Job Details

College of the Desert
  • Position Number: 1273248
  • Location: Palm Desert, CA
  • Position Type: Facilities Management

Senior HVAC & Refrigeration Mechanic

Job Type: Staff
Department: Maintenance & Operation

Basic Function:
College of the Desert is located in Palm Desert, California, the geographic center of the beautiful Coachella Valley. Nestled among the backdrop of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains in eastern Riverside County, the Coachella Valley is a resort community that offers over 100 golf courses and a wide array of outdoor activities such as tennis, hiking, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, polo, bicycling, rock climbing and swimming.

Founded in 1958, this two-year public college serves over 400,000 residents of eight local cities and the students of the Palm Springs, Desert Sands and Coachella Valley school districts. College of the Desert offers certificates and two-year Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees.

College of the Desert is a federally recognized Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), with almost 70% of the student body identifying as Hispanic. The Coachella Valley community recently passed a $577 million bond measure, allowing for College of the Desert to improve its current facilities and expand its campus locations. These improvements and expansion will assist with College of the Desert's goals of providing an education to students inside and outside of the Coachella Valley.

The Maintenance & Operations Department is responsible for the care, maintenance, and repair of all District Facilities. The position of Senior HVAC & Refrigeration Mechanic is responsible for the day to day repair and service of the College of the Desert's buildings, infrastructure, and related systems.

Under the direction of the Assistant Director, Facilities Services, perform skilled work in the installation, repair, maintenance and service of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems of various types.

The Senior HVAC & Refrigeration Mechanic performs advanced technical work related to the monitoring, controlling and
evaluation of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems performance and retrieval of data utilizing electronic
computerized systems.

Valid California driver's license and must have an acceptable driving record and qualify for insurability by the District's insurance carrier. Refrigeration Certification as required by EPA.

Classified Bargaining Unit, Range 15
This position is 12 months per year and 40 hours per week.
The schedule is Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Schedule is subject change based on District need

Representative Duties:

  • Perform a variety of journey-level functions related to maintaining and controlling the Districts energy
    management system.
  • Maintain and repair heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems and equipment.
  • Evaluate heating, air conditioning and refrigeration system performance, recommend, and make modifications
    and/or additions to existing systems for more efficient service .
  • Analyze data and troubleshoot electronic computerized systems and electronic problems related to heating, air
    conditioning and refrigeration systems.
  • Repair or replace electrical components in air conditioning and refrigeration systems, such as boilers, forced air convertor units, water conditioning compressor units, forced air heating units, and heat pumps; troubleshoot electrical control circuits.
  • Inspect, replace or repair compressors, pneumatic controllers and air handling units in air conditioning and
    heating systems.
  • Inspect, repair or replace electrical motors; replace valves, fans, motors, gaskets, filters and belts; check and add
    oil, water, and refrigerants.
  • Use various testing devices to locate inoperative parts; repair, adjust and install various electric, electronic and pneumatic switches, gauges, thermostats and valves in micro switches, and other parts as necessary.
  • Make pipe connections; install air conditioning and heating duct work; modify and fabricate ducts and attach to
    new systems; perform arc and acetylene welding and sil floss or silver solder.
  • Inspect boilers, furnaces and pumps for compliance with codes, regulations and safety orders.
  • Conduct water analysis and maintain appropriate chemical levels of condensing water and both hot and chilled
    water systems.
  • Maintain, plan and lay out assigned tasks.
  • Operate refrigerant and recovery and recycle equipment according to established EPA laws, rules and regulations.
  • Work from verbal instructions, technical manuals, sketches and work orders; maintain time, labor and material
    records; order parts and supplies according to established guidelines.
  • Perform preventive maintenance; communicate with vendors, contractors and consultants to obtain current and
    accurate information regarding application, maintenance and repair; report repair needs for warrantee service and unsafe conditions.
  • Oversee the work of outside contractors pertaining to heating, air conditioning and refrigeration system projects.
  • Assist in other maintenance areas by performing skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled duties; may direct the work
    of helpers.
  • Attend training activities for the purpose of maintaining skills and ensuring compliance with District, local, state and federal requirements.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
Any combination equivalent to: graduation from high school and successful completion of an apprenticeship program or a certificate for the specific trade from an accredited institution, and five years of journey-level experience as a heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems mechanic including three years experience with computer automated HVAC/Energy Management systems and operating central plant hot water, chilled water, and cooling tower systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of:
Computerized energy management systems and the related control and maintenance of such systems and components. Standard practices, materials and methods of the refrigeration and heating trade; methods, materials and equipment used in the maintenance and repair of air conditioners, refrigeration and heating systems; applicable codes, regulations and safety orders; hand and power tools used in the trade; chemicals and methods used in the treatment of water for use in boilers and air conditioning; appropriate safety precautions and procedures; proper methods of storing equipment, materials and supplies; technical aspects of the building maintenance trades

Ability to:
Perform skilled work in the installation, repair, maintenance and service of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems of various types; operate a variety of equipment and tools used in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration trade; work from wiring diagrams, electrical blueprints, plans, and specifications; plan and lay out work including estimating labor and material costs; read and interpret technical manuals related to repair and installation of refrigeration and heating systems; operate a variety of tools and equipment utilized in the assigned trade; maintain routine records; operate a truck; perform shop math; understand and follow oral and written instructions; perform heavy physical labor; perform work over rough or uneven surfaces; climb ladders and work from heights; bend at the waist, kneel or crouch; stand for extended periods of time; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; work cooperatively with others; work independently with little direction; meet schedules and time lines; monitor and retrieve data on electronic computerized systems; observe health and safety regulations; and establish and maintain effective and productive working relationships with administrators, staff and students of diverse backgrounds; to respond to emergency situations; to perform heavy physical labor and lift and maneuver objects weighing 50 pounds unassisted and occasionally up to 100 pounds with assistance; work off-hours as necessary; pushing and pulling; bend at waist, crawl, kneel or crouch; reach overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally; ascend and descend ladders and stairs; work from heights; walk over rough or uneven surfaces.

Physical Demands:
Working Conditions: Environment: Indoor and outdoor work environment in all weather conditions. Driving a vehicle to conduct work.
Respond to emergency situations as required.
Hazards: Working around and with machinery having moving parts. Exposure to electrical power supply and high
voltage, chemicals solvents, cleaning solutions, refrigerants, and oils. Working at heights.
Full Time/Part Time:
Weekly Working Hours: 40
Work Schedule & Hours: Monday - 7:00 am - 4:00 pm, Tuesday - 7:00 am - 4:00 pm, Wednesday - 7:00 am - 4:00 pm, Thursday - 7:00 am - 4:00 pm, Friday - 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Salary Schedule Range: $27.52 - $38.72
Specific Departmental Needs:

Posting Number: 18-547
Number of Vacancies:
Desired Start Date:
Position End Date (if temporary):
Interview Date: 10/11/2018
Posting Open Date: 08/07/2018
Posting Close Date: 10/14/2018
Open Until Filled: No

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