HVAC Mechanic - A
Company: Widener University
Posted on: January 27, 2023
Widener University is currently seeking an HVAC Mechanic - A in our
Facilities Management Department. Reporting to the Assistant
Director for Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing Systems and with
minimum supervision, the HVAC Mechanic operates, maintains, and
troubleshoots building Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and
Refrigeration (HVACR) systems and equipment in order to provide a
comfortable and safe environment in all University in accordance
with applicable standards of the trade and regulatory agencies.
Facilities Management staff are responsible to provide safe and
beautiful facilities that support the academic mission and campus
operations. The Facilities Management Mission is to continuously
improve the services we provide and make the experience of
students, faculty, staff, and visitors the best it can possibly be.
Every staff member may be assigned duties within their capacity
aside from duties that are their technical expertise, and every
staff member is empowered to perform tasks within their capacity to
achieve this Mission.
This position is essential and is required to report and remain on
campus in response to emergencies even when normal university
operations are cancelled or suspended. This position may also be
required to work weekends and off-hours to support weekend
operations and special events.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):
- Operates, maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs, as required,
building HVACR equipment consistent with manufacturer's guidelines,
operating design parameters, and accepted practices to optimize
- Installs HVACR units, including electronic, electrical, and
mechanical components and connections.
- Installs HVACR ductwork including flexible tubing and sheet
- Troubleshoots and repairs HVACR units including electronic,
electrical, and mechanical components and connections.
- Maintains and makes operating repairs on electrical equipment
and appliances, on oil and gas equipment, on refrigerators,
freezers and ice makers, and on other refrigeration equipment.
- Operates and keeps in good working order a variety of equipment
including hand and power tools, mobile electronic devices,
measuring/diagnostic/testing meters, and instruments.
- Conserves, installs, recycles, and reclaims refrigerants.
- Reads and interprets complex blueprints, sketches, schematics,
and piping diagrams.
- Performs brazing, silver and lead soldering, and pipefitting as
- Provides work order documentation, as required.
- Coordinates with other trades, as required, to ensure
multi-trade projects are completed efficiently and completely.
- Maintains a professional appearance.
- Maintains a positive customer service orientation and
- Assists in furniture and event set ups and break downs,
decorations for special functions, meetings, etc.
- Assists in emergency response events including snow removal
- Cooperates with other university employees and related
contractors to achieve the best possible outcomes
- Other duties as assigned and within capability
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education/training and experience
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Must possess valid driver's license
- Possess EPA Universal/R410A license.
- Current documentation indicating successful completion of
formal training classes or programs and licensure in the HVAC trade
or be able to exhibit acceptable life experiences in HVAC work.
- A minimum of ten years of service in the trade of HVAC
- Must have the ability to research information, from various
sources, to facilitate repairs of campus HVAC/R equipment (e.g.
campus technical manuals, as built prints, equipment supply
distributors, and internet websites, etc.)
- Must have the ability to recover, recycle, and reclaim
refrigerants adhering to HVAC/R industry standards, specifications,
- Must have the ability to perform preventative maintenance on
all campus HVAC/R equipment using the campus work order system,
visual inspection, verbal or written instruction etc.
- Must have the ability to properly lubricate, repair, replace,
and align both direct and indirect mechanical drive components, for
all campus HVAC/R equipment.
- Must have the ability to lubricate, repair, replace, rebuild,
and align all pumps serving campus HVAC/R equipment.
- Must have the ability to verify and diagnose proper operation
of chilled/heating water hydronic generation equipment such as
centrifugal, screw, scroll, and reciprocating chillers, gas and
- Must be capable of troubleshooting equipment control panels
both locally and through interfaced communication, with building
- Must have the ability to troubleshoot and repair all central
heating/cooling air distribution systems.
- Must have the ability to verify, troubleshoot, isolate, repair
or replace all associated components of the campus chilled/heating
hydronic water distribution systems.
- Must have the ability to install, secure, repair or replace all
associated components of the campus air distribution systems, to
optimize airflow and structural stability.
- Must have the ability to troubleshoot and repair all Electric
heat sources throughout the campus i.e. reheat, air handler,
auxiliary, and baseboard heating coils.
- Must have the ability to implement several pipefitting
techniques to facilitate repairs of campus HVAC/R equipment (e.g.
pipe threading, brazing, lead and silver soldering). Where
applicable, must recover, pressurize, evacuate, and charge
refrigerant properly to insure HVAC/R equipment integrity.
- Must have the ability to follow both verbal and written
directions in English; the ability to interact with students,
faculty, administration, and staff in a professional and positive
manner, as well as the ability to read and understand NFPA and ICC
codes and OSHA guidelines, such as Material Safety Data Sheets,
equipment safety data plates, fuel/chemical flash points, etc.
- Must have the ability to verify, calibrate, troubleshoot,
repair or replace all control system components from source through
- Must be proficient at a variety of applications implemented
throughout the campus such as: direct digital control, pneumatic,
electro-pneumatic, electronic, electric, and electromechanical
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR UNUSUAL HOURS:
- Must be able to stand, sit, bend, kneel, climb stairs, reach,
and climb ladders;
- Must be able work in confined spaces and in elevated spaces
(e.g. scaffold, bucket-truck platform, ladders, high-reach
- Must be able to lift 60 pounds at waist height and carry for 20
- Must be able to lift 40 pounds from ground to overhead;
- Must be able to shovel snow manually;
- Essential and required to report and remain on campus in
response to emergencies and weather events even when normal
business operations are cancelled or suspended;
- May be required to work on weekends and holidays to support
weekend operations or special events
Qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter for
consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only
those selected to interview will be contacted.
Widener University is committed to fostering an inclusive community
in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of
backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and
can thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed
to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all
persons without regard to age, color, national origin, race,
religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, genetic information, or status as a protected
Widener University requires all prospective employees to provide
proof of being fully vaccinated (including booster) against
COVID-19 prior to employment or apply and be approved for a
medical/religious exemption. Offers may be rescinded if new
employee does not provide proof of being fully vaccinated in a
Some positions may be eligible for a hybrid or remote work
arrangement that may include a partially or fully remote work
location, consistent with Widener's Flexible Work policy.
Widener University, an independent, metropolitan,
doctoral-intensive university, connects curricula to social issues
through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship,
personal attention and experiential learning are key components of
the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main
campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with
Law Schools located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more
information about the university, please visit our website at
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