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Job ID: 5363

Job Title:
Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Mechanic, Facilities Services

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Date Posted:
April 11, 2014

Closing Date:
Open until filled

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Position Information
Full-time, temporary (emergency hire) position anticipated to end on or before 90 days from the initial date of appointment.

AC/Refrigeration Mechanic – Under general supervision, incumbent is responsible for the full range of service, maintenance and repair (including installation, troubleshooting and calibrating) on complex refrigeration and associated HVAC systems, equipment, instruments and controls using electrical, electronic, pneumatic or digitally controlled systems. Incumbent oils, cleans, adjusts, and repairs motors, condensers, compressors, oil and vacuum pumps and similar equipment. Performs major overhauls, and uses a wide variety of test equipment and instruments to diagnose malfunctions and analyze the efficiency of refrigeration and air conditioning systems.

Objectives – Properly installed, repaired and maintained air conditioning and refrigeration equipment and systems.

Expectations – Properly operating plant equipment and a safe and clean working environment; thorough and accurate accounting of time and materials. Completion of routine work assignments and performance of additional duties as assigned. Consistent meeting of university needs in a timely and professional manner with increasingly improved skill; Follow-up on every project or task to insure that all items are completed to the satisfaction of the supervisor/manager and a responsible attendance record, punctuality and consistent meeting of deadlines; performance of work in a manner that supports and facilitates the work of others in Facilities Services and the university community; a positive and cooperative working relationship with members of department and campus community.

Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $4,963 - $5,263 per month (CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,963 - $6,290 per month). The competitive salary is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.

Maintenance and repair work - Operates and performs minor maintenance on centrifugal and absorption chillers, heat pumps, reciprocating units, package air conditioning units, window units, cooling towers, supply and return ventilation air handlers, pumps, pressure reducing stations, heat exchangers, refrigeration air dryers, computer room air conditioning units, and electro/pneumatic control systems. Performs on-site chemical testing and water treatment; repairs/replaces chill water coils, valves, piping, and pumps, condenser water pumping and piping systems. Maintains chemical treatment and chiller operation logs. Maintains all mechanical equipment spaces designated as support systems for AC operations; maintains all steam/condensate underground utility manholes, piping and pumping systems. May provide instruction and direction to unskilled and semi-skilled assistants.

Emergency AC/refrigeration work – Responds to trouble calls and minor work requests; troubleshoots and repairs or adjusts air flow, temperature, humidity balances (for buildings, building areas and individual rooms); repairs leaks in distribution systems; makes related urgent minor repairs; uses building automation system to diagnose and troubleshoot problems in HVAC and refrigeration systems.

Renovation and improvement work - Assists in design and installation of equipment, piping and all associated instruments vital to the function of refrigeration and air conditioning systems; makes recommendations and implements strategies/equipment adjustments to optimize energy usage. Acts as Project Manager for some in-house/contract projects.

Preventive maintenance work – Maintains, troubleshoots and tests AC installations; performs PM tasks.

Documentation, Work Coordination and accountability - interprets plans and drawings; prepares working sketches; calculates shop estimates, estimates material costs; obtains phone quotations and prepares requisitions for ordering material, takes inventory of bench stock material and re-orders when necessary. Maintains records and retrieves data related to work performed using manual/computerized record-keeping systems; prepares standard reports; consults and works with other trades workers.

Maintenance/Operation of Shop and General Support – Maintains and services tools and equipment used in the performance of duties; performs shop clean-up and maintains a safe and clean work area. Assists custodial services, grounds, trades and mechanical services staff in the accomplishment of their work (projects, events, on-going programs), and performs other tasks as assigned by the manager in support of the university and Facilities Services.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
The ideal candidate will possess the following:

Knowledge – Thorough knowledge of the theory and operation of major types of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and of the materials, equipment and techniques used in the repair and maintenance of such equipment; must have working knowledge of electrical voltage, plumbing, refrigeration, electrical and plumbing codes, thermodynamics and automated energy/environmental management systems.

