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HVAC Technician

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AFSCME Posting 3/23/2018 - 3/29/2018. External applications will be reviewed after internal applications.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title HVAC Technician
Department Facilities Management Administration
Location Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Position Type Staff
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 12 Month
Pay Type Hourly Rate
Salary or Hourly Rate Contractual. External candidates will receive the minimum amount.
Shift 1st
Position Duration Dependent on External Funding? No
Title of Position Supervisor Maintenance Manager

Position Summary Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

The HVAC Technician is responsible for the inspection, maintenance, repair, installation, calibration, and troubleshooting of all components of campus HVAC systems, including refrigeration and controls.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Maintain, repair, replace, inspect, calibrate, install and troubleshoot:
• Refrigeration equipment and building air conditioning systems including coolers, refrigerators, freezers, chillers, cooling towers, condensers and related equipment.
HVAC system components such as fans, motors, pumps, compressors, dampers, heat pumps, humidifiers, coils, ductwork, heat exchangers, boilers, stills, steam traps, and piping.
DDC and Pneumatic control systems and components such as controllers, modules, sensors, actuators, transducers and software.
2. Fabrication and installation of HVAC systems and controls.
3. Maintains spare parts inventory for essential HVAC and control equipment.
4. Responds to emergency call outs which may occur during off shift hours.
5. Follows all university safety policies and procedures while performing duties including use of hot work permits and confined space procedures and takes prescribed safety classes and training.
6. Attends additional training classes as assigned and continually works toward increasing knowledge and skills relative to field of work.
7. Prepare cost estimates, layout sketches, material selection, schedules, surveys, and reports for various projects as assigned. Coordinate and/or lead as assigned the efforts of other trades in projects involving multiple trades, solicit input in project estimates, layout and material selection from other trades and planning and engineering.
8. Contribute to a safe working environment by: following safe work procedures, wearing assigned PPE, actively participating in safety training and development of safe work procedures.
9. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.

Required Education (minimum requirements)

• High School diploma or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.
• Graduate of a mechanical trades school program in HVAC, steam fitting or industrial piping combined with 4,000 hours of on the job training in the trade or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Four years’ experience in maintaining, repairing, and troubleshooting commercial HVAC, refrigeration and steam systems such as coils, humidifiers, fans, motors, compressors, dampers, actuators, ductwork, condensate pumps, boilers, steam traps, PRV’s, heat exchangers, autoclaves and stills.
• Two years’ experience in installing, maintaining, repairing and troubleshooting commercial and industrial digital and pneumatic control systems and components such as controllers, thermostats, actuators, and operators.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Graduate of a mechanical trades school program in HVAC, steam fitting or industrial piping combined with 8,000 hours of on the job training in the trade leading to certification as a journeyman.
• Experience in maintaining, repairing and troubleshooting commercial and industrial refrigeration including freezers, refrigerators, coolers, and ice making machines.
• Experience in installing, maintaining, troubleshooting or repairing chillers, cooling towers and condensers.
EPA 608 Refrigerant Recycling and Recovery Certification.
• Training and coursework in air conditioning and refrigeration, blueprint reading, CAD, industrial piping, piping systems, pneumatic and electronic controls, steam systems and welding.
• Experience in maintaining, repairing and troubleshooting direct digital controls, network control modules and controllers, resistive temperature devices, (RTD’s), thermistors, current to pneumatic transducers, electric to pneumatic transducers.
• Experience in programming Building Energy Management Systems and PLCs
• Licensed boiler operator/installer, journeyman plumber license, or journeyman electrician license.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
• Demonstrated knowledge of safe maintenance procedures applicable to the trade.
• Demonstrated knowledge of standard practices, building codes, regulations and theory applicable to HVAC control systems.
• Knowledge and ability to properly troubleshoot, maintain and repair commercial and industrial building HVAC systems.
• Demonstrated knowledge of typical commercial and industrial digital and pneumatic HVAC controls systems and components.
• Demonstrated ability to read blueprints, wiring diagrams, temperature control diagrams, operating and maintenance instructions, plans and manuals.
• Basic knowledge of parallel and series electrical circuits.
• Basic knowledge of 3-phase circuits up to 480 volts.
• Demonstrated ability to use manual and electrical tools and equipment applicable to the position.
• Demonstrated ability to join piping and related components by soldering, threading and adhesives.
• Ability to be trained for and to work in OSHA regulated confined spaces.
• Knowledge of the basics of hot work permits.
• Demonstrate competency in using personal computers to access web sites, load and operate software, use word processors and spreadsheets and manage files and directories.
• Valid driver’s license.
• Ability and availability to work flexible hours, overtime, evenings, nights and weekends when required to handle emergencies or work backlogs.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Knowledge and ability to troubleshoot, maintain and repair refrigeration systems.
• Knowledge of water treatment for boilers, hot water systems, chilled water systems and cooling towers.
• Demonstrated knowledge and ability of how to properly maintain, troubleshoot, calibrate, repair and install typical commercial and industrial steam systems and their components including boilers, boiler controls, boiler auxiliaries, piping, valves, PRV’s, safety valves, steam traps, expansion joints and condensate pumps.
• Basic knowledge of digital and computer control systems.
• Basic knowledge of the National Electric Code for Class 1, 2 and 3 low voltage circuits.
• Pneumatic control components such as regulators, air dryers, controllers, thermostats, actuators, and operators.
• Basic knowledge of Variable Frequency Drives
• Digital controls for open protocol web based and proprietary control systems, control modules and controllers, low voltage control wiring, resistive temperature devices (RTD’s), thermistors, current to pneumatic transducers, and electric to pneumatic transducers.
• Knowledge of Building Energy Management system control components and software including fume hood control systems.
• Advanced Competency in using personal computers and basic software packages for CAD, word processing and spreadsheets.
• Familiar with RS 232/485 communication protocol.
• Familiar with internet protocol and IP addressing.
• The ability to analyze analog and binary input/output and control variables.

Language, Mathematical, and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands:*
The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, sense heat or feel objects, tools, keyboards and controls; stand; talk and hear; and taste and smell. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance on stairs, ladders and work platforms; kneel, crouch or crawl.

• The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required include close, distance, peripheral, and color vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.

• The employee must be able to control hand movements required while using tools and equipment for this trade.

• The work environment is that of a typical industrial fabrication shop or equipment room setting.

• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. Hearing protection is required.

Required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):*
• Hearing protection, safety glasses, hard hat, work gloves and as prescribed by specific safety assessments for various tasks.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:**
• Employee Safety Overview
• Anti-harassment, Retaliation, Discrimination Training
• Annual Data Security Training

Required Departmental Training: *
• Safety training modules and training specific to this position.

Background Check:
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 18138
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date 03/23/2018
External Posting Date 03/23/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

AFSCME Posting 3/23/2018 – 3/29/2018.

External applications will be reviewed after internal applications.

Additional Information

Your references list should include the contact information for at least three (3) professional references.



Accept References No
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Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a high school diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a valid driver's license?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you meet the minimum requirements of having graduated from a mechanical trades school program in HVAC, steam fitting or industrial piping combined with 4,000 hours of on the job training in the trade or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Reference List
Optional Documents