The New York Foundling Assistant Engineer in New York, New York
New York, NY, USA
Position Summary The Assistant Engineer position is an important role within the facilities maintenance department, especially as it pertains to the New York Foundling Hospital and their offices located at 590 Avenue of the Americas NYC. The Assistant Engineer’s primary responsibility is to support all the mechanical guidance put forth by the Lead Engineer. His/Her goal is to assist in the effort of achieving and maintaining our operational excellence for all building mechanical equipment. This position is a critical role as it enables the NYF to operate their cooling (Chiller) equipment during cooling season 6am until 7pm daily, Monday thru Friday, during our cooling season the Assistant Engineer will be required to work 10am until 7pm, or in conjunction with schedule programmed in our Alerton BMS Building Management System. The assistant engineer must maintain a valid Q01 Refrigerant license issued by (NYFD) New York Fire Department.
During those months in which the 590 Avenue of the Americas building are not in Cooling Mode the Assistant Engineer will be required to work inside all other NYF Commercial Facilities on a as needed basis. The skills he/she requires are equivalent to that of a HVAC/Boiler Mechanic, they are listed in responsibility.
Responsibility The HVAC mechanic is responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing all forms of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, equipment, and components, including refrigeration, low temp, and air conditioning equipment. His/her job description entails rewiring high voltage ON HVAC equipment and carrying out routine inspection of equipment and systems. His/her role also involves analyzing operations of HVAC systems, spotting problem areas and repairing heating systems, reciprocating chillers, split units, boilers, steam systems, and other similar components/control systems. Additional mechanical responsibilities include lubricating bearings, changing filters, replacing belts, maintaining electrical and pneumatic controls, and checking seals. He/She must be able to read and interpret schematic drawings and blueprints to effectively carry out work assignments. The Assistant Engineer must be able to perform assigned HVAC duties effectively by applying hand tools and other equipment, including soldering, gantry, test, and brazing equipment. To reduce the possible risks and hazards of the occupation, the mechanic needs to ensure the necessary precautions when handling hazardous materials, chemicals, and power equipment. The job descriptions of individuals working in this role may differ slightly from building to building as a result of the peculiar needs of each facility; however, most HVAC mechanics commonly perform the following duties, tasks, and responsibilities:
Carry out repair, maintenance, or installation of equipment for the generation, utilization, or distribution of commercial systems
Perform inspection, maintenance, adjustment, and repair of equipment to ensure constant and reliable indoor air comfort, as well as laboratory or critical environments
Handle and repair test equipment, complex centrifugal chillers, direct expansion and chilled water-based cooling systems, large air handlers, electronic and pneumatic direct digital control systems, and air distribution systems
Operate, procure, introduce, and get back HFC, HCFC, and CFC refrigerants
Perform repairs and maintenance of reach in, walk in, stand alone ice machines, central plan chillers, pumps, free standing A/C units, refrigerators, roof top cooling units, and guest rooms A/C units
Maintain inventory of parts and supplies of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment
Design an effective preventive maintenance program to ensure maintenance of equipment is scheduled and carried out regularly as at when due
Carry out chemical test on cooling tower and chilled water loop as required
Ensure proper air circulation on the air handler by balancing airflow
Assess vendor specifications and proposals and give recommendations to the customer; supervise material purchase following customer’s ordering procedures
Perform low voltage wiring; handle BAS system Direct Digital Controllers (DDC)
Diagnose and effect mechanical, plumbing, and electrical repairs to HVAC equipment
Carry out regular periodic plumbing and maintenance tasks as needed.
Requirements Possess four years experience maintaining, repairing, or installing refrigeration and HVAC units, equipment, and systems; or associate’s degree in HVAC/refrigeration systems; or a two-year technical HVAC/refrigeration training program successfully completed after high school; or an equivalent combination of training and experience
Strong knowledge of the hazards associated with the occupation, and the safety precautions to maintain all times; examples include knowledge of procedures in handling chemicals such as degreasers, cleaners, Freon, and acids
Possess required permits and licenses by local laws and ordinances to repair, maintain, and operate refrigeration and HVAC systems and equipment
Strong ability to give attention to detail and be accurate in performing work duties
Strong ability to make sound professional judgement and uphold ethics and confidentiality
Strong communication skills and ability to apply sound discretion
Available and willing to be called upon any time, including off working hours to handle emergency duties
Ability to climb and maneuver on tight spaces, ladders, and work and staging platforms; ability to lift items weighing up to 50 pounds; strong ability to climb over and around equipment in construction locations; and ability to work 80-90% of the time standing.
Strong ability to read and comprehend electrical and mechanical plans and wiring diagrams; and adhere to safety guidelines.
Minimum Requirements Education High School Diploma, certificate of accomplishment from IFMA, BOMA or equivalent trade school, and or license from an industry accredited agency. Must have a Valid NY State Driver’s License, remains insurable, not an assigned risk. Trade license preferred, not mandatory electrical, plumbing, structural, cooling and or other issued by FDNY
Posted: November 18, 2020