HVAC Mechanic

Job description

HVAC Mechanic


Job ID: 2021-12884
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Building Trades and Technicians

Princeton University


The HVAC Mechanic is a member of the Facilities Operations. Possessing journey level skills and experience, and with minimum oversight, the HVAC Mechanic is responsible for safely completing a full complement of journey level HVAC tasks, including, but not limited to the inspection, troubleshooting, and repair to a wide-range of campus HVAC equipment. The incumbent follows University safety rules and regulations at all times, along with established safety work procedures.


  • Safely and effectively performs a wide range of journey-level installation, inspection, and repair tasks for commercial and institutional HVAC systems.
  • Troubleshoots HVAC systems, evaluates solutions, and performs appropriate repairs. In emergency and urgent situations, takes immediate steps to contain the problem and to restore the system to good operating order.
  • Ensures proper care in the safe use and maintenance of vehicles, tools and equipment necessary to perform all tasks.
  • Reads, understands and interprets construction and equipment related documents (such as drawings, manuals, and procedures).
  • Assist other trades personnel in more complex work projects.
  • Work independently off written and electronic work orders from a CMMS System and accept responsibility for work assignments. Documents records of maintenance activity in an automated work order system (Maximo).
  • Performs other duties as assigned including overtime, after hours, special events and emergency call in work.
  • Follows the department’s customer service standards.
  • Communicates clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Performs daily tasks safely and follow safe work practices.
  • Responds to after hour and emergency campus call-ins as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Possess a minimum of three years experience as a journey level HVAC mechanic (beyond apprenticeship or other equivalent training).
  • Must be a High School graduate or possess a GED along with related education in the installation, troubleshooting and repairs of HVAC Systems.
  • Possess solid knowledge of steam and chilled water systems, and must be able to work on both high and low pressure steam systems.
  • Possess a strong understanding of safe work practices.
  • Able to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Must be able to follow the department’s customer service standards.
  • Possess experience working with various types piping systems, including black and copper.
  • Must have the ability to understand drawings and service manuals for all equipment serviced.
  • Possess good knowledge of air handling systems, hot water and chilled water pumps.
  • Must possess computer literacy and have the ability to achieve competency using applicable campus software systems.
  • Must be available for after hours and emergency call back work.
  • Possess the ability to work well with others, and effectively interact with customers and co-workers in all levels of the organization.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a background check.
  • Must be able to learn computer basics and work with the departments CMMS Software System.
  • Must be able to meet the physical requirements listed below.

  • Certifications in one or more of the following disciplines:
    • Welding and use of an Oxy-Acetylene torch
    • EPA Universal Refrigerant License
    • HVAC Certifications (ASHRAE or others)
The following tasks and skills that would be necessary for any person to fulfill while working in any of the job classifications within the HVAC Shop:

  • 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: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 8/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time