Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Correctional HVACR

Recruitment #211111-2270CO-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Correction is seeking qualified individuals to fill several Correctional HVACR Technician anticipated vacancies at correctional facilities throughout the State. This is recruitment may be used to fill openings as they occur.

This is full time, Monday through Friday, first shift 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 pm. The State is pleased to offer affordable health insurance and a variety of supplemental benefits that include things such as flexible spending accounts.  This position comes with a 25 year hazardous duty retirement and pension.

Selected candidates will attend a 12 week hazardous duty training at the Maloney Center for Training & Staff Development located in Cheshire, CT. This training consists of classroom, physical and on the job training.

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Selection Plan

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s).  These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.   

Please be advised that resumes are no longer being accepted during the time that you apply.  Please ensure that your application is complete and displays your qualifications.  You will be unable to make revisions once it is submitted.  Questions can be sent to

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders  13F (3a) and 13G (3a) .


In a Department of Correction facility or district, this class is accountable for acting as a working supervisor for inmates and/or independently performing a full range of tasks in the repair, monitoring and installation of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration and related control systems.


Performs highly skilled maintenance and construction work requiring application of trade skills, codes and standard trade practices; trains and supervises a group of inmates assigned to heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration tasks; ensures compliance with standard trade practices and codes on air systems used in heating, ventilating, and refrigeration; troubleshoots and performs work in operation, repair and installation of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment and systems which may use Freon chilled water for air cooling means and air or water for condenser means; installs or repairs electric or pneumatic controls for equipment; determines required cooling capacity of units needed for small areas; uses and interprets a psychometric chart; utilizes diagnostic equipment to control and measure air flow, room air changes and room pressurization; operates and maintains building and energy management systems; performs preventative maintenance tasks; maintains custody and discipline and evaluates performance of each inmate assigned to work areas; determines and obtains required materials; maintains records; operates heavy equipment as necessary; may perform supplemental duties related to other trade disciplines based on experience, knowledge, skills and agency needs; may physically restrain inmates, quell disturbances, and otherwise assist security forces in emergencies; may be required to operate a motor vehicle; performs related duties as required.

Agency specific responsibilities for this position: Maintain steam, hot water heating and chill water piping/distribution systems · Maintain ventilation distribution, fan and HVAC systems · Steam and hot water boilers · Chilled water piping/distribution systems · Chilled water (chillers) systems · Cell ventilation and duct work · Negative pressure room system for medical isolation · Supervising assigned inmates at a Correctional Institution. · Keeping record of tool inventory/control · Snow and ice removal to maintain safe access for the police, medical, staff and public; · Maintaining mandated compliances with Federal & State statute and agency directives and policies by assuring humane conditions of confinement in the facility through repair and maintenance.


Considerable knowledge of materials, methods, tools and equipment involved in heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration trade; knowledge of hazardous material regulations; knowledge of computer based heating and cooling systems; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to operate and interpret computerized and automated control systems; ability to plan, layout and schedule maintenance assignments; ability to maintain records and prepare reports; ability to read schematics and flow charts; ability to instruct inmates or other employees in the techniques and skills used in the trade; ability to perform under stress and remain stable in pressure situations; some supervisory ability.


Three (3) years of experience in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration trade.

Note: Based on an individual’s technical experience, the length of credited service will be determined at the discretion of facility management.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the highly skilled level.


  1. Graduation from a vocational or technical school in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration trade may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.
  2. Experience performing technical duties within the maintenance trade area on a military base, aircraft carrier or large compound may be substituted for the General and Special Experience on a year for year basis.


  • Experience with repair and operation of commercial HVAC, refrigeration equipment and associated controls
  • Valid S1, S2, D1 or D2 license
  • Experience with computers - Building Management Systems and Microsoft office suite, including outlook and excel


  1. Incumbents in this class must have reached their 18th birthday.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to successfully complete a formal training course in correctional work to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the class.
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to respond to after hour emergencies as requested by facility supervisors.
  4. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
  5. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for appointment.


  1. Incumbents in this class must have general good health, be free from any disease or injury which would impair health or usefulness and possess and retain sufficient physical strength, stamina, agility, endurance and visual and auditory acuity required to perform all the duties of the class. 
  2. A comprehensive medical examination, including a controlled substance screening, will be required of all applicants upon a conditional offer of employment.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to danger of injury or assault by inmates who have access to tools of the trade as weapons and may be exposed to the danger and discomfort associated with tasks and machinery used in the trade.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.