HVAC Systems Technician (on call)

Position Purpose

This position is responsible for the operation and maintenance of campus heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Primary duties include preventive maintenance, repairs, and troubleshooting of mechanical systems, and programming, installing and troubleshooting controls for building automation and energy management systems.

Key Accountabilities
  • Function as the primary technician and subject matter expert for HVAC systems and controls, .
  • Maintain inventory of mechanical systems and develop preventive maintenance programs utilizing a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS)
  • Operate and maintain all computerized, microprocessor, electronic, and pneumatic based controls, ensuring proper operation to ensure a safe and comfortable indoor environment for the Academy community
  • Monitor the performance of controls and systems – provide analysis and troubleshooting and perform repairs and modifications
  • Lead and perform installation, repair and preventive maintenance on all campus HVAC equipment
  • Develop and implement solutions to building heating/cooling/air quality issues
  • Assist in developing and implementing standards and specifications for the construction, operation and maintenance of automated building systems
  • Review plans, specifications, and technical submittals and provide input to the project team during the design phase of projects
  • Assist in project turnover and final testing and commissioning of mechanical systems and controls.
  • Assist in evaluating the effectiveness of current energy management strategies and building automation controls
  • Participate in the evaluation and selection of new and replacement hardware and software for automated building systems
  • Assist Campus Locksmith with installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of automated building access control systems
  • When mechanical systems manager is absent will act as lead and assign and coordinate workload for technicians.
  • Provide support to plumbers as needed.
Degree of Independent Action Performed

Incumbent works under the guidance of the Mechanical Services Manager, but is expected to work with a high level of independence and autonomy, and exercise a high degree of initiative, influence, and judgment in decisions impacting staff and department operations.

Expected to solve problems or address issues that require immediate attention.

Direct/Indirect Reports


Internal & External Contacts

Frequent contact with FM managers and personnel, PEA administrative and academic offices, students, faculty and staff. External contacts may include contractors, outside construction workers, prospective students, parents, alumni, outside organizations, visitors and local community members/neighbors.

Position Requirements


  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Associate’s Degree preferred, preferably in HVAC Technology or a related field.
  • Formal specialized training in DDC (Direct Digital Control) controls required.


  • Minimum 3 years’ work experience as a technician in HVAC systems installation, operations and maintenance, including direct experience with a computer based controls and energy management program required.
  • Knowledge of and experience with building automation controls similar to those currently in use within the Academy is preferred.
  • A working knowledge of mechanical operations and hands-on HVAC maintenance, including electrical, electronic and pneumatic control equipment, steam and hydronic heating systems and air conditioning systems required.
  • DDC control experience is required. Proficiency with computer applications required.
  • Experience working with adolescents in an educational setting preferred.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Respect for diversity of identities and experiences, an orientation toward equity and inclusion, and cultural competency in all aspects of Academy life.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills as well as a strong customer focus.
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Ability to utilize computerized maintenance management system, asset management system, and smart phone/mobile devices, as well as Building Automation Systems.
  • Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written directions, maintain a professional demeanor at all times.

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