HVAC/R Lab Assistant

Harper College
Palatine, IL
Closing date
Oct 21, 2021

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Schedule Information: Monday-Friday Noon to 9:00 pm, Saturday 8 am - 1:00 pm (Variable hours)

Hours Per Week:  16 - 18

Benefits: N/A

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. on a regular basis, and lift 100 lbs. occasionally, and work in industrial environments, including extreme temperatures with continuous walking, reaching, bending and/or kneeling. Must be willing to travel to educational locations.  Available for a rotating schedule of on-call work on evenings, weekends. 

Duties of Position:  Performs routine, preventative maintenance and repairs on laboratory equipment and testing instruments as scheduled and as required, identifies safety hazards such as equipment malfunction, damaged tools and ensures that the training equipment is in safe operating conditions.

Assists faculty in setting up shop equipment/trainers for activities as planned by instructors.

Monitors students while they perform their lab assignments and ensures they are performing the proper safety protocols.

Responsible for providing technical support to students while performing their laboratory assignments.

Participates in program workshops, information sessions, recruitment and special events.

Maintains all necessary schedules and records for the laboratory.

Performs clerical assignments, such as, making copies, filing documents, etc. and other duties as assigned by department chair.

Ensures that all equipment, tools and supplies are in order and secure before leaving the laboratory.

Under the direction of the Department Chair, assists in performing inventory of instruments, tools and equipment.

Identifies occurrences of equipment malfunction or breakage and needs for equipment replacement or addition; repairs equipment, including trainers.

Communicates as necessary with faculty/program coordinator and related programs to share essential information and discuss plans and problems.

Prepares various reports and maintains various records.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Educational Requirements: High School diploma or equivalent required with college level technical training certifications and industry based certifications, or Associate in Applied Science in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. Must be EPA certified to properly handle refrigerant.

Experience Requirements: At least 2 years technical experience maintaining and repairing various types of mechanical and electrical HVAC/R equipment and customer service support required. Must have basic knowledge of Microsoft software such as Word and Excel. Knowledge of Building Automation Systems software plus preferred. Ability to work independently and must have excellent customer service and communications skills (oral & written).

Application Review Dates: Applications are accepted until the position is filled though priority will be given to applications received on or before: July 30, 2021 

Required Documents***A resume and cover letter are required to complete the application process***

* Official transcripts required upon hire 

* Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.

* Employment sponsorship is not available.


Founded in 1965, William Rainey Harper College is a dynamic comprehensive community college situated on a 200-acre campus in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College is committed to diversity, and encourages the development of multicultural perspectives.

harper_college1.gifAnnually, the College serves approximately 25,000 students from 23 communities. Providing both transfer and career programs, Harper offers degrees and a wide range of credit, continuing education and corporate training for students of all ages and interests. In order to provide accessible higher education to all, we offer a flexible schedule of daytime, nighttime and weekend classes at our main campus and at several other sites conveniently located throughout our service area.

Harper College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and has received the coveted Bond Rating of Aaa from Moody’s Investor Service. We are committed to our Institutional Core Values of Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Collaboration.

Our Vision:

William Rainey Harper College is committed to academic integrity and excellence. The College is a leader in teaching and learning, transforming lives by responding to the needs of the individual and the community.

harper_college2.jpgBenefits offered to employees include tuition reimbursement/professional expense, health/life/dental/disability insurance, participation in the State University Retirement System (SURS) and tax deferred annuity plans as well as fourteen paid holidays. Harper also offers some on-site childcare, a summer camp for children, and much more.

Harper College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer that encourages applications from women, minority group members and persons with disabilities.

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