Ability – Ability to install, operate and repair HVAC equipment and systems; demonstrate a high degree of mechanical skill equivalent to journey-level in one or more related trades; read, interpret, and work from blueprints, plans, drawings and specifications; make rough sketches; estimate cost, time and materials of mechanical work; maintain records and retrieve data related to work performed using manual and/or computerized record-keeping systems; prepare standard reports; provide instruction to skilled and semi-skilled assistants; analyze and respond appropriately to emergency situations; read and write at a level appropriate to the position.

Ability to use judgment and discretion in determining the methods and priorities of work orders; perform skilled electrical and plumbing work; diagnose and repair major malfunctions in the complex multi-zone air conditioning systems; devise and control air distribution efficiently with maximum comfort; and diagnose and repair the full range of refrigeration equipment including centrifugal and absorber equipment and/or screw, scroll and reciprocating refrigeration equipment.

Experience and Education
Journey-level skill equivalent to that acquired through the completion of a refrigeration or air conditioning mechanic’s apprenticeship program and progressively responsible experience in the installation, adjustment, maintenance and repair of commercial and domestic refrigeration and air conditioning systems involving modulatory and safety controls, thermostats, humidifiers and duct stats. One year of experience in the installation and repair of central multi-zone air conditioning systems.

Specialized Requirements
• Must have ability to analyze and respond appropriately to emergency situations and to recognize, secure and report unsafe conditions immediately.
• Must have knowledge of safe working techniques and safety equipment and must be aware of the typical hazards of the work place as well as the special hazards that maybe encountered (biohazards, chemicals, asbestos/lead containing materials).
• Must have ability to understand and apply university and departmental policies and procedures.
• Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid California Driver’s License required within ten days of hire.
• Universal EPA Refrigeration Certificate for the use and disposal of compressed refrigerants.

Preferred Qualifications
• Current knowledge of the latest in equipment and methods recommended for proper and expeditious work practices; thorough knowledge of current applicable state and federal regulations, and current health and safety codes, including appropriate references of CALOSHA and Federal OSHA.
• Ability to perform skilled work on HVAC equipment and system, make rough sketches of HVAC installations, estimate materials and labor cost of standard HVAC maintenance and repair work, and use/track refrigerant through use of Refrigerant Management software. Ability to work unsupervised on a variety of job tasks from simple to complex; perform strenuous physical work; utilize mechanical aptitude and motor coordination; read and write at a level appropriate to the position; must be able to follow simple written and oral instructions. Ability to work independently or as a member of a team; consult and work with other trades workers; develop and maintain effective working relationships; ability to analyze situations, procedures and work methods and exercise appropriate judgment in resolving problems and establishing priorities and work methods; ability to be flexible and respond to changes in demands for service and priorities.

Application Procedures
Review of applications will begin on Friday, April 25, 2014; position will remain open until filled. The on-line application should be completed in detail. COMPLETION OF THE ONLINE APPLICATION IS REQUIRED FOR CONSIDERATION, A RESUME ALONE WILL NOT SUFFICE.

To apply for this position, please click on the link above on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Employment Opportunities Website.
Applicants with disabilities requiring special attention and/or interview arrangements may call (619) 594-7099.

SDSU employees are required to sign an Oath of Allegiance.
The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
This position may be funded by a qualifying federal contract, requiring new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS), in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

This position may be a "designated position" under the Conflict of Interest Code. Candidates accepting a "designated" position will be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Employees who are required to operate motorized vehicles and/or use their personal vehicle more than once a month on University business are required to take a mandatory Defensive Driving course and enroll in the DMV Employee Pull Notice (EPN) Program.

This position may require a background check, including, but not limited to employment verification and evidence of degree(s) and/or certification(s). The selected candidate will be required to submit fingerprints to the LiveScan Print Services. If required for the position, a background check must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU.