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Weill Cornell Medical College Maintenance Mechanic Specialist-Refrigeration Engineering in New York, New York

Title: Maintenance Mechanic Specialist-Refrigeration Engineering

Location: Upper East Side

Org Unit: Belfer

Work Days: Weekdays and some weekends

Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

Salary Range: $39.40 - $49.04

*As required under NYC Human Rights Law Int 1208-2018 - Salary range for this role when Hired for NYC Offices

Position Summary

Under direct supervision, provides expert level maintenance and repair services on infrastructure systems and has an active role in the efficient operations, maintenance, repair, monitoring, and ultimate performance of seasonal and year-round cooling plants

Job Responsibilities

  • Completes the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair services on heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC+R) systems.

  • Completes and submits a variety of service requests and preventative maintenance tasks indicating work performed and time and material spent.

  • Develops scope of work for projects and identifies material and labor necessary. Obtains material pricing from vendors.

  • Oversees shutdowns of selected utility systems during construction activities.

  • Performs general maintenance of machine rooms including replacing lighting, removing debris and general cleaning.

  • Monitors and operates building automation systems.

  • Performs routine daily inspections of the utility systems in assigned areas and records operational data. Interprets operational data and makes adjustments that improve performance/efficiency and/or resolve operational problems.

  • Performs routine plumbing service calls, including repairing minor leaks, replacing fixtures, unclogging drains and replacing CO2 tanks.

  • Maintains mechanical systems. Systems maintained include: laboratory air systems, laboratory vacuum systems, sewage, steam and chilled water piping, pressure reducing stations, pumps, compressors and dryers.

  • Performs routine electrical repair and installation work.

  • Provides stakeholders with the status updates, issues, key activities and any changes to the scope of the overall project.

  • Provides direction to other staff assigned to assist in the completion of tasks. Trains co-workers in the proper methods of completing trades work.


  • Completion of HVAC or refrigeration trade school

  • High School Diploma


Approximately 5-7 years of experience in general maintenance in a large institution or commercial facility with complex infrastructure systems, of which a minimum of 3 years is in HVAC and/or refrigeration.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Previous experience in the operation, maintenance, and repair of central chiller plants equipped with electric centrifugal and steam absorption chillers.

  • Ability to work on off-shifts as required to accommodate on-going operations and/or emergencies.

  • Ability to be available for 24-hour emergency call-ins.

  • Completion of HVAC or refrigeration trade school.

Licenses and Certifications

  • Maintains individual New York City certifications necessary for the operation of various utility systems

  • EPA Universal Refrigeration Technician Certification

  • NYC issued Certificate of qualification for refrigerating system operating engineer

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

Position requires working in a non-office environment where there are some physical discomforts such as noise, dust, heat, fumes and other elements which are continuously present; Periodic work in animal research areas, work in machine rooms, crawl spaces, areas where there are odors from maintenance products, leaks, dust, dark areas, dampness, areas with restricted access, and noise; Frequent use of ladders to perform work; Work is performed both indoors and outdoors; Ability to grasp, lift and/or carry or otherwise move objects weighing a minimum of 50 pounds and push/pull objects up to 100 pounds; Position requires the utilization of hand tools, power tools, large wrenches; operation of small to large valves; visually and audibly required to observe operating equipment; ability to walk, stand, climb ladders/scaffolds, bend, reach, lift and carry

Weill Cornell Medicine is a comprehensive academic medical center that's committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery, and the education of future physicians in New York City and around the world. Our doctors and scientists-faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and the Weill Cornell Physician Organization-are engaged in world-class clinical care and cutting-edge research that connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and prevention strategies. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side's scientific corridor, Weill Cornell Medicine's powerful network of collaborators extends to its parent university Cornell University; to Qatar, where an international campus offers a U.S. medical degree; and to programs in Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey. Our medical practices serve communities throughout New York City, and our faculty provide comprehensive care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. At Weill Cornell Medicine, we work together to treat each individual, not just their conditions or illnesses, as we strive to deliver the finest possible care for our patients - the center of everything we do. Weill Cornell Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Weill Cornell Medicine provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.