Mechanical Operations Manager

JOB CODE: 1144


SALARY RANGE: $45,329 - $76,968

Various City-Parish Departments

Under the direction of an employee of a higher classification, performs skilled and managerial work in directing mechanical, electrical, and construction operations. Work involves responsibility for the operation, maintenance, and repair of air conditioning and heating systems, electrical, plumbing, and construction projects for City-Parish buildings. Work includes the training and scheduling of maintenance personnel in multiple trades. An employee in this class is subject to unusual working hours as well as twenty-four-hour call for situations needing immediate attention. General supervision is exercised over several mechanical operations supervisors and crews. Performs other work as requested.

Manages and assists maintenance personnel engaged in the operation, maintenance, and repair of air conditioning and heating systems and related mechanical building equipment. Manages and plans electrical and plumbing repairs to City-Parish buildings. Manages major and minor construction, repair, and renovation of new and old buildings. Troubleshoots mechanical and equipment problems throughout City-Parish and emergency systems. Develops and implements preventative maintenance schedules, repair schedules, and training programs. Serves in an oversight role for contractors. Serves as Project Manager of new construction jobs; prepares specifications for mechanical and electrical equipment and new projects; makes cost and material estimates. Maintains necessary records for the submission of required reports. Assists in interviewing, selecting, and training employees; resolves complaints and grievances and administers discipline of employees. Plans and reviews budgets; oversees inventory, purchasing, and stocking functions. Assists in energy management and building automation. Occasionally holds conferences with elected officials and building managers.

Knowledge of the standard practices, methods, and tools used in installing, operating, maintaining, and repairing air conditioning and heating systems. Knowledge of the principles and practices of the electrical trade, construction trade, plumbing trade, and other mechanical trades. Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade. Ability to read and interpret sketches, blueprints, specifications, and contracts. Ability to plan, layout, assign, and coordinate work and to supervise the work of subordinates in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale. Ability to plan and execute preventative maintenance programs for complex physical plants. Ability to analyze labor, material, and time factors and to estimate proposed repair and construction projects. Ability to keep records, prepare reports, and effectively budget. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing and to groups and individuals. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, contractors, and the public. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.


High school diploma, GED, HiSET, or equivalent certificate of competency, and four years of experience at the journeyman level in two or more of the major building trades, including two years of supervisory experience.

Associate's degree in construction technology/management will substitute for two years of work experience; bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or construction technology/management will substitute for four years of work experience. Six semester (9 quarter) hours in business administration and/or management will substitute for one year of supervisory experience; twelve semester (18 quarter) hours in business administration and/or management will substitute for two years of supervisory experience. The following years of experience meet the journeyman-level experience requirement: air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration (8 years), carpentry (8 years), electrical (9 years), locksmith (8 years), painting (7 years), plumbing (9 years), or roofing (7 years). Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) Position(s) of this classification may require at the time of application, possession of the appropriate Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Equipment Certification (Type I, II, III or Universal) for technicians (as required under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act, 1990). Position(s) of this classification may require at the time of application, possession of a Journeyman or Master Plumber License from the State Plumbing Board of Louisiana. Position(s) of this classification may require a valid Louisiana driver's license. If license is required, must be maintained throughout employment in this position.


The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.