Trade Shop Assistant (4 positions) Cornell University Cornell University 398 reviews

The Cornell University campus is widely admired as one of the world’s most beautiful academic settings. The Division of Facilities and Campus Services is committed to providing the highest quality service to faculty, students, staff, alumni and visitors. With more than 260 major buildings enhancing the magnificent landscape of the Ithaca campus, approximately 1,000 highly talented and dedicated staff serve as steward of the campus resources and operations.

Facilities Management (FM) provides maintenance, grounds, and custodial services to the entire campus. FM serves as a partner within the zone structure for the Contract Colleges (CC), Endowed (EN), and Student and Campus Life (SCL) zones. As a key steward of the University’s facilities, FM is responsible for facility assessments, skilled trades, general construction, building care, grounds, recycling, asbestos, and the management of planned, corrective, and preventive maintenance.

All employees are accountable for supporting the organization’s values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity; and supporting inclusive and sustainable practices in carrying out everyday responsibilities.supporting the organization’s values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity.

What You Will Do:

Perform manual labor and other work in support of trades people. Drive trucks used for pick-up and delivery of materials. Gain basic knowledge and experience in construction trades, tools, materials, and terminology. Must become a member of the Laborers’ Union within 30 days of employment.

This job provides the opportunity to work in a team environment with staff who take great pride in the work that they perform on the insulating mechanical systems that are integral to the Cornell campus. This includes but is not limited to removal, repair, and installation of insulation for piping, ductwork and associated mechanical devices. This is rewarding work that supports the university’s mission of teaching, research and outreach.

Cornell University provides excellent benefits that include professional development, access to many wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options and generous paid leave provisions: 3 weeks of vacation, health and personal leave; 12 paid holidays (including end of year winter break), and great retirement options. Cornell has also been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist union trades people (carpenter, plumber, painter, mason, sheet metal worker, electrician, refrigeration technician, and control technician) in the performance of their work.
  • Remove, repair, and install insulation for piping, ductwork and associated mechanical devices
  • Become familiar in the use of tools, materials and other equipment used in various trades, as well as the maintenance of same. Operate small equipment such as jackhammer, tampers, core-bore machine, etc.
  • Operate multiple types of equipment, such as fork lifts, boom lifts and man lifts.
  • Pick up and deliver supplies, materials, tools, etc., job sites, drive large delivery trucks. Load and unload materials and equipment. Return unused materials, supplies, and tools to the shop.
  • Act as union tender at job sites, i.e., mix mortar, carry block for mason, prepare surfaces for painter, hold pipe for plumber, hand dig trenches for carpenter building sidewalk forms, etc.
  • Clean job sites during and after trades people have completed the project.
  • Keep shop areas clean and free from hazards. Become familiar with safety policies and procedures.
  • Clean windows, move furniture and lab equipment, and assist in setup of special events.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  • Work schedule is 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Ours is a values–based organization where all employees are accountable for supporting the organization’s values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity. FCS employees are required to attend staff development trainings and participate in the performance evaluation process.

Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent.Enthusiasm and interest in and ability to learn the building trades field required.

  • Good communication, teamwork, and customer relations skills are strongly desired.

  • Must be able to articulate and follow through on instructions received from trades superintendent and others, and to handle multiple (and sometimes conflicting) priorities.

  • Mechanical aptitude or some unskilled construction or related experience/familiarity is helpful (examples could include building systems/maintenance, inventory/warehouse, delivery driver, shipping/receiving, safety, or other areas).

  • Some knowledge of construction terminology, equipment, tools, and materials used in a variety of construction activities is helpful.

  • Must be able to get certified to drive multiple types of equipment such as fork lift, boom lift and man lift.

  • Must be able to work in a construction environment including dust, noise and all weather conditions.

  • Use of employer-provided safety equipment is required.

  • Position will be required to constantly perform strenuous physical labor; must be capable of lifting at least 100 pounds, and have sufficient flexibility to crawl in small spaces, attics, confined and isolated places, in trenches/ditches, and elevated areas on scaffolding etc.Must be able to wear employer-provided safety equipment, such as a respirator.May be required to take physical exam.

  • Must be available to work overtime as duties require, including weekends.Possibility of shift work.

  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license; may be required to operate a motor vehicle (your own vehicle or Cornell-owned) to travel to/from job sites.

  • Able to drive and maneuver large delivery trucks.

  • May be required to obtain DOT certification.

  • May be required to use personal vehicle on the job.

Application Information

  • When applying through our system, please remember to attach your application materials (Resume and Cover Letter) in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. In the Experience section of your application, use the ‘Drop Files Here’ box to manually drag document(s) into your application. For a more detailed description and instructions on how to apply online please click here as an external candidate or click here if you are an internal candidate . NOTE: Cornell employees must apply through the Internal Cornell Career site.

  • Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

  • Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

University Job Title:

Trade Shop Asst



Pay Rate Type:



Contact Name:

Krassimira Hernandez

Number of Openings:


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Employment Assistance:

If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at [email protected] .

For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting.

Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.

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EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.


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