Mechanical Apprentice

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 29 January 2020
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 27 February 2020

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Mechanical and Plumbing Unit (MPU), Plant Engineering Section (PES), Facilities and Commercial Activities Service (FCAS), Division of Administration (DOA), Department of Operational Support (DOS)

Under the supervision of the General Foreperson of MPU, and additional supervision of the Forepersons of the HVAC and Plumbing Shops, the Apprentice shall perform preventative and corrective maintenance to the HVAC and Plumbing Systems in buildings at United Nations Headquarters. The Mechanical Apprentice shall perform routine tasks of limited technical complexity and shall assist more senior technicians in more complex operations and repairs. The Mechanical Apprentice is expected to work on a rotating shift schedule including evenings and weekends.


Within delegated authority, the Mechanical Apprentice will be responsible for the following duties:

HVAC Maintenance and repair
- Assist in the installation, repair, and maintenance for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in the UN complex.
- Perform corrective and preventative maintenance programs as set out by the General Foreperson of the MPU.
- Make adjustments to ensure adequate air flow, replace filters and belts.
- Read and interpret drawings, sketches, and diagrams related to HVAC equipment.
- Assist in performance or "troubleshooting" of malfunctioning or inoperative equipment, diagnose problems and complete repairs as necessary.
- Assist in operation and maintenance of the Chiller Plant.
- Other duties as assigned.

Plumbing Systems Maintenance and Repair
- Assist in the installation, repair, and maintenance for plumbing systems in the UN complex.
- Perform corrective and preventative maintenance programs as set out by the General Foreperson of the MPU.
- Read and interpret drawings, sketches, and diagrams related to plumbing equipment.
- Assist in performance or "troubleshooting" of malfunctioning or inoperative equipment, diagnose problems and complete repairs as necessary.
- Assist in operation and maintenance of Sprinkler and Standpipe systems.
- Other duties as assigned.

- Follow work procedures and schedules, record time and materials used for work orders.
- Assist with basic data entry and completed assigned work orders.
- Use materials and equipment efficiently.
- Complete assigned training courses including OSHA 10-hour General Industry and UN mandatory training courses within first 6 months of employment
- Complete certifications and licensing requirements appropriate to trade such as FDNY Fire Watch (F-60), FDNY Torch Operator (G-60), EPA 608 Universal Certification, and FDNY Certificate of Qualification for Refrigerating System Operating Engineer (Q-01).


PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrates professional competence in the general maintenance and related trade; general knowledge of industrial safety rules and regulations related to maintenance services; ability to read blue prints and rough drawings. Ability to maintain accurate and specific records and inventories. Ability to properly and safely use hand and power tools. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise. Is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products.


High school diploma or equivalent technical school diploma is required. Technical Endorsement or Diploma in related technical field from a state-approved vocational education provider (or equivalent) is required.

Work Experience

Work experience is not required for this entry-level post.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

Passing the Trades and Crafts (TCT) Test is a prerequisite for recruitment in the Trades and Crafts category in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the TC test at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application.

The selected candidate will be required to perform late shifts and night shifts including weekends on rotation, in order to perform assignments including maintenance work that required off-hours as well as to provide prompt response in case of emergencies.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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