Utilities Technician I/II (HVAC)

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Facilities, Other

This position is responsible for operation, maintenance, inspection, installation and modification of campus heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and associated components. Equipment responsibilities include commercial and residential air handling systems, energy recovery units, fan coils, chillers, refrigerant systems, hydronic systems, exhaust fans, pumps, motors, air compressors, electronic and pneumatic controls and associated equipment protection devices. The immediate supervisor for this position is the HVAC Supervisor.

Job Duties:
1) Troubleshoot and repair heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and associated components. Use diagnostic equipment, line diagrams and campus Building Automation System to identify issues and develop solutions.
2) Perform preventive maintenance tasks on all HVAC equipment including air handlers, fans, chillers, condensing units, air compressors, vacuum pumps, motors and other campus utility system components.
3) Establish preventive maintenance procedures in accordance with Manufacturer’s Equipment Operation and Repair Manuals and contemporary standards of good practice.
4) Maintain preventive maintenance records through site computerized maintenance management system (CMMS).
5) Perform tasks including but not limited to equipment operation check and inspection, belt and filter changes, lubrication, coil cleaning and equipment alignment.
6) Install new and modify existing HVAC equipment to meet design requirements and University standards. Equipment includes but is not limited to fan coils, VAV boxes, exhaust fans, split heat pump and A/C systems, refrigerant and hydronic piping, pumps and associated equipment control devices.
7) Perform testing and balancing on air and water systems to meet design requirements. Operate multi-meters, amp probes, pneumatic test gauges, air velocity meters and other air/water flow balancing equipment.
8) Periodically monitor the Building Automation System (BAS) for system alarms. Identify cause of alarm and resolve.
9) Perform retro-commissioning activities in buildings to ensure building systems are operating at maximum efficiency for energy conservation.
10) Perform installation, repair/maintenance, inspection and modification of mechanical plumbing equipment and fixtures for water, gas, oil, steam, sewage, and fire sprinkler/prevention systems as needed.
11) Provide first response for elevator outages.
12) Provide support for projects including performing utility outages as needed and attending project walks-thrus.
13) Adhere to OSHA standards, employ safe practices and follow safety policies/procedures. Use PPE in a safe manner, set examples for others, notify supervisor of potential hazards, and demonstrate good housekeeping habits.
14) Support and promote the University’s sustainability efforts.
15) Performs other duties as required.
(II) - All of the above, as well as the following:
16) Design, lead and execute small HVAC related projects to meet ASHRAE code and University guidelines. Includes developing scope with drawings and cost estimates, specifying and ordering parts, coordinating/leading contractors, commissioning systems and communicating status to meet timelines.
17) Provide support for large projects including reviewing drawings, specifications and control “sequence of operations” to ensure design meets University guidelines/standards. Additionally, coordinate outages related to projects, perform quality assurance inspections and attend project walks-thrus as required.
18) Maintain spare parts inventory including but not limited to motors, filters, lubrication, coils, valves, bearings, etc. Obtain quotes and generate purchase orders for parts.

Minimum Qualifications:
1) High School Diploma or equivalent with strong math and shop background
(I) Two years commercial/institutional experience in the operation, maintenance, inspection, installation and modification of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and associated components OR two year technical degree from a qualified technical or trade school with emphasis in HVAC.
(II) Five years commercial/institutional experience in the operation, maintenance, inspection, installation and modification of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and associated components OR two year technical degree from a qualified technical/trade school with emphasis in HVAC along with 3 years commercial/institutional experience.
2) Thorough working knowledge of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and associated pneumatic, electronic and other programmable logic controls.
Working knowledge of electrical systems and water, sewage, oil, gas, steam, condensate and fire sprinkler/prevention systems and associated equipment.
3) Thorough working knowledge of methods, materials, tools and equipment used in the HVAC trade as well as applicable federal, state and local health and safety code requirements.
4) Ability to interpret engineering drawings and specifications to determine layout for mechanical systems.
5) Ability to understand oral and written instructions and procedures.
Computer literacy.
6) Ability to work independently and as a team member; take initiative; use good judgment; and communicate effectively.
7) Strong customer-focus and time management skills.
8) A valid driver's license and the ability to drive University vehicles.

