The Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Mechanic is responsible for the full range of service, maintenance and repair on refrigeration, HVAC systems and general plumbing. The work of an Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Mechanic requires a comprehensive knowledge of refrigeration and air conditioning systems, and a good general knowledge of industrial plumbing. Incumbents in this classification must be thoroughly familiar with all safety codes and regulations related to the installation and operation of refrigeration, air conditioning, and plumbing systems. Positions in this classification require certification from the Environmental Protection Agency in the use and disposal of compressed refrigerants
Under general direction, incumbents install, troubleshoot, calibrate, service, repair and maintain refrigeration and HVAC systems, equipment, instruments and controls using electrical, electronic, pneumatic or digitally controlled systems; oil, clean, adjust, overhaul, and repair motors, condensers, compressors, oil and vacuum pumps, and similar equipment; perform major overhauls involving disassembly and inspection of all parts, replacement of defective and worn parts, reassembly of equipment instruments and/or controls, and the testing of equipment to ensure proper functioning; locate and diagnose malfunctions using a wide variety of test equipment and instruments; analyze the efficiency of campus refrigeration and air conditioning systems and recommend action for improvement; respond to service requests; diagnose problems in the distribution of air to individual rooms and buildings and make necessary adjustments; use building automation system to diagnose and troubleshoot problems in HVAC systems; perform HVAC ductwork sizing, fabrication and installation; maintain inventory and records; order parts and supplies; and train and provide work direction to skilled and semi-skilled workers.
High school graduate/GED or equivalent years of work experience.
+1 year of trade vocational education in HVAC&R.
Gas tungsten arc welding certificate.
Gas metal and flux cored arc welding certificate.
Shielded metal arc welding certificate.
Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
Satisfactory completion of the Instituteâ™s background investigation.
Satisfactory completion of the Post-offer physical required.
Must be willing to sign an employee confidentiality agreement.
Regular, reliable, on-time attendance required.
Must be able to work overtime as needed.
Must be able to adjust regularly assigned work schedule based on workload and deadlines.
Must be willing to use ladders to provide access to work areas and works from heights.
Must be willing to maintain First Aid/CPR/AED training/certification.
As a safeguard for employees and animals, all FS employees may be subject to vaccines, tests, and physical exams prior to working with specific animals, as research needs dictate, including but not limited to: TB testing and measles immunization.
Must possess an EPA Section 608 Universal Technician Certification.
This position requires constant seeing and touching/feeling.
Salk scientists are dedicated to innovative biological research. The Salk Institute consistently ranks among the leading research institutions in the world for its faculty's contributions and the impact of their findings. Focused both on discovery and on mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes and infectious diseases by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines. "We lead biological research. We prize discovery. Salk is where cures begin."Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, the Salk Institute offers a warm, collegial and collaborative work environment, where employees enjoy a generous benefits program. Social activities on campus encourage interaction as a community.