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HVAC Working Foreperson

Wesleyan University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 13, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Vocational & Technical Fields, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant, Auxiliary Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

Position Details
The Physical Plant team is responsible for leading and coordinating the operations and maintenance of Wesleyan buildings and grounds. The team includes skilled tradespeople who maintain and repair campus buildings and associated equipment. The physical plant team also operates the Central Power Plant.

Reporting to the Director of the Physical Plant, the HVAC Shop Foreperson is responsible for planning and coordinating the preventive, planned and corrective HVAC maintenance and HVAC small projects in university properties.

The HVAC / Mechanic Working Foreperson is responsible for conducting regular inspections of assigned buildings and completing or facilitating the completion of necessary work orders.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Supervision and training of staff.
  • Planning and coordinating preventive, planned and corrective HVAC maintenance and HVAC projects.
  • Prioritize and assign work to others in the shop.
  • Participate in design reviews for major maintenance and capital projects for trade-related issues.
  • Quality assurance and quality control for work completed by the shop.
  • Coordinate responsibilities with customer service staff for service requests.
  • Provide technical direction to others within the trade group. Work with other HVAC Technicians in the group to resolve repair issues.
  • Identify planned and preventive maintenance activities to reduce level of corrective and reactive maintenance demands.
  • Identifying and ordering of materials and parts needed to affect maintenance and repair of equipment.
  • Integrate work with other trades.
  • Maintain records of equipment maintenance schedules.
  • Communicate with clients and peers to keep them advised of issues and activities.
  • Work with contracted service and construction personnel when necessary.
  • Identify unsafe conditions regardless of trade affiliation. Rectify those issues trade related
  • Assist in campus wide major maintenance and capital projects.
  • Participate in overtime assignments on a frequent basis.
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair all HVAC systems including , but not limited to high, medium, and low pressure duct systems, air handlers, fans, controls, drive systems, boilers, chillers, cooling towers, air conditioning units, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, chilled beam systems, split systems, small and medium sized heating boilers, hot water and electric baseboard heating, window air conditioners, refrigerators, steam to hot water converters, geothermal heating and cooling systems, and solar heating systems.
  • Fire and smoke damper inspection and testing.
  • Transport, lift and install air conditioners, boilers, air handlers, furnaces and other related equipment and supplies using ladders, extension ladders and platforms.
  • Coordinate support with other Physical Plant trades and outside contractors as needed
  • Perform all duties as assigned including similar work on other University buildings
  • Other duties as assigned

Physical Demands/Working Conditions include Balancing, Climbing, Carrying, Pulling/Pushing, Reaching, Repetitive Movement, Sitting, Standing, Twisting, Bending, Lifting (50-100 lbs.), Climbing ladders, and working from platforms and heights as needed

This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, and is in the physical plant bargaining unit. Typical work hours are Monday – Friday 7am – 4pm with 1 hour lunch break

This position may be required to work frequent overtime shifts which may include returning to work between shifts, nights, holidays and weekends as directed

This position is classified as essential personnel and as such are required to report to work/remain at work even if classes are cancelled and the campus is working on limited operations in an emergency
Minimum Qualifications
High school graduate or equivalent. Must possess or be able to obtain a State of Connecticut S-1 License within 6 months of hire. EPA Refrigerant Reclamation Certification. Ten years of progressively responsible experience installing and maintaining HVAC systems in institutional or heavy commercial and residential facilities. Five years of experience as a foreperson or supervisor of an hvac crew. Working knowledge of residential and commercial building construction including mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Working knowledge of applicable local, state and national building codes and other regulations applicable to area of responsibility. Demonstrated knowledge and proper use of personal protective equipment related to HVAC . Knowledge of Material Safety Data Sheets and proper waste disposal methods. Proper application of Lockout Tag out, confined space, and other safety procedures. Demonstrated ability to read, interpret and build to blueprints, drawings and specifications. Effective communication skills Demonstrated history of satisfied customer service and customer follow-up skills. Desktop computer skills including the fundamental use of internet, e-mail and maintenance management systems. Possession and continuous maintenance of valid State of Connecticut driver’s license and safe driving skills Ability to provide your own basic tools of the trade for a HVAC mechanic (e.g. including but not limited to service wrench, flaring tool, refrigeration gauges, screw drivers, volt/ohm meter, pliers, wrenches, hammer, sheet metal snips, etc.). Ability to perform the responsibilities of the position listed above with or without reasonable accommodations. Ability to meet the scheduling needs of the position as described above. Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and work collegially with individuals of different backgrounds.
Preferred Qualifications
Advanced experience and/or certifications with HVAC systems, HVAC controls systems, sheet metal fabrication experience.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Application close date is June 10, 2022
Additional Information
Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check screening and a pre-employment physical to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.

Wesleyan requires all employees to be vaccinated against Covid 19 unless they meet the criteria for a medical or religious exemption. New employees must be vaccinated prior to their start date. If an employee needs an exemption for medical or religious reasons, they must submit a request to Wesleyan and be approved before their start date.

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Alison Williams, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion/ Title IX Officer, 860-685-3927,

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