Preferred Qualifications:
1) Two year technical degree from a qualified technical or trade school with emphasis in HVAC or Plumbing.
2) Experience utilizing Building Automation Systems (BAS) or Energy Management Systems (EMS) such as Johnson Control (JCI), Automated Logic (ALC) and Analytika to troubleshoot system issues and optimize energy efficiency.
3) EPA Refrigerant Recovery Certification
4) Knowledge of absorption and screw chillers as well as cooling towers.
(II) - All of the above, as well as:
5) Associates Degree in a business related field.
6) Knowledge of University procedures, and experience with integrated databases such as: TMA (work order management), Workday (Human Resources management), and Resource 25 (scheduling).

Other Requirements:
1) This position is classified as part of essential services. Individual is required to report to work even if campus has a delayed opening, early closing, or is closed, unless instructed otherwise by facilities supervisor; or when the individual has concerns related to their personal safety.
2) Ability to work occasional shift work as required.
3) A post offer criminal background and driving record check, drug screening and physical will be conducted.
4) Must communicate closely and effectively with supervisors, peers and various groups and departments throughout the campus to provide reliable building/utility systems and support campus activities and events.
5) Use sound judgment and makes decisions by gathering all relevant information and analyzing it in a logical manner. Seeks advice and assistance from peers and supervisors when needed.
6) Able to work as a valuable team member with other maintenance technicians, contractors and University personnel. Willing to share information and provide assistance at all times. 7)
7) Willing to accept work assignments and follow directions.
8) Work with minimal supervision. Take the lead in identifying, analyzing, and correcting problems and deficiencies, with appropriate input from coworkers and supervisors.
9) This is normally a first shift, weekday position, but may require occasional shift work.

Physical Demands:
1) Lift and carry 75 pounds unassisted.
2) Ability to move around the entire work site including climbing ladders, stairs and scaffolds and entering confined areas and crawl spaces.
3) Must be able to perform work in a safe manner and adhere to department’s safe practice guidelines, including but not limited to trenching, lockout/tagout, and confined spaces.
4) The scope of the position requires exposure to and use of chemicals, solvents, cleaners, and lubricants common to maintenance work that may be hazardous and/or cause injury if specific instructions regarding their mixture, use, and disposal/storage are not properly followed.
5) The person in this position works indoors and outdoors. There is daily exposure to dust, dirt, weather, and temperature changes.

Work Type: 
This is a full-time, year round, benefits eligible position.

This role is not budgeted for visa sponsorship at this time, all candidates must be authorized to work in the US at the time of submission of the application.

Salary Range:
This is a Staff Non-exempt position with a hiring range of I: $19.41 - $24.27 II: $20.77 - $25.96. The offer rate will be based on a review of the candidate's credentials compared to the qualifications of the position, internal equity, and our overall compensation philosophy.


Eligible full- and part-time employees are compensated beyond base salary through our total rewards package that includes (but is not limited to):
- flexible scheduling options determined by role; 
- medical, prescription drug, vision, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance options
- an outstanding 10% employer contribution to your retirement plan (no contribution requirement for non-exempt positions)
- generous paid time off, including vacation and sick time, a community service day, and 19 paid holidays (including two full weeks off for Winter Break!)
- full-time and part-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for themselves. Additionally, full-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for their spouse/spousal equivalent and are eligible for various tuition programs for their children. Credit for full-time benefits eligible employment at other institutions of higher education will be applied to waiting periods.
- a comprehensive employee wellness program including program incentives
- a myriad of other benefits, including parental leave, an employee assistance program, fitness center membership, and the power of your Bucknell ID card 

To learn more about Bucknell's benefits, click here! (*Eligibility criteria and waiting periods may apply.)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community.  We endeavor to enhance our capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings.  We encourage all individuals to apply and do not discriminate in admissions, employment, educational programs and/or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, sex/gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital or family status, military or veteran status, or genetic information.


About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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