Facilities Maintenance Technician - HVAC OR Grounds/Hort Focus
Luther Seminary
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108

Job Description

About Luther Seminary

Luther Seminary educates leaders for Christian communities called and sent by the Holy Spirit to witness to salvation through Jesus Christ and to serve in God’s world. Our values are Gospel-centered, Student-focused, Innovative, Academically Rigorous, Inclusive, and Community Oriented. 

Luther is the largest seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We also educate students of 41 other denominations and traditions. Luther is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Association of Theological Schools. 

About the role

We are hiring one HVAC and one Ground/Hort-focused technician. The technician performs a variety of technical work in the day-to-day facilities, including preventive maintenance and repairs of mechanical equipment and other facility systems and the maintenance of grounds throughout the Luther Seminary properties. The technician also provides support and training to others as needed.

What you'll do - HVAC Focus

55% Mechanical Systems – Maintenance, Repair and Operation
  • Maintain, operate, repair, and conduct water treatment testing on low-pressure steam boilers, hydronic boilers, and associated plumbing systems. 
  • Maintain, operate, and repair air handler units, exhaust fans, air conditioning units, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and refrigeration units, both commercial and residential.
  • Maintain, operate, and repair residential-style forced air furnaces, hydronic boilers, air conditioners, and their associated systems. 
  • Operation, maintenance, and repair of pneumatic control and/or direct digital control systems related to the temperature control of mechanical equipment and systems. 
  • Operation of the computerized Energy Management System (EMS), which applies to the temperature control of mechanical equipment and systems, including schedule management.

What you'll do - Grounds/Hort Focus
The ideal candidate will be responsible for maintaining the aesthetic and functional integrity of outdoor spaces, including landscaping and garden areas. They must also be able to perform general maintenance, preventative maintenance, and repairs on a variety of equipment and facilities. This role requires a blend of horticultural knowledge, mechanical aptitude, and a proactive approach to facility upkeep.

55% Grounds and Horticulture Maintenance:
  • Plan and execute landscaping improvements and maintenance tasks, including planting, pruning, mulching, and weed control, to ensure healthy and attractive outdoor spaces.
  • Design, maintain, and improve outdoor spaces, applying creativity and knowledge of landscape design principles.
  • Install, repair, and maintain irrigation systems for efficient water usage and plant health.
  • Diagnose and treat plant diseases and pest infestations, selecting appropriate pesticides and treatments while adhering to environmental and safety standards.


25% Other Systems, but not limited to – Maintenance, Repair, installation and Operation

- General Familiarity and comfort in doing:
  • Plumbing repairs and maintenance of drains, sinks, faucets, showers, toilets, flush valves, floor drains, water heaters, water softeners, and any auxiliary plumbing systems; required licensed plumbing needs are sourced from plumbing contractors. 
  • Carpentry repairs and maintains doors, windows, casework, drywall repair, painting, and door hardware, such as handsets, keys, and power operators.
  • Appliance repairs of commercial and residential varieties.
  • Non-licensed electrical tasks: Electrical contractors provide licensed electrical needs.
10% CMMS Utilization
  • View all tasks, work orders, work requests, and PMs.
  • Manage task priorities so the right work gets done first.
  • Provide detailed instructions with pictures, files, parts, checklists, etc.
  • Report KPIs such as completed work, time spent, planned vs. unplanned tasks, and more.
  • Complete work orders as assigned and in a timely manner.
  • Modify, enhance, and/or create PMs as necessary.
10% Facilities Operations Support
  • Assist in maintaining emergency routes and fire exits, complying with ADA codes and OSHA requirements, and ensuring overall environmental health and safety.
  • Assist in protecting the internal and external environment for all Luther Seminary students, employees, and guests.
  • Assist with seasonal grounds duties, as needed.
  • Assist with custodial duties as needed.
  • Assist vendors as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


A. Commitment to Luther Seminary’s Mission, Vision, and Welcome Statement.  We are a Christ-focused graduate school that prepares ministers for the Church and the world.

B. Desirable education and experience:
  • Formal technical trade(s) education or apprenticeship in the field of HVAC, mechanical maintenance, or equivalent, is preferred.
  • Five years of hands-on experience in mechanical systems maintenance, operation, and repair.
  • OR Five years of Ground/Horticulture experience.
  • Two years of experience in multiple additional building trades.
  • A valid and clear MN driver license
  • Ability to use, and access to, a personal cell telephone
  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Minnesota 1st Class C boiler license or higher.
  • EPA Universal Refrigeration Certificate.
C. Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds; team assists with higher weight.
  • Ability to meet industry-standard physical requirements and all associated duties.
  • Ability to learn and successfully use the Luther Seminary technology tools.
  • Operate and maintain groundskeeping equipment, such as mowers, trimmers, and irrigation systems, ensuring optimal performance and safety.
  • Ability to complete tasks in a timely manner with limited supervision.
  • Ability to do general maintenance and knowledge of general tools and their appropriate use.
  • Familiarity with higher education and its general organizational structure.
  • Familiarity with mainline Christian organizations is helpful.

The pay range for this role is:
28 - 33 USD per hour(St. Paul)


Salary Range:

$28.00 - $33.00
Date Posted : 03/25/2024