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The Mechanical and Structural Trades provide the resources and expertise to respond
to repair calls from departments on campus, as well as perform routine maintenance
services on an ongoing basis. Behind the scenes, Preventive Maintenance ensures that
the equipment in the buildings is maintained properly.
Mechanical Trades is comprised of a Senior Manager, the Electrical Shop, the Plumbing Shop, the Controls Shop, and Preventive Maintenance. Structural Trades is comprised of a Senior Manager, the Carpentry Shop, and the Paint Shop. These trades handle repair calls for everything on campus from air conditioning to welding. The crafts represented in the trades include control specialists, carpenters, electricians, locksmiths, masons, painters, plumbers, pool maintainers, upholsterers and welders. These craftspeople handle repair calls and routine maintenance for reimbursable and non-reimbursable entities on campus.
The Custodial Services Department is a major support unit in UW Operations and is the largest department on campus with approximately 90 full time/part time employees and 25 student employees. The Custodial Services Department is run by a manager and five zone supervisors. Four zones work a 5:00 am – 1:30 pm shift and one zone works a 4:00 pm - 12:00 am shift. The current building zone structure can be found on the Custodial Services Org Chart.
The Custodial Services Department is responsible for the overall cleanliness of University
academic facilities. The unit provides basic and advanced cleaning services, assists
with snow removal, changes light bulbs and responds to emergencies, as needed. Designated
custodial staff members lock and unlock buildings and provide special services for
University events. In addition, the department maintains special equipment in a repair
Through consistent communication and mutual respect, the Custodial Services Department strives to provide a clean, safe, sanitary and secure environment for the University community and general public.
Equipment Services is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the heavy construction equipment assigned to UW Operations. They are responsible for the removal of snow from the campus streets, sidewalks, and parking lots. They are responsible for any excavation or backfill work as well as operating the cranes and personnel lifts. Equipment Services also operates the Sanitation Garbage Truck on campus. The Sanitation truck is on campus and the outlying University properties Monday through Saturday.
Grounds Services is responsible for maintaining the campus grounds in an aesthetically pleasing and safe manner. This involves the planting of over 50,000 flowers in 250+ flower beds, caring for the lawns, trees, shrubs, etc. In addition, the department provides pest management for university facilities and assists Equipment Services with the removal of snow. This department is made up of four full-time employees augmented by approximately 25 students during the summer months.