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Lab Technician - HVAC-R

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.


Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. on a regular basis, and lift 100 lbs. occasionally, and work in industrial environments, including extreme temperatures with continuous walking, reaching, bending and/or kneeling. Must be fluent in English. Travel to educational locations required as is availability for a rotating schedule of on-call work on evenings and weekends.


High School diploma or equivalent required with college level technical training certifications and industry-based certifications, or Associate in Applied Science in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. Must be EPA certified to properly handle refrigerant.


Minimum of 2 years of technical experience maintaining and repairing various types of mechanical and electrical HVACR equipment and customer service support. Must be computer literate with basic keyboarding skills, and knowledgeof Microsoft software such as Word and Microsoft Excel. (Building Automation Systems software plus). Able to work independently with strong self-management and professionalism. must be courteous, have an outgoingand positive attitude, be a team player, be willing to work with anyone person attending the program which includes faculty, staff, students, and guests of the program.


The Career and Technical Programs provide programs of study that involve a multiyear sequence of courses that integrate core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.


Assists faculty with preparation, setup, inspection of equipment and monitoring of HVAC lab activities. Perform routine, preventative maintenance and repairs on laboratory equipment and testing instrument as scheduled and as required, identifies safety hazards such as equipment malfunction, damage tools and ensure that the training equipment is in safe operating conditions.

Assists faculty in setting up shop equipment/trainers for activities as planned by instructors.

Monitors students while they perform their lab assignments and ensures that they are performing the proper safety protocols.

Responsible for providing technical support to student’s while performing their laboratory assignments.

Participates in program workshops, information sessions, recruitment and special events.

Maintains all necessary schedules and records for the laboratory.

Assists faculty in the preparation of lab assignments, maintaining supply list and insuring ample supplies are on hand prior to the start of class.

Ensures that all equipment, tools and supplies are in order and secure before leaving the laboratory.

Under the direction of the Department Chair, assists in performing inventory of instruments, tools and equipment.

Identifies occurrences of equipment malfunction or breakage and needs for equipment replacement or addition; repairs equipment, including trainers.

Assists with verifying capital equipment inventory.

Processes all handouts for printing. Ensures all adjunct faculty receive correct copies of course syllabi and handouts.

Creates and maintains a library and reference system of department books and periodicals.

Assists students with independent practice of skills as taught and evaluated by teaching faculty.

Attends faculty meetings, as needed.

Communicates as necessary with faculty/program coordinator and related programs to share essential information and discuss plans and problems.

Works with various College departments to facilitate information communication as appropriate.

Prepares various reports and maintains various records.

Performs related duties as assigned.

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