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San Diego State University is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego region. Since its founding in 1897, SDSU has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 91 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. SDSU's approximately 35,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.
SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including in terms of race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.
SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.
Full-time, permanent (probationary) position.
AC/Refrigeration Mechanic – Under general supervision, incumbent is responsible for the full range of service, maintenance and repair (including installation, troubleshooting and calibrating) on complex refrigeration and associated HVAC systems, equipment, instruments and controls using electrical, electronic, pneumatic or digitally controlled systems. Incumbent oils, cleans, adjusts, and repairs motors, condensers, compressors, oil and vacuum pumps and similar equipment. Performs major overhauls, and uses a wide variety of test equipment and instruments to diagnose malfunctions and analyze the efficiency of refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
Objectives – Provide an “Industry Best Practice” preventive maintenance organization to the SDSU Community.
Expectations - Properly functioning equipment and a safe and clean working environment. Thorough and accurate accounting of time and materials. Completion of routine work assignments and performance of additional duties as assigned. Consistent meeting of university needs in a timely and professional manner with increasingly improved skill. Follow-up on every project or task to insure that all items are completed to the satisfaction of the FS Director.
Maintains a responsible attendance record punctuality and consistent meeting of deadlines. Builds and maintains internal and external customer satisfaction with the products and services offered by the organization. Seeks customer feedback, is responsive to customers and takes appropriate action for the situation.
Perform work in a manner that supports and facilitates the work of others in Facilities Services and the university community. Maintains a positive and cooperative working relationship with members of the department and campus community by practicing individual dignity, using tact and diplomacy, and always being respectful and civil. Respectful communication when dealing with people in all situations; demonstrating restraint, fairness and firmness. Works effectively to understand by carefully listening and working to be understood.
Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $5,370 - $5,463 per month (CSU Classification Salary Range: $5,370 - $6,807 per month). The competitive salary is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.
Preventive Maintenance Work – Maintains, troubleshoots and tests AC installations; performs PM tasks.
Maintenance and Repair Work - Operates and performs minor maintenance on centrifugal and absorption chillers, heat pumps, reciprocating units, package air conditioning units, window units, cooling towers, supply and return ventilation air handlers, pumps, pressure reducing stations, heat exchangers, refrigeration air dryers, computer room air conditioning units, and electro/pneumatic control systems. Performs on-site chemical testing and water treatment; repairs/replaces chill water coils, valves, piping, and pumps, condenser water pumping and piping systems. Maintains chemical treatment and chiller operation logs. Maintains all mechanical equipment spaces designated as support systems for AC operations; maintains all steam/condensate underground utility manholes, piping and pumping systems. May provide instruction and direction to unskilled and semi-skilled assistants.
Emergency AC/Refrigeration Work – Responds to trouble calls and minor work requests; troubleshoots and repairs or adjusts air flow, temperature, humidity balances (for buildings, building areas and individual rooms); repair leaks in distribution systems; makes related urgent minor repairs; uses building automation system to diagnose and troubleshoot problems in HVAC and refrigeration systems.
Renovation and Improvement Work - Assists in design and installation of equipment, piping and all associated instruments vital to the function of refrigeration and air conditioning systems; makes recommendations and implements strategies/equipment adjustments to optimize energy usage.
Documentation, Work Coordination and Accountability - interprets plans and drawings; prepares working sketches; calculates shop estimates, estimates material costs; obtains phone quotations and prepares requisitions for ordering material, takes inventory of bench stock material and re-orders when necessary. Maintains records and retrieves data related to work performed using manual/computerized record-keeping systems; prepares standard reports; consults and works with other trades workers.
Maintenance, Operation of Shop and General Support – Maintains and services tools and equipment used in the performance of duties; performs shop clean-up and maintains a safe and clean work area. Assists Custodial Services, Landscape Services, Mechanical Services staff and other trades in the accomplishment of their work (projects, events, on-going programs), and performs other tasks as assigned by the manager in support of the university and Facilities Services.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge: Work requires thorough knowledge of the theory and operation of major types of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and of the materials, equipment and techniques used in the repair and maintenance of such equipment; and working knowledge of electrical voltage, plumbing refrigeration, electrical and plumbing codes, thermodynamics and automated energy/environmental management systems.
