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Temporary Skilled Trades

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Business and Financial Affairs

Position Title Temporary Skilled Trades
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department We support Western's mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities.  We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

As one of our temporary skilled trades, your responsibilities will be dependent upon your position (Electrician, HVAC, etc.); a basic list of responsibilities includes:

  • Reading and interpreting blueprints
  • Framing walls, ceilings, doors, etc. using wood and metal material
  • Fabricating and installing bulletin boards, white boards, blackboards, shelving, etc.
  • Safely using hand tools and operating power equipment such as saws, jointers, sanders, planers, and boring and mortising machines
  • Operating gas powered machinery
  • Laying out, fabricating, and installing mechanical and electrical/electronic equipment
  • Employing technical accuracy and record-keeping skills
  • Following appropriate PPE requirements
  • Using ladders and/or manlifts
  • Working outdoors in all types of weather
  • Performing snow/ice removal
  • Accessing small work areas such as ducting/crawl spaces
  • Performing semi-skilled maintenance and construction
  • Loading and unloading trucks
Required Qualifications
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Effective communication skills, including written
  • Ability to perform essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Working knowledge and experience in given trade
Preferred Qualifications
  • Applicable license(s) for trade
  • Technical communication skills
  • Experience working in commercial or institutional settings
  • Tools and equipment operation experience
Salary Varies based on position/qualifications
Bargaining Unit This position is covered by a Washington Federation of State Employees bargaining union.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Open continuously

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

Job no: 498122
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