HVAC Technician

Job description


The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world.


The HVAC Technician will be responsible for the installation, preventative maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of various HVAC and Refrigeration equipment, control systems. The technician will coordinate with other groups within the Department and throughout the Laboratory to ensure long-term, safe and efficient operation of HVAC and Refrigeration systems.


HVAC Technician will work on the following under the supervision and direction of management: 

  • 70% : Install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair a wide variety of HVAC and Refrigeration equipment, as well as support commissioning efforts, on-going sustainability initiatives and energy efficiency programs at the Laboratory.
  • Technician utilizes thorough knowledge of heating and air-conditioning theory, mechanical layouts, pipefitting, electrical and electronic theory, direct digital controls, airflow, pneumatic systems, hydronic systems and other techniques.
  • 10% : Assist with work in the shops when necessary to support other trades, severe weather work, corrective and preventative maintenance activities on facilities infrastructure, mechanical, electro-mechanical, hydronic and/or pneumatic systems. 
  • 10% : Coordinate the activities of subcontract personnel to maintain continued and efficient operation of all building heating, cooling and ventilation systems.
  • 10%: Perform Other Duties as assigned by Supervisor

Education and Experience: 

  • High School Education or equivalent and formal post High School vocational education in HVAC/R.
  • Completion of a Journeyman level training program in HVAC/R or Associate's degree in HVAC/R.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Five (5) years of experience with the troubleshooting, service, and repair of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems to include digital control systems at the Journeyman level.

  • Experience with pneumatic control installation, troubleshooting and repair.

  • Ability to independently service and maintain hydronic heating and cooling systems.


  • Ability to be on-call, and work overtime, off-shifts, weekends, and holidays.


  • Maintain good communication between departments and other shop personnel.

  • Maintain good customer service relationships.


  • Must be able to reads, interpret, and understand blueprints, schematics, wiring diagrams and layouts.


  • Must know brazing, soldering, and industry standard pipe joining techniques.


  • Centrifugal chiller operation and service experience is a plus.


  • Experience in the troubleshooting and repair of exhaust systems, including redundant fan operational sequencing.


  • General knowledge of the National Electric Code, Life Safety Code, OSHA and standard industry practices. Conform to industry standards concerning safety, lock-out/tag-out, inspections, and operations when dealing with electrical systems. Maintain high consciousness of safety for all personnel and areas involved.

Certificates and License: 

  • EPA Certified Universal Technician in accordance with Section 608 to handle CFC’s, HCFC’s and HFC’s.
  • NJ Blue Seal Refrigeration or willing to obtain.

Physical Requirements: 

  • Must have the abbility to lift 50 pounds.
  • Must also be able and comfortable working in confined spaces, at varying heights, and within exposure to plant hazards (steam/electrical/mechanical/radiological).



Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.

Standard Weekly Hours40.00Eligible for OvertimeYesBenefits EligibleYesEssential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)NoPhysical Capacity Exam RequiredYesValid Driver's License RequiredNo #LI-CL1




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Posted: 1/14/2021
Application Due: 2/4/2021
Work Type: Full Time