Abilities: Must be able to install, operate and repair HVAC equipment and systems; demonstrate a high degree of mechanical skill equivalent to journey-level in one or more related trades such as plumbing, pipe fitting, electrical, or air conditioning; read, interpret and work from blueprints, plans, drawings and specifications; make rough sketches; estimate cost, time and materials of mechanical work; maintain records and retrieve data related to work performed using manual and/or computerized record-keeping systems; prepare standard reports; provide instruction to unskilled and semi-skilled assistants; analyze and respond appropriately to emergency situations; read and write at a level appropriate to the position; and perform arithmetic calculations as required by the position.
Ability to use judgment and discretion in determining the methods and priorities of work orders; perform skilled electrical and plumbing work; diagnose and repair major malfunctions in the complex multi-zone air conditioning systems; devise and control air distribution efficiently with maximum comfort; and diagnose and repair the full range of refrigeration equipment including centrifugal and absorber equipment and/or screw, scroll and reciprocating refrigeration equipment.
Experience and Education
Journey-level skill equivalent to that acquired through the completion of a refrigeration or air conditioning mechanic’s apprenticeship program and progressively responsible experience in the installation, adjustment, maintenance and repair of commercial and domestic refrigeration and air conditioning systems involving modulatory and safety controls, thermostats, humidifiers and duct stats. One year of experience in the installation and repair of central multi-zone air conditioning systems.
Ability to effectively communicate and successfully interact with a variety of individuals in a diverse environment at all levels of the organization.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and work appropriately within the department hierarchy communicating effectively to resolve problems; and to proactively resolve conflicts or disagreements in the workplace, makes suggestions and ask pertinent questions to facilitate effective communication.
Ability to implement safety procedures, resolve problems and improve safety in the workplace. Ability to instill in others the importance of workplace safety rules and regulations and take appropriate actions.
Ability to conduct hazard assessments, and address those hazards accordingly, and applies Engineering controls as appropriate to address/mitigate hazards; promptly follows-up on health and safety risks, taking appropriate actions(s) and provides the necessary reports and documentation.
Valid California Driver’s License required within ten days of hire.
Universal EPA Refrigeration Certificate for the use and disposal of compressed refrigerants.
Prior air conditioning (AC) refrigeration experience in a higher education, commercial, industrial or a large multi-building facility maintenance environment.
Prior experience performing AC refrigeration system operations & maintenance on specialized research facilities; laboratories, engineering facilities, testing labs, environmental chambers.
Prior experience performing operation of >10-ton commercial chillers, heat exchangers, pumping systems, cooling tower and water treatment and other systems and equipment typical of a central chiller plant, thermal storage plant or similar utility plant operation.
Experience with Closed Loop Systems, Air and Vacuum Systems, Hydraulic Systems, Fluid Dynamics, High Pressure, and Specialized Filtration systems.
APPA EFP Credential
LEED Green Associate
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Review of applications will begin on Tuesday, December 13, 2016; position will remain open until filled. The on-line application should be completed in detail. COMPLETION OF THE ONLINE APPLICATION IS REQUIRED FOR CONSIDERATION, A RESUME ALONE WILL NOT SUFFICE.
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The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
This position may be a "designated position" under the Conflict of Interest Code. Candidates accepting a "designated" position will be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.
Employees who are required to operate motorized vehicles and/or use their personal vehicle more than once a month on University business are required to take a mandatory Defensive Driving course and enroll in the DMV Employee Pull Notice (EPN) Program.
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Equal Employment Opportunity
SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.
Since it was founded in 1897, San Diego State University has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 91 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. SDSU's approximately 35,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. SDSU's annual economic impact to t...he state of California is $6.5 billion, according to an impact report done by the California State University in 2010.Of SDSU's 280,000-plus alumni, approximately 60 percent live in San Diego. They comprise more than half the region's engineers, teachers, entrepreneurs and the local workforce for a host of other industries.San Diego State University is a community diverse in race, ethnicity, language, culture, social class, national origin, religious and political belief, age, ability, gender, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation. As a university committed to learning in all its forms, San Diego State University recognizes the need to attract and retain a critical mass of diverse persons who will advance its goals and ideals.