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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC) Mechanic II

Westfield State University

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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC) Mechanic II

About Westfield State University:

In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. Westfield State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.

Westfield State is the most residential of the state universities in Massachusetts, with over 60% of our 5600 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 Northampton and Amherst, and 1.5 hours from both Boston and Albany.

Westfield State University is committed to anti-racist pedagogy and practices that guide our universities' fundamental beliefs in critical engagement with diversity, social justice, community building, scholarly inquiry, and critical reflective practice. Persons of color and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

Campus Title: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC) Mechanic II
State Job Title: HVAC Mechanic 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: Starts as Monday-Friday, 6:30a.m.-3:00p.m. / Changes to 7:30a.m.-4:00p.m. following training period
Regular Days Off: Saturday and Sunday
Supervision Received: Receives general supervision from the assistant director of trades and grounds; may receive functional supervision from heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics of a higher grade who provide training and instruction, assign work and review performance through written and verbal reports for compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.
Supervision Exercised: May supervise co-op students, other trades personnel assigned to assist with specific jobs and seasonal assistants.
Salary: $2,475.98 Biweekly

Working Conditions: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC) Mechanics are exposed to the harmful effects of noxious fumes, chemicals, inadequate ventilation, excessive machine noises and high voltage equipment; and work in confined or cramped spaces.

General Statement of Duties: The HVAC Mechanic I installs heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment including related fixtures; checks heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment for malfunctions; maintains and repairs heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment; and performs related work as required. The basic purpose of this work is to install, maintain and repair heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties include but not limited to:
  • Installs heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, including controls and related fixtures such as air and water filters and piping by using refrigeration, pipe fitting and structural layout techniques, blueprints, appropriate machines, tools and work aids to join tubing and/or pipes; to cut and thread pipes; to solder or braze joints; to mount compressor and condenser units; and to connect motors, compressors, temperature controls, humidity controls and circulating ventilation fans to electrical power sources.
  • 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, rebuilds and repairs by replacing worn or defective parts such as switches, fuses, thermostats and electrical wiring; 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, makes repairs, installs equipment, 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.


Required Qualifications
  • 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

Knowledge and understanding of the departmental, university and state rules, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines and the ability to apply them to unit activities; ability to use tools and equipment available at the institution; knowledge about specific campus systems for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration and ability to repair same; ability to make adjustments to campus systems either manually or using computerized energy conservation programs.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Must have at least two years of full-time, or equivalent part- time technical experience in the installation, maintenance and repair of heating, refrigeration, ventilating and air conditioning systems, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


A certificate or diploma from a recognized institution above the high school level, as evidence of completion of a two year program in refrigeration and heating, may be substituted for one year of the required experience.*

*Education toward such a certificate or diploma will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

License and/or Certification Requirements

A current and valid Massachusetts driver's license; A current and valid Massachusetts Refrigeration Technician's License.

Additional Information:

For the majority of new employees, the minimum starting salary will apply. Specific salary for current Westfield State University employees and individuals currently working for the state of Massachusetts must be calculated individually in accordance with collective bargaining and state policies and procedures.

State job specifications for this position may be found at the department of higher education website:

Disability Accommodations:
Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.

Background Check:
Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.

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 October 18, 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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