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HVAC Technician
Classification Title
Facility Maintenance Technician-Mechanical Trades

Working Title
HVAC Technician

Job Category

Position Number

HVAC - 41000H

Minimum Qualifications
Graduation from high school or equivalent. Experience in the trade(s) areas related to the position?s role may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

Trainee/Apprenticeship: Graduation from high school or equivalent. Experience in the trade(s) areas related to the position?s role may be substituted on a year-for-year basis. After successful completion of a one year apprenticeship in the assigned trade(s), the position can be updated to the Contributing Level.

Special Note: This is a generalized representation of positions in this class and is not intended to reflect essential functions per ADA . Examples of competencies are typical of the majority of positions, but may
not be applicable to all positions.

License/Certification Required

Essential Job Functions
Position is independently responsible for the repair and maintenance of systems and equipment in his assigned zone area which consists of 15 academic buildings and 4 residence halls for a total of 1,122,480 sq ft.

Using electrical test devices to troubleshoot and repair electrical control circuits.

Independently overhaul small reciprocal compressors.

Checks accuracy and calibrates electrical, pneumatic, electrical and electronic control systems.

Troubleshoots control circuits and replaces faulty thermostats, wiring, and control devices.

Performs preventive maintenance on air conditioning, refrigeration, ventilation and exhaust equipment.

Adjusts and balances air distribution systems to achieve function desired and maximum energy efficiency.

Check all operating characteristics of chillers, cooling towers, air handling units and associated HVAC equipment for efficient operation while maintaining temperature and humidity control in the assigned buildings according to present schedules/setpoints.

Install HVAC units, wire controls, and fabricate and install ductwork and associated piping.

Remove and replace controlling valves, joints, or lengths of pipe for heating/chilled water, and steam distribution systems.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position
Employees in this position shall have the knowledge required for the installation, operation, maintenance, efficiency adjustments and repair of all split system A/C and heat pump systems, console wall unit A/C and heat pump units, rooftop A/C and heat pump units, ductless mini-split systems, (LP and Natural Gas) hot air furnace/hot water boilers, oil fired hot air furnaces/hot water boilers and PTAC A/C and heat pump units owned by the university.

Employee must be able to install ductwork for initial installations and ductwork modifications to address changes in design or needs of spaces served.

Technician will possess and demonstrate skill in electrical both high voltage (230/460 volt 3-phase) and low voltage (24-110 volt controls), plumbing and carpentry proficient to perform routine repetitious repair tasks.

Ability to diagnose equipment malfunctions and to prescribe and perform repair procedures.

Skill in the use of tools and equipment utilized in the repair and installation of HVAC systems.

Above average skills in the maintenance and repair of plumbing and electrical systems.

Must possess a working knowledge of the following:

  • Refrigeration theory.
  • Electricity and electronics sufficient to troubleshoot and repair complex HVAC systems.
  • The practices, methods, materials, and equipment used in the operation, maintenance, and repair of air condition, refrigeration, ventilation and exhaust systems.
  • The design and operation of centrifugal and reciprocal compressors; operation of pneumatic control systems.

Preferred Qualifications
Completion of high school or GED and 3 years experience in the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment and systems, and the knowledge and ability to make routine carpentry, plumbing and electrical repairs.

Type of Position
Permanent Full-Time


Appointment Type

Work Schedule/Hours
6:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. or 7:00 to 4:00 Monday through Friday. Position is subject to call back on evenings and weekends should emergencies occur.

Will be subject to holding primary call back phone and participating in call-back phone rotation.

Number of Hours Per Week

Number of Months Per Year

Mandatory Staff

Physical Demands of Position
Employee will be subject to several extremes of heat, cold, dust and dirt on a daily basis. Heavy lifting in excess of 100 pounds (with or without accommodations) is also required on a limited basis. Call back situations may necessitate emergency repairs in extremes of inclimate weather.

Overall Competency Level

Salary Grade Equivalency

Salary Range

Anticipated Hiring Range

Required Functional Competencies to Successfully Perform Job Duties.
Routinely and consistently performs widely varying and broad, functionally diverse facility maintenance assignments requiring in-depth analysis and problem-solving regarding the most complex, non-routine building systems, using advanced skills related to assigned trade area. Serves as a technical expert within the work unit. Guides, directs and coaches others regarding application and interpretation of technical issues. Applies and interprets technical knowledge to resolve unique or highly complex situations. Analyzes and researches appropriate solutions. Has a thorough and extensive understanding of programs, concepts, and practices in the most complex mechanical systems trades area as well as a general understanding of one or more different trades areas.

Attention to Detail:
Checks and re-checks work of others considering accuracy with respect to standards and codes. Considers options and details that are not obvious. Troubleshoots total systems. Integrates highest quality control standards into work.

Client/Customer Service:
Identifies options, develops solutions, and takes action when responding to customer requests. Satisfies individual customer requests while balancing multiple priorities. Assesses or checks with customer to ensure solution meets request. Develops effective working relationships with internal/external customers (vendors, subcontractors, etc.) that further the work unit?s goals. Reviews customer requests and seeks clarification as needed.

Identifies critical and less critical activities and tasks, develops timelines and milestones. Sets objectives and clearly prioritizes activities and tasks, adjusts priorities when appropriate. Allocates appropriate resources and time for completing own and other?s work; avoids scheduling conflicts.

Problem Solving:
Identifies facilities-related maintenance problems that require in-depth analysis, and identifies options for solving those problems. Solve unusual facility maintenance problems that require the application of journey level trades knowledge and determines the most effective and efficient course of action. Gathers and analyzes/interprets information to better understand the nature of the problem. May seek input from subordinates, peers, and/or managers in the decision-making process in order to solve the problem. Evaluates options and chooses appropriate action by considering potential outcomes. Makes sure that problem is appropriately addressed.

Pay will be commensurate with applicant competencies, budget, equity and market considerations.

Posting Details Information

Posting Date

Closing Date

Competency Level Statement
If no applicants apply who meet the required competencies, then management may consider other applicants at a lower competency level.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please list a minimum of 3 professional references on the application.

Applicant Pool Preference
External (Post on the Web)
Departmental Information

AA/EEO Statement
Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Background Check Statement
Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University?s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Eligibility for Employment
Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.