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HVAC Technician III

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title HVAC Technician III
Department Facilities, Engineering, & Planning
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S18132
Open Date 10/10/2017
Close Date
Salary Information

$17.41 – $22.79/hour

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime Yes
Position Summary

The HVAC Technician III will assist in the installation, calibration, operation, repair, and preventive maintenance of building heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC), as well as other refrigeration systems and associated controls.

Education Required HS Diploma or equivalent
Concentration / Degree Type
Substitution for Education Requirement

Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.

Education Preferred

Some college coursework in related field.

Experience Required 5 years
Type of Experience

Experience in industrial, institutional or commercial HVAC and refrigeration systems.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred

Background with building controls systems, particularly those found on campus.

License/Certification Required

Universal EPA Refrigerant Certification within six months of employment.

License/Certification Preferred

State of Texas HVAC/Refrigeration Licensing and/or other related technical certifications.

Skills Required

Skill and knowledge of HVAC installation and repairs, including troubleshooting, calibration, adjustment and repair of control components and systems; repair and adjustment of air handling equipment such as blowers, belt drives, coils, ductwork, and control valves; installation, maintenance and repair of direct expansion air conditioning and refrigeration units, including cold box refrigeration systems, environmental rooms, and window units; and maintenance of hot water systems and converters. Proper use of tools of the trade such as hand tools, refrigerant pressure gauges, air flow meters, volt and amp meters, and other system analytical instruments. Ability to read mechanical blueprints and electrical schematic diagrams.
1. Must be a motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal skills.
2. Must have the capability to fully understand sophisticated, state-of the-art interactive systems and the analytical ability to troubleshoot problems and develop solutions.
3. Must have the ability to interact productively with team members, and customers. This includes appropriate communication skills.
4. Must be able to handle a variety of jobs simultaneously, meet deadlines, and be able to react to rapidly changing job priorities.
5. This is a security sensitive position; requires passing a background check for security clearance.
6. Must be able to deal with stressful situations and critical issues with diplomacy.
7. Must be able to work effectively as part of a team, receiving direction and planning time and productivity to meet deadlines.
8. Must have knowledge of HVAC and refrigeration controls and processes. Application of normal safety standards for self and coworkers with the appropriate use of tools and protective equipment as well as maintaining knowledge of current university safety standards.

Skills Preferred

1. Knowledge of console and/or field operation and adjustment of building control systems, especially as are found on campus.
2. Computer literacy to allow for interface with computerized maintenance management systems.
3. Ability to read and understand drawings and schematics.

Internal / External Contacts

Within the University:
1. Routinely works with other departments’ staff and campus administrators including engineers, campus customers, faculty, academic deans, and department heads.
2. Coordinates work activity with maintenance staff and impacted building occupants to minimize disruption.
3. Responsible for coordinating with the Facilities Service Center, FE&P supervisors and representatives from various departments.
4. Insures good communication regarding planned work.

Outside the University:
Occasional contact with contractors on campus.

Physical Demands

Must be able to lift loads and climb stairs, ladders, scaffolding, and work around confined areas with piping and wiring obstructions as needed to access equipment. Requires moderate to heavy physical activity that includes the ability to lift and carry objects up to 50 lbs, bend, stoop, climb, balance, stand, and walk up to 8 hours per day. Occasionally required to enter utility tunnels and confined spaces.

Working Conditions

Physical Environment:
Work is performed primarily in the field in buildings on campus.
1. Requires exposure to high-pressure boilers and steam piping, high voltage electricity, high noise levels, rotating and other potentially dangerous equipment.
2. Requires work in mechanical rooms, tunnels, labs, attics, crawl spaces, non-conditioned spaces and dusty, dirty, and wet conditions.
3. Requires personal protective equipment such as hearing protection, safety shoes and safety glasses.

Work Hours and Travel:
1. After hours work may be required or other work outside the regular schedule may be needed. This position is considered essential during a campus emergency. The incumbent in this position is expected to report to campus, provide the essential services designated and work under the overall direction of the Crisis Management Team for the duration of a campus emergency.
2. Available on a continuous “on call” basis for response to problems and emergencies that affect campus operations.
3. Requires periodic travel to classes, conferences, and vendor sites as needed.

Security Sensitive Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Quick Link for Posting http://jobs.rice.edu/postings/11949

Job Duties

Job Duty Name
Description of Job Duty

- Maintain, repair and adjust air conditioning and air handling equipment and systems including Refrigeration, Environmental Rooms, Humidistats, Pressure Controls, Digital, Components, Control Systems, Hot Water Converters, Chillers, and Fume Hoods. Works on and with Control Valves, DX Units, Cold Box, Window Units, Condensers, Chilled Water Systems, Fans, Humidifiers, De-humidifiers, Thermostats, Ductstats, Pneumatic Components, Refrigerant Handling, Cooling Units, and Air Dryers. Skilled with Blowers, Belts Drives, Coils, Ductwork, Filters and HVAC tools.

Percentage of Time 40
Job Duty Name
Description of Job Duty

- Install, maintain, and repair direct expansion air conditioning and refrigeration units, including cold box refrigeration systems, environmental rooms, chillers, and window units. Troubleshoot, adjust, calibrate and complete minor repair of HVAC control components including thermostats, humidistats, ductstats and pressure controls. Maintain and repair digital and pneumatic HVAC systems and system components in response to service calls.

Percentage of Time 30
Job Duty Name
Description of Job Duty

- Perform work with an emphasis on planned/proactive maintenance conserving materials, labor, etc. Ensure all work orders are completed on schedule and within provided time and cost estimates. Assist in preparing cost estimates for facilities maintenance projects.

Percentage of Time 10
Job Duty Name
Description of Job Duty

- Work proactively to prevent accidents and maintains a safe work environment for other employees and contractors. Perform work with only safely functioning tools and required safety equipment as well as necessary mechanical and electrical testing equipment. Ensure that each job is handled in the safest manner possible.

Percentage of Time 10
Job Duty Name
Description of Job Duty

- Work with contractors, vendors and consulting engineers. Provide support for callout after hours and at university events.

Percentage of Time 10

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a high school diploma or equivalent?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have five years of experience in industrial, institutional, or commercial HVAC and refrigeration systems?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a current Universal EPA Refrigerant Certification or the ability to obtain one within six months of employment?
    • Yes
    • No