23-35 Temperature Controls Technician (HVAC Refrigeration Technician) - HVAC Shop
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Higher Education Institution
Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s HVAC Shop invites applications for the position of Temperature Controls Technician.
We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good. As part of this community, the Facilities Division designs, constructs and maintains a dynamic, safe, and sustainable campus to continually advance its nationally benchmarked living and learning community. The shops are responsible for preventative maintenance according to their expertise and keep all operating systems in good repair; make the campus a comfortable, safe, and attractive place to learn, live, work, and recreate; respond quickly to the emergency maintenance and repair needs of the campus community.
WCU proudly offers a positive and purposeful work environment; comprehensive employee benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance along with many wellness programs; a commitment to work-life balance including generous paid vacation, paid sick time, military leave and paid time off for most major holidays; and a University mission to support employee personal and professional growth including a tuition waiver for self and family members, training and development, and advancement opportunities.
The Temperature Controls Technician identifies and troubleshoots complex equipment malfunctions which require analyzing equipment issues, performing diagnostics, disassembling and reassembling equipment, repairing and replacing parts and controls, and testing to ensure proper functioning. Work includes installing, repairing, balancing, and maintaining diverse systems and units performing a variety of heating and air conditioning functions that may be powered by natural gas, electricity, or oil; regular interaction with the building automation (BA) system and technicians to monitor equipment, troubleshoot issues, and test repairs; and interfacing and problem solving with other trades persons and workers on various projects.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate an understanding of using building automation as a tool to diagnose HVAC concerns, the ability to work independently and communicate effectively and the availability to work additional hours as needed.
As a member of the Facilities Divisional staff, this position is deemed "essential" and must remain or report to work during partial or full day closings of the University due to hazardous road conditions, emergency circumstances or for other reasons.
Performs complex repairs such as refurbishing compressors, installing and fitting connecting rods, crank shafts, piston rings, bearings, and bushings; overhauling valves by adjusting or replacing gaskets, springs, floats, diaphragms, valve fittings, seals, and couplings; and aligning motors and flywheel drives
Constructs, assembles, and installs HVAC and refrigeration equipment and units working from blueprints, schematics, wiring diagrams, and other plans and specifications
Assesses and determines the location of faulty equipment and the kind and type of supplies and work needed to repair and balance systems
Diagnoses and troubleshoots mechanical issues and optimizes energy usage in the HVAC systems by working with BA system technicians to review the BA system sequence of operations, features, trends, and settings
Assesses the probability of malfunctions and leaks by evaluating BA system alerts and trend information, applying prescribed testing procedures, reviewing preventative maintenance history, and by visual and audible examination of the equipment
Dismounts, removes, overhauls, cleans, and reinstalls pumps including disconnecting and reconnecting piping and electrical wiring as needed
Installs, services, repairs, and balances air handling equipment for single and multiple zone units to include lubricating components; cleaning filters and coils; changing belts, bearings, fan blades, and squirrel cages; and installing and adjusting pulleys, sheaves, and bushings
Inspects, maintains, repairs, and installs heating and chilled water supply and return lines; checks temperatures in condensate lines and traps; repairs or replaces traps as required using temperature sensing and ultrasonic equipment; and cleans, repairs, or replaces strainers, valves, operators, and other fittings
Inspects condensate stations to ensure proper operation of heating systems; repairs, adjusts, or replaces controls, meters, and condensate tanks
Services, maintains, repairs, and replaces controls and sensing devices which are necessary for the proper operation of HVAC systems and auxiliary components
Measures, cuts, insulates, installs, and seals ductwork according to requirements
Conducts testing on water treatment systems, including sampling and documenting findings of closed and open loop chemical residuals; consults with higher-level worker or supervisor on results; and adds chemicals as directed
Performs preventative maintenance on HVAC and refrigeration equipment that involves mechanical equipment supporting sensitive or highly controlled environments such as data centers or laboratories
Utilizes amp meters and volt meters to troubleshoot electrical problems with batteries, motor controls, refrigerators, power supplies, controllers, and wiring systems
Assigns, demonstrates, and reviews the work of lower-level trades positions, laborers, and trainees on repair tasks for a specific work assignment
Performs other trades tasks consistent with operational and organizational requirements
Operates motor vehicles
Performs related work as required
All employees must obtain EPA Universal Refrigerant Transition and Recovery Certification from an approved provider within 6 months of employment.
Successful completion of the HVAC and Building Automation Technician trainee program OR
Three years of experience in the maintenance, repair, and installation of HVAC and refrigeration systems, units, and equipment including one year working with commercial or industrial HVAC or refrigeration equipment and controls OR
An equivalent combination of experience and training which includes one year working with commercial or industrial HVAC or refrigeration equipment and controls
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of principles and theories of air conditioning and refrigeration such as the refrigeration cycle, heat transfer laws, and the use of refrigerant tables
Knowledge of HVAC and refrigeration parts and components including piping, bearings, valves, fittings, pumps, and fans and their operation in the system
Knowledge in the care and use of tools and equipment essential to the installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of HVAC and refrigeration systems
Knowledge of electrical aspects of mechanical equipment, components, and related electronic devices
Knowledge of the use and functionality of Microsoft Office Suite software
Ability to troubleshoot equipment failures using electrical schematics, tools, meters, and test instruments
Ability to calculate airflow and pressure-temperature characteristics to locate and repair faulty equipment
Ability to read and understand mechanical equipment sequence of operation in BA system
Ability to read and interpret HVAC, architectural, plumbing, and electrical system blueprints, schematics, and other engineering drawings
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
Ability to communicate effectively orally
Ability to communicate effectively in writing
Universal Refrigerant License
Ask about alternate work schedules and advancement opportunity.
Candidates must apply online at https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/wcupa. Electronic applications allow for cover letter and resume attachments. (Not required for consideration.)
Applicants must successfully complete the interview process to be considered as a finalist.
Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU's educational mission. The University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer encouraging diversity. Women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background checks.
West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania is among the top regional comprehensive public universities in the nation, serving more than 17,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a national reputation for excellence, value, and student success. Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester offers more than 118 undergraduate and 103 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to the main campus in West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, the Philadelphia campus, and online. Five colleges and two schools comprise the University: Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the School of Music, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Located in Chester County (25 miles from downtown Philadelphia) the area combines the best of enjoyable daily living with easy access to the full spectrum of country and city attractions. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.