Trades & Operations

Maintaining a safe and accessible campus

The Facilities Trades and Operations group is a customer service-oriented department responsible for all in-house renovations, maintenance, and repairs throughout the Boston and suburban campuses. Northeastern’s skilled tradespeople help provide a safe and accessible environment for the Northeastern community.   

All trade work and repairs start with an Online Work Request. When possible, please include a reference photo. 

Accomplishments

work orders completed annually

annual HVAC air filter replacements

Annual door lock battery replacements

clogged toilets fixed annually

Our services

Carpentry

The Carpentry Shop is responsible for routine repairs and installations as well as custom work such as cabinetry, wall partitions, and shelving. 

Typical work requests include: 

  • Repairing/configuring office furniture 
  • Repairing torn carpet 
  • Repairing of door-related issues
  • Replacing acoustical ceiling tiles 
  • Repairing molding and cove bases 
  • Installing chalkboards and whiteboards 
  • Repairing cracked or broken windows 

Submit a work request
Manager: Jack McEvoy

Commissioning

Commissioning works closely with Design Teams, Contractors to verify and document that all Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, and Building Envelope systems are properly installed, operating, and maintained. For more information on access control policies and requirements, visit the commissioning page. 

Typical responsibilities include: 

  • Inspection of systems
  • System operational training 

Visit the commissioning page
Director: Carmen Lifrieri

Electrical

Northeastern’s electrical shop is responsible for the electrical needs of over 7.2 million square feet of multiple functional buildings. Service ranges from routine work orders to supporting special events to Scheduling and coordinating annual shutdowns for preventative maintenance service. 

Typical service requests include: 

  • Electrical outlet repairs
  • Minor electrical issues

Submit a work request
Manager: Dean Miller 

Lock and Key

The Lock and Key shop works with Access Control to ensure safe, secure, and convenient access to Northeastern’s owned properties. For more information on access control policies and requirements, visit the access control page. 

Typical responsibilities include: 

  • Repairing broken locks
  • Creating keys for staff and faculty 

Submit a work request 
Manager: Greg Geyer

HVAC

The Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) team maintains over 15,000 tons of cooling equipment and is responsible for the environmental conditions of all offices, classrooms, laboratories, kitchens, dormitories, and conference spaces. 

Typical work requests include: 

  • Temperature adjustments
    (room too hot or cold) 
  • Noisy/blowing air 
  • Ventilation cleaning

Submit a work request
Manager: Paul Luzinski

Mechanical

The Mechanical Shop is responsible for maintaining and repairing the system supplying steam and hot water to over 5 million square feet of occupied space on Campus.  The main source of steam is the largest low-pressure steam plant in New England.  The plant has six boilers that generate 4,200 boiler horsepower at 15 PSI.   

Typical work requests include: 

  • Pumps 
  • Burners 
  • Food service equipment 
  • Radiator controls and steam traps. 

Submit a work request  
Manager: Brandon Berthelette

Plumbing

The Plumbing Shop is responsible for providing the Northeastern community with the best sanitary conditions as well as safe, clean available water.   

Typical service requests: 

  • Install/repair/replace plumbing fixtures and related equipment  
  • Repair clogged toilets 
  • Repair overflowing drains 
  • Clean or maintain grease traps 
  • Repair and replace fire suppression (sprinkler) system  
  • Repair sanitary and storm systems 
  • Monitor and report acid neutralization  

    Submit a work request
    Manager: Brandon Berthelette

    Sign Shop

     The Sign Shop fabricates and maintains all temporary and permanent signage on the main Boston and suburban campuses. To learn more about available products and start a work order, please visit the Sign Shop page. 

    Typical service requests: 

    • Nameplates  
    • Signs 
    • Banners 
    • Vinyl lettering 
    • Frosted doors and windows 
    • Decal prints 

    Visit the sign shop page
    Submit a work request 

    Foreperson: Christina Salvato 

    Suburban Trades

    The Suburban Trades team carries out all trade maintenance at our Burlington, Nahant, and Dedham campuses. They are dedicated to ensuring these locations run seamlessly.

    Typical service requests: 

    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
    • HVAC
    • Carpentry
    • Grounds

    Submit a work request
    Manager: Jeff Foti

     

    Types of Service Requests

    Be prepared to provide the location of the problem (building, floor, room number)
    and a b
    rief description of the issue.

    Emergency Request

    Immediate or imminent danger to life, health, safety, or security

    Boston Campus:
    NUPD 617-373-3333
    SafeZone app

    All other locations:
    Dial 911

    What is an emergency request?

    • Fire 
    • Medical emergencies 
    • Threat of bodily injury 
    • Criminal activity 
    • Unattended items
    • Suspicious behavior 

    Priority 1 response time:
    Immediate

    Urgent Request

    Significant damage to buildings, equipment, or service disruption.

    Call the Customer Service Center
    617-373-2754

    What is an urgent request?

    • Elevator Entrapment
    • Pipe leakage
    • Power outages
    • Toilet overflow
    • Gas smell/leak
    • Flooding

    Priority 2 response time:
    Within 4 hours

    Routine Request

    Non-urgent maintenance, repairs, or service requests

    Submit a work request 

    What is a routine request?

    • Alterations
    • Temperature adjustment 
    • Picture hanging 
    • Lightbulb replacement
    • Pest control
    • Moving furniture
    • Snow removal
    • Custodial service 
    • Cracked window glass
    • Damaged walls or doors

    Priority 3 response time:
    Within 48 hours