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Abatement Technician more...
Location:Austin, TX
Company:The University of Texas at Austin
First posted:November 17, 2020


Job Posting Title:

Abatement Technician


Hiring Department:

Project Management and Construction Services


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue





Job Description:

Perform journey-level abatement work for the repair, containment, and abatement of asbestos, lead, and other hazardous materials from buildings, structures, equipment, and systems in compliance with Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and other regulatory agencies.


Job Details:

General Notes

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Please visit our Human Resources (HR) website at (please use the apply button below) learn more about the total benefits and compensation offered when you join our team at UT Austin.

Additional Indirect Compensation for this position (not all-inclusive, please see HR website)

  • Up to 7.5% employer matching contribution to Teacher Retirement System (TRS)
  • Basic medical package is 100% employer-paid coverage for employee
  • Optional medical insurance for employees dependents - up to 50% employer paid
  • Optional dental, vision, and term life insurance for employees and dependents
  • Paid holiday time off each year; state legislature determines the number of holidays
  • 12 days of paid vacation time off per year for new employees (increases with longevity, see HR website)
  • 12 days of paid sick leave per year (see HR website)
  • Staff Tuition Assistance Program
  • Access to Recreation & Health Facilities

Selection made by committee and hiring supervisor based on review of online applications and results of personal interviews.


  • Perform full-containment activities to abate and dispose of asbestos, lead, mold, and other hazardous materials in support of campus construction, maintenance, and repair projects.
  • Perform operations and maintenance-level activities to abate asbestos, lead, and other hazardous materials in support of campus maintenance and repair projects. Execute proper glove bag techniques and Resilient Floor Covering Institute-recommended work practices, as appropriate, when handling asbestos. Support zone maintenance shops and other departments in repair of campus facilities, including after-hours response to campus emergencies.
  • Oversee open order labor contractors during abatement operations. Advise non-Abatement Shop staff on proper procedures when encountering hazardous materials.
  • Assist in shop operations. Clean and maintain personal respirator equipment, HEPA vacuums, airless sprayers, pump-up sprayers, negative air machines, shop tools, and vehicles to ensure proper function.  Maintain shop equipment and supply inventory.
  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment in shop and at job sites. Comply with safety standards and policies. Drive University-owned vehicles in support of campus projects. 
  • Maintain professional licensure requirements for training, physicals, and license renewals to ensure all credentials remain current and compliant with applicable regulations. Coordinate required actions with supervisor.
  • Perform all work in compliance with University, DSHS and other federal, state and local directives. Read, interpret, and work from drawings, specifications, and verbal instructions.
  • Submit notifications for proposed work and document work performed in compliance with all regulatory directives. Document labor and materials expended for each project; accomplish daily labor report and weekly timesheet.
  • Attend management-directed meetings and training. Accomplish other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

High school graduation or GED.  Three years of experience in asbestos abatement operations and ability to obtain DSHS  Asbestos Abatement Supervisor's License within 12 months.  Three years of  experience in lead abatement operations  and ability to obtain DSHS Lead Abatement Supervisor's License within 12 months.  Possess a Mold Remediation Worker License or the ability to obtain one.  Five years experience in construction of containments and full abatement operations.  Current and qualified medical surveillance for asbestos operations, and current blood-lead baseline. Ability to perform and communicate in a team environment with co-workers, supervisors, and clients.  Before final offer can be made, successful applicant must provide a current driver's license and acceptable driving record for the most recent 36 months. Texas driving history will be confirmed online during selection process; applicant must provide out-of-state driving history, if previously licensed in another state.  Ability to perform and communicate in a team environment with co-workers, supervisors, and clients.

Preferred Qualifications

Associates degree or graduation from vocational or technical trade school related to abatement operations or facility construction-renovation. Five years of experience in asbestos abatement operations with two years experience as a DSHS-licensed Asbestos Abatement Supervisor.   Two years experience as a DSHS-licensed Lead Abatement Supervisor.  Experience and current as a DSHS-licensed Air Monitoring Technician. Experience and current as a TDLR-licensed Mold Remediation Contractor. Experience working in a large university or commercial-industrial physical plant.

Driving Required

This job requires a class "C" operator's driver's license. The applicant selected must provide a current three year driving record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, a Texas driver's license must be obtained within 30 days of becoming a Texas resident. Employees who are required to have a CDL are subject to drug and alcohol testing (pre-employment, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, random, return-to-duty, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing).

Salary Range

$40,000 + depending on qualifications

Work Shift

  • Some evening, weekend, and holiday work required.

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractors legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The universitys company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]



Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2019 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.

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