Controls and Refrigeration System Specialist (HVAC) - Residential Life - Central Facilities Ope...

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Controls and Refrigeration System Specialist (HVAC) - Residential Life - Central Facilities Operations

Job no: 497132
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Facilities Operations
Categories: Facilities/Grounds/Skilled Trades, Skilled Labor

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Performs complex technical work in Residence Halls and Family Housing requiring technical competence in the fields of pneumatic/electric, electronic, electronic mechanical, hydronic systems, steam systems, refrigeration and air conditioning, heating and ventilation and all related controllers and controlled devices. Performs any and all related work as required.


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Essential Functions

  • Instructs and may functionally supervise personnel of a lower grade, i.e., journeymen helpers, etc, in all phases of maintenance and operation of building HVAC systems {heating, ventilation, air conditioning/ refrigeration} and their allied sub-systems and components for the purpose of assuring optimum HVAC systems performance.
  • Inspects, repairs, tests, trouble-shoots all types of building HVAC systems, related sub systems and their related controllers and control devices.
  • Operates and maintains building HVAC systems, sub systems, with their related devices. Repairs and calibrates HVAC systems components and allied devices for assurance of proper operation and optimum system performance.
  • Recommends appropriate methodology for operation, installation and modification of HVAC systems associated with existing facilities, new buildings/or new construction or alterations of systems within buildings.
  • Provides input as to effectiveness of the standard preventive maintenance program being performed on the HVAC systems and their allied sub systems and devices. This input will be provided as a result of appropriate performance testing of subject systems.
  • Makes recommendations for new instructional, research and maintenance techniques.
  • Maintains required records and statistical data.
  • Estimates quantities of materials, supplies, and equipment required and initiates procurement through established procedures.
  • Installs conduit, cabling, and related devices for energy management communications systems.
  • May functionally supervise part-time student helpers as needed; includes assigning and scheduling tasks as well as overseeing safe and proper execution.
  • Operates motor vehicle to travel to campus work sites.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Three (3) years of creditable and verifiable work experience in all phases of maintenance and operation of building HVAC systems, servicing, managing, training, and supervising as specified herein. Or Associate’s Degree in HVAC Technology and one year of same work experience.
  • Certification of successful schooling in two or more building HVAC control systems i.e: pneumatics, electric, electro-mechanical, hydronics, refrigeration and air conditioning, heating and ventilation, fire and security systems, card access. Technical school certification of successful completion of: HVAC building systems, comfort control, for large and small facilities and control systems application for energy conservation.
  • Class “D” driver’s license.
  • Metasys Facility Operators Certificate required (Applicant has six months from date of hire to obtain certificate).
  • Thorough knowledge of fundamental principles of HVAC systems with a high degree of technical competency in one or more of the following fields; heating and ventilation, refrigeration and air conditioning, hydronic systems, steam systems, pneumatic electronic, electrical-control systems, air/water balancing, water treatment, electro-mechanical and steam and hot water systems and their related sub-systems with allied components.
  • The ability to instruct, train, functionally supervise subordinate personnel in all phases of building HVAC systems service maintenance and operations.
  • Complete knowledge and understanding of the occupational hazards associated with this specialty and all the safety precautions that must be complied with. Establish practices, procedures, files and training for controlling, minimizing/ or preventing accidents.
  • Must possess/any license/ or certification that may be required for the performance of assigned duties.
  • Assists in planning and scheduling work and keeps necessary records.
  • Considerable ability to read and interpret blueprints, sketches, specifications, technical literature, and written instructions.
  • Ability to accurately maintain equipment inventory and history records.
  • Ability to understand and carry out complex oral instructions.
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and to present facts clearly both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of techniques and procedures required to install, maintain, operate and repair energy management communications systems.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Knowledge of the university and building control systems manufactures operations and maintenance procedures and how they apply to existing buildings control systems (HVAC).
  • Improved knowledge of managing, training, supervising and evaluating employees, whose goals are to improve user comfort and conserve energy.
  • Improved knowledge of local codes, ordinances and procedure as they apply to existing systems and facilities.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Balancing, Climbing, Carrying, Pulling/Pushing, Reaching, Repetitive Movement, Sitting, Standing, Twisting, Bending, and Lifting

Additional Details

  • Required to participate in shared off-shift coverage and emergency call backs.

Work Schedule

  • Monday through Friday, 7am-3pm

Salary Information

  • Pay Grade 16 with Step 6 Recruitment Rate

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Feb 27 2019 Eastern Standard Time
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