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Requisition Number 17-0091
Post Date 5/16/2017
Title Craftsperson II
City Tucson
State AZ

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), Tucson office has an opening for a full-time Craftsperson to support the operation of the Tucson facility. Responsibilities will include operation and maintenance of the Plumbing and HVAC, Chiller/Boiler and other general facility support activities and maintenance efforts, as directed. The work location is at the NOAO Facility on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Arizona. Working hours are generally 8 hour days, Monday through Friday; however occasional over-time or weekend efforts may be required. NOAO offers an excellent insurance benefit package including annual leave.

Essential Functions:

  • Oversight of the daily operations of the plumbing, HVAC, Chiller/Boiler, and building control systems within the facility.
  • Troubleshooting, maintenance, repairs and/or replacement of parts, associated equipment and/or components within the systems.
  • The work will incorporate repair efforts as directed, or by using, established trade procedures or practices with little or no supervision.
  • General efforts will include the following: performing preventive maintenance on the various systems such as lubricating equipment, filter/belt replacements, etc.; adjusting unit operations or equipment; calibrating various sensors and control system valves; inspections as may be required; checking, adding and/or recycling Freon and refrigerants as needed; cleaning tubes and coils within chillers, boilers and air handling equipment; repair, replace and/or rebuild various sizes of pumps as necessary; repair, replace and/or rebuild toilet, sink and urinal valves; repair and/or replace plumbing and pipes as necessary.
  • Efforts may be directed toward adjustment, operation and expansion of the control systems that maintain the building environment.
  • Other responsibilities will include the operation of lifts and forklifts as necessary, maintaining written or electronic records, maintaining tools and a clean orderly work area, and general assistance to other crafts persons or staff members as required or requested.
  • Efforts may also include support to the Kitt Peak facility on an as-directed basis.


  • Working knowledge of: HVAC and Chiller/Boiler systems; control systems; refrigerant issues, including recapture and/or cleaning; and a basic understanding of the systems interfaces. Requires experience using pipe soldering and brazing equipment, operation of equipment cleaning and circulation systems and basic mechanical, plumbing and pipefitting skills.
  • Must demonstrate a general aptitude for safety and other various associated OSHA subjects, such as: forklift operator safety, asbestos recognition, Freon management, respirator use, “hot work” requirements and lockout/tag-out requirements.
  • Experience with reading blueprints, and have basic reading, writing and speaking skills, plus ability to prepare and maintain equipment records and reports.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have or obtain refrigerant certifications.


  • May require the ability to work at 7,000 ft. elevation for occasional support at Kitt Peak.
  • Must possess - sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in arms, hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to work with paper files; b) sufficient mobility and dexterity to utilize computer systems, fax machines, copiers, and other office machines.
  • Must possess – 1) ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses; 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, fire alarms, or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid; and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately
  • Must possess sufficient mobility, strength or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) grasp, push, pull, turn or otherwise manipulate tools and mechanisms; b) push, shove, pull or otherwise safely and efficiently manipulate tools or mechanisms; c) lift, hold, maneuver, objects of 50 lbs or more; d) maintain balance while performing work; e) remove parts, systems, tools of 50 lbs or more

Please list 3 professional references in your application. Please include a statement of professional interests, or cover letter, and a resume or CV, in pdf format (preferred). Please reference Job #17-0091, Craftsperson II, when applying. If you have any attachments please save them with the following format: 17-0091LastnameDocname. Documents that cannot be uploaded with your application can be sent to:

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. The statements below as well as the requests for self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements which are included for protection and to assist us in our recordkeeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly confidential.


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