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General Maintenance/HVAC Lead Mechanic

North Central College
Naperville, IL
Posting Number:


Position Title:

General Maintenance/HVAC Lead Mechanic




Facilities Planning and Operations

Supervisor Title:

Director of Physical Plant


Full Time Regular

Position Summary:

To ensure that assigned buildings, including furnishings and mechanical and electrical systems therein, are functional on a continual basis.

Description of Key Responsibilities:

1. Inspect the exterior and appropriate interior areas of assigned buildings on a regular basis. Identify, prioritize and perform or report necessary maintenance activities. Promptly report all safety and security concerns.

2. Maintain regular contact with sources of work assignments (i.e., team leader, office manager, assignment board) so that necessary activities are carried out in a timely fashion. Promptly report on completion of activities.

3. Perform preventative maintenance on different building systems depending on manufacturer’s recommendations (monthly, quarterly, or annual basis). The following are a list, including but not limited to, the types of preventative maintenance activities that may be done: changing of various belts, replacement of filters, lubrication of equipment, cleaning and vacuuming of fan coils, and coordination of fire sprinkler testing in cooperation with the risk management coordinator.

4. Service, adjust, repair, and replace building components, systems and furnishings, based on observed needs, work orders, preventive maintenance schedules, or other sources. Examples of typical activities include but are not limited to: trouble-shoot equipment and systems to determine causes of problems; repair or replace electrical fixtures and/or associated wiring; replace burned-out or broken light bulbs and tubes (interior and exterior); repair worn or damaged walls, floors, doors (including hardware) and windows (including blinds); repair damaged or malfunctioning washroom fixtures and associated piping; service and repair HVAC, refrigeration and fire protection systems; and seal leaks. Report the need for more extensive work by others, including outside contractors, to immediate supervisor.

5. Service, run, and repair the following mechanical heating and cooling systems and components: low pressure steam boilers, controls, traps, and piping. Service, run, and repair chillers, split systems, RTU’s, compressors (hermetic, semi-hermetic, scroll, rotary, and screw) and their controls. Maintain, service, adjust, and repair the following: refrigeration-(medium and low-temp walk-in boxes and reach-in coolers), pneumatic & DDC systems, exhaust fans, ERU’s, all pumps (inline, basemount, and sump), hydronic systems (heating & cooling), domestic water heaters, tanks and pumps, all air handlers (small to large).

6. Act in a lead capacity to various maintenance staff, supervising and training on a specific task or project on a daily basis.

7. May be assigned to act in place of immediate supervisor during his/her absence, including the assumption of responsibility for that person’s duties and tasks.

8. Maintain building access/egress areas – i.e., sidewalks, stairways – in a serviceable condition by removing debris and snow and ice.

9. Carry out projects, which involve installations, renovations, remodeling, etc., as directed by supervisor, either individually or as part of a group.

10. Coordinate all activities with building users and contractors (i.e., food service, cleaning services) so as to maximize efficiency and minimize disruption to building activities.

11. Perform seasonal start up and shut down process on HVAC equipment (boilers and chillers).

12. May be assigned to temporarily work at other locations to substitute for personnel not available or to supplement personnel during times of unusually heavy workload or shortage of personnel.

13. Move or assist in moving equipment, furniture, materials and supplies to/from storage areas or between locations.

14. Design and fabricate building components and furnishings, such as shelving, cabinets, etc.

15. Install and/or repair exterior building appurtenances such as fences and railings.

16. Perform other related duties and tasks as appropriately assigned.


  1. Support the College’s mission, vision and values, and contribute to the advancement of the College’s Strategic Plan.
  2. Demonstrate a strong commitment to continuous quality improvement.
  3. Demonstrate civil and inclusive behavior when interacting with staff, faculty, students and visitors to the College. Promote a flexible, collaborative and inclusive work and living environment and engage in educational opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. Ability to communicate in the English language, both orally and in writing, in order to receive assignments and instructions, understand written procedures and cautions, prepare written requests, record work completed, etc.

2. Ability to utilize basic mathematical skills necessary for calculating quantities, preparing estimates, etc.

3. Ability to accurately interpret drawings and schematics representing electrical, mechanical, architectural and structural systems.

4. Must possess extensive HVAC/mechanical knowledge. Demonstrate the ability to diagnose and repair heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems and components.

5. Ability to safely and effectively transport (which may involve lifting up to 80 pounds) and utilize materials and equipment used in facility servicing and maintenance and to work safely from ladders, scaffolds, and other elevated positions.

6. Ability to perform a variety of building maintenance tasks requiring knowledge of and skills in working with electrical and mechanical systems (including HVAC), plumbing, carpentry, masonry and painting projects.

7. Ability to, on occasion, work outdoors in inclement weather and to work other-than-normal and, at times, long hours with short notice.

8. Ability to carry out work efficiently and in a manner which will minimize interference with building operations.

9. Ability to effectively communicate with, and relate positively to, a variety of people representing various building users.

10. Ability to learn about, and work so as to contribute positively to, the College’s organization, operation, and philosophy/culture.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

The condition of the College’s buildings has a profound effect on the overall appearance of the campus, as well as on the daily lives of all who live, study and work there. Perhaps most striking is the impact this function has on the quality of life of students, particularly those who reside on campus.

The College’s work force which is responsible for buildings and grounds maintenance is generally made up of individuals who each perform a wide variety of duties, and whose work strongly affects a diverse group of users of the facilities. Thus, employees in this area are expected to be multi-skilled, flexible, and able to work cooperatively with each other (to the extent of doing work of subordinates when necessary) and with other members of the campus community, often without direct supervision. Because of the nature of the work, reliable and regular attendance is essential.

Because individuals in this position must interact regularly with a wide variety of members of the campus community, as well as, on occasion, inspectors from City and State agencies and the College’s insurance carrier, uniforms, furnished by the College, must be worn during campus duty hours.

Individuals in this position may be required to work at times that are other than, or in addition to, normal hours and days, including responding at any time to severe weather and other emergency conditions. Also, individuals in this position can expect to be “on-call” during nights and weekends for specified periods (presently one week at a time, every eighth week); individuals must be available by personal pager and/or telephone during these times.


A high school diploma or equivalent required. Two years vocational school or equivalent is required.


A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in a commercial building preventative maintenance program, (specifically HVAC); multi-unit and multi-story building experience is required.

Licenses or Certifications:

A valid driver’s license is required. EPA Refrigerant Certification is required.

Is This a Temporary Position?:


Employment Conditions:

An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of the College’s background screening process.

Number of Vacancies:


EEO Statement:

NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions to Applicant:

Applicants who would enrich the diversity of the campus community are strongly encouraged to apply.

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