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Stationary Engineer/HVAC Mechanic

We are Harper College…the college in your community.

The College was established by referendum in 1965 and opened September 1967. It is named for Dr. William Rainey Harper, a pioneer in the junior college movement in the United States and the first president of the University of Chicago.

Harper College is now one of the nation’s premier community colleges and one of the largest, serving approximately 29,000 students annually in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College’s academic programs prepare students for rewarding careers and for transfer to four-year universities. Harper offers associate degree and certification programs, advanced career programs, workforce training, professional development, continuing education classes, accelerated degree options for adults and developmental education programs.


Schedule Information: Shift work

Hours per Week: 40

Benefits: Health, Dental, Life & Disability Insurance; Sick, Vacation, and Holiday pay; Personal Business; Educational Assistance: Tuition Waivers at Harper & Professional Expense

Work Conditions: Employee is subject to both indoor and outdoor environmental conditions. Employee may be required to wear eye, respiratory and / or hearing protection and other personal protective equipment daily. Requires the ability to lift and carry 50 pounds. Work involves reaching, prolonged above shoulder level activities, ladder climbing, squatting, kneeling, pushing, pulling, negotiating stairs, grasping, and using hand and/or power equipment. Applicants will be required to complete a physical prior to hiring. Must be able to work shift work, weekends, overtime and holidays. Must be able to work on-call.

Duties of Position: Responsible for skilled utilities work in the performance of a comprehensive heating, ventilating and air conditioning system and water, storm drain, natural gas, and building automation. Responsible for operations of a mixed-use utility over a campus style facility

Operates, diagnoses, inspects, repairs, replaces, services and performs preventive maintenance on utilities and HVAC equipment, such as but not limited to:
  • High and low-pressure boilers; steam and water traps.
  • Commercial size furnaces and air conditioners.
  • Hermetic centrifugal refrigeration machines.
  • Heating, cooling, chemical, sewage, storm drain and all other pumps.
  • Cooling towers; pipelines, valves.
  • Water heaters; water softeners, meters.
  • Motors; pumps, bearings, seals, belts.
  • Natural gas system.
  • Steam and water system.
  • Electrical distribution system.
  • Plant computerized automation system.
  • Other related HVAC and emergency equipment.
  • Prioritization of multiple issues over a 1.5M sq ft facility.
Informs co-workers regarding procedures and/orders of work orders (e.g. computerized energy management systems, researches parts/equipment, etc.) for the purpose of providing information for making decisions, taking appropriate action and/or complying with health, safety, building regulations.

Prepares documentation (e.g. records of refrigerants, daily paper work, time and materials, specifications, etc.) as required for the purpose of providing written support in compliance with regulations and/or conveying information.

Installs new parts and equipment as required.

Inspects College property and observes activities on College property for unsafe conditions which may lead to injury, takes appropriate action to correct any unsafe practice or condition and reports all other potential safety hazards to supervisor.

Proficient in rebuilding pumps.

Responsible for housekeeping, cleaning and painting of respective areas and equipment

Responsible for snow and ice removal duties.

Additional duties as assigned.

Employee must be on a 7 day/24hour on call weekly rotation for emergency events.

Operates motorized vehicles including but not limited to trucks, vans, gators, and lifts.

Educational Requirements: Associates in Applied Science Degree in Refrigeration, Air Condition and Heating and or Trade school equivalent.

Experience Requirements: Five years in mechanical maintenance and operation of HVAC and related equipment in a 750,000 plus sq. ft. facility with a mixed-use distribution. Skilled knowledge in high- and low-pressure boilers, hermetic and centrifugal refrigeration machines, plant water management, and energy management/building automation systems. Ability to read blueprints and wiring diagrams. Proficient in the following trades: electrical, refrigeration, and piping.

  • Valid Illinois Drivers License
  • Elgin or Chicago Stationary Engineer License
  • Refrigeration License
  • Pool Operator License (obtain within one year of hire)
Required Documents: ***A resume and cover letter are required to complete the application process***

* Official transcripts required upon hire
* Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.
* Employment sponsorship is not available.

Harper College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create an inclusive learning and working environment where individual differences and identities are respected, valued and embraced. We encourage women, people from historically underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.


Facilitates Management Division provides building and grounds services including but not limited to: Campus Architectural Services, Construction Management, Maintenance, Operations Services/Shipping and Receiving, Roads and Grounds, Sustainability and Utilities.


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