Refrigeration Technicians I diagnose problems, repair, install, and service refrigeration systems, associated controls, and equipment including condensing units, compressors, and evaporators on commercial and industrial Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment in an institutional setting. Technicians perform work on commercial and Food Service refrigeration equipment including walk-in coolers and freezers, reach-in display coolers, and point of sale refrigerated display units. Duties include installing and connecting refrigerant lines, managing refrigerants in accordance with EPA and NYSDEC regulations, checking and repairing systems and equipment for refrigerant leaks, and performing Preventative Maintenance (PM) work. Technicians must have excellent mechanical and electrical (controls) troubleshooting skills, and be fully conversant with using manufacturer’s information and wiring diagrams to complete work.
The position requires the ability and willingness to provide contact information to be used for an on-call phone listing for reporting to work in off hours or urgent situations such as extreme weather conditions including when the campus is closed.
Must be able to work in irritating environments, confined spaces, and adverse weather or temperature conditions, dirt, dust, unpleasant odors, and loud noises while utilizing appropriate PPE.
Detailed Job Description
Troubleshoot malfunctioning refrigeration systems and test components using mechanical and electrical metering and testing equipment. Use technical diagrams and information to determine location, size, type, capacity of components needed to rebuild and repair system. Replace defective or worn parts, reassemble repaired systems, and verify proper operation. Test lines, components, and connections for leaks and repair in accordance with EPA rules. Perform refrigerant reclaiming. Install and troubleshoot wiring and control systems for refrigeration systems including the DDC interface to the Building Automation System.
Schedule work with customers and initiate work orders. Estimate and order materials and supplies for repairs and new installations.
Perform PM work on refrigeration equipment and systems.
Other duties as assigned.
Required Minimum Qualifications
Associate’s degree in HVAC and Refrigeration. If not a completed degree, technical course(s) beyond HS are required.
Seven years progressively responsible experience in the HVAC-R field in an institutional setting or working for a contractor in an equivalent setting.
Technical course(s) in HVAC and Refrigeration beyond HS are required.
10 Hour OSHA card.
EPA Universal Certification for refrigerants.
Must possess excellent mechanical and electrical troubleshooting and problem solving skills.
Must have skills in reading and interpreting drawings, schematics, blueprints, specifications, O&M manuals, and construction documents.
Must have good verbal and written communication skills.
Must possess extensive knowledge of Refrigeration and HVAC systems.
Ability to open and plot AutoCAD drawings.
Must have proven mechanical and electrical controls skills including tearing down and rebuilding compressors.
Must have computer skills using Outlook, Word, and Excel.
Must be familiar with energy management systems (EMS) to utilize for troubleshooting and verifying refrigeration equipment performance.
Must be able to trace out and understand mechanical and domestic piping and air side systems.
Ability to work independently, and be able to effectively plan and schedule assigned work.
Must be able to work from various heights on ladders and lifts up to 35 feet, work on equipment from stooping or kneeling positions.
Ability to be able to lift 50 lbs.
Ability to distinguish colors of electrical wiring and wire size.
Follow all OSHA, EPA and NYS codes and regulations for HVAC and Refrigeration.
Direct and oversee work for students.
Possess training skills for instruction of refrigeration skills to HVAC-R Refrigeration Technician II and HVAC Repair and Preventative Maintenance Technicians.
Demonstrate ability to utilize the wiki for finding equipment and what serves each room on campus. Be able to make wiki entries.
Be familiar with Confined Space entry procedures, and Lock Out/Tag Out procedures.
Certifications in HVAC-R preferred- NATE, ICE, or RSES. Valid NYS Driver License Class D preferred.
Required Application Documents
Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume
How To Apply
In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: http://careers.rit.edu/staff. Click the link for search openings and in the keyword search field, enter the title of the position or the BR number.
The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Careers@rit.edu.
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