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Heating and Air Conditioning Technician
DATE:   2/21/2014
JOB TITLE:   Heating and Air Conditioning Technician
FLSA STATUS:   Non-Exempt
WORK LOCATION:   Facility Services
TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:   Supervisor of Skilled Trades
DEPARTMENT:   Facility Services
SECTOR:   Business Affairs


Under direct supervision, the H.V.A.C. Mechanic performs duties related to the repair, maintenance, operation, adjustment, and/or installation of heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment and related electric or pneumatic control systems.


Install, repair, adjust, service and maintain systems for heating, ventilation, air-conditioning including pneumatic and electric controls.

Repair, clean, adjust and install oil and gas burners and auxiliary heating specialties other than high-pressure equipment.

Maintain air compressors, air dryers, and low voltage installations such as warning light systems.

Install, operate, service and repair conventional mechanical refrigeration/air conditioning equipment including ice machines, refrigerators and general-purpose air-conditioning units.

Extensive knowledge in the operation of an automated energy management system. Ability to program, adjust and monitor performance.

Considered essential personnel which means that this position may be needed at times when the University is closed or in emergency situations as determined by the supervisor.

Maintain confidentiality of information (including but not limited to: student and employee personal information, student grades, etc.), both during and after their employment with the University.  Any question regarding the confidentiality of material, should be referred to the supervisor.  Any violation shall subject the employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Perform other duties as assigned


40%    Perform repair work on H.V.A.C. systems equipment – including preventative maintenance work on equipment;


30%    Energy Management System monitoring and adjustments. Solid computer skills and technical ability to understand and trouble shoot mechanical issues in HVAC

15%    Installation of new H.V.A.C. equipment and controls

 15%   Perform minor plumbing and electrical repairs outside primary trade

  1. Knowledge of heating, refrigeration/air-conditioning equipment and pneumatic and electrical control systems.
  1. Ability to exhibit journey level skill in the maintenance and repair procedures including preventative maintenance, breakdown repair, and trouble-shooting, construction, installation and fabrication techniques typical in trade.
  1. Knowledge of automation systems, HVAC, electrical concepts and building operations.
  1. Skilled in programming and troubleshooting HVAC issues.
  1. Good mechanical judgment and a working knowledge of general construction principles.
  1. Ability to read and interpret blueprints and systems diagrams.
  1. Ability to perform all of the above essential job functions for a minimum of an eight-hour shift, with one-half hour unpaid meal breaks, without significant risk of serious injury.
  1. Ability to work overtime to respond to emergencies.
  1. Ability to work second shift and weekends.
  1. Adhere to safety procedures in the performance of job and be conscious of security issues involved in daily routine.
  1. Ability to drive a personal or university vehicle for the purpose of university business on a regular basis.
  1. Ability to adhere to safety procedures in the performance of job and be conscious of security issues involved in daily routine.
  1. Ability to drive a university vehicle for the purpose of university business on a regular basis.


The functions of the position usually performed standing. Some amount of stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, heavy lifting, climbing ladders, walking, carrying and other movements may be required. HVAC mechanics must be able to work in steam tunnels, pits, and crawl spaces. The mechanic must be able to work from ladders, scaffolds and staging. Under special circumstances, protective equipment and garb may be required. Tasks involving HVAC work involve extensive wrist and hand movement. All individuals are required to be able to perform these movements without significant risk of injury to themselves or others, or to otherwise demonstrate or explain how they can perform the essential functions listed above.


High School diploma and trade or vocational training required, otherwise, any combination of education equivalent to graduation from high school or other combination of education, training and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities.

A minimum of three (3) years of experience at the journey level.

A valid New York State driver’s license is required that satisfies both University and insurance company underwriting rules and regulations for driving a motor vehicle. Must also be able to operate a motor vehicle in Canada. 

Experience with Energy Management systems and computer skills necessary to operate programs. Knowledge of Siemens System is preferred.

Certificate in refrigeration systems use and disposal.

Non Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Policy:

The University affirms its commitment to equal opportunity and non-discrimination and recognizes its responsibility to provide for all employees an environment that is free of discrimination and harassment based on gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, national origin, age, marital status, predisposed genetic disorder, Vietnam Era or disabled veteran status, disability or other category protected by law. The University also does not tolerate any actual or attempted reprisals or retaliation against an employee who raises a sincere and valid concern regarding harassment or discrimination. All such discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation is, therefore, strictly prohibited. This policy protects and covers the conduct of all employees, without regard to job title or status. Anyone engaging in the above mentioned conduct is subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge or termination of any other status.

Niagara University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. A copy of the Student Right to Know Annual Security Report is available at: http://www.niagara.edu/safety
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