Facilities Planning & Management at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse invites applications for a HVAC Refrigeration Specialist. This position is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of building HVAC systems throughout the UW-La Crosse campus and must possess required skills to perform maintenance and repair of general HVAC and building mechanical systems. Applicants must also have working knowledge of tools and equipment necessary to perform these duties (such as drill press, punch, shear, brake, volometer, psychrometer, multi-meter, manometer, etc.), as well as parts and components of systems (belts, filters, couplings, pumps, motors, fans, etc.). This position reports to the Building Maintenance Manager in Facilities Management, however daily activities may be directed by department HVAC/Refrigeration Specialist-Advanced personnel.
The successful applicant will demonstrate a commitment to multiculturalism, diversity and inclusive excellence and an ability to work with students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
This is a full-time position with expected continuous employment and includes a State of Wisconsin benefits package. The starting salary is $16.55 per hour.
One of the following required:
Completion of an Associate’s degree from a 2 year college or Technical school with a certificate in HVAC-R OR
Completion of a HVAC apprenticeship OR
Professional work experience in the HVAC industry.
Hold and maintain a valid driver’s license, meeting the criteria for driving a state vehicle.
Ability to grasp, lift and/or carry tools, equipment or supplies, up to 75 pounds on a regular basis.
Physically be able to work in various environments without adverse physical reaction, e.g.; in confined areas; within extreme temperature ranges; in hot, noisy, dirty or dust-filled areas; at heights above 30 feet, etc.
Physically be able to work in various positions, i.e. with arms above your head for periods of time; bending, twisting, crawling, squatting, climbing, stooping or kneeling; on scaffolding, ladders or stairs; standing, sitting or walking, while continuously performing job functions.
Analytical skills necessary to diagnose and correct the cause of both common and infrequent failures in equipment and systems.
Knowledge of mathematical skills necessary to prepare cost estimates, maintain inventories and prepare charge-back documents.
Ability to effectively deal with stressful situations such as responding to urgent or emergency situations involving system failures.
A gas pipe license.
EPA certified for refrigerant handling.
Knowledge of essential job functions and ability to safely perform the duties with minimal supervision.
Knowledge or ability to learn relevant software and/or computer languages in order to operate preventive maintenance, work order, time reporting and inventory control programs.
Ability to communicate effectively orally or in writing, using the English language, in various situations, i.e. face to face, via phone or two-way radio, correspondence, editing reports, taking messages, etc.
Ability to comply with all University of Wisconsin Systems work place expectations, including safe work practices.
Maintain current field related skills and knowledge and its associated codes by attending training programs, conferences and subscription or memberships of professional organizations.
Ability to wear protective equipment, i.e. respirator, breathing apparatus, hearing, or eye protection, etc.
Candidates interested in the HVAC/Refrigeration Specialist position at UW-La Crosse will be required to apply online and upload a cover letter, resume and reference contact information document for 3 professional references (name, phone number and email address). All inquiries regarding the position should be directed to Scott Brown, Building Maintenance Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The anticipated start date for this position is mid to late July 2019. First review of applications begins May 20, 2019.
Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu
Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.
UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges for 2018-19 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO).
For more than a decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4 on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the Midwest.
With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs in the following colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education. There are over 600 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 83 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining Excellence is available at www.uwlax.edu/info/strategic-plan.
The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.
UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UWL fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UWL is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.