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Skilled HVAC Mechanic

Oakton Community College
Des Plaines, IL
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Job Details

Category:: Staff
Department:: Facilities
Locations:: Des Plaines, IL
Posted:: Aug 25, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full Time Staff
Position ID:: 135878

About Oakton Community College :

For over 50 years, Oakton Community College has been the setting where thousands begin or continue their college or career studies. Educating people of all ages, from all walks of life and from more than 40 nations, Oakton focuses on improving the quality of life for everyone who enters its doors.

We offer:

Continuing education
Great benefits
Paid winter break
FRIDAYS OFF during the summer

Job Description:

Basic Function and Responsibility:

Under general supervision, utilize independent judgment to construct, alter, install and repair heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems, fire protection, elevators/lift systems. Ability to respond to other building structures and/or systems including electrical, pipe fitting and other related areas of skilled maintenance technology. Exercise independent judgment based on job knowledge and training to complete tasks.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform routine preventative maintenance and repairs on heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems, pneumatic and digital controls, hot and chilled water distribution, variable volume systems, chillers, boilers, motors, pumps, air handling units, roof top units.
  • Remodel, construct, renovate and renew areas of campus buildings providing expert knowledge to produce most efficient technical results.
  • Assist in the completion of new construction and design, specify, install and maintain equipment to produce desired end results.
  • Assist in instructing and training unskilled employees in safe, effective methods of performing task in the assigned maintenance function.
  • In collaboration with HVAC Chief, determine and evaluate safe and most economical solution of specific maintenance problems.
  • Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies.
  • Perform snow removal and perform special work assignments or clean ups as directed.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


Qualifications and Working Conditions:

  • Journeyman with 5 year experience in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning.
  • Ability to perform routine preventative maintenance and repairs on heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems, pneumatic and digital controls, hot and chilled water distribution, variable volume systems, chillers, boilers, motors, pumps, air handling units, roof top units.
  • Ability to operate building automation system, pneumatic and digital controls, variable frequency drive controls.
  • Ability to examine, troubleshoot, detect and diagnose defective HVAC equipment, hardware or materials.
  • Ability to perform major component replacement and evaluation of complex system problems under leadership of HVAC Chief.
  • Ability to read, interpret and follow mechanical blueprints, schematics, specifications and other technical documents related to the installation, maintenance, repair of HVAC systems.
  • Ability to troubleshoot fire alarm and fire suppression systems.
  • Ability to weld, solder, braze and connect supply lines, air ducts and vents, refrigeration piping and pumps.
  • Ability to react quickly and to analyze known data or symptoms of a problem and arrive at a logical solution.
  • Ability to use hand and power tools applicable to trade.
  • Ability to document and track preventative maintenance activities.
  • Ability to troubleshoot elevators and lifts is a plus.

Position will require employees to have:

the ability to stand, walk and move for extended periods of time (Often - 75% - 100%).

the ability to detect dirt, dust, stains and marks. (Often 75% to 100%)

the ability to bend, twist, stoop, kneel, crawl, push, pull, and reach in all directions (Often - 75% - 100%)

the ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. (Often 75% - 100%)

the ability to perform moderate to strenuous physical labor for extended periods of time. (Often 75% - 100%)

the ability to set up and operate mechanical cleaning equipment. (Occasional 50% to 75%)

the ability to work at heights and the ability to ascend/descend ladders. (Seldom - 0% - 25%)

Some shifts will require the use of radio communication. Employees on these shifts, using these devices, will be required to have the ability to hear and exchange information clearly.

Job duties may be performed in hot, dusty, dirty environments. Employees may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and outside weather conditions

Additional Information:

Supervision Received:

Functional Supervision is received from the HVAC Chief. Administrative Supervision received from the Director of Facilities

Supervision Exercised:

Functional Supervision is exercised over General Maintenance Personnel.

HOURS: Monday - Friday 6:00 am - 2:30 pm

SALARY: $48,870 - Starting salary may change due to the completion of staff negotiations.

Application Instructions:

For further details, visit our website at and select the Employment link to view Employment Opportunities.

Please be sure to have a current resume, cover letter, and list of, at least, three (3) professional references with contact information prepared to submit with your application. One (1) of the references must be your most recent, direct supervisor.

Oakton Community College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified individuals. Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, socioeconomic status, sex or gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or in its employment practices.

Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.



With more than 2,500 course offerings each term, Oakton Community College offers a wealth of educational options in the heart of Chicago’s northern suburbs. From degree programs to non-credit career enhancement and personal enrichment courses, Oakton has something for everyone. 

Founded in 1969, Oakton is a two-year community college offering associate's degree programs and non-credit courses in northern Cook County, Illinois.

Oakton's 147-acre main campus sits in a forest preserve in Des Plaines, Illinois. A second campus in Skokie serves residents on the eastern side of the District and is home to the Art, Science, and Technology Pavilion. The College also offers continuing education classes at off-campus locations throughout the region, and many students pursue studies at home through our distance learning program.

Programs of Study
Associate's degrees in 80 areas of study prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions or to step directly into rewarding careers. Continuing education programs offer personal enrichment and career advancement opportunities through courses ranging from art to home improvement to English as a Second Language.

Oakton's 700 full- and part-time faculty members boast top academic credentials, and their true passion is teaching. In small classes, our faculty engage students as individuals and guide their learning experience.

Oakton's 46,000 credit and non-credit students represent all ages, 55 nations, and a wide range of experience. More than half come from a minority background, bringing a wealth of perspectives to campus.

Student Life
Students at Oakton participate in 50 clubs and organizations, from the Ceramics Club to Students for Social Justice, and they take a role in college governance and more through the Student Government Association and other leadership groups. A rich activities calendar offers lectures, social events, service opportunities, and more.

With a full performing arts season and a museum dedicated to the work of Chicago-area artists, Oakton Community College fosters a creative environment where the arts flourish. For students, that means opportunities to learn, create, and perform. For the community, the College offers a wide array of cultural events and opportunities to experience creativity.

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