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HVAC Mechanic

  2024-06-12     University of California Santa Cruz     Santa Cruz  

HVAC Mechanic

Location: Santa Cruz

Job ID: 69360



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The IRD for this job is: 06-17-2024


UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.


Physical Planning, Development & Operations (PPDO) manages and oversees all University activities and services related to physical and environmental planning, design and construction, engineering, physical plant maintenance and operations, capital planning and space management, and the associated business services necessary to support these functions. The University's main campus is spread across more than 2,000 acres and includes over 500 buildings comprising more than 8 million square feet. The department includes operating budgets of over $54 million, manages a project portfolio of approximately $950 million, and employs over 370 full-time staff to carry forth the duties necessary for the campus' development and operation.

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Under the supervision of the HVAC Supervisor, the HVAC mechanic inspects, maintains, repairs, and installs equipment, and performs necessary repairs and installation on various types of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, seawater distribution systems, refrigeration, clean labs, fume hoods, kitchen machinery, and other automatic control systems that are common to all University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) buildings. The incumbent is expected to keep up with rapidly evolving HVAC/R and BMS technology and request training as required to meet this demand.


Budgeted Salary: $47.64/hour. Will increase to $52.95/hour after passing 6 month probation

Under California law, the University of California, Santa Cruz is required to post a reasonable estimate of the compensation for this role. The salary shown above is the budgeted amount the University reasonably expects to pay and the salary extended should not exceed this posted amount.

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:

• Full-time, Fixed

• Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week

• Days of the Week: Mon-Fri

• Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus

Union Representation: K-7, Santa Cruz Skilled Craft

Job Code Classification: HVAC MECH (008185)

Travel: Up to 25% of the time


25% - Equipment Types to Maintain and Repair

• Performs scheduled preventative maintenance services, and repairs on University HVAC equipment including but not limited to, air compressors, vacuum systems, hydronic pumps, hydraulic systems, pressure vessels, hot water and steam boilers, ventilating fans, reverse osmosis systems, soft water systems, chillers, air conditioning, refrigeration, seawater distribution, commercial kitchen equipment, and other systems.

• Inspects, maintains, repairs, and installs heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC), Building Management Systems controls, (BMS), seawater distribution systems, kitchen machinery, and other systems common to all UCSC functions and research.

10% - System troubleshooting

• Troubleshoots and repairs mechanical, electrical, and electronic devices for HVAC systems, kitchen machinery, and seawater distribution equipment.

10% - Automated Equipment Controls

• Performs installation and repair tasks on the Building Management system.

• Calibrates pressure, temperature, humidity, and other analog/digital sensors

• Troubleshoots power supplies, equipment load relays, and current transducers.

10% - Gas Fired Equipment

• Inspects water heaters, boilers, and warm air furnaces for proper operation.

• Adjusts air/fuel ratios, pressures, and temperatures to manufacturer's specifications to ensure safe and efficient operation.

10% - Ability to Use Proper Tools

• Uses standard hand tools, power tools, trade-specific testing instruments, and specialty tools such as velometers, multi-meters, amprobes, manometers, psychrometric charts, hygro-thermometers, and data loggers.

10% - Water Treatment

• Performs water treatment testing and analysis, (pH, TDS, CS) on various hydronic and closed-loop systems.

• Reviews test reports and implements changes as required.

• Maintains proper water quality on applicable systems, including heating hot water, steam systems, chilled water, cooling water, soft and laboratory grade water, and deionized water.

10% - HVAC Equipment Maintenance

• Changes out ventilation systems, filters, and failed or worn-out components.

• Cleans mechanical equipment.

• Maintains cleanliness of machine rooms and equipment areas. Inspects and lubricates moving equipment as required by manufacturer specifications.

10% - Documentation and Plan Review

• Maintains records of work performed and accurately documents material charges on work repair orders and records daily labor hours.

• Enters and maintains a daily timesheet.

• Turns in completed work orders in a timely manner.

• Reviews blueprints, schematics, diagrams, documents, and modifications to HVAC and Building Management systems.

• Carries out assigned preventative maintenance programs and advises of changes or modifications to procedures that may be needed as required by equipment manufacturers' specifications.

• Maintain adequate stock of tools, repair equipment, and spare parts.

5% - Call Outs, Safety, Communication

• Responds to HVAC, Building Management systems, and kitchen equipment failures after hours, by call-back or working assigned overtime.

• Performs safety inspections and routine maintenance on tools and equipment used.

• Attends safety and training classes and performs all job-related tasks in a safe manner.

• Follows all product and University-specific safety procedures when using tools and equipment.

• Effectively employs good interpersonal skills when interacting with members of the campus community.

• Assists Physical Plant mechanics and supervisor in maintaining an inventory of shop materials, supplies, and tools by informing them of specific needs.


• Possession of an EPA refrigerant certification, Type I & II minimum.

• Experience and ability to read, and understand blueprints, electrical wiring diagrams, and electronic schematics.

• Knowledge of and ability in troubleshooting electronic, electric circuitry and pneumatic controls.

• Ability to read, write and perform basic arithmetic calculations.

• Knowledge of national, state, and local codes and safety standards.

• Experience and ability to operate and maintain a variety of power and hand tools.

• Good oral communication and interpersonal skills, sufficient to interact with member of the campus community.

• Ability to accommodate changing priorities and complete tasks despite intermittent interruptions.

• Ability to work independently, and in a team setting.


• Universal level EPA refrigerant certification recommended.


• Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.

• Must possess a valid license to drive in the state of California.

• Possession of an EPA refrigerant certification, Type I & II minimum.

• Ability to do occasional work in confined spaces such as attics and trenches while bending, stooping and/or kneeling with the possibility of being exposed to live electrical circuits and machinery.

• Ability to ascend/descend ladders with or without accommodation.

• Ability to conduct outdoor site visits, including use of required personal protective equipment, as required to conduct investigations, inspections, or view work in place.

• Ability to sustain exposure to dusty, noisy environments and inclement weather as necessary to carry out assigned duties and responsibilities.

• Ability to safely perform the physical requirements necessary to move light to moderate objects up to 60 lbs., with or without accommodation.

• Ability to occasionally work overtime with little or no advance notice.

• Ability to respond to emergencies after hours as necessary.

• Selected candidate will be required to complete training within established time frames as directed including UC compliance training.

• The University of California has implemented a covering all employees. Employees, including new hires, are required to comply with any applicable policies relating to the University of California vaccine program.

• Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained


All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.


The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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