Maintainer (37.5 Hour)


Recruitment #230905-0426TC-001


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The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Maintainer (PCN 129323) to join our team. This position will support the Fiscal Facilities at the Southeastern Mental Health Authority (SMHA) in Norwich.  You will also support our Fleet Services making sure that preventive maintenance schedules for fleet vehicles are followed, performing routine inspections of fleet vehicles, and acquiring new, seasonal leased, loaner or rental vehicles. Found out more information on this great opportunity below!

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive comprehensive benefits plan that includes:
  • A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D
  • Generous paid time off, include 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Retirement healthcare offerings
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • As a loan forgiveness organization, you may be able to qualify for one or more State or Federal loan forgiveness programs
  • A healthy work/life balance!
You'd be able to work for a Forbes top company: 'Forbes' State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule.

  • Building and equipment maintenance
  • Grounds care
  • Motor equipment services
  • Trades work
  • Engage in a rewarding career;
  • Provide support to a division that is passionate about improving the lives of those we serve; 
  • Assist our clients so they can achieve success;
  • Make a difference in the public sector;
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve.

Southeastern Mental Health Authority (SMHA) is a community mental health agency operated by the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). Its primary goal is to provide high quality behavioral health services to those in our community with mental health and substance use disorders who are 18 years or older and reside in New London County and its surrounding towns. Services, which include case management, outpatient behavioral health, crisis intervention, respite care, and forensic services, are recovery oriented and offered in a trauma informed and culturally sensitive manner.  We support individuals to identify and achieve their own goals in recovery, fostering independence, dignity, and ability. 

Selection Plan

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To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited. If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
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  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.
  • Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Joseph K. Fried at, 860-924-7053.


In a state agency this class is accountable for performing basic tasks of an unskilled nature (e.g. requiring little prior experience or training; most tasks can be learned quickly on the job) in one or several of the following areas:

  • Building and equipment maintenance (operational and remedial);
  • Grounds care;
  • Food services;
  • Operation of trucks of less than five (5) ton capacity;
  • Parking garage.



  • Keeps simple records and prepares reports (this should be related to duties listed previously and not a full-time office record keeping position); 
  • Performs related duties as required.

Performs preventive maintenance tasks including but not limited to the following: 

  • Checks gauges for established settings; 
  • Checks steam trap indicators; 
  • Checks belt tension (blowers, fans and rotating equipment); 
  • Changes filters (water, gas, HVACR, etc); 
  • Inspects doors for damage; 
  • Tightens chairs, tables, desks, door hinges, and cabinets and lubricates when necessary; 
  • Replaces castors; 
  • Cleans grease traps; 
  • May check temperatures against pre-established settings; 
  • May clean strainers and boilers; 
  • May replace ceiling tiles and loose floor tiles; 
  • May spot patch walls; 
  • May replace washers; 
  • May repair minor leaks in toilets, drinking fountains, etc.; 
  • May attach shelving and put up bulletin boards, pictures, etc.; 
  • May clean motor housings, ducts and other mechanical equipment; 
  • May act as a relief person for other maintenance employees; 
  • May perform custodial functions as required; 
  • May move furniture; 
  • Performs related duties as required.

  • Digs ditches; 
  • Shovels materials such as sand, stone, dirt, snow, etc; 
  • Operates hand, small power equipment, snowblowers, mowers and attachments; 
  • Cuts weeds or brush; 
  • Weeds gardens; 
  • Rakes fill, loam, grass or leaves; 
  • Moves, loads, unloads and distributes supplies and equipment; 
  • Cleans gutters, storm sewers and catch basins; 
  • Plants, fertilizes and limes vegetables, lawns, flowers, shrubs, etc. with detailed instruction from supervisor; 
  • Trims shrubs; 
  • May supervise parking to enforce regulations; 
  • May operate and perform preventive maintenance and minor repairs on vehicles such as tractors, trailers, multiple power mowers, snow blowers and snow plows required in care of grounds, walks and roads; 
  • May sand and salt walkways; 
  • Picks up litter; 
  • Empties trash receptacles and maintains dumpster areas; 
  • Performs related duties as required.

  • Operates motor vehicles of less than a five ton capacity for messenger service, delivery service, stock work, grounds maintenance and the like; 
  • Loads and unloads vehicles; 
  • Maintains vehicles in good condition including cleaning, lubrication and preventive maintenance; 
  • Keeps records in connection with vehicles or materials carried; 
  • Supplies motor vehicles with gas, oil, water and other fluids; 
  • Loads and unloads vehicles; 
  • Performs related duties as required.

  • Assists a skilled worker by passing tools, carrying or lifting materials and running errands; 
  • Acts as a helper to a higher grade Maintainer or Qualified Craft Worker in more difficult tasks requiring special or greater skills; 
  • May perform semi-skilled tasks in carpentry, plumbing, painting, masonry, electrical work and other trades; 
  • May clean, oil and make minor adjustments to electrical, structural, mechanical, building and utility systems and other equipment; 
  • Performs related duties as required.
These are only examples of types of tasks that incumbents in this class may be expected to perform. Tasks should only be assigned if they are of the appropriate skill level (as defined in the Purpose of Class).


  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills; 
  • Ability to
    • follow oral and written instructions; 
    • learn policies and procedures; 
    • operate, care for and perform minor maintenance on tools and equipment used in daily work; 
    • record keep.


Any experience and training which provide the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above.


  • Experience building and fabricating cubicle workstations
  • Experience with the Environment of Care Act, by inspecting Life Safety devices such as: emergency lights, exit lights and fire extinguishers, and testing inspecting and making repairs to eye wash stations following ANSI standards
  • Experience performing custodial tasks in a Behavioral Health Care Facility, hazardous spills and clean-up, and using a Clorox 360 disinfectant machine
  • Experience working with a large fleet of vehicles
  • Experience using a Powered Platform Lift as well as operating a Box Truck with a Lift Gate


Incumbents in this class may be required by the appointing authority to possess and retain appropriate current licenses, permits and/or certifications.


  • Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility, visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties of the class.
  • A physical examination may be required.


  • Incumbents in this class may be required to lift moderate to heavy weights and may be exposed to extreme weather conditions and risk of injury from equipment and assaultive and/or abusive patients and/or clients.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to complete an asbestos removal program consistent with EPA guidelines for operations and maintenance during employment in this class. Incumbents may be required to use protective equipment such as respirators and safety goggles.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.