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State University of New York at Oswego Service & Repair Mechanic (HVAC-R) in Oswego, New York

Location: Oswego, NY Category: Classified Posted On: Wed Feb 22 2023 Job Description:

The HVAC Department at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications to fill a full-time Service & Repair Mechanic (HVAC-R) position, Grade 12.

Posting Date: February 22, 2023

Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary: $46,146/year. Commensurate with qualifications and experience. In addition, the State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package. Please click here ( for more information on benefits for full-time CSEA professionals.

Date of Appointment: As soon as possible

Description of Responsibilities:

Operational Needs:

  • Working knowledge of the safe and efficient operation of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment.

  • Working knowledge of the procedures, materials and tools used in the maintenance, repair and installation of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment.

  • Working knowledge of the properties and qualities of the various refrigeration gases and solutions.

  • Ability to read and interpret technical manuals, specifications, blueprints, and schematic drawings.

  • Ability to lay-out and draw rough sketches and diagrams of work to be performed.

  • Ability to recognize and to rectify mechanical and electrical problems existing in refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment.

  • Ability to train and supervise skilled, semiskilled, and relatively unskilled workers.

  • Ability to perform medium to heavy physical labor.

  • Must have strong computer skills and the ability to use Microsoft Office.

  • Must be able to interpret and understand computer logic.

  • Must be proficient with Building Management systems.

  • Must have a Universal Refrigerant Certification.

  • Valid New York State driver's license.

  • Ability to understand and carry out written and verbal instructions.

  • As assigned, ability to supervise and train others.

  • Must be able to prove a strong electrical troubleshooting ability.

  • Must be able to understand pneumatic control and devices used in the process.

  • Must be able to show a strong understanding of commercial/industrial HVAC equipment.

  • Must pass the SG-12 Performance Plan put in place to become permanent in this position.

Job Duties:

Performs required periodic maintenance and emergency repairs on refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment.

  • Inspects, tests, diagnoses trouble and dismantles malfunctioning systems and components.

  • Overhauls compressors, pumps, and electric motors, replacing parts as necessary.

  • Overhauls and replaces control devices, calibrating and recalibrating them as necessary.

  • Rewires electrical systems of components as necessary.

  • Performs seasonal start-up and shut-down operations on air-conditioning units and systems to ensure efficient operation and to prevent freeze-ups.

  • Locates and seals leaks in both gas and brine units, removes air from lines and replaces with proper refrigerant.

Installs new equipment both as replacement units and new installations.

  • Studies blueprints and schematic drawings to identify the location, size, and type of components.

  • Lays out reference points for the installation of components using structural measuring tools.

  • As necessary assembles components of system for installation following written and schematic instructions.

  • Mounts compressors, condensers, and other components in specified locations.

  • Cuts, threads, and connects or welds tubing to inlets and outlets of components.

  • Installs control mechanisms with wrenches and acetylene torches.

  • Tests lines, connections, and components for leaks with leak detector which indicates the presence of refrigerant.

  • May install electric wiring to connect components to power source.

  • Records temperature and pressure readings from gauges and temperature potentiometer and compares readings with manufacturer's specifications.

  • Adjusts controls to bring readings within specifications as required.

As assigned, supervises and trains Service & Repair Assistants (HVAC-R), Plant Utilities Assistants, and other trades positions in the repair and maintenance of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment.

  • Assigns work to staff providing oral and written instructions and diagrams as necessary.

  • Demonstrates proper methods and procedures for performing work.

  • Observes and inspects work in progress and at its completion to ensure work is properly done.

  • Performs journey level work as required.

As required, operates a motor vehicle to transport material, equipment and personnel to job sites around a State facility.

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a NYS two-year Service & Repair Mechanic (HVAC-R) Traineeship or NYS two-year refrigeration repair and maintenance training program OR

  • Successful completion of any equivalent refrigeration two-year training or apprenticeship program* OR

  • Four (4) years of full-time experience in the mechanical or electrical trades under a skilled journey-level mechanic or electrician which would provide training equivalent to that given in an apprenticeship program, one (1) year of which must include both training and work in the operation and maintenance of commercial type refrigeration or air-conditioning equipment. Apprenticeship training in the mechanical or electrical trades or training gained by completion of technical courses in the mechanical or electrical trades at a school, institute, or branch of the Armed Services may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

*Successful completion of the traineeship and the training program includes a total of 288 hours of trade-specific classroom instruction, 45 hours of technical math course work, 45 hours of technical communications course work, and 15 hours of blueprint/schematic reading course work. Course work must be completed with an average of "C" or better. Additionally, successful completion of the traineeship also includes 4,000 hours of on-the-job training.

When required to operate motor vehicles, candidates must possess a valid New York State driver's license appropriate for the type of vehicle to be operated.

Additional Information:

For more details, reference New York State Department of Civil Service Job Title Code #7347140, Service & Repair Mechanic (HVAC-R), and Grade 12.

If you have any questions about the position, please call or e-mail:

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