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HVAC Mechanic Operator - First Shift

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Apply now Job no: 493265
Work type: Full time
Location: Harper College Main Campus (Palatine)
Categories: Custodial/Maintenance
Salary: $30.96
Division: Finance & Administrative Services
Department: Facilities Management

Schedule Information: Primarily First Shift - 7:00 am to 3:30 pm

Applicants who begin employment from January 20, 2022 through December 31, 2022 are eligible to receive a sign-on stipend of $1,000 one year after the date of hire.

Hours Per Week: 40

Benefits: Health, Dental, Life & Disability Insurance; Sick, Vacation, and Holiday pay; Personal Business; Educational Assistance: Tuition Waivers at Harper & Professional Expense

Duties of Position:

Responsible for skilled utilities work in the performance of a comprehensive heating, ventilating and air conditioning system and water, storm drain, natural gas, building automation, fire alarm and alarm systems. Responds to emergency situations for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns within or outside normal working hours. 

Operates, diagnoses, inspects, repairs, replaces, services and performs preventive maintenance on all HVAC equipment, such as but not limited to:

High and low pressure boilers; steam and water traps

Commercial size furnaces and air conditioners

Hermetic centrifugal refrigeration machines

Heating, cooling, chemical, sewage, storm drain and all other pumps

Cooling towers; pipe lines, valves

Water heaters; water softeners, meters

Motors; pumps, bearings, seals, belts

Natural gas system

Steam and water system

Electrical power supply system

Plant computerized automation system and all other related HVAC equipment and emergency generating unit. 

Informs co-workers regarding procedures and/or work orders (e.g. computerized energy management systems, researches parts/equipment, etc.) for the purpose of providing information for making decisions, taking appropriate action and/or complying with health & safety regulations.

Prepares documentation (e.g. records of refrigerants, daily paper work, time and materials, specifications, etc.) as required for the purpose of providing written support in compliance with regulations and/or conveying information.

Installs new parts and equipment as required.

Inspects College property and observes activities on College property for unsafe conditions which may lead to injury, takes appropriate action to correct any unsafe practice or condition and reports all other potential safety hazards to supervisor.

Responsible for housekeeping, cleaning and painting of respective areas and equipment.

Operates motorized vehicles including but not limited to: trucks, vans, gators, and lifts.

Equipment/Tools: Employee must operate the following tools:

Electrical meters

Mechanic tools

Motorized Lift

Motorized and electric vehicles

Extension ladders

Pipefitting tools

Work Conditions: Employee is subject to both indoor and outdoor environmental conditions. Employee may be required to wear eye, respiratory and/or hearing protection and other personal protective equipment on a daily basis. Requires the ability to lift and carry 50 pounds. Work involves reaching, prolonged above shoulder level activities, ladder climbing, squatting, kneeling, pushing, pulling, negotiating stairs, grasping, and using hand and/or power equipment. Applicants will be required to complete a physical prior to hiring. Must be able to work shift work, weekends, overtime and holidays.

Educational Requirements:  Associates in Applied Science Degree in Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating or Trade School equivalent

Experience Requirements:  Five years in mechanical maintenance and operation of HVAC and related equipment. Skilled knowledge in high and low pressure boilers, hermetic and centrifugal refrigeration machines, plant water management, and energy management/building automation systems. Ability to read blueprints and wiring diagrams. Electrical and mechanical aptitude. Understand operation of Wet, Dry and Suppression Fire systems. Proficient in the following trades: electrical, refrigeration, and piping. Demonstrated ability to review, manage and commission work with engineers and contractors on new construction and renovations for the purpose of providing and receiving information with regards to mechanical electrical systems.


Valid Illinois Drivers License

Elgin or Chicago Stationary Engineer License

Refrigeration License

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.

Harper College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create an inclusive learning and working environment where individual differences and identities are respected, valued and embraced. We encourage women, people from historically underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.

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Last Updated: 6/23/22