Lead HVAC Mechanic

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Lead HVAC Mechanic


Job ID: 2021-12403
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Building Trades and Technicians

Princeton University


The Lead HVAC Mechanic is a member of the Facilities Operations and possessing comprehensive, theoretical and practical working knowledge, the Lead HVAC Mechanic will assume responsibility for completion of maintenance activities and field work for a variety of University HVAC Shop projects. Responsibilities will include, but may not be limited to leading other tradesmen during completion of HVAC projects, promptly resolving problems should they arise assuring safe work environment, completing work on schedule and communicating regularly with supervisors.


  • Assists and supports the Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor in organizing, training, and leading shop personnel to ensure high quality work with maximum efficiency and adherence to safe work policies.
  • Performs all facets of the HVAC trade in accordance with established codes and good work practices in a safe and effective manner. Investigates problems with HVAC systems, evaluates alternate solutions and provides sound recommendations to supervisors. In emergency situations, takes immediate steps to contain the problem and to restore the system to good operating order.
  • Reads, understands and interprets construction related documents (drawings, submittals, technical manuals and specifications) in order to determine equipment and materials required or appropriate methods of installation.
  • Ensures proper care in the safe use and maintenance of vehicles, tools and equipment.
  • Maintains records of corrective and preventive work assignments received through an automated work order system (Maximo).
  • Assists other trades personnel in work projects or special assignments.
  • Responds to emergency call-ins on campus and for emergency after hours work as needed.
  • Communicates clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must have a minimum of five years of experience as a journey-level HVAC mechanic (beyond apprenticeship or other training) along with the trade knowledge to effectively understand and safely perform all facets of the HVAC and related trades.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal and team-leadership skills.
  • Must have strong knowledge of steam and chilled water systems. Must be able to work on high and low pressure steam systems.
  • Must have a thorough understanding of all current safe work practices and OSHA regulations.
  • Must have strong knowledge and experience in working with a variety of piping systems including black and copper.
  • Must have a strong working knowledge of air handling systems, pumps, valves, air compressors and other components and systems serviced and maintained by the HVAC Shop.
  • Must possess a high school diploma or an equivalency (GED).
  • Must be able to investigate routine and emergency problems with HVAC systems, evaluate alternative solutions and provide sound recommendations to supervisors. Must be able to safely and effectively carry out corrective actions.
  • Must be able to read and interpret construction drawings, specifications, submittals, cut sheets, layouts and other HVAC trade related documentation.
  • Must be able to properly and safely use the tools of the trade and carry out all tasks expected of an HVAC mechanic.
  • Must have an excellent ability to work both independently and with other trades personnel and customers.
  • When designated as an essential employee, the incumbent must be available for after hours and emergency call back work, which may involve the carrying of a cell phone.
  • Must be able to clearly and effectively communicate, both verbal and written.
  • Possess the ability to both learn and effectively utilize campus and departmental software systems.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a background check.
  • Must be able to meet the physical requirements listed below.

  • Demonstrated ability to and knowledge of welding and torch cutting techniques and processes.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • stand or walk up to 2 hours at one time, up to 8 hours per day;
  • sit for less than 2 hours during an 8 hour day;
  • operates motor vehicles or heavy equipment (e.g., forklift, high reach, cherry picker) occasionally (less than 33% of the workday);
  • lift or carry up to 35 pounds frequently (34 – 66% of the workday) and 100 pounds occasionally (less than 33% of the workday);
  • lift up to 100 pounds to waist height and up to 35 pounds in a range of motions from floor to overhead;
  • frequently use hands for simple grasping, fine manipulation, pushing or pulling (34 – 66% of the workday);
  • occasionally climb stairs or ladders, dig, use jack hammer or chipping tools, lie down, push or pull with forces up to 100 pounds (less than 33% of the work day);
  • frequently bend, squat, kneel, knee stand, lift overheard, reach overhead, push or pull with forces up to 35 pounds; (34 – 66% of the work day);
  • work outdoors in a variety of temperatures and environmental conditions;
  • Possess ability to work at heights, full range of body motions and physical agility, and ability to maintain balance.
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.





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Job No:
Posted: 4/8/2021
Application Due: 6/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time