automation system (BAS) is a plus.

• Working knowledge of metal working tools and equipment.

• Able to demonstrate proficiency in various welding techniques MIG/TIG/Stick


• Involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions

• Requires the ability to lift up to 100 lbs. as well as the ability to bend, kneel, and/or squat, move/push heavy racks a short distance

• This position is required to have the proper vaccinations, wear personal protection equipment (PPE), and attend regularly scheduled training sessions.

• High containment areas including biosafety level 3 (BSL3) facilities, animal holding rooms, confined space, and others.

• Involves working in the elements, cold/heat/rain/snow


Yerkes NPRC in conjunction with Emory University conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which may include an INA and criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications, drug screening, and health assessment. Employment is contingent upon a clear background screening.

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Job Number 91772

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Emory Primate Center

Department EPC: O&M Field Station

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Potential exposure to hazardous chemicals., Working with nonhuman primates (nhp), nhp tissue, body fluids or equipment contaminated by nhp.

Job Category Facility Support & Building Maintenance

Campus Location (For Posting) : City Atlanta

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor