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Master Heating/Ventilating/Air Conditioning/Refrigerant System (HVAC) Technician — Facilities

November 04, 2019


Earlham College invites applications for the position of Master Heating/Ventilating/Air Conditioning/Refrigerant System (HVAC) Technician in the Facilities Department. This is a FLSA Non-exempt position — 40 hours per week, 52 weeks a year. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a benefit package. This position reports to the Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing (MEP) supervisor.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

General Duties

  • Performs routine, emergency and preventive maintenance on all HVAC systems, to include large boilers and residential.
  • Operates building automation systems (BAS) and uses BAS outputs for maintenance and operations problem solving.
  • Diagnoses systems and components for routine and life cycle repairs.
  • Installs, repairs and replaces all HVAC and related components necessary for efficient and effective operation.
  • Assists with routine, emergency and preventive maintenance for plumbing and electrical systems.
  • Maintains College-provided tools, supplies and equipment necessary for completion of assigned tasking.
  • Prepares necessary documentation related to systems operations and maintenance.
  • Responds to emergency situations for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns and performing necessary repairs.
  • Participates in rotating on-call technician schedule, per department policy and procedures.
  • Complies with all federal, state and local ordinances while performing work.
  • Implements lock-out tag-out procedures and all other safety requirements relevant to work.
  • Operates energy management systems.
  • Reads technical specifications and schematics in order to troubleshoot and maintain equipment.

Occasional Duties

  • Assists other Facilities Department trade groups as needed.
  • Participates in HVAC design reviews.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisors.

Experience & Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of five years of directly related HVAC work experience in a large plant or campus setting.
  • Attainment of a high School diploma or GED.
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical functions; use necessary software; read technical blue prints and schematics.
  • Thorough knowledge of the following aspects of the job:
    • large steam boiler maintenance and operation;
    • principles of refrigeration/air conditioning;
    • hydronic heating systems;
    • pneumatic control systems;
    • digital control systems; and
    • computer based energy management systems.
  • Good working knowledge of the following aspects of the job:
    • three-phase electrical systems, motors and other equipment, up to 480 volts; and
    • refrigerant recovery equipment.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs., and move heavy objects and equipment safely, alone or as part of a team.
  • Must be safely able to climb ladders unassisted to heights of 30 feet.
  • Must be able to work in tunnels and other areas with confined movement or difficult access.
  • Must have normal color vision.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license at all times, and remain qualified to operate College-owned vehicles.
  • Must be able to operate a forklift and material handling equipment.
  • Physical dexterity and hand-eye coordination are both important.
  • Be reliably available for mandatory on-call coverage, weekend and special events, and work non-scheduled overtime.
  • Ability to work with a minimum of direct supervision.
  • Ability to work well both alone and within a team setting.
  • Ability to compose a variety of documents and to participate in group discussions and problem solving procedures.
  • Must meet current certification requirements for refrigerant transition and recovery.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certification by ASHRAE or state licensing agency.
  • At least one semester of college or trade school in HVAC or related subject area.

Application Instructions

Please send a letter of application that addresses the various responsibilities of the position; resume; and the name, position title, email address and phone number of three professional references in a single PDF file to:

Human Resources Office
Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, IN 47374-4095

Phone:  765-983-1393

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Employment is contingent on a background check and passing a physical exam.

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Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks applications from candidates who contribute to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status, among other distinctions and contributions. As a College with a Quaker identity, Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.

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