TITLE HVAC Specialist - Maintenance
CLASSIFICATION NUMBER 8725
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Maintenance Supervisor
The HVAC Specialist performs skilled technical work, on a journeyman level, in the installation, operation, maintenance, modification, service and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems ranging from a half ton to one-thousand tons capacity. The HVAC Specialist inspects and tests both high- and low-pressure refrigerant systems to locate and diagnose faults and malfunctions, performs required repairs through replacement of inoperative parts or adjustment of thermostatic controls and blowers, and provides an estimate of repair (and/or replacement) costs beyond the capability to perform. The HVAC Specialist also complies with federal regulations governing environmental protection, hazardous waste disposal, and the use of refrigerants, chemical substances and materials. In addition to HVAC duties this position may be required to perform general building maintenance tasks.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS
Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent is required. Completion of a formal technical training program within the field of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning is preferred. An equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered for substitution of educational requirements.
Experience: At least four years of progressively responsible experience in the repair, maintenance, installation and modification of commercial and industrial heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems is required or 2 years with completion of an Associate Degree in HVAC. Work experience must include a thorough knowledge of high and low pressure HVAC systems. Experience with building automation control systems is preferred.
Skills: The ability to interpret wiring diagrams, blueprints, and electrical schematics is required. The ability to use test equipment and small hand and power tools, such as drills, oxygen-acetylene torches, volt-ohmmeters, circuit testers, and manifold gauges, is required. Computer literacy is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.
Effort: Must be able to lift and transport materials and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds on a frequent basis; prolonged standing and frequent bending, stooping, and reaching on a daily basis; and working in confined spaces. A full range of physical motion is required in order to operate manual and electrically-powered tools and test equipment, to move throughout campus, including climbing stairs in all University buildings, and to work at heights. Work is performed indoors and out-of-doors, occasionally in environments that are dusty, noisy, or which could have work hazards. Some positions in this job classification (job title) are designated as essential employees who must report to work as scheduled when University offices are closed due to severe weather; the supervisor will communicate whether the particular position is considered essential and under what situations.
License: A valid driver’s license is required. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Universal Certification for handling all types of refrigerants is required. A journeyman HVAC license is preferred.
Other: The scope of this safety sensitive position requires exposure to and use of chemicals, solvents, and cleaners common to HVAC work that may be hazardous and/or cause injury if specific instructions regarding their mixture, use, and disposal/storage are not properly followed. Position is subject to respond to after-hours emergencies and mandatory overtime.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Performs journeyman level heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) work in the installation, operation, maintenance, modification, service and repair of high and low pressure refrigerant systems, , by inspecting and testing those systems to locate and diagnose faults and malfunctions, performing required repairs through replacement of inoperative parts or adjustment of thermostatic controls and blowers, and providing an estimate of repair(and/or replacement) costs beyond the capability to perform.
2. Ensures that HVAC systems provide an appropriate living and working environmental for the campus by troubleshooting and repairing control devices and wiring within the HVAC primary system, and maintaining, repairing, modifying secondary refrigerant systems including pumps, valves, cooling, air moving equipment and local temperature/pressure controls.
3. Contributes to efficient and effective HVAC operations by advising the supervisor on the quantity and types of materials that should be ordered and stocked for use in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) projects.
4. Minimizes institutional liability regarding the University's compliance with federal regulations by complying with policies, laws, and regulations governing environmental protection, hazardous waste disposal and the use of chemical substances and materials, utilizing specialized equipment in the recovery and recycling of regulated refrigerants, and maintaining and submitting monthly records of refrigerant recovery-recycling activities as required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
5. Provides technical assistance on the purchase of new or replacement mechanical equipment or systems by reviewing and preparing equipment specifications, and advising the Maintenance Supervisor on equipment capability and compatibility, installation requirements and costs, and potential operations and maintenance expenses.
6. Assists with documenting the cost of heating, ventilation and air conditioning maintenance repairs and services by ensuring labor hours are charged appropriately on the mobile device using the CMMS app, and providing periodic status reports to the supervisor.
7. Assists Facilities Manager with ensuring that contract heating, ventilation and air conditioning services meet specified results and/or work orders thus minimizing future operational problems by observing (spot checking) the work performed and advising the Maintenance Supervisor when contracted services fail to meet specifications or endanger University property or lives.
8. Responds to maintenance issues across the entire campus.
9. Promotes preventive maintenance as a strategy in maintaining electronic test equipment and mechanical tools by keeping accurate records on each piece of equipment indicating all required and performed maintenance, performing spot checks of equipment to determine their working condition, and scheduling and supervising the periodic cleaning and servicing of tools and equipment.
10. Focuses on customer needs and customer satisfaction, projects a positive customer service environment to both internal and external customers, and promotes and encourages an attitude of exemplary customer service and high integrity to all of the staff within Facilities Management.
11. Remains competent ad current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, and attending professional development courses, training meetings, and other courses as assigned.
12. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
13. Contributes to the overall success of Facilities Maintenance by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.
The HVAC Specialist is supervised by the Maintenance Supervisor, however, generally works independently under established guidelines and with minimum supervision. This position may be required to exercise supervision of other mechanical personnel.
OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES
REVISED MARCH 2023