Our St.Paul location will be closed November 27th and 28th
for the Thanksgiving holiday.
This full-time position is responsible for completing customer repairs and refurbishing donated computers. Duties include computer troubleshooting, hard drive sanitization, disk imaging, automated operating system installation, disassembling computers, assembling computers, computer repairs, telephone technical support, computer loading/unloading and other duties as needed. This is a unique position with a small growing non-profit. We have a casual, fun, team oriented environment. Some benefits included: paid holidays, free internet and free groceries. Salary range is expected to be between $12 to $15 per hour based on experience. Pay will be reviewed 90 days after date of hire.
- Computer repair experience
- Strong analytical thinker
- Ability to lift 50+ pounds repetitively
- Passion for computers and technology
- Ability to estimate and meet deadlines
*We're currently out of internet modems. We'll have more internet devices available to sell in December.
At PCs for People we're aware of the frustration this gap in availability may cause. That's why we truly appreciate the patience and understanding of our valued PCs for People recipients during this time.
Losing your job can feel a lot like being rear-ended by life. No one expects to become unemployed, but when it happens, you assess the damage and try to move forward. Since the recession of the late 2000's, finding a new job hasn't come easy for most. It helps to have all the tools necessary to nudge you into your next job opportunity. Thornton Jones knows this first hand. Tools like having a personal computer and access to internet become essential when searching for employment. In today's ever growing cyberspace world, Thornton considers himself blessed to have come across PCs for People after losing his job.
A 63-year-old social worker by trade, Thornton was laid off from his job as a male responsibility and parenting coach. "I'm not exactly sure if it was my age or the recession, but I was replaced by guys that were less than half my age." Thornton said thoughtfully. In spite of being laid off, he isn't bitter about losing his job. He exudes a composed and relaxed optimism. An attitude we would later discover is a recurring theme for Thornton's general outlook on life.
Thornton's ability to find the silver lining when faced with difficult life circumstances has helped him stay proactive about assisting with the care of his 92-year-old mother and his 47-year-old son. Thornton's son has lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that damages various parts of the body. His son also has rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disorder. The arthritis affects the lining of joints in a way that eventually leads to bone erosion and joint deformity.
"He's in constant pain." Thornton told us. "Some days he can't get out of bed because of the pain. There are other days when he's not quite pain free but he's mobile." In addition to searching for jobs, Thornton uses the laptop he received from PCs for People to improve his son's quality of life.
"We do a lot of medical research on his condition, looking for natural ways to ease his pain," Thornton explained. He said that his son also uses the laptop to reconnect with old friends, which is a welcomed change in Thornton's opinion. Before they had the laptop Thornton's son spent most of his time watching T.V.