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Steam Fireman I / HVAC II

Westfield State University

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Steam Fireman I / HVAC II

About Westfield State University:

In 1839, Westfield State University was founded on the ideals of Horace Mann who sought to improve society through education. We were the first public education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. The spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies contributing to the development of knowledge, skills, and character essential for students to become responsible leaders and engaged citizens.

Westfield State is a highly residential campus with approximately 55% of our 3,100 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The campus is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Springfield, Northampton, and Amherst with a selection of museums, theater, collegiate and minor league sports, hiking trails, and restaurants. The University is within 1.5 hours of Boston and Albany and within 3 hours of New York City and the Green Mountain range of Vermont.

Thank You for Your Interest in Becoming a Westfield State Community Member

You are welcome here. You can advance your career and make a difference here. We invite you to bring your whole self and talents to Westfield State University. The University seeks applicants whose record of teaching, student advising, research, and administration positions them to contribute to the everyday practice of our institutional values.

Our Values

Westfield State commits to values that strengthen a common bond among all members of our community and promotes a rich campus environment.
  • Embrace Diversity - We treat all members of our community with dignity and respect.
  • Maintain Excellence and Integrity - We maintain excellence and integrity in all that we do.
  • Collaborate with Each Other - We make decisions in a transparent and collaborative manner.
  • Provide Accessible Education - We commit to providing an accessible, affordable public higher education for all.
  • Build a Strong Community - We are inclusive and ensure equity, supporting the personal development of all community members, and embracing multiple perspectives.
  • Engage the Outside Community - We support civic engagement in local, regional, and global initiatives.

Job Description:

Campus Title: Steam Fireman I / HVAC II
State Job Title: HVAC II
Department: Trades
Job Code: H17X16
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Funding: 7115-0100
Bargaining Unit: AFSCME
Job Type: Full-Time, Permanent
Timeframe: 52 weeks
Shift: Sunday- Wednesday, 3:00p.m.-11:00p.m.; Sat 7:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
Regular Days Off: Thursday and Friday
Supervision Received: A Steam Fireman I /HVAC II, receives direct and indirect supervision from the Director of Trades and Grounds. May also receive functional supervision, assignments and instructions from the Institution Chief Power Plant Engineer, Grade C.
Supervision Exercised: May exercise functional supervision over some or all the activities of the power plant attendant and other employees assigned to power plant operations.
Salary: $2,289.18 Biweekly

Working Conditions: Steam Firemen / HVAC II employees work under exposure to the hazards of the harmful effects of gases, noxious fumes, chemicals, noise, heat, inadequate ventilation, machinery in motion, etc.; work varied shifts, weekends, nights and holidays; work subject to a standby (24 hour) work status; lift and carry heavy objects; work at heights of up to 100 feet.

General Statement of Duties: The Steam Fireman I / HVAC II employee operates boilers and related equipment; reads meters and gauges at specified intervals; opens and closes valves and adjusts controls; checks/ monitors operating systems to detect faulty operating equipment, etc.; cleans, maintains and/or lubricates equipment and related auxiliary equipment in power plants and other campus buildings; records data and maintains logs on temperatures, fuel consumption, etc., including heating and HVAC systems. Basic purpose is to operate power plant equipment including HVAC systems to provide a constant source of steam energy to users, as well as steam-turbine auxiliary equipment.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties include but not limited to:
  • Operates boilers and related auxiliary equipment (which requires a 1st or 2nd Class Fireman's license to operate), and fire high pressure boilers; regulates controls, opens and closes valves, etc. in accordance with standard operating instructions, procedures, and safety regulations.
  • Reads meters and gauges at specified intervals to ensure proper temperature, pressure, fuel levels, water levels, etc.
  • Opens and closes valves and adjusts controls to regulate fuel flow airflow, water level, steam pressure, etc., to ensure safe and efficient operation of boilers.
  • Checks/monitors operating systems to detect faulty operating equipment, to determine necessary repairs, to notify appropriate personnel and/or to determine when to shut down the system.
  • Cleans, maintains and/or lubricates power plant and related auxiliary equipment, such as burners, pumps, filters, etc., to ensure safe and efficient operation.
  • Performs minor repairs and/or adjusts power plant and related auxiliary equipment using hand tools in order to ensure proper and safe operation.
  • Records data and maintains logs for temperatures, fuel consumption, meter and gauge readings, etc.
  • Checks and/or monitors heating, air conditioning, and/or ventilation systems in order to ensure safe and efficient operations in all university buildings and utility tunnels.
  • Assists, as may be required, other 1st class fireman in operating auxiliary equipment, such as steam turbines and mandated equipment for coal-fired boilers for environmental protection.

Additional HVAC II Duties:
  • Checks equipment for malfunctioning by observing pressure and vacuum gauges and other indicators; by adjusting controls in testing joints and connections for gas leaks; by injecting refrigerant and adjustment valves, controls and pumps; and by using testing equipment such as voltmeters, ohmmeters, amp probes, etc. to ensure proper operation.
  • Maintains by replacing worn or defective parts such as switches, fuses, and; by pumping specified gas or fluids into systems; by adding necessary liquids; by lubricating motors and bearings; and by changing filters.
  • Calculates heat loads for new installations; analyzes and treats both open and closed water systems such as cooling towers by adding algaecides to prevent the spread of airborne bacteria.
  • Performs related work such as making and assembling metal ducts and chassis parts for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems; drilling holes for mounting brackets; screwing, boring, riveting and welding parts to assemble structural and functional components such as motors, controls, switches and gauges; and installing shells and cabinets of systems.
  • Provides technical assistance and makes recommendations regarding improvements.
  • Performs programming tasks, monitors energy management systems and makes calibrations.
  • Plans and organizes work each day; trains and supervises co-op students, other trades personnel assigned to assist with specific jobs and seasonal assistants.
  • Performs preventive maintenance and makes manual adjustments to the systems.
  • Uses computerized preventive maintenance programs and building management systems; maintains computerized inventory.
  • Orders supplies and equipment needed in the performance of HVAC duties

  • May exercise functional supervision over some or all of the activities of power plant attendants and other employees assigned to power plant operations.


Required Qualifications
  • Knowledge of the types and uses of low and/or high pressure boilers.
  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques of operation of steam boilers and auxiliary equipment.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques used in firing and operating low-pressure and high-pressure boilers and their auxiliary equipment.
  • Knowledge of types and uses of electrical, mechanical, and pneumatic controls used in power plant operations.
  • Knowledge of the types and uses of precision measuring equipment used in a power plant, such as manometers, voltmeters, anemometers, tachometers, etc.
  • Knowledge of calibration and/or adjustment techniques as applied to control systems used in power plant operations.
  • Knowledge of proper methods of storage and handling of fuel.
  • Skill in using small hand tools, such as wrenches, pliers, screw drivers, hacksaws, pipe threaders, etc.
  • Ability to understand and apply the laws, rules, regulations policies, procedures, guidelines, etc. governing assigned unit activities.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents, such as plans, specifications, drawings, technical manuals, etc.
  • Ability to use precision measure equipment, devices, and instrumentation.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to read, write and comprehend the English language.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records.
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy objects.
  • Ability to visually distinguish colors.
  • Ability to adjust to changing situations to meet emergency or changing production requirements.
  • Knowledge of the types and uses of industrial type ventilation systems.
  • Knowledge of the types and uses of industrial air conditioning and heating systems.
  • Knowledge of the types of tools and equipment used in repairing, testing and maintaining heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigerant equipment.
  • Knowledge of the safety practices and procedures for this type of employment; familiarity with air quality standards.
  • Knowledge of computerized energy conservation programs and ability to monitor, program and calibrate same.
  • Extensive knowledge of various types of HVAC and refrigeration systems required in order to make recommendations on improvements, updates and installations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to make recommendations in writing to the supervisor.
  • Manual dexterity; mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to supervise, train and plan the work of others.
  • Knowledge of the terminology, coding, symbols and standard abbreviations used in the installation, maintenance and repair of heating, ventilation, refrigeration, air conditioning and related electrical systems.
  • Skill in operating heating, refrigeration, ventilation, air conditioning machinery and related equipment.
  • Knowledge of electrical, electronic and pneumatic HVAC control systems.
  • Knowledge of the use of electrical test equipment, such as voltmeters, amprobes, etc.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents; such as, specifications, operation manuals and blue prints.

Qualifications Acquired on Job
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of all operating systems in the power plant and auxiliary systems in all campus buildings related to HVAC and steam distribution.
  • Ability to work without close supervision.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of university and department policies, procedures, and guidelines.

License and/or Certification Requirements

Must possess a current and valid first or second class fireman's license issued by the Massachusetts department of public safety, pursuant to Chapter 146 of the Massachusetts General Laws; must possess a valid and current motor vehicle operator's license.

Additional Information:


Salaries for current Westfield State University employees and individuals currently working for the state of Massachusetts must be calculated individually in accordance with collective bargaining agreements as well as state policies. State job specifications may be found on the Department of Higher Education's webpage.

Employee Benefits:

Benefits are an important component of an employee's total compensation package.
  • Health Insurance: Westfield State offers a variety of HMO, POS, and PPO-type health insurance plans for eligible employees with coverage effective on the 1st of the month following the 60 days of employment.
  • Retirement: the MA State Employee Retirement System provides eligible employees with a retirement pension following a 10-year vesting period. In lieu of the retirement pension, eligible employees may select the Optional Retirement Plan with a maximum 5% employer matching contribution.
  • Tuition Waivers & Discounts: eligible employees, including spouses and dependent children, receive reduced tuition at MA state colleges, community colleges, and universities.
  • Paid Time Off: employees receive 11 paid holidays and generous vacation, personal, and sick leave benefits.
  • Additional information regarding employee benefits is available on the University's Benefits & Wellness webpage.

Disability Accommodations

Westfield State University is committed to the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities and will ensure the availability of reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact Human Resources at (413) 572-8809 or visit us in the Horace Mann Building, 1st floor.

Background Check

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion and review of a background check. A criminal record will not automatically disqualify an applicant from consideration.

Application Instructions:

An online application is required. A resume and cover letter may be attached but this is not required.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin September 21, 2023. The job posting will be open a minimum of ten days and, if needed, will remain open until finalist have been selected.

NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us.

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Westfield is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, creed or economic status.



Founded in 1838 by educational reformer and political leader Horace Mann, Westfield State was the first co-educational college in America dedicated to free, public education for teaching professionals without regard to race, creed or gender.


The College today calls upon this rich tradition of practical innovation as it develops and refines relevant and rewarding fields of study, opportunities for service, and global experiences. Westfield's residential nature and beautiful setting at the base of the Berkshire Mountains offers every student a rich, classic college experience.

Athletics, superb outdoor recreation, 100+ student clubs and organizations, international studies, leadership opportunities, national and international guest speakers, and close connections with the city of Westfield lend a collegial air to the future-focused Westfield learning community.


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