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Required to live within 10 miles of SURF in Lead, SD. The Facilities Technician provides facility and property maintenance work in a variety of areas including underground and surface.

Position Summary 


The Facilities Technician provides skilled and semi-skilled facility and property maintenance work in a variety of areas including underground and surface: hoists, pumps, rigging, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, construction, HVAC, equipment maintenance, facility and grounds keeping.

Functional Responsibilities (include but are not limited to)

Equipment Maintenance, Mechanical & HVAC

  • Inspects equipment to identify defective or worn parts. 
  • Lubricates systems and components.
  • Repairs equipment, motors, pumps, and mechanical drives.    
  • Schedules, conducts, and documents preventive maintenance.
  • Troubleshoots mechanical, electrical and instrumentation problems on equipment. 
  • Fabricates or assembles parts and components. 


  • Troubleshoots and maintains electrical systems.
  • Operates and understands usage of meters and test tools.
  • Works with electrical distribution systems, includes conduit. 
  • Repairs, replaces and installs electrical fixtures and components. 


  • Performs basic plumbing work. 
  • Cleans traps and pipes mechanically or chemically.
  • Repairs or replaces plumbing fixtures and water or steam pipes.


  • Installs or repairs doors, windows, hinges, locks, ceiling, etc.
  • Repairs foundations, sidewalks and roadways.
  • Measures, cuts, and installs lumber and sheetrock.
  • Repairs siding and roofs.

Facilities and Grounds Keeping

  • Removes ice, snow, and debris from sidewalks, parking lots, and driveways.
  • Mows lawns, cares for trees and shrubs, and applies pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Performs minor mechanical work on grounds equipment.


  • Operates equipment necessary to perform job.
  • Transports materials, unloads, and places materials at the work site. 
  • Prepares sites for construction and cleans up sites when completed.
  • Documents, records, and tracks information.

Desired Qualifications

Education & Experience

  • Two years mechanical or electrical training or a combination of the two.  Working knowledge of troubleshooting and maintaining low, medium and high voltage electrical systems.
  • Technical trades schooling desired.



  • Methods, practices, tools, and materials used in industrial maintenance, repair, and grounds keeping work.
  • Basic knowledge of mechanical and/or electrical schematics, designs and instructions.
  • The occupational hazards and necessary safety precautions of maintenance and grounds keeping work.
  • Basic computer skills are preferred.



  • Customer Service – Ability to interact courteously with customers and discover and address their needs.
  • Attention to Detail – Ability to pay careful attention to details and complete tasks in an accurate, complete, and timely manner.
  • Organization – Ability to prioritize tasks, manage time, keep order, and coordinate a variety of activities.
  • Adaptability – Ability to effectively adjust to changing priorities and demands.
  • Problem Solving - Ability to identify problems and quickly generate viable solutions.
  • Safety - Ability to learn, understand, and comply with the Sanford Laboratory's safety programs and properly use required personal protection equipment.
    • Personal Protection Equipment
      • Belt and fall arrest harness
      • Hard hat
      • Safety glasses
      • Hearing protection
      • Gloves
      • Headlamp

Work Requirements

Successful incumbent will be required to: 

  • Perform strenuous physical labor and lift heavy items.
    • Lift/Lower Requirements:
      • Floor to Waist 5-75lbs
      • Waist to Shoulder 5-75lbs
      • Floor to Shoulder 5-75lbs
      • Above Shoulder 5-30lbs
    • Carrying Requirements: 5-75lbs
    • Pushing/Pulling Requirements: 10-75lbs
  • Work in all types of conditions (heat, humidity, wet, cold). 
  • Operate heavy equipment and hand and power tools. 
  • Work from ladders, scaffolding, and in confined places.
  • Work underground.
  • Work shifts, weekends, holidays and callouts as scheduled.
  • Provide proof of a valid driver’s license.

The South Dakota Science & Technology Authority (SDSTA) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to the development of a diverse workforce. Applicants are invited to self-identify as an individual with a disability or as a protected veteran. Forms are available on the website or upon request from Human Resources

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