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HVAC Mechanic
DATE:   9/5/2019
JOB TITLE:   HVAC Mechanic
LEVEL:   Journeyman
FLSA STATUS:   Non-Exempt
WORK LOCATION:   Physical Plant
TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:   Supervisor of Technical Trades
DEPARTMENT:   Facility Services
SALARY:   $24.75 per hour


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;
  • Work with an automated energy management system to control building environment; 
  • 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 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; 
  • Rotating off-shift hours emergency on call responsibility as directed by supervisor
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.


50%    Perform repair work on H.V.A.C. systems equipment.

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

15%    Perform other trades on work orders as directed by supervisor.

10%    Monitor and make adjustments on the Energy Management System.

10%    Maintain air compressors, air dryers, and low voltage installations such as warning light systems.

  1. Ability to read and interpret blueprints and systems diagrams.
  2. Knowledge of heating, refrigeration/air-conditioning equipment and/or pneumatic and electrical control systems.
  3. 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.
  4. Good mechanical judgement and a working knowledge of general construction principles.
  5. Computer skills necessary to operate Energy Management systems.
  6. Ability to perform all of the above essential job functions for a minimum of an eight hour shift, with one-half hour unpaid meal break, without significant risk of serious injury.
  7.  Ability to work overtime to respond to emergencies.
  8.  Ability to work second shift or weekends when necessary.
  9.  Ability to adhere to safety procedures in the performance of job and be conscious of security issues involved in daily routine.
  10. Ability to drive a personal or 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. H.V.A.C. 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 H.V.A.C. work involves extensive wrist and hand movements. All individuals are required to be able to perform these movements without significant risk of injury to themselves or others.

  1. 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.
  2. A minimum of five years experience at the journey level.
  3. 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. 
  4. Experience with Energy Management systems and computer skills necessary to operate programs.
  5. Certificate in refrigeration preferred.

Non Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Policy:

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with our Catholic mission, Niagara University is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunities and will not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex (gender), national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristic, status as veteran or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Ryan Thompson, Esq., Title IX Coordinator, Office for Equity & Inclusion, 716-286-8324, rthompson@niagara.edu, www.niagara.edu/oei, Office Location: O’Shea Hall, B27. For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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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