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HVAC Automatic Temperature Control Mechanic

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Facilities Admin
Pay Grade: 18
Date opened: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary: 

The HVAC-Automatic Temperature Control Mechanic inspects, maintains and repairs building components and equipment related to the heating, cooling and ventilation systems, including chilled water recirculation pumps, chilled water condenser pumps, air compressors, variable speed fans, air-supply and recirculating fans, electric heating coils, electric cabinet unit heaters, electric baseboard radiation units, baseboard heating units, cooling coils, chilled water BTU meters, water treatment system components, high voltage main drive motors and other building-related equipment. The incumbent may install new equipment and fixtures.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Perform maintenance and repair on building HVAC mechanical systems, heating, cooling and ventilation equipment, air handling units, all purpose fans, electric motors, temperature controls (pneumatic and digital), air compressors, fume hoods, domestic hot water systems, chilled and hot water systems related to temperature control;
  • Perform preventive maintenance tasks related to components necessary to provide heating, cooling and ventilation in university buildings; this includes the replacement of filters, the lubrication of motors and adjustment/replacement of belts and pulleys;
  • Perform adjustments to heating and/or air conditioning equipment and controls in order to maintain appropriate temperature; check equipment for malfunctioning by observing pressure and vacuum gauges and other indicators and by using testing equipment such as voltmeters, ohmmeters, amprobes, etc., to ensure proper operation;
  • Determine the need for maintenance or repair of building structures or the maintenance, repair or replacement of equipment to provide appropriate information to superiors;
  • Review work orders, sketches and diagrams to determine material, equipment and personnel necessary to complete required work;
  • Maintain and keep safe mechanical spaces and electrical closets in order to provide access to equipment;
  • Receive and/or deliver materials and supplies to the Facilities Warehouse and provide periodic inventories of supplies and equipment;
  • As needed, provide maintenance services for other Facilities Department units and trades in support of department operations and priorities;
  • Install HVAC equipment along with related fixtures;
  • Direct and assist outside venders while assuring safe work practices;
  • Analyze and treat both open and closed water systems such as cooling towers;
  • Maintain, rebuild and repair equipment by replacing worn or defective parts such as switches, fuses and thermometers;
  • Add necessary gas or fluids into systems;  
  • Lubricate necessary motors and bearings;
  • Keep oil and gas pressures at accurate levels;
  • Replace worn or broken components as needed;
  • Perform related tasks such as assembling ducts, drilling holes, screwing, boring and riveting;
  • Keep aging and obsolete equipment on line for teaching and research purposes;
  • Develop and maintain punch lists;
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications: 

Incumbent must have at the time of application 1) a valid Massachusetts Refrigeration Technician license or Refrigeration Contractor license issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Safety; 2) a valid EPA 608 certification; 3) a diploma or certificate from a recognized trade, technical, or vocational school at high school level or higher with a major in heating, cooling, and ventilation systems and controls, or mechanical or electrical practices; and 4) a minimum of two (2) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical experience in the installation, construction, design, repair, maintenance, or testing of building heating, cooling, and ventilation systems and electronic, electrical, mechanical, and/or electromechanical equipment.

An additional fifteen-plus (15) or more years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical experience as described above could be substituted for the required Refrigeration license, EPA 608 certification, and school diploma or certificate as described above.

  • Knowledge of the operation of heating, cooling, ventilation and sewerage/waste water systems;
  • Working knowledge of the techniques used in various trades is also necessary, including carpentry, sheet metal and routine maintenance;
  • Knowledge of the standard preventative maintenance procedures for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and related electrical systems;
  • Knowledge of the methods for lubricating machinery and equipment;
  • Knowledge of safety practices and procedures followed in the installation, maintenance and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and related electrical systems;
  • Knowledge of the terminology, coding, symbols and standard abbreviations used in the installation, maintenance and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and related electrical systems;
  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques of pipe threading;
  • Skill in the use of small hand tools such as oilers, hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.
  • Skill in the use of small power tools such as drills, saw, grinders, etc.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions;
  • Ability to deal tactfully with others;
  • Ability to adjust to changing situations to meet emergency or changing program or production requirements;
  • Ability to understand and apply the laws, rules and regulations governing assigned unit activities;
  • Ability to do routine electrical and mechanical repair work;
  • Ability to read gauges, adjust equipment and observe the operation of machinery;
  • Ability to read and interpret building plans and control and wiring schematics;
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as plans, specifications, blueprints, drawings, technical manuals, etc.;
  • Ability to maintain accurate records;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral expression;
  • Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time;
  • Ability to walk between campus locations;
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy objects (up to 65 pounds);
  • Ability to lift and work with up to 40 pounds overhead;
  • Ability to work in cramped or confined spaces;
  • Ability to access spaces via ladders, stairways, scaffolding, aerial or scissor lift, catwalks, etc. without restriction;
  • Ability to make decisions and react quickly in emergency situations;
  • Sufficient near-visual acuity, depth perception, field of vision and color vision necessary for reading gauges, making connections, soldering and splicing wires;
  • Ability to perform job-related arithmetical calculations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) with speed and accuracy;
  • Ability to give oral and verbal instructions in a precise, understandable manner. 
  • Ability to communicate using basic technology such as cell phone, email, Microsoft Word; and, with appropriate training, to open and close work orders in a work management system.

Application Instructions: 

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional work references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

Grade: 18

Hourly Rate: 27.17 

This is a non-exempt union position.

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status including booster. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons. Regardless of vaccination status, you must wear a face covering in public indoor spaces on campus.

Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

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All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, or membership in any other legally protected class. The University of Massachusetts Boston complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the university operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

UMass Boston normally does not provide H-1B visa sponsorship for non-academic positions.

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UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated and to confirm proof of their vaccination status. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons. Regardless of vaccination status, you must wear a face covering in public indoor spaces on campus